Nepal today inaugurated the 100-meter-long Khurkot Bridge, built at a cost of USD 1.8 million, that will provide the shortest land route between China and India.
Financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the bridge over the Sunkoshi River will also substantially enhance connectivity between hilly regions of Nepal.
The bridge serves as an important link for crossing the mid-hill highway and provide the shortest land route between the China and India, an ADB statement said. Read the story »
KATHMANDU, JUL 23 – With the success of Durbarmarg solar street light project, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City now plans to install solar-powered street lamps in other major streets of the Capital.
By the end of October, KMC plans to install solar street lights in New Baneshwor, New Road, and the street surrounding Tundikhel. The project would cost an estimated Rs 40 million.
“All these stretches will have solar street lights under our Saarc beautification project,” said KMC Chief Dhana Prasad Shrestha. Read the story »
-By Lisa Limer, professional photographer and travel guide
As a professional travel photographer whose work often appears in nationally-acclaimed magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, and Sophisticated Traveler, I have had the privilege to travel and work in over 48 countries. The circumstances are often stressful, and time is always limited. To ensure a successful shoot, I always follow these five steps:
1. Educate yourself about the location before leaving home.
The more I know about the place I am traveling to, the more clarity I have as to what, when, and where I need to be during my visit.The same will be true even for those guided on a tour. Learn what you can about the country, its culture, and landscape.
Find out about any particular events or festivals taking place during your travels. Are there important monuments and architecture that might interest you? Communities you want to visit?
Then do an Internet search of images based on your research. It is helpful to see the work of other photographers as a means of scouting the location beforehand. You will quickly see what the stereotypical images are and what you may want to avoid, as well as some new ideas to consider. Read the story »
KATHMANDU, JUL 22 – An exhibition of art works hosted by Creative Artists of Nepal was inaugurated at the National Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Naxal. Tourism Minister Bhim Acharya was honoured as the chief guest during the opening. During the inauguration, the minister, senior artist Kiran Manandhar, exhibiting artist Rajkumar Lama and organiser Niru Khadka took to the stage to give brief speeches regarding the show, and they talked about the importance of art and culture in society.
The inauguration was witnessed by foreign dignitaries, members of the Non Residential Nepalese Association, artists and art enthusiasts, among others. As part of the exhibition, art done in various media is being exhibited at Araniko gallery located in the NAFA premises. They include Paubha paintings, portraiture photography, drawings and fibre sculptures.
The exhibition is on till July 25.
KATHMANDU, JUL 22 – The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has given a go-ahead to the Siddheswar Tourism Cooperatives to construct a 2.9-km mono cable car connecting Phulchoki hill and Godawari.
Another 2.4-km cable car project connecting Thankot with Chandragiri hill is also scheduled to commence from April 2015. Government officials said these projects are expected to give a big boost to the tourism sector.
The proposed Phulchoki-Godawari cable car will be constructed with an investment of Rs 1.41 billion, according to the cooperatives. Work on the project is expected to start by this year. Phulchoki is one of the popular tourist spots.
Jaganath Ghimire, joint-secretary at the ministry, said the ministry recently approved the cooperative’s plan. “The cooperative will itself complete the processes related to land acquisition from the Forest Ministry,” he said.
Ravi Acharya, secretary at the cooperatives, said the project was initiated, realising the domestic tourism potential. The Godawari Botanical Garden — the starting point of the proposed cable car — alone receives footfalls of around 360,000 domestic visitors annually. The starting point is located at 1,530m and the destination is at 2,620m from the sea level. Read the story »
KATHMANDU: Ensuring aviation safety still remains a major challenge, as the country’s sole aviation regulatory body has been recording safety violation incidents every year in terms of flight standards and operation and airworthiness of planes.
Detailed statistics on air safety violations and action taken to enforce air safety, obtained by this daily, show that Airworthiness Inspection Division, Flight Operations Section and Flight Standards and Licensing Division of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal grounded aircraft, removed captains, engineers, crew members, aviation maintenance technicians and flight officers from active flight duty roster for failing to comply with aviation safety requirements.
AWID took action against 35 violators, FOS’s investigation found 32 faults with operators since 2008, while FSLD took action against only one captain and crew of a Twin Otter on August 30, 2011.
CAAN grounded an ultra-light plane and a helicopter in 2014, while four captains were removed from the roster in the last four months. “CAAN removed 16 captains from active flight duty in 2013 and acted against 20 aviation rule violators in the last fiscal year.” Read the story »
For travelers all around the world probably the best part of any trip is stocking up on the books you plan to read as you move.Books take us on voyages across the seas, fly us in the thin air, get us geared up for fun road trips and guide us through the toughest of mountain trails. All we need to do is open a book and our adventures are sure to begin, surpassing the irrelevant boundaries of time and space.
