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Feb 20, 2016- The Finance Ministry has okayed the Tourism Ministry’s proposal to extend the climbing permits of hundreds of mountaineers who had been forced to abandon their expeditions last year due to avalanches on the Himalaya triggered by the April 25 earthquake. The permits will be extended for two years.
Last year, 103 teams consisting of 801 individuals had received permits to climb various peaks in the Himalaya. Among them were 357 mountaineers (18 of them Nepalis) who had obtained Everest climbing permits.
Officials of the Department of Tourism said they received the Finance Ministry’s go-ahead on Thursday. The Tourism Ministry will now send the proposal to the Cabinet for its final approval.
One of the officer at the department, said that the mountaineers, including Everest aspirants, who had abandoned their summit bids last year had been waiting for clearance to make fresh attempts this spring. “Once the proposal is approved by the Cabinet, we expect climbers to start submitting applications to climb the peak again.” A new team of 14 members has applied to the department to climb Everest this spring season.
The world’s highest peak was closed for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015 due to deadly avalanches. On April 18, 2014, an avalanche on Everest near Everest Base Camp killed 16 Nepali guides.
Rescuers pulled out 13 bodies in the next two days, while the remaining three were never recovered as search and rescue operations were called off due to “too much risk”. Subsequently, the expedition was called off. The first post-avalanche ascent happened on May 23, 2014 when Chinese climber Wang Jing reached the summit of Everest. However, her ascent sparked controversy as she had bypassed the Khumbu Ice fall by helicopter.
The government had extended the Everest climbing permits until 2019 for those climbers who were forced to abandon the mission. Nearly 334 mountaineers were issued climbing permits in 2014, and they have been allowed to return to the peak at any time until 2019.
Again in 2015, the April 25 earthquake set off avalanches killing 19 climbers, including high-altitude guides and helpers at base camp and the Khumbu Icefall. There were no Everest bids in the spring of 2015.
The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee had then recommended to the government to extend the climbing permits of the 2015 Everest aspirants until 2016, or further into the future.
The president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, expects that even after two years in a row of deadly disasters, the world’s highest peak will draw another large crowd this spring.
“Based on inquiries from climbers in 2014 and 2015, we expect this season will be as busy as ever,” he said. “The two deadly accidents on Everest will not slow demand.” Sherpa, however, said there were fewer inquiries from new climbers.
He added that last year’s climbers were waiting for the Nepal government’s green signal to extend their climbing permits. “Despite natural disasters that never come informed, we see intense demand for Everest,” he said.
“Climbing Everest has risks. Risks are destructive, of course, but danger and adventure is what makes your life adventurous.”
Normally, Everest aspirants apply for climbing permits between mid-March and April-end. Actual climbing starts in mid-May. The government charges $11,000 per foreign climber and earns nearly $3.5 million in revenue from Everest annually.
Huffington Post, Travel guide and rough guide has encouraged global tourists to visit Nepal by publishing a blog titled '5 Reasons Why Traveling to Nepal Will Change Your Life'.
The five reasons to visit Nepal, according to the blog, are making cultural discovering in the city, meeting some of the world's friendliest people, seeing tourists' spending making a difference, seeing amazing views, and awakening one's taste bud. The post is written by Allison Eberle, vice president for operations for Flightnetwork.com.
According to the blog, every dollar a tourist spends in Nepal will, in one way or the other, helps in faster recovery of the country which has suffered due to the devastating earthquake on April 25.
Nepal Travel Tourism News Source: Myrepublica
During the month of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Thorough out the kingdom of Nepal the goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing, thus drenching the goddess for days in blood.
Dashain commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. One of the victory stories told is the Ramayan, where the lord Ram after a big struggle slaughtered Ravana, the fiendish king of demons. It is said that lord Ram was successful in the battle only when goddess Durga was evoked. The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorised the earth in the guise of a brutal water buffalo. The first nine days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between goddess Durga and the demon Mahisasur. The tenth day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolise the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess. Dashain is celebrated with great rejoice, and goddess Durga is worshiped throughout the kingdom as the divine mother goddess.
In preparation for Dashain every home is cleansed and beautifully decorated, painted as an invitation to the mother goddess, so that she may visit and bless the house with good fortune. During this time the reunion of distant and nearby relatives occur in every household. The market is filled with shoppers seeking new clothing, gifts, luxuries and enormous supplies of temple offering for the gods, as well as foodstuffs for the family feasting. Thousands of sheep, goats, ducks, chicken and water buffalo are prepared for the great slaughter. All types of organisations are closed for ten to fifteen days. Labourers are almost impossible to find; from the poor to the rich, all enjoy the festive mood. Anywhere you go the aroma of 'Vijaya Dashami' is found.
