December 5, 2013
JOMSOM: Five people here in Ghasa VDC have ventured into commercial rainbow trout farming by utilizing perennial freshwater of the Kaligandaki river basin.
Nabin Bhattachan, a local hotelier, in partnership with four other investors, has leased six ropanis of land to construct raceway for fishes. The group has already invested Rs 2.9 million for the construction of infrastructure.
Bhattachan said they would invest an additional Rs 5 million for purchasing fingerlings and financing operational cost for 14 months, the time required for the fingerlings to mature.
Talking to Republica, Bhatachan said his group came up with the idea after High Mountain Agribusiness & Livelihood Improvement Project (HIMALI) Project called for new agri-business idea about a year ago. Bhattachan leads the group of four– Bishal Sherchan, Rajan Gauchan, Punit Gauchan and Bikram Gauchan — but all of them have equal investment in the project.
HIMALI has decided to provide a grant of about Rs 5.03 million for the project. The project funded by Asian Development Bank supports agribusiness in the high hills and mountains to improve the livelihood of the locals.
“We will bring some 74,750 fingerlings of rainbow trout from Shardi Khola of Kaski and release them in the raceway by the second week of January next year,” Bhattachan said.
“After 14 months we expect to sell about 7,480 kg of trout at Rs 1,000 per kg,” added Bhattachan.
Bhattachan said that the hotels in the area are frequented by foreign as well as domestic tourists. Fish is a good source of protein and is easy to eat as it lacks intra muscular bones. “Moreover, trout traders in Kaski have assured that they would purchase our fish,” added Bhattachan.
President of Mustang Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khagendra Tulachan, also a hotel entrepreneur, said there are 140 hotels in Jomsom, Ghasa, Lete, Muktinath and Kagbeni. “The trout produced in the farm would be supplied to these hotels. We bring trout from Pokhara but we are not able to fulfill the demand,” added Tulachan.
Kenneth E. Neils, fish culture expert of HIMALI project, said that similar rainbow trout farming is already in operation in Solukhumbu. “The rainbow trout farm will fulfill the demand for trout in the area,” Claimed Neils. The village lies at an altitude of 2070 meters.
Amar Bahadur Shah, chief of HIMALI, said the project provided financial support to Bhattachan to introduce the concept of agri-business in the area. Bhattachan also said half a dozen local youths will be employed in their farm. Two of them are to head to Kathmandu for two-month training. Over 100,000 tourists visit Jomsom and Kagbeni, Kagbeni and upper Mustang annually.
Rainbow trout was first introduced in Nepal some five decades ago from United Kingdom, Japan and India.
source: republica, 05 DEC 2013
December 3, 2013
The Department of Commerce and Supply Management (DoCSM) in coordination with International Finance Cooperation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group, and Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DoFTQC) is all set to launch training on food safety and quality maintenance for hotels and restaurants in Pokhara.
Hari Narayan Belbase, director at DoCSM, said a 14-member team left for Pokhara on Monday to study food safety measures adopted by hotels and restaurants there. The team will provide hoteliers and restaurateurs necessary trainings and suggestions based on the outcomes of the study.
“Food experts from the United Kingdom and representatives from IFC are in the team,” Belbase said. “In the first phase, the team will observe food safety situation in hotels and restaurants in Pokhara. Trainings will be conducted in the second phase.”
According to Belbase, trainings will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday.
He further added that the team will look into the minimum standards applied by the hotels and eateries to maintain food quality. “Issues related to food safety and quality have remained a major problem in Nepali hospitality sector. We hope the training will make hospitality entrepreneurs more conscious on minimum standards to be maintained,” he added.
Meanwhile, experts in the team will also provide necessary suggestions for food inspection to Nepali market inspectors. “Nepali hospitality sector has to focus on quality service as the country holds great potential for tourism development,” an IFC representative included in the team said.
He further said tourists´ spending in a country depends on the quality in food they are served. “The visit will provide us the opportunity to conduct comparative study of food quality in European countries and eateries in Nepal,” he added.
“Monitoring and taking action against the wrongdoers is the only way to maintain quality in service.”