The best travel books, though, go broader than that. They don’t make you just want to go to a place; they make you want you to travel period. Here are some of them:
1. Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
Chris “Alexander Supertramp” McCandless has become a legend now, 20 years on from his death. He abandoned his school, family, and identity back in 1990 and spent two years wandering around the country; his body was found in an abandoned bus in Denali National Park. Author Jon Krakauer starts us at the bus and brings us through the final two years of McCandless’s life. Read the book before watching Sean Penn’s movie adaptation — Penn tends to glamorize the whole affair, while Krakauer refuses to pull punches on one of the 20th century’s most interesting nomads. Read the story »
Yangon – The planned launch of direct flight between Myanmar and Nepal might become a new option to facilitate the Myanmar-India-Nepal pilgrimage route for Buddhist followers.
Presently, Buddhist pilgrims have to only rely on Myanmar-India flight in order to visit the holy sites in India and Nepal. The additional air service is expected to boost the convenience of pilgrims.
“The tourism industry can offer more travel choices for pilgrims if the Myanmar-Nepal flight is launched. Now we encounter delay because pilgrims have to travel only through India to visit holy sites. In past, there was air service from Nepal,” said Hla Aye, managing director of Shan Yoe Ma Tour.
Each year, thousands of Myanmar pilgrims would travel to Bodh Gaya to visit Mahabodhi Temple, one of four holy sites related to the life of Lord Buddha, located in Bihar, India.
The birthplace of Lord Buddha is in Nepal. To complete the pilgrimage, pilgrims travel to two countries and presently they can access the holy sites through India.
“A large number of Myanmar people take pilgrimage tour. In Nepal, there is pilgrimage journey besides visiting Mount Everest. If there is a direct flight (to Nepal), travellers will be more convenient,” said Lin Htain, managing director of MTS Travels.
KATHMANDU, JUL 21 – Announcing its programmes to enhance the urban beauty of Kathmandu for the upcoming Saarc summit to be held in November, Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has said it has intensified infrastructural development and renovation works in the Capital. One such plans to beautify the city is renovating its various landmarks.
For this fiscal year, the metropolis focused its attention towards giving a major makeover to city’s landmarks such as Ratnapark, Khulamanch, Ranipokhari, Shantibatika, Bhadrakali temple, Hanumandhoka area and Maitighar Mandala, among others.
Similarly, the KMC also has plans to plant greenery in major thoroughfares like Tinkune, Tudikhel, Sahidgate and Ghantaghar.
“The city beautification programmes have been finalised and is ready to be tendered. We are working on the last minute details before we forward it to the ministry for funds,” said KMC Chief Dhana Bahadur Shrestha.
The government has assigned KMC to work solely on city beautification and infrastructure development projects. The metropolis has in turn set a time line for the completion of these projects. Read the story »
Home to eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, it is only apt that Nepal is called ‘the Home of the Gods’. Conquering the majestic Himalayas can be a far-away dream of a lifetime to some while it could simply be an extreme sport, an exhilarating pursuit that offers the ultimate challenge of strength, endurance, and sacrifice for others. For those who harbor an interest in the Himalayan climb, these Short-Peak Climbing will steer beginners through their first ascent:
Island peak is the most popular peak as it offers all novice climbers and trekkers an exhilarating climbing experience and is often considered as the first step for any climbers prior to their summit attempt of giant peaks in the Himalaya. Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also offers some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region.
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Raj Kumar Shakya, an artist and craftsman, recently returned from Bhutan after the successful completion of the 155-feet-tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava located on the eastern side of Bhutan on the Takilia Hill of Lhuntche Dzong.
“It took four years for our team of 19 Nepali artists to complete this statue,” said Shakya, adding that there were eight Bhutanese and 30 Bengali workers to help the team. The copper statue was ready after a decade of the conception of the idea.
“Khempo Karpo, a Lama priest from Bhutan had visited Nepal back in 2004 in search of artists. After looking at our art, he decided to give the project to us,” he added. But all wasn’t hunky dory for Shakya despite having landed a prestigious project. He had to leave his sons behind and work in a rural area in Bhutan.
“My wife went with me but I didn’t get to see my sons for four years,” he said. Read the story »
The 2014 RS.Williams Medal for supreme photographic exhibit at the Bookham Sheep Show and Fair was won by Mr. Geoff Henderson from Binalong.
Mr. Henderson’s winning shot was a portrait of a Hindu attendant, dressed in traditional robes at a Hindu burial ground in Kathmandu, Nepal.
“The old fellow turned out to be a bit of a hustler as he asked me to pay him to take his photo,” Geoff reflected.
“It wasn’t much money so I paid him but was stunned when he opened his bag to display wads of notes inside it.”
The award was presented by Darryl Dowling and head steward Phil Cox of Yass, at Darryl’s cafe called “Barney’s of Bookham” which is a major sponsor of the Photographic Competition.
“We offered to display all the entries in our cafe for several weeks after the competition in late April. We had some fabulous and positive comments about the photos from our customers,” Darryl said.
Date: 17 July, 2014