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FEB 06 – Ever wonder how this chaotic, mismanaged city looks like through a bird’s eye? The view is even better than the one that passengers on window seats in airplanes get: for from inside the plane you only see one side of the city—from within an enclosed space, for less than five minutes. Read More
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Nature’s beauty lay in my heart as I packed my bags to set out on a journey to Poon Hill, trekking all the way from Ghandruk to Ghorepani and assisting an Australian couple. Along with a senior guide, we headed to Pokhara where they were waiting. Summer had ripened and I spent a difficult night in the suffocating heat mingled with anticipation of my first task as a tour guide. We set off to Naya Pul at six am the next morning and it was towards midday that we finally started our trek.
Our first stop was Tikhedhunga. Since we would be taking an uphill path the next day, our guests proposed that we start early. The cool morning was refreshing and we went uphill in full swing. At midday we settled for some rest. When we arrived at Ghorepani (2,874m), the colorful village with identical looking houses of blue and green roods made a delightful sight. Read More
Encouraged by swelling investment prospects, hoteliers here have been diversifying their investment portfolio to other part of the country like Chitwan, Lumbini and Mustang more aggressively.
Sauraha, Chitwan-the heart of Nepal’s wildlife safari tourism-has become one of the potential areas of investment for hoteliers of Pokhara.
The Hotel Landmark Pokhara is constructing a luxury property the Hotel Landmark Forest Park resort at Baghmara in Chitwan with an outlay of Rs 200 million. The resort is spread over an area of 20 ropanis.
“Our move to diversify investment in Chitwan is due to growing business prospects there,” said CN Pandey, chief executive of the Hotel Landmark.
“Growing demand in the hospitality sector due to improved tourism activities has encouraged us to diversify our portfolios to other areas,” Pandey said, adding that plans are also afoot to develop another property in Lumbini.
A three-star property Hotel Barahi has constructed a luxury resort-Barahi Jungle Lodge-in Meghauli, Chitwan with an investment of Rs 260 million.
“We have been engaged in the hospitality sector for many years, and now we are expanding our brand in major tourist cities,” said Biplav Poudel, proprietor of the Barahi Hotel. “We see many opportunities outside Pokhara too.” Poudel said that they were also planning to construct another hotel in Lumbini in the near future.
Likewise, another entrepreneur Suman Shrestha is constructing the Hotel Pride and Spa in Jomsom, Mustang. Shrestha said that he was investing Rs 100 million in the project.
According to travel trade entrepreneurs, more than 30 hotels are in the pipeline in Pokhara. Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara started expanding their infrastructure after the announcement of Nepal Tourism Year in 2011.
“Among all the tourism products, expansion of the hotel industry has thrived in Pokhara,” said tourism entrepreneur Govinda Raj Pahari. “More than a dozen hotels of Pokhara are expanding their brands outside Pokhara as hoteliers want to cash in on the opportunities elsewhere too.” Moreover, the lake city is also attracting a large number of investors. As of now, Pokhara has around 600 small and big hotels and lodges.
The city boasts several tourism products including nine lakes including Phewa and Begnas, Barahi Temple in the middle of Phewa Lake, World Peace Stupa, Matepani Monastery, Bhadrakali and Bindyabashini temples, Patale stream, Sarangkot, Mahendra Cave and a regional museum. The International Mountain Museum and Kahun Tower are other tourist attractions.
source: ekantipur, 06 Mar 2014
The Fifteenth Open Paragliding Championship is scheduled to begin on Friday in Pokhara. The championship will conclude in 5 March.
Over 150 paragliders from 22 countries are participating in the Championship. The annual event, organised by Nepal Airsport Association, is a category 2 championship under Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation.
“We have been holding this event to promote Nepal’s paragliding internationally,” says Rajesh Bomjan. “We are also preparing to host the Pre-World Cup 2015 in Pokhara.”
The paragliders will take off from Sarangkot hill and land at Khahare, on the banks of the Phewa Lake.
source: nepalnews.com, 28 Feb 2014
Euro III model buses have started plying Pokhara roads from today.
Pokhara Bus Entrepreneur’s Committee has brought as many as 17 environment-friendly Euro III mode buses into operation in the first phase.
Maha Prasad Subedi, chairman of Pokhara Bus Entrepreneurs’ Committee, said Global Positioning System, Closed Circuit Television and LCD TVs have been installed in the vehicles.
Chairman Subedi said the committee had imported the 30-seated buses adopting mass transport system as per the long-term policy of replacing old vehicles with the new ones. The new vehicles will drop and pick up passengers at definite stoppages. The drivers will be fully trained, disciplined and soft-spoken, he said.
For passengers’ security, hydraulic doors have been installed that will open and close at the stoppages automatically. The vehicles are green in colour.
The committee said the service of the public transport system will be upgraded to international standard in major tourist destinations of the country.
source: Himalayan Times, 25 Feb 2014
The government has decided to invest around Rs 1 billion for the construction of a biodiversity park and other infrastructures at Raniban, a forest that surrounds Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
According to Dil Bahadur Chhetri, assistant research officer at the Department of Plant Resources (DPR), the government´s plan to convert Raniban into a tourist destination will be executed in five years. “The first phase construction work has already begun. Compound walls around the forest will be built within this year.”
The bio-diversity park will have a botanical garden, picnic spots, rock garden, orchard, and aviary. He said 1,200 meters of the 3km compound will be constructed in the first phase. Likewise, an information centre, water tanks, toilets will also be built within this year.
Talking to Republica, Chhetri informed the government has already invited tender bids for first phase construction two months ago. Four companies have applied for the construction contract. One of them will be awarded the contract in a few days. The government has allocated Rs 6 million for the first phase. The government plans to spend Rs 19 million in the project next year.
Chhetri said the forest would be converted into a key tourist destination in Pokhara in five years if the government continues to allocate sufficient budget every year.
According to DPR, Raniban covers an area of 148 hectares but no infrastructure will be built in 90 hectares of the forest.
Tourism entrepreneurs say the construction of the bio-diversity park will boost tourism in Pokhara. Vice president of Western Regional Hotel Association Bharat Parajuli said the forest after completion of the project would be yet another tourist attraction.
According to studies, there are six hundred and seventy two species of plants and wildlife in the forest.
source: ekantipur, 14 Feb 2014