Located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is the premiere Hill Station on the Kathmandu Valley Rim. One of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district, Nagarkot is renowned for its spectacular views of the sunrise and the lofty Himalayas. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer and a hectic city life. From any clear point on the ridge, you can take in a panorama, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga in the east, via Ganesh Himal (7406m), Langtang Lirung (7246m), Shisha Pangma (8012m), Dorje Lakpa (6975m) and Gauri Shankar (7146m). It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.
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An avalanche hit Khubuche area, near Camp 1, of Mt Everest this morning, killing at least 14 mountaineers, most of them Sherpas. About dozen others are missing in the incident that took place before sunrise at around 5:30 am. Some of the victims have been rescued and brought down to the base camp.The avalanche came sweeping from the Khubule Icefall and hammered over at tents of Sherpas, who were ferrying goods for different expedition teams. According to Jeevan Ghimire, Managing Director of the Peace Nepal Treks, 14 dead bodies have already been recovered.
He said 10 of the victims were from the Peace Nepal Treks. At least five persons have been rescued alive and are brougt to the base camp where they are receiving primary treatment, said Lakpa Sherpa, a local medical staff. Krishna Lamsal, Under Secretary of Tourism Ministry, said 15 persons caught in the avalanche belong to the Alpine Expedition.
Helicopters will be sent to the incident site from Kathmandu for rescue operation shortly, according to Ang Tsering Sherpa of Nepal Mountaineering Association.
POKHARA: The Armed Police Force personnel rescued five tourists whose boat had capsized in the Fewa Lake due to strong winds in Pokhara on Thursday. Tourists from New Zealand and France were on the boat when the accident occurred at 5:00 pm. They have been identified as Lewisgrace, 50, Ybo Ina, 30, of New Zealand and Ato Ine, 26, Enbo Gile, 26 and Qun Gin, 25, of France. An APF team of seven personnel, including sub inspector Ramesh Bahadur Thapa, from the rescue tower on the banks of the Fewa Lake were involved in the rescue.
Source: The Himalayan Times
Date: 18 April, 2014
Draped like a scarf along a high ridge above Dumre, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture. Its winding lanes are lined with tall Newari houses and people here seem to live centuries before the rest of the country. Bandipur is a pearl of an historic mountain town between Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Chitwan National Park. Once a commercial centre along the trade route to Tibet, the hilltop town not only overlooks the incredible expanse of the Marsyanngdi river valley, but also offers a breathtaking sweep of the Himalayan range. With its glorious 18th century architecture, absence of motorized vehicles and restaurant tables set out on the bazaar, it has a distinct European feel. Yet Bandipur remains very much a living community, full of farmers and traders going about their business. Read the story »
National Geographic Traveler editors have scoured the globe to compile their annual list of the most innovative and immersive guided trips: Tours of a Lifetime: 50 of the World’s Best Guided Expeditions. Apart from it, ten additional tours of a lifetime have been enlisted by National Geographic, which features “Tibet and Nepal: Journey to the Highest Himalaya” as one of the trips.
Expedition Details: Delve into the fascinating world of mountain lore and Tibetan and Nepalese cultures while visiting the fabled cities of Lhasa, Shigatse, and Kathmandu. Take in some of the most magnificent mountain vistas on Earth as we journey overland across the Tibetan Plateau to the North Face Base Camp of Mount Everest and into Nepal.
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With the arrival of a new year, Bhaktapur revels in the celebration of Bisket Jatra marking the start of 2071. The nine-day Bisket Jatra takes place over the period of the Nepalese New Year of Bikram Sambat; it is regarded as a New Year Festival as well. This year, it starts from 10th of April for a week. The main attraction of the celebration is the mighty chariot of Bhairab, which is assembled from the timbers scattered beside the Bhairabnath Temple and Nyatapola Temple in Taumadhi. The chariots will be pulled during the festival at Taumadhi square, Bhaktapur. The festivities start off with a friendly tug-of-war between the residents of the lower and upper halves of the town of Bhaktapur, during which each group tries to pull an historical chariot containing an image of Betal and Bhairab to their side of the town. The festival includes parades, procession and the display of temple deities throughout the city. Read the story »
Edmund Hilary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Considered as the ultimate “Himalayan Utopia” by trekkers and mountaineers worldwide, the mysterious land of Nepal offers some of the greatest trekking and mountaineering expeditions. Seven of the world’s highest peaks are situated within Nepal. All of the peaks reach over 20,000 ft. You may not actually be on top of the world, but it will sure feel like you are. Nepal is nirvana for mountain lovers.