IFC plans to make public the findings of study conducted in Pokhara by holding a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday.
source: republica, 03 Dec 2013
December 3, 2013
Fulbari Resort and Spa, a five-star property in Pokhara, will be operating under the new management of Clarks Group of Hotel s of India from January onwards.
According to the hotel, a 10-year operations management contract was finalised in October with the Clarks group. Established in 1948, it is one of the oldest and the fastest growing chain of hotels in India.
The collaboration of the resort and the Indian group marks the first entry of an international hotel chain into the Nepali market since the end of civil conflict, said Piyush Bahadur Amatya, owner of the resort. “We expect the world-class brand will change the fortunes of Fulbari.”
The Clarks group will take over the entire management of Fulbari and will be marketed under the brand name ‘The Fulbari Resort & Spa—Member of Clarks Collection’, said Amatya, adding, “The resort’s main target will be to attract business and corporate clients and high-end travellers from India.”
The resort, considered as Nepal’s most luxurious and exclusive property when it was built in 1998, run into trouble when the tourist numbers started to decline at the height of the Maoist insurgency (1996-2006). Hoteliers say the insurgency had its big impact on the resort as it hardly received any guests during the period.
The situation worsened when the luxury resort started to sell its packages at much cheaper rates to woo visitors. Fulbari was even compelled to sell its room at $30 a night, a rate equivalent to two or three star hotels, some hoteliers recall. “Indeed, the low occupancy had forced us to sell our rooms at whatever price customers offered,” said Amatya.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation statistics show that the two Pokhara-based five-star hotels had a meager 38.27 percent occupancy in 2011, a 0.08 percent drop. Out of the 103,578 night rooms available in 2011, only 39,552 room nights were sold. The occupancy rate in Pokhara was the highest in November (64.69 percent) and October (56.80 percent). The figures for February, March, April and June stood at 39.47 percent, 36.54 percent, 31.54 percent and 38.37 percent respectively.
After the agreement, the resort has targeted an annual occupancy of 80 percent. The average room rate will be at $ 200 per night. In addition, the new management has also been looking to bring in a new player to resume the Fulbari casino. “In the second phase, we will be starting a new boutique casino which will be marketed specifically for Indian clients.”
The hotel said most of the tour operators in Europe and America are familiar with Clarks and that the collaboration will enhance Fulbari’s penetration in the global market as well. Pokhara is a major tourist hub in Nepal, with the lake city drawing around 400,000 visitors each year.
source: ekantipur, 03 DEC 2013
November 15, 2013
Take a day long tour and experience the natural magic of Nepal. Furthermore, advance for long trek in the remote mountains of Nepal to immerse into mystical aspect aspects of Nepal Himalayas.
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Take an insightful tour to Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, stroll through ancient bazaars and medieval palace squares; explore ancient Newari villages which are living museums and shrines of the local deities. Explore Nepal’s hill villages and experience rural lifestyle and ethnic cultures of the Tamangs, Gurungs and Tharus.
Visit Pokhara, a beautiful scenic lake town where nature is amplified with the views of splendid peaks, clean water lakes. Witness some natural wonders of nature in waterfalls and gorges and magical dawns that light up the sky and the snowy Himalayan spires in hues of the rising sun.
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October 8, 2013
A lake watch and rescue tower has been constructed on the banks of Phewa Lake to curb incidents of drowning.
The 32 feet tall tower, under the guard of the Armed Police Force (APF), came into operation from Monday. The tower was inaugurated by Regional Administrator Lokdarshan Regmi amid a programme.
A team of APF personnel, specialising in water rescue operation, will be deputed to minimise incidents of drowning and to promptly rescue victims.
The team will constantly monitor activities in the lake and inform about precautionary measures through loud speakers installed around the lake. “Police will alert all by providing prior information about any change in the weather and wind condition”,said SSP Durga Bahadur Kunwar of the APF.
