A long awaited prediction comes true; His Royal Highness Prince Harry is finally in Nepal, which I can say on behalf of all Nepalese, is a pleasure. Kensington Palace had released a statement earlier this year about the visit without disclosure of dates. He landed in Kathmandu on Saturday, March 19th to mark the bicentenary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Nepal and the Great Britain. The prince also stated the visit as his personal tribute to Gurkha soldiers (A Nepalese battalion of British Army) and earthquake survivors. And now he is traveling – he may be doing a Royal visit but his European explorer genes are not going to stay dormant.
“I am honored and excited to be here. Many members of my family have visited Nepal, including my father and my mother, who were both warmly welcomed.”
Representing Her Highness Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, the prince has already basked in the taste of diverse culture and natural adventure the country provides. With the welcome and good luck from panchakanyas (The 5 virgins) the Prince visited Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares (all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and also visited earthquake survivors in one of the temporary camps in the valley. “I am sure you hear this all the time” said Prince Harry during his first speech to the people, “but your country holds a special place in the imagination for so many people around the world.” Tourism conservation is one of the highlight of his visit. People were bound to clasp (with joy) occasionally as he inserted Nepali words dhanyabad (thank you) and Namaste (I salute your spirit) in his sweet British accent.
“I look forward to exploring your landscapes, celebrating your culture, and I hope to make many new friends along the way.”
Prince Harry’s already inspecting camera traps, rafting, watching Tharu Dance and planning to stay in a local home; promoting popular Home Stay around Nepali villages. The park is currently home to a large number of flora and fauna including Bengal Tigers and one-horned Rhinos which are a favorite among the tourists.
At this moment, I would not be wrong to say that the Nepalese are more excited than the young prince himself- In fact the Nepalese hospitality has reached a royal level. As far as I can remember, His Royal Highness is still to experience trekking in the country – something the Nepalese are anxiously looking forward to.
Update March 23, 2016
Just before wrapping up his farewell speech in the British Embassy, Prince Harry released a statement of interest for spending 6 more days in Nepal. Harry will be working with Team Rubicon U.K as a volunteer in a remote village of Gorkha and help in rebuilding activities.