Weddings in Nepal may vary according to the family’s religious and ethnic beliefs but they are always a cause for great celebration. And, for that reason a wedding ceremony can be an important social attraction for tourists visiting Nepal.
If you are willing to take part in a Nepalese wedding then you are in for a week of entertainment. Like most weddings around the world, weddings in Nepal also start out with the engagement ceremony. The ceremony is followed by a numerous other events until the final wedding day. This day begins with ‘Kanyadan’ whereby the father of the bride gives away his daughter to her new family. The part that any foreigner would enjoy is the ‘Janti’ which is a wedding procession that begins from the groom’s home to the bride’s. A band of musicians lead the way with songs which are popular with most. However, more traditional music might also get played depending on the wishes of the groom and his family. Read the story »
The countdown to the most coveted international golf tournament in the country, the Surya Nepal Masters 2014 has begun. This year’s edition will be held in April 23-26 April at the Gokarna Golf Course with a prize purse of Rs 4.8 million. Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd has ensured the local professionals come into this event without being short of match practice as the promotion of the local Surya Nepal Golf Tour has seen some quality performances in the season so far.
Defending champion Shivaram Shrestha has a wonderful chance of repeating his path breaking effort from last season when he won in a nail-biting finish from India’s top-ranked Abhijit Singh Chadha.
Shivaram has been a regular member on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) Tour and is back, bigger and better than ever to continue to carrying the mantle of Nepali golfably supported by young Rabi Khadka, Sanjay Lama to name a few.
The top Indian golfers in this year’s field include Shamim Khan, S Chikkarangappa, Abhijit Singh Chadha, Manav Jaini and former national champion Shubhankar Sharma along with experienced war-horses like Feroz Ali, Mukesh Kumar and Gaurav Ghei.
Date: April 14, 2014
The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has extended his best wishes to all Nepalese people on the occasion of Nepali New Year 2071 B.S.
“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer the people of Nepal best wishes for a prosperous and joyful New Year,” Kerry said in a statement released on April 12, Saturday.
“Nepal has achieved important milestones this past year, including the democratic election of a new Constituent Assembly,” Kerry further said.
“I hope that the coming year will bring further progress towards enduring political stability and the full completion of a new constitution, keeping your country on the path of prosperity and peace,” Kerry added.
Kerry concluded his New Year message saying in Nepali: “Naya Barshako Shubha-Kamana!”
This time around, Nepal is celebrating the New Year on April 14, Monday, as per the Bikram Sambat calendar.
source: nepalnews.com, 12 April 2014
On the auspicious occasion of Nepali New Year 2071, we would like to extend our warmest greetings to all the travelers in the Himalayas. May this New Year bring the tremendous travel experience in this awesome travel destination in each of our traveler’s life!
A new year has begun and we all must start it with much enthusiasm because the mystery of the Himalayas is still to be explored. The Himalaya region apart from being culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse is the treasure house of the incredible beauty of nature, ancient art and architecture, vivid temples and stupas, and the tallest Himalayan range in the world.
Your travel endeavors in this part of the world, let us hope, touch the spirit of Himalayas, uncover the mystery of Eastern Traditions, see the world of spirituality, and enlighten the mind and soul.
We are one of the leading adventure travel brands in the Himalayas and therefore are proactive, and most successful in excelling local taste. We too expect this New Year re-energizes our ever growing spirit of facilitating one of the most authentic services towards our travelers.
The success of our company is thanks to you, thanks for choosing us; we will always work to offer the best quality travel packages. Hope to see you next year too.
Finally, Happy New Year!
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