May 20, 2013
Nepal has many secrets to offer ranging from mountain expedition to paragliding. Paragliding in the Himalayan region is a truly wonderful experience.
Nepal has incredible paragliding sites to take pictures, to enjoy the freedom of flying like a bird, and to view the alluring magic of Himalayan range. Pokhara, the lakeside town is the best site for paragliding in the world. Paragliding in Pokhara is full of magnetic scenery on earth such as beautiful lakes, spectacular peaks, stunning overhead view of the city, monasteries, temples, lakes and jungle. The thrill commences from Sarangkot, the capital site of paragliding in Pokhara. The hill station itself is famous for amazing sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. The adventure reaches apex as the gliding commences amid of breathtaking views of Annapurna range, beautiful landscape, and serene view of Phewa Lake.
It will be a grandest opportunity not to be missed for those trekkers who are on the eve of Annapurna trek or who have completed the trek in the Annapurna region. For verities of paragliding experiences and sites including Pokhara, join Himalayan Glacier‘s profoundly experienced team to materialize the Paragliding dream into reality.
May 19, 2013
Kathmandu: Going for a trip and returning home empty hand is a sure letdown for relatives and friends. It’s not only about the gift, it is also about the visited place’s significance. This tradition of buying, collecting and distributing souvenirs is a way of keeping memories alive.
Nepal, a tourist destination for many, is rich in culture and tradition. It has its own history which people from around the world are keen to explore. There are various items in Nepali market which become a must-buy item for foreigners. These items are available in every small shop around Thamel, Basantapur, Patan and Bhaktapur. Apart from these local markets, there are shopping arcades inside luxury hotels.
There are various items in the market to attract tourists. Healing bowls, wind chimes, prayer wheels, khukuris (national weapon of Nepal), thangkas, images of different gods and goddesses, gems, puppets et cetera are some of the items that attract tourists. “Among these varieties, most of the tourists prefer buying statues of Buddha irrespective of religious belief,” reveals Rajiv Pandey, the Proprietor at Kastamandap Handicraft.
Zhang Jesse, a tourist from China who was buying khukuris shared, “I heard about khukuris from my friends and the Internet and I wanted to keep a piece for myself. I also want to present it as a gift to my friends in China.”
Hari Chandra Shrestha, the Proprietor at Thamel Khukukri House, Thamel, says that there are varieties of khukuris in the market. Sirupate, Bhojpuri, Afghani, American Eagle, Kothimora are some of the designs available. “Among these designs, the British prefer Kothimora as it is made of pure silver and its cover is hand carved. The history of the brave Gurkhas are known to most of them, so they prefer buying it,” said Shrestha.
Thangkas, paintings on silk or cotton with embroidery, are a famous items among tourists too. Pictures of Buddha’s preaching, wheel of life, Hindu and Buddhist deities are among the popular designs made in thangkas.
There are more tourists in the country during the month of March, April, May, September, October and November. Favorable environment and festivals during these months attract tourists in Nepal. “There is an increase in business during these months as this is the perfect season for their visit. Otherwise there are only a few customers buying these souvenirs,” shared Agni Dhakal, Proprietor at Shovabhagawati Handicrafts, Narsinghchowk, Thamel.
As bargaining has become a must these days tourists can’t remain aloof from this trend. At a shop Chinese customers were bargaining for some items. “Tourists these days are more conscious about price and products. A price is quoted and certain bargaining is obvious,” revealed Mahesh Karmacharya, the Sales Personnel at Everest Thanka Treasures, Thamel. Economy of a country plays a vital role in bargaining too.
“China’s economy is strong and people from China don’t bargain as such. But people from other countries bargain a lot,” reasoned Pandey.
Advice for tourists
There are innumerable footpath shops in the Valley. Some of the passersby give a glimpse to the items on the footpaths and some even are seen buying them. Tourists too can’t remain untouched by these footpath shops. “But we advise tourists not to buy any kind of item from these footpaths as there is no guarantee in quality and originality of such products. Therefore, they are always advised to buy souvenirs from a registered shop,” says Sudhan Subedi, Public Relations and Publicity Officer at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap.
A registered shop is the one that is registered with the government. All of these registered shops have a PAN number and these PAN numbers are kept in such places where it is visible to everyone.
“The tourists must look at these PAN numbers and be sure that this is the place where they can buy items. It will be easy for them to complain and file cases in case of cheating. We also advise them to ask for original bills so that they won’t be cheated. Tourists are advised not to buy any item from hawkers as well as there is no guarantee of the quality of those products,” Subedi further recommended .
Tourists can asap contact policetourist@nepalpolice. gov.np for further assistance.
Source: The Himalayan Times
May 17, 2013
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May 17, 2013
Archaeologists have discovered artifacts dating from the Buddha era from an excavation site at Bhawanipur in Devdaha, Rupandehi district.
A team of the Department of Archeology (DoA) started excavation at the Devdaha area, believed to be the maternal home of the Buddha, two years ago. The excavation at Bhawanipur began three weeks back.
Walls, bricks, silver and wooden bracelets, clay utensils, butter lamps and stones are among the things discovered.
