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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Everest Mountain Flight

Everest Mountain Flight or Everest Himalayan Flight Tour is an hour long early morning flight in Kathmandu Nepal by domestic airlines which flies on the north east of Nepal along with he high Himalayan ranges. As we know that the top of the world is Mount Everest, to see this the main purpose of this flight along with the other 8 ighest peaks in the world. After doing this you may have some idea about the magnificent Himalayas and you can be proud enough to say that you have see the highest or tallest point of this world. So Angel Tour Trekking Operator Nepal offers Nepal Tour Trekking Pacakge with Everest Mountain Flight.

"More over you will receive - CERTIFICATE - from the airlines that you have seen the top of the world Mount Everest"

For the traveler who is unable to make a trekking trip to the mountains either because of lack time or physical fitness, or due to sheer want of the adventure streak, there are Mountain Flight to simulate the experience.For millennia, the Himalayas have had a grip on the world's imagination. The sheer majesty and grandeur of the lofty, snow-capped mountains have inspired awe, curiosity and reverence.Tens of thousands of visitors from the world over come to Nepal annually, as English climber George Leigh Mallory would say, because they are there. But not all who visit the Himalayan kingdom can afford the time and the stamina to be on the mountains. You can, however, afford to be with us on our exhilarating Himalayan Spectacular that shows you the mountains from the closest range possible.

Welcome to the Land of Himalayas


Nepal is a land of unparalleled scenic beauty located within one of the most diverse geographical areas on earth. Nestled high in the Himalayas between China and India, it has retained its essentially agrarian and medieval character. Its wondrous history and geography are still the defining aspects of everyday life.

Since Nepal first opened its frontiers to foreign visitors in the fifties, it has been the epicenter of Himalayan adventure activities. Climbing and trekking holidays in Nepal Himalaya has become highly sought after adventure sports throughout the world soon after the advent of tourism culture. Nepal has an unsurpassed range of environments, ranging from the lowland of Terai to the snowy summit of the highest mountain range on Earth.

Traveling in Nepal not only offers an opportunity to submerge in Himalayan bliss but also a chance to step back in time. Standing before the entire world as a vivid kaleidoscope of picturesque landscapes, exotic wildlife, arid high-altitude meadows, magnificent mountains, incredible travel destinations, unique culture, festivals, ancient heritage, pristine backwaters, and exotic cuisine, Nepal is undoubtedly a traveler’s delight. Trekking in Nepal is often referred to as walking through the paradise on earth.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Landlocked Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan country between India and China. The tourism in Nepal consists of its ethereal mountain scenery and also its unique brand of syncretic Hindu and Buddhist religious practices.

The tourism in Nepal involves a large section of its general population. It constitutes the largest service industry of the Himalayan country. Nepal tourism is bolstered by the presence of the highest mountain in the world-Mount Everest. The country also is home to 8 of the10 highest mountains on earth. Nepal acts as a veritable magnet for persons following an active lifestyle. Mountaineers, rapellers and ski professionals regularly visit the country to hone their professional skills. The tourism industry in Nepal is responsible for a large portion of the foreign exchange coming into the country.

The tourist industry in Nepal employs 42% of the total working population in Nepal. It is the main source of economic sustenance after agriculture. Many Nepali people depend upon foreign tourists for their livelihood. The growth of organized tourism in Nepal has given rise to higher wages of the Nepali population depending upon tourist activity for their economic sustenance. Responsible tourism is practiced by the government to ensure that environmental degradation does not occur as a by-product of tourist activities.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

History of Nepal



Nepal has seen many rulers and ruling dynasties. The earliest rulers were the Kirantis who ruled from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Legends and chronicles mention that the Indian Emperor Ashoka had come to Nepal and visited Lumbini, the place where the Buddha was born, and where he erected a huge stone pillar to commemorate his visit to that spot.

The Kirants were replaced by Licchavis who, according to the earliest evidences in inscriptions of the 5th century A.D. found in the courtyard of Changunarayan temple which is about 15 km north east of Kathmandu, ruled this country from 1st century to 9th century A.D. This period is noted for the many temples and fine sculptures built around the Kathmandu valley.
The Licchavis were followed by the Thakuris, and then came the Malla dynasty. The Mallas ruled focusing mainly on the Kathmandu Valley which has been the residence for most Nepali rulers from time immemorial. No other part of Nepal is as rich in cultural heritage as Kathmandu. Thanks to the exceptionally talented crafts-men, who dedicated themselves to construct the many temples and statues, we have seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley itself.


In the 14th century A.D. King Jayasthiti Malla established a rigid social order. His grandson tried in every way to protect his country from suspected enemy states. Unfortunately, all his efforts were fruitless, everything went beyond his control and the country eventually divided up into 50 small feudal states including the three major ones in the valley.

Then came the Shah dynasty, which prevails even today. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, founder of Modern Nepal, who annexed small principalities including three states in the Kathmandu Valley and unified Nepal in a single kingdom. Recognizing the threat of the British Raj in India, he dismissed European missionaries from the country and for more than a century, Nepal remained in isolation.