The first nine days of Dashain are called Nawa Ratri when tantric rites are conducted. In Nepal the life force is embodied in the divine energy and power of the female, depicted as goddess Durga in her many forms. All goddess who emanated from goddess Durga are known as devis, each with different aspects and powers. In most mother goddess temples the deity is represented simply as a sacred Kalash, carved water jug or multiple handed goddess holding murderous weapons. During these nine days people pay their homage to the goddess. If she is properly worshiped and pleased good fortunes are on the way and if angered through neglect then misfortunes are around the corner. Mother goddess is the source of life and everything.
The first day of Dashain is called Ghatasthapana, which literally means pot establishing. On this day the kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolising goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room. The kalash is filled with holy water and covered with cowdung on to which seeds are sown. A small rectangular sand block is made and the kalash is put in the centre. The surrounding bed of sand is also seeded with grains. The ghatasthapana ritual is performed at a certain auspicious moment determined by the astrologers. At that particular moment the priest intones a welcome, requesting goddess Durga to bless the vessel with her presence.
The room where the kalash is established is called 'Dashain Ghar'. Generally women are not allowed to enter the room where Dashain puja is being carried out. A priest or a household man worships the kalash everyday once in the morning and then in the evening. The kalash and the sand are sprinkled with holy water everyday and it is shielded from direct sunlight. By the tenth day, the seed will have grown to five or six inches long yellow grass. The sacred yellow grass is called 'Jamara'. It is bestowed by the elders atop the heads of those younger to them during the last five days when tika is put on. The jamara is taken as a token of Goddess Durga as well as the elders blessing.
As days passes by regular rituals are observed till the seventh day. The seventh day is called 'Fulpati'.
In fulpati, the royal kalash filled with holy water, banana stalks, jamara and sugar cane tied with red cloth is carried by Brahmans on a decorated palanquin under a gold tipped and embroidered umbrella. The government officials also join the fulpati parade. With this the Dashain feasting starts.
The eighth day is called the Maha Asthami: The fervour of worship and sacrifice to Durga and Kali increases. On this day many orthodox Hindus will be fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house through out the day. The night of the eighth day is called 'Kal Ratri', the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed at the mother goddess temples. The sacrifice continues till dawn. While the puja is being carried out great feasts are held in the homes of common people where large amount of meat are consumed.
The ninth day is called Nawami: Temples of mother goddess are filled with people from dawn till dusk. Animals mostly black buffaloes are slaughtered to honour Durga the goddess of victory and might and to seek her blessing. Military bands play war tunes, guns boom and officers with beautifully decorated medals in full uniform stand there. When the function ends the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood. On this very day the god Vishwa Karma, the God of creativity is also worshiped. All factories, vehicles, any machinery instruments and anything from which we make a living are worshiped. We also give sacrifices to all moving machinery like cars, aeroplanes, trucks etc. to get the blessing from goddess Durga for protection for vehicles and their occupants against accidents during the year. The entire day is colourful.
The tenth day is the Dashami: On this day we take tika and jamara from our elders and receive their blessing. We visit our elders in their home and get tika from them while our younger ones come to our home to receive blessing from us. The importance of Dasain also lies in the fact that on this day family members from far off and distant relatives come for a visit as well as to receive tika from the head of the family. This function continues for four days. After four days of rushing around and meeting your relatives Dashain ends on the full moon day, the fifteenth day. In the last day people stay at home and rest. The full moon day is also called 'Kojagrata' meaning 'who is awake'. The Hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi is worshipped. On this day the goddess Laxmi is given an invitation to visit each and everyone.
After Dashain everyone settles back to normal. After receiving the blessing of goddess Durga, people are ready to work and acquire virtue, power and wealth. Dashain thus is not only the longest festival but also the most anticipated one among all the festivals of Nepal ..... (Text source from Internet). Note that if you are travelers who would like to make a special tour package in Nepal during this festival time, just let us know. Thank you so much and looking forward to serve you.