Prakash Darnal, officer at the department, said that findings of relics such as a bust of the Buddha, a well and the ruins of the Siddhartha palace will help prove the area’s relation with the enlightened one.
“Additional study and excavation are necessary to find which part of the area is the maternal home of Gautam Buddha,” he said.
Out of the 14 Buddha-related areas, he said, some parts only of Kanyamai, Bhawanipur and Panditpur were unearthed so far. “We have found remains dating back to 10th, 11th and 12th centuries,” he said.
The discovered items are said to have been sent to the department for study. They will later be returned through the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), an official said.
Himal Upreti, archeology officer at the LDT, said consultations on whether the discovered antiques will be displayed in the Lumbini International Museum or kept at Devdaha will be held with the local people.
Meanwhile, locals complained that the excavation site is being encroached upon and the discovered items are being stolen due to the failure of the LDT to protect the site. The LDT has only fenced the site with barbed wires.
Keshab Khawas, chairman of the Buddha Maternal Home Area Development Committee, stressed the need to conserve the Devdaha area.
May 16, 2013
Browse Himalayan Glacier’s Golf Tour packages and experience the extreme joys of golfing in Nepal at the backdrop of spectacular Himalayas. We offer some of the finest golf courses in South Asia in association with Himalayan Golf Holidays.
Nepal is one of the best destinations in the world for Golf passionate. The golf course of Nepal offers the best location with beautiful sceneries of Himalayas in the backdrop. Along with the amazing scene, the resorts and hotels cater world class lodging and food services.
Along with enjoying golf in the Himalayas, we take the golf passionate to the cultural, historical, architectural, archeological, and adventurous depths of this Himalayan state.
Kathmandu Valley hosts with the following golf courses
Le Meridian Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa – Rajnikunja, Gokarna, Kathmandu
Army Golf Club – Gujeshwori, Kathmandu
Royal Nepal Gulf Club – Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
Himalayan Golf Course – Majeri, Patan
Pokhara greets with The Fulbari Resort and Spa and The Himalayan Golf Club. Beyond Kathmandu and Pokhara, Dharan and Nawalparasi also provides best golfing experience in Nepal.
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May 15, 2013
Himalayan Glacier is one of the best ways to see and explore Himalayas all over the South Asia. Plunging into deepest gorge and climbing high peaks give travelers a unique experience no matter where in the world they are.
www.himalayanglacier.com has posted the highly recommended activities to do in many popular adventure travel sites, giving travelers an idea of what to expect when they visit some of the favorites destinations of South Asia.
If one is looking for a great walk through Himalayas, Nepal boasts some of the highest peaks that can be found in the world. There are number of ways to trek and explore the Himalayas, with a popular trail being the Everest Base Camp route.
Travel to Nepal for some of the best white-water rafting experiences. There are plenty of rivers to choose from depending on individual experience, from Trishuli River for beginners and Bhote Koshi River for professionals. Experience the torrential rivers of Nepal.
Travel to any of places in Nepal in a small group that ensure the most authentic experience.
May 15, 2013
- Enjoy great Himalayan trekking
- Discover an ancient Buddhist culture
- Explore the culturally rich South Asia
- Walk through diversity of flora and fauna
Himalaya covers a vast area along the northern boundary of Nepal, spanning four states including Pakistan, India, Tibet, and Bhutan. For the people of the Himalaya, the mountain range continues to dominant their lives as it has done for centuries and marks the divide between three of Asia’s main religions; Pakistan is largely influenced by Islam, whereas India and Nepal follow Hinduism and from Tibet and onto Bhutan, the dominating religion is Buddhism.
The Himalayas in South Asia offers a rich blend of cultures, religions and dramatic landscapes.
Himalayan Glacier offers academic tours and treks in the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas.
May 15, 2013
Rock Climbing in Kathmandu
Groomed by the majestic snowy mountains to the north and bordered by deep jungles to the south, Kathmandu resides stirring rock climbing adventurous sites. This is popularly adventure sport in Nepal due to the awesome natural rock faces in majestic settings. Being a mountainous country, there are many perfect places even in Kathmandu for rock climbers. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport. It often tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with mental control.
Since to stir adventure stamina, join Himalayan Glacier’s one day rock climbing facilities to have site briefing, travel arrangement, lunch, climbing gears, field guides and above all the adventure itself.
Nagarjun Forest Reserve Site
Nagarjun site, located 3km northwest of Kathmandu Valley is the best place for beginners, intermediate and professional climbers. The 30 minutes drive from Thamel resides the popular sites. The rock climbing adventure at this site combines the experience of bird watching as well.
Hattiban is another rock climbing spot in south of Kathmandu valley. Hattiban Site, one hours’s drive from Thamel is located on a way to holy temple “Dhaskinkali”. This climbing site, top grade climbing is only for skilled and professional climbers. Along with the adventure of climbing, the site extends the experience of calm and peacefulness for a couple of hours.
Bimal Nagar Site
The five hours’ bus journey on the way to Pokhara from Kathmandu takes to this newly open rock climbing site. The very good rock at this site at the one hand offers the adventure of climbing and on the other the adventure is full of the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu and Marshyandi River.