The tower was constructed on the initiation of the APF with the support of of the Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City, tourism entrepreneurs, boat operators, local youth clubs and mother’s group at the cost of Rs 1.5 million.
source: ekantipur, 08 OCT 2013
September 19, 2013
Are you chasing a dream of an adventure paradise that really thrills your heart? Or do you after such a heart stirring destination that calms you mind with the outburst of adventure emotion? Pokhara! Indeed, a thrill seeker’s paradise in the lap of Himalayas bestows utmost pleasure of adventure in Nepal. Just make a plan for Nepal Adventure Holidays and grab the immensity of thrill at paragliding, rafting, etc in Pokhara.
Nestled in the lap of the Macchapuchhre Himal, the lake city of Pokhara has long lured visitors with its majestic vistas. Pokhara offers many unique adventure sports that are unavailable elsewhere in Nepal. White water rafting, canyoning, mountain biking and rock climbing are such examples that are only available in the vicinity of Pokhara. Furthermore, Pokhara offers an eclectic mix of zip lines, paraglides and hotair balloons. With its inspiring sights and heart-stopping adventure sports, Pokhara is the place for beauty and thrills. While indulging with adventure and thrill in Pokhara, you can even make Nepal Sunrise Tour to experience beauty of sunrise in the Himalayas. The forthcoming few paragraphs show how you maximize the thrill of adventure in Pokhara.
Paragliding, like everything in Pokahra, is constantly evolving. If you have dreamed of flying, Paragliding in Pokhara helps you make your dream come true. It is said that those visiting Pokhara should never wrap up their journey without paragliding. Paragliding from the top of Sarangkot is one of the most exciting experiences in the Himalaya. Travelers come from all over the world to take advantage of the ideal jump off spots at Sarangkot at 1425m. From there you also can fly around the Fewa Lake and enjoy the view of Machapucre- the tall mountain. Nothing compares to the feeling of soaring freely with the birds over one of the most picturesque landscapes on earth.
Rafting, an invigorating adventure, has been attracted many thrill seekers. On the rivers around Pokhara- Kali Gandaki and Upper Seti, you will find the world’s most thrilling whitewater with a wide range of difficulties, warm water and bug free beaches for camping. All this makes a wealth of unlimited opportunities for great river rafting experience. The Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges, alongside tumbling waterfalls and jungle, traditional Magar and Chetri villages, whose inhabitants often venture down to the riverside to meet the rafters with traditional ‘Namaste!’. There are superb opportunities to see the Annapurna Mountain range and a variety of wildlife and temples on river banks. Likewise, The Upper Seti river rafting is considered quite dangerous. The Upper Seti is rocky, rough and risky. But, the more you risk in the Himalayan rivers, the more you enjoy the thrill of river rafting in Pokhara.
Mountain Biking, a thrilling adventure in the Himalayas, enhances you to discover yourself in one of the world’s greatest wonders. Mountain biking is a tremendous way to see the exotic sights of Pokhara such as the ancient temples and the rural village life around Pokhara. Here you will enjoy the timeless culture and rich flora and fauna. On biking at your own pace along some of the hidden trails to the rarely visited rural villages around Pokhara you will see the warm smiles of locals living the preserved, traditional and simple life. Cycling around Phewa, Begnas and Rupa Tal and biking to Sarangkot and beyond and journeying to downhill in the shadow of Annapurna Himal provides unbeatable joy in Pokhara.
Ultralight Flying, a heart touching adventure, is another medium to observe the full spectrum of the magnificent Pokhara valley along with mountain peaks and lakes at the same time. This adventure is popular for viewing landmarks of Pokhara, spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and villages. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. This is truly a unique experience. This short flight will give you a panoramic view of the whole Annapurna Range with a view of another 8000-meter peak – Dhaulagiri, in the distance. This is an ideal way to journey through nature. For those who wish they could fly like birds, this flight is a must. Leave your woes behind on earth, soar to heights, bathe in the clouds, reach out for the mountains and kiss the azure sky. It might be lonely at the top, but the spectacular view from high up there certainly makes up for everything.