The 37th Annual General Meeting of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has elected a new executive committee with Chandra Prasad Rijal as the president. Rijal’s panel almost made a clean sweep, winning 15 of the 17 posts. Rijal got 411 votes while his competitor Sagar Pandey received 332 votes. Similarly, the AGM elected Tashi Lhakpa Sherpa as senior vice president, Tej Bahadur Gurung as first vice president, Ram Prasad Sapkota as second vice president, Karna Bahadur Lama as general secretary, Mukti Pandey as secretary, Lila Ballav Dahal as treasurer and Krishna Man Shrestha as joint-treasurer. Treasurer Dahal is from Pandey’s panel. Likewise, Sarita Lama, Nawang Nima Sherpa, Devi Pandey, Rudra Jung Adhikari, Wangchu Sherpa, Basudev Lamsal, Dambar Bahadur Adhikari, Taranath Lamichhane and Pemba Sherpa as members. Pema Sherpa is from Pandey’s panel.
The 23-member TAAN executive committee takes full shape after four executive members are nominated by the new executive committee. Immediate president Ramesh Prasad Dhamala and TAAN Pokhara President Ram Chandra Sharma are also in the executive committee of TAAN. The closed session of TAAN endorsed the Annual Progress Report for 2014/15 and Proposed Policy and Programs for 2015/16 presented by General Secretary Sagar Pandey. Similarly, it endorsed Annual Financial Report of 2014/15 and Estimated Financial Expenditure for 2015/16 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha. Earlier, Former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated the AGM amid a colorful ceremony. Speaking at the program, Deuba hailed the role played by TAAN in the development and promotion of adventure tourism in the country. Saying that the existing problems would be solved soon, former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who was the chief guest at the event, said the private sectors should unite and work together to create an investment-friendly environment where the tourism industry could flourish.
Similarly, Tourism Secretary Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya said the ministry was working on points to include in the amendment bill considering need of the time. "The existing act has, in some cases, hindered professional growth of different tourism-related organizations and the tourism industry as a whole as it is not current. I assure you that the new act will solve the various problems which are stunting the growth of this industry which helps in bringing in foreign currency," Shrestha said. TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said Nepal should exploring 'hidden tourism products' that are unexploited yet and could attract millions more tourists to Nepal. Sagar Pandey, general secretary of TAAN, also brought attention to the need to update Tourism Act and called for timely amendment to it. He also urged the government to assist in the making of a Tourism Master Plan with assistance of the National Planning Commission.
Meanwhile, TAAN conferred Dr Harka Gurung Tourism Research and Development Award on Samarth-NMDP. The award carries a purse of Rs 50,000 and letter of appreciation. Similarly, TAAN conferred TAAN Responsible Tourism Journalism Award on Kriti Bhuju of Republica daily and Raju Baskota of Annapurna Post daily. The award carries purse of Rs 15,000 each and letter of appreciation. TAAN also handed over TAAN Eco-Tourism Award to Chhomrong village of Annapurna Region and TAAN Destination Management Award to Ghalegaun Community Development Committee. Nepali ultra runner Mira Rai and youngest women Everest summiteers Nima Chhamji Sherpa was also honored on the occasion. Similarly, Journalists Ashok Silwal and Diwakar Pant were honored with special recognition. They received cash prize of Rs 25,000 each and letter of appreciation. TAAN also felicitated its founding President Ambica Shrestha and founder of Sherpa Society Trekking Ang Dali Sherpa with Lifetime Achievement Award. Similarly, it honored Laxmi Bhattarai of TAAN Secretariat, Kathmandu and Rosh Bahadur KC of TAAN Pokhara with Best Employee of the Year Award. The award carries purse of Rs 30,000 each.
On the occasion, TAAN awarded Royal High Mountain Trekking, Himalayan Encounters and Swissa’s World Adventure for standing in first, second and third positions, respectively, in terms of issuance of TIMS cards in204/15.
According to the Hindu religion, many centuries earlier, Indra (the King of Heaven)’s mother needed specially scented ﬂowers (Parijat). Indra looked for them but could not ﬁnd in heaven. Indra discovered Parijat ﬂowers in the the garden of Hanuman Dhoka of Kathmandu valley. and tried to steal them for his mother. He was caught and imprisoned by people of Kathmandu. Indra’s mother came searching for him and the people were shocked to know what they had done. They released Indra and dedicated one of the most colorful festivals of Nepal to him to calm down his anger.
This festival lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and jubilation. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess along with chariots of Bhairab and Ganesh are taken through the main streets of Kathmandu with much fanfare. Masks and statues representing Vishnu, Bhairab, and Shiva are shown to the public. Various masked dances like Pulu Kishi (elephant dance), Lakhe, Sawa Bhaku and Mahankali dances are performed at various places.
