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A paraglider soars over the Pokhara Valley with Mt Machhapuchhre, also known as Fishtail, in the backdrop. (Photo: www.travelingonepal.com)

Popular travel magazine National Geographic has featured Pokhara city in its ‘Best Spring Trips 2017’ list.

Pokhara made it into the list with 11 other destinations from over the world.

“Soaring over the Pokhara Valley delivers adrenaline-junkie Himalaya views without the hiking. Pokhara, a gateway to Nepal’s Annapurna region, is considered one of the world’s top spots for paragliding due, in part, to jaw-dropping views of glaciers, lakes, and snow-covered peaks,” the publication writes.

The magazine has also praised the service of Sunrise Paragliding – a paragliding operator based in Lakeside.

“No experience is required to ride with an instructor on a Sunrise Paragliding tandem flight. Options include the relatively tame Cloud Buster (20- to 30-minute) scenic flight, a longer (45- to 60-minute) Cross-Country tour, and the spinning-and-spiraling Acrobatic Flight,” the magazine writes, adding: “Before launching from Sarangkot (2,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley), snap a picture of Pokhara’s majestic mountain triple crown—26,795-foot Dhaulagiri, 26,040-foot Annapurna II, and 26,781-foot Manaslu.”

Pokhara is the second popular destination in the country after Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal. The city, which is famous for breathtaking mountain views, is a gateway to popular trekking trails in the Annapurna Region.

Other destination featured in the list are Cape – to – Cape in South Africa, Eastern Europe by Balkan Flexipass, New York City Central Park in USA, Olympic National Park in Washington, USA, Suzhou in China, Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Balloon Rally in Wisconsin, USA, Philadelphia in USA, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, Aogashima Island in Japan and Bubble Lodges in France.

Nnattaepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has condemned the decision to distribute bonus to the staffers of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Issuing a statement on Monday, the umbrella association of Nepali travel agents said that the decision taken by former tourism minister Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, who also chairs the board of directors of CAAN, was against CAAN Act 1996, Bonus Act 1973 and Bonus Rules 1982.

“The decision has thrown cold water on our hope that CAAN would spend the money collected from air passengers to build new airports, upgrade facilities at existing airports and build necessary infrastructure at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), NATTA said.

NATTA has also reminded that the European Union (EU) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have kept Nepali airlines in blacklist as CAAN has not upgraded infrastructure of TIA and improved safety standards.

Saurya

The Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft acquired by Saurya Airlines sits on the tarmac of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Saurya Airlines had added a new Bombardier CRJ-200 series aircraft to its fleet.

According to the company, the aircraft has been acquired with an investment of Rs 1 billion.

Pilots of Bombardier flew the aircraft from the US to Nepal via Azerbaijan, the company said issuing a statement.

With the expansion in fleet, Saurya Airlines plans to expand its flights to different trunk routes. The airline has been flying to Bhadrapur, Biratnagar and Nepalgunj. Now, it plans to start scheduled flights to Bhairahawa and Dhangadhi as well.

Deepak Kumar Pokharel, the chairman of Saurya Airlines, said that the domestic carrier will add a third aircraft within three months. “Apart from trunk routes, we also have plan to start mountain flights,” he added.

The aircraft is configured to carry 50 passengers.

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NTB CEO Deepak Raj Joshi awards the first prize winner during the inauguration of #photoNepal in Kathmandu on Thursday.

The three-day #photoNepal photography exhibition began in Kathmandu from Friday.

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi inaugurated the expo amid a function organized in NTB on Thursday.

The exhibition is being organized by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) as part of its efforts to promote tourism among both Nepalis and foreign visitors. The expo is organized in the first weekend of English calendar on different themes. The March session of #photoNepal is being organized in coordination with Facebook group Nepalese in Photography which has more than 200,000 members.

Speaking at the program, CEO Joshi said he was pleased to note that general people were helping in promotion of tourism products and services through products like this. “We are also taking the expo out of Kathmandu. #photoNepal has already been organized in Biratnagar. Preparations are underway to organize the expo in Panauti and Pokhara,” Joshi added.

Joshi also awarded top three photographs submitted in ‘Nepalese in Photography’ Facebook group.

Photograph of Kalinchowk taken by Rajiv Kapali won the first prize, while the photographs of Kulekhani taken by Bijay Gurung and Namche Bazar taken by Sabrina Dangol won second and third prize, respectively.

Talking about the expo, Sudhan Subedi, senior officer of NTB, said the main objective of the expo was to promote Nepal through photographs. “For this session, we asked the members of ‘Nepalese in Photography’ what Ghumphir is for them. And they have responded to our question with beautiful photographs. We have selected 60 photographs from thousands of entries,” he added. “Increasing visitors’ footfall shows that the expo is becoming popular. We are getting photographs of tourism attractions from throughout the country.”

An interaction with journalist Kunda Dixit, and a special show of documentary ‘Helicopter Rescuer in the Himalaya’ will be organized on Sunday as part of the exhibition, according to Subedi.

(All photos by Nepalese In Photography)

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Goma Air

File photo of LET L-410 aircraft acquired by Goma Air two years ago. Photo: Goma Air

Domestic carrier Goma Air has added two 19-seater aircraft to its fleet.

The two LET L410 UVP-E20s landed in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Sunday. The twin-engine aircraft has 19 seats. The airline plans to operate the aircraft on different rural routes.

According to Goma Air, LET aircraft is manufactured by Czech company LET Kunovice. The L-410 aircraft was first produced in 1969. The company has so far produced 1,138 L-410s, and around 80 percent of them are in operation in different parts of the world. The L-410 use GE H80-200 engines and AV-725 propellers.

With these additions, the number of aircraft in Goma Air fleet has reached six. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has given the aircraft 9N-AMG and 9N-AMH call signs.

The airline plans to press the aircraft into service after completing CAAN formalities within a week. The airline says the addition of new aircraft will enable it to operate scheduled flights to Lukla, Phaplu, Suketar, Khanidanda, Bhojpur, Manang, Mustang, Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Mugu and Bajura.

Goma Air has also been operating Cessna Grand Caravan 208B single-engine aircraft

 

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