During the mid-19th century Jung Bahadur Rana became Nepal's first prime minister to wield absolute power. He set up an oligarchy and the Shah Kings remained figureheads.

Friday, July 22, 2011

COMMON NEPAL YOU CAN DO IT


Jordan VS Nepal





Support Nepal for 2014 FIFA Word Cup Qualifier 23 July, 2011




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Nepal Vs Jordan : World Cup qualifiers



 
After their success against Timor Leste in first round of 2014 World Cup Asian Qualifiers with emphatic 7-1 aggregate victory, Nepal is all set to play against Jordan in the second round on July 23 and 28. Jordan, ranked 83rd in the FIFA ranking currently, are two times (2004 and 2011) quarter finalists in AFC Asian Cup.

Comparing the historical background of both the teams, Jordan seems much stronger than Nepal. But Nepali Coach Graham Roberts, former English International, believes that Nepal can beat Jordan. When asked if Nepal can beat Jordan, Roberts said, "Why not! We can beat them. We are confident and will do everything possible in the second round qualifiers"
Jordan and Nepal are playing against each other for the first time. Jordan might be a tough call for Nepal but one thing common in both teams is they have lost only one match played in last seven matches.
Here's some comparisons of two teams :
FIFA ranking
Nepal 148 Vs Jordan 83

Highest Ranking
Nepal 124 (Dec 1993) Vs Jordan 37 (July 2004)

Lowest ranking
Nepal 188 (Feb 2008) Vs Jordan 152 (July 1998)
Football governing body
All Nepal Football Association (ANFA)
Jordan Football Association (JFA)

World Cup Appearances
Nepal: never qualified
Jordan: never qualified
Asia Cup Appearances
Nepal: never qualifiedJordan: Quarterfinalists in 2004 and 2011

Nepal: Last seven matc
hes
W W D L W W WOpponents:East Timor (twice), Sri Lanka, Korea DPR, Afghanistan, Bhutan (twice)

Jordan Last seven ma
tches
D D L W W D DOpponents:Korea DPR, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Uzbekistan

Coach
Nepal: Graham Roberts, Former England International
Jordan: Adnan Hamad, Former Iraq International

Biggest Win
Nepal Vs Bhutan 7-0 (1999)Jordan Vs Macau 13-0 (2006)

Biggest defeat
Nepal Vs South Korea 0
-16 (2003)
Jordan Vs China 0-6 (1984)

National Stadium
Dasharath Rangashala, Capacit
y : 25,000
Amman International Stadium , Capacity : 25,000
Kit Provider
Nepal: Adidas
Jordan: Adidas

Jersey:

Home
Nepal: Red
Jordan: White
Away
Nepal: BlueJordan: Red
Amman International Stadium which hosted 2007 Asian Championships in Athletics will be hosting Nepal's away match against Jordan on July 23. Built in 1980 and renovated in 2009, this stadium has capacity of 25,000 spectators. In July, the temperature of Amman, Jordan, where Amman International Stadium is located, might exceed 35˚C. But according to Yahoo weather, on the day of the match, the temperature is expected to be 32˚C. There is 0% chance of rainfall during the day, but the humidity is expected to be high.
Meanwhile, Venue for Nepal's home match against Jordan is still undecided even though schedules in the offi
cial website of Asian Football Confederation shows that match would be held in the Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu.
“We are still undecided about hosting the home match against Jordan in Kathmandu since we are facing the problem of ground maintenance,” said All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) CEO Indra Man Tuladhar.
Earlier, ANFA had requested to play both home and away matches in Jordan. However, following the success in the matches against Timor Leste in the first round of the qualifiers as well as pressures from fans and the team, ANFA wrote to AFC to host the home match in Kathmandu.
Meanwhile, Graham Roberts has said that he will make sure home match against Jordan will be played in Kathmandu. Speaking after post match conference after defeating Timor Leste 5-0 in the second leg of first round matches of 2014 World Cup Asian Qualifiers, he said, "I will do everything possible to make sure we are playing our home match at home. You should not hurt thousands of Nepalese football fans."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nepal Tour Package



Nepal Tour
Nepal is an eccentric tourist's paradise in every sense of adventure, Himalaya, river, religious, wildlife sanctuaries, monuments, Temples, museums, cultural and world heritage sites. As well as the birth place of Lord Buddha. It has blessed by divine power of natural beauty. One thing is sure that once you visit this Country and you leave the country, it always reminds and connects you forever with the images which you see on tour and trek. It is a major tourist spot of Asia. Because of unbeatable combination of natural beauty, It is one of the best destinations for Trek, Travel, Tour, jungle safari tour, Rafting. Not only these things but also you can experience the people's culture, festivals, religion and tradition. Apart from sightseeing tours of its splendid monuments, the country offers numerous other options to the tourists to enjoy themselves fully. For instance, one can indulge trek, expedition, hiking, biking, river rafting, Jungle safari Tour etc. There are also a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, which serve as a treat for nature lovers.