Since that day the Hanuman Dhoka palace looks very unusual; until the ending of the fete different kinds of mask dances from different parts of the valley are demonstrated. Indra is thanked for the rains and assured once again that he is respected in the Kathmandu Valley. If you are wishing to explore such a beautiful festival of Kathmandu valley, then hire a registered tour guide " Ammar Guni" to make your holiday unforgettable. Find the suggested itinerary for your Indra Jatra tour in Nepal.
On the occasion of completion of forty years of ascent of Everest by Junko Tabei, a special program was organized on 22 Sep in the capital to mark this august occasion. Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest came all the way from Japan to Nepal- her second home country. Her expedition's name was Japanese Women's Everest Expedition, which had 15 members and she became the first woman to climb Everest on May 16, 1975 from that team. Honb'le Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Kripasur Sherpa was the chief guest of the program. Personalities from different government sectors, representatives from different travel and tourism related organizations, Everest summiteers and many more also attended the program. President of Union of Alpine Association (UAAA) In Jeoung Lee and Ex-President of Japan Mountaineering Association (JMA) Tadao Kanzaki were also present in the program. On behalf of NMA, President; Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa handed her a certificate of appreciation for her special contribution for the development of Nepal's mountain tourism globally. Coincidentally, 22 Sep is her birthday and she celebrated her birthday on the same occasion. The renowned Japanese mountaineer, who came here with more than 35 Japanese trekkers to support the country’s tourism economy in the aftermath of devastating quake. Tabei appealed world climbers and visitors to come to Nepal as the country needed more tourists now than ever. She also mentioned Everest trekking route is all safe for visitors in the aftermath of April earthquake
Tourism fraternity of the country celebrated World Tourism Day 2015 by organizing different programs throughout the country.
A colorful procession was taken out from Thamel in the morning of September. Different travel trade associations participated in the rally with their respective banners. Similarly, Magars, Gurungs and Tharus showcased their traditional dances. Police band and panche baja troupes led the procession. The rally passed through Durbar Marg, Jamal, Kamalchhi, Ason, Indra Chowk, Basantapur and Rantapark before culminating into a program at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the program with gusto. TAAN office-bearers and executive members, general members, as well as staffers participated in the procession.
Speaking at the program, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa said joint efforts should be made for promotion of Nepali tourism industry. He also said all stakeholders should work in tandem to identify, explore, development and promote new tourist destinations across the country.
On the occasion, Minister Sherpa declared Amaltari (Nawalparasi), Hemjakot (Kaski), and Todke (Myagdi) villages as 'Village Tourism Destination of the Year'.
Meanwhile, the government also awarded Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Himalayan Encounters and Flight Connection International for becoming the highest foreign currency earner in hotels, trekking agency and travel agency category, respectively.
TAAN has been celebrating World Tourism Day by organizing various events every year. The theme of this year's World Tourism Day celebration was 'One
TEEJ Festival has been celebrating in Nepal
Teej festival is celebrated by Nepali Hindu women throughout the country today, 16 September, 2015. Teej is a religious, social and cultural festival in Nepal in which the married women visit their parent’s home and celebrate Teej with their mother, sisters and friends. Married women take a full day fast for their husband’s wellness and as well as long life. Unmarried women and girls also take fast on Teej and pray to get a nice husband like a Lord shiva (strong, intelligence and powerful).
Modern women take fruits and liquid in the evening after their puja (worship) while some women live without any food and drops of water for 24-hours on this day. As women worship Lord Shiva on Teej, the colorful women fully decorated with ornaments and bangles gather at the Shiva temples. The Pashupatinath temple of Kathmandu valley is most frequently visited by Hindu women during this Teej festival where they worship Pashupatinath (Shiva) and perform Teej dance.
Teej puja takes place also at home. Some women do puja both at the temple and home. Besides its religious meaning, Teej is a cultural festival in which women dance and sing songs at home, temples and nearby public places.
Godawari Mela every 12 years Godawari is also considered as one of the sacred site due to Godawari Kunda (Godawari Spring Pond) Kathmandu Lalitpur. The temple of Siddheshwor Mahadev is beside the Inner Kunda. It is believed that water in the Kunda is originated from the sacred place in India also known as Godawari.
There are five Dhunge Dhara (stone tap: popular ancient architecture) from where the pure kunda water flows to outer Kunda from the inner Kunda. The month-long festival, said to date back to the Lichhavi period will welcome 4 million pilgrims this year With 2 million visitors in 2003, but this year this could be doubled.