Hot Air Ballooning, the latest adventure sport of Nepal, for mountain views lasts for couple of hours and is one of the most thrilling and exciting adventures in Pokhara. To look up into the sky and see the towers of the Himalayas is awe-inspiring and certainly a valid and popular reason to come to Nepal. To walk among those mountains is more wonderful still. But to glide silently among them, this is perhaps the most thrilling of all. Flying by airplanes might be a good option for viewing just the mountains but if you want to see the beautiful landscape that Nepal possess, you have to get on board with a Balloon which glides with the Himalayan breeze kissing your chicks; something that you won’t be able to get again anywhere on this planet. From the tranquil vantage point of a hot air balloon at three thousand meters, you can see an extraordinary scene of ancient temples, monasteries and paddy fields. The magnificient and serene mountain views with the historic monuments of Pokhara valley really gives you a charm of visiting Nepal. If you look north to the snowcapped mountains of Annapurna range you realize that the awesome wilderness of Himalayas. To be precise, come to Pokhara to look up into the sky and see the mighty towers of The Himalayas for an unforgettable excitement and memories to last and same goes if you look down where your eyes will capture greeneries, magnificent valleys unmatched like anywhere on this planet.
Zip Flyer has been recently launched from Sarangkot to Hyangja in Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the main tourism places of Nepal. It is a city of seven lakes which add its beauty. Phewa Lake and the paragliding over the lake are amazing. Your adventure begins when you board your shuttle for the ride to the top of the mountain. Once on top you will take a short walk to the Butterfly Pavilion, an architectural marvel with breath-taking views of the Himalayan range. At 5400 feet above sea level you will sit into a special harness seat and await your launch. If your eyes are still open you will see sweeping views of majestic Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna range and the raging Seti River. Overall, Zip Flyer quenches your thrust of adventure thrill in the paradise city of Nepal.
September 17, 2013
Barahi Jungle Lodge, a new venture of Hotel Barahi, Pokhara, which started operation earlier this month, is getting good response from visitors.
The Meghauli-based jungle lodge was established with an Rs 250 million targeting foreign tourists.
“We have already served two groups of tourists,” Biplav Paudel, executive director of the lodge said, adding, “We have already received bookings for October.”
The owners are promoting the lodge as an international standard luxury hotel in the vicinity of Chitwan National Park. They´ve planted different species of plants in the lodge premises to give customers the feeling of staying inside the jungle.
Naresh Kshetri, camp manager of the lodge, said they have planted 4,500 plants mainly of fruits and herbs.
The lodge has two suites and 35 rooms. The room charge ranges from US$ 300 to $900. It has floated a package of Rs 15,000 for Nepalis.
According to Paudel, the hotel has incorporated the concept of ´Green Hotel´ by utilizing recycled woods. It aims to serve organic fruits, vegetables and milk produced at the farm in the lodge premises to the visitors. Furthermore, it has banned the use of plastic bags to save environment.
source: republica, 16 Sept 2013
August 19, 2013
With increasing investments in the tourism sector, Pokhara has lately seen a rise in the number of hotels. In the fiscal year 2012-13, nineteen new hotels have been built in Pokhara, according tourism entrepreneurs. With each hotel built at the cost ranging from Rs 5 million to Rs 9 million, a total of Rs 200 million has been invested in Pokhara. Now there are around 300 hotels in Pokhara.
“The flow of tourists in Pokhara has been increasing every year. This is the main reason why investors are spending money on hotels,” said a hotel entrepreneur Rijan Rijal. He is the owner of the under construction Eco Resort. “The resort will have everything for the tourists,” said Rijal. The resort will have a total of 31rooms.
“During the peak season, finding a hotel room is a harrowing experience. With the opening up of new hotels, tourists will not face this problem anymore,” said Rijal.
Talking to Republica, Vice President of the Western Regional Hotel Association Nepal Bharat Raj Parajuli informed that at least 15 new hotels are being built in Pokhara every year.
“Unlike the past, most of the banks are willing to offer loans to tourism entrepreneurs. This has encouraged many locals in this sector,” said Parajuli.
Likewise, Chairperson of Pokhara Tourism Council Surya Bahadur Bhujel said many people are willing to invest in the tourism sector.
source: republica, 17 Aug 2013