With the growing number of pilgrimage tourism considering only India we could reach the target. As the mobility of people increasing this Mela will help give a positive message on fallen tourism sector. The festival is said to date back at least 1,000 years to the Lichhavi period, and was later adopted by the Malla kings of the Valley. The crystal clear waters of the springs of Godavari below Phulchoki, the highest mountain on the Valley rim, are said to be linked to a river of the same name in southern India.
It is interesting to write on Mythology when we talk about the religios History. Gautam Rishi wandered with lakhs of cows in this Mahabharat Range. This region was very steep that time lwith hundreds and thousands of cows on Mahabharat range. With the herds of cows once the cows fell down. He was afraid as the cows considered to be the god. He started to meditate and then Shiva appeared. Shiva told to meditate and call on for Ganga.
Then the meditation was successful and Ganga came.Ganga told that she would relief the cows death and wash the sins .Shivaji was called as Siddheshwor and established both shiva and Ganga. According to Hindu Astrology Jupiter has to set down.After Bhadra then the Puja starts and beside these only regular Puja of temple is done. So to wash way the sins the visit is to be believed to help purify us.
What else beside these: About 16 KM from the central Kathmandu, Godavari is situated on the foot of Phulchowki hill (Highest Hill in Kathmandu Valley) in Lalitpur District. The place is named after a flower name ‘Godawari’ and is the nearest destination with rich natural sceneries and pleasing environment one can reach out. Godawari is favorite places for picnics and recreational activities and can easily reach there with any transportation means like Cycles, Bikes and Cars.
Beside there are local micro buses available so people can easily reach there. Let our travel agencies be Forward and can use this as a marketing approach for attracting indian pilgrimage traveler / tourist, said Ammar Raj Guni Managing Director Gokyo Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd .
In Godawari, the weather remains cool even in the summer. It is also considered a suitable habitate for numerous species of birds. The crystal clear water of Godavari is pure and refreshing. The spring water is supplied to different parts of Kathmandu as drinking water. Tourist can also enjoy boating at Godavari that is considered important for its huge tourist potentials. The serene environment and greenery of the park leaves a delightful imprint on the minds of the visitors. (Source: Onlineonlinekhabar.com)
A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala on Wednesday met Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and congratulated him on his appointment to the post.
President Dhamala and General Secretary Sagar Pandey congratulated Secretary Thapaliya by offering bouquets and khadas. Other members of the delegation also congratulated the new tourism secretary by offering khadas.
On the occasion, President Dhamala briefed Secretary Thapaliya of the programs and activities being carried out by TAAN. "We have been asking the government to implement 'no trekking without guide/porter' and 'no trekking without company' provisions to ensure safety of trekkers," he said, adding, "This provision will discourage illegal operation of trekking business and ensure safety and well-being of trekkers."
President Dhamala also briefed Secretary Thapaliya about the partnership between TAAN and World Food Programme (WFP) for carrying out food and non-food supplies in different quake-hit areas. He also requested Secretary Thapaliya to do the needful for early implementation of new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
Similarly, General Secretary Pandey requested the tourism secretary to take necessary initiatives for effective implementation of government policy and programs. "Government policies look good in paper. But they are hardly implemented," he said, adding, "I request you to address this problem."
Responding to the delegation, Secretary Thapaliya said the tourism ministry sees TAAN as an important stakeholder of Nepali tourism industry. "Private sector is the driver of Nepali tourism industry. I will spare no effort to facilitate private sector for development of new tourism products and services," he said. Thapaliya further said he would work to introduce a one-window system for issuance of all permits for trekking and mountaineering.
Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa, Executive Members Dhana Prasad Gurung, Palsang Tamang, Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa and Bidya Hirachan, and TAAN CEO Ganga Sagar Pant were present in the delegation.
TAAN congratulates new DG OF DoT Meanwhile, the delegation also paid a courtesy call on newly appointed Director General of Department of Tourism (DoT) Govinda Bahadur Karkee. The delegation congratulated Karkee by offering bouquets and khadas and wished for his successful tenure.
On the occasion, President Dhamala, General Secretary Pandey and CEO Panta briefed Karkee about different programs and activities being carried out by TAAN, TIMS, and new MoU to implement TIMS, among other issues.
President Dhamala requested Karkee to do the needful for introducing 'no trekking without guide/porter' and 'no trekking without companies' to ensure safety of trekkers. Similarly, General Secretary Pandey said the government should make NTB functional at the earliest and strengthen Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) for effective development of Nepali tourism industry.
Responding to the delegation, Karkee said the government will work as a facilitator for tourism development. "Our focus at the moment is on tourism recovery. It will be possible only if all the stakeholders work in tandem," he said, adding that the government will address all genuine concerns of the private sector.
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