We are always ready to welcome all travelers to enjoy with its natural beauty of the country. We are one of the best and leading Nepal Travel, Trekking, Expedition and tour Operator Company. We have customized some Nepal tour package which can fulfill your dream of visit This Country and it makes easy to plan your Nepal tour and experience of country. We have design some tour packages which include most popular sightseeing place. Like Kathmandu tour package, Holiday Package, Pokhara tour package, Chitwan tour package, Lumbini tour package, Pilgrim tour package, Jungle safari tour, best Nepal tour and trek package. Our pre-designed packages offer you a complete Nepal trip package at your hand. Our Tour packages are customizable to your needs. It's easy to plan a tour on your desire. We are happy to extend our hospitality and wish your trip and stay memorable

Expedition



Expedition
Because of a richest country in the world on terms of isolated geographical position, snow capped Himalaya, natural beauty and unique bio- diversity; It is a paradise for Himalaya and Mountaineering. Nowhere else on the earth can get such a combination of high snow capped Himalaya and have the opportunity to climb some of the highest peaks in the world. Of course, Mount Everest immediately comes to mind when we think about Nepal. Not only mount Everest but also other seven high peaks over 8000 meter and 1310 over 6000 meter peaks and 33 peaks already opened for expedition by  government. Having an eight highest Peak out of 14 in the world, it is popular destination for Himalaya expedition. Himalaya expedition is the most challenging but rewarding trips. The Himalaya of Nepal has stood as irresistible land mark for the world's adventures since Nepal opened its doors to travelers in 1950. Himalaya Expedition is the prime attraction of country. Expedition means touching a heart of snow capped mountain, getting an adventures experience, exploring the majestic Himalaya and enjoying with natural beauty of Snow Peak. The climbing any of expedition peaks are regulated by government, ministry of tourism aviation and some peaks by mountaineering association. Everest expedition, cho oyu expedition, manaslu expedition, Ama dablam, kanchanjunga, Annapurna are most popular mountain expedition in Nepal.

All The entire expedition is require to get permission for peak climbing for all Peaks and permits can be issued through an authorized travel and tour agency like us or from mountaineering association, tourism board, and ministry of tourism and civil aviation. Being a trekking, expedition and Tour Operator Agent, We operate all type of trekking, expedition, peak climbing service with permits, gears, food, transportation, guide porter and insurance to our guest on our package

Adventure Himalayan Treks


GirlAdventure In The Himalayas
Experience the beauty of Nepal with Adventure Himalayan Treks. We offer a selection of different treks in Nepal and Tibet plus "add-on" adventures to Chitwan National Park; exciting rafting trips on the Trisuli and Sunkoshi Rivers; as well as tours of the Kathmandu Valley. Contact us about your special interest or preferred trekking area and we will provide a detailed trek description with a day-to-day itinerary. Adventure Himalayan Treks will also arrange custom-made peak climbing expeditions, cultural and educational treks.

Adventure Himalayan Trekkers uses the finest in trekking equipment just to make your trip more comfortable. Our experienced guides and cooks are there to make your trip memorable; while the office staff will free you from all the turmoil of travel by taking care of your permits, flight reservations, etc.Yaks
Your trek with Adventure Himalayan Treks will include all staff services (guide, cook, and porters); land transportation including airport transfers; all camping equipment (tents, mattresses, etc.); all meals prepared outdoors while trekking; as well as meals and lodging while traveling in Tibet. We also help you with trekking permits; national park fees; sightseeing entrance fees; and insurance surcharges for all local staff.

Adventure Himalayan Trekkersspecializes in assisting documentary film groups in Nepal and Tibet. Please contact our office for details.

To receive our color brochure or to book treks, tours or expeditions; please contact us through your travel agent or write to us directly. We suggest you book your trip at least one month prior to schedule.

Business in Nepal



Nepal is generally considered to be one of the poorest nations in the world. The majority of the population live in rural areas and make their income (if any) from working agricultural lands. The country is also landlocked which makes it difficult or expensive to transports goods to other countries. However, importations and exportation is encouraged by the government in order to promote good business and encourage growth which will hopefully result in a higher employment rate, higher salaries and a better standard of living for all in time.

Nepal's capital is Kathmandu – a city with over one million people. There are several other sizable cities, most of which are located in the southern Terai districts right next to India's border. Many of the people in the country have a poor level of education, suffer from bad health and earn very little money. The potential for economical growth in the country is seen as being in agriculture, export-orientated manufacturing, hydropower generation and tourism. Unfortunately it is unlikely that this potential will ever be realized locally due to lack of funding. Major investments by the public and private sectors are needed.

While government has taken many positive steps such as creating policies that free up trade and establishing a convertible currency, the country still remains heavily reliant on agriculture which means that bad weather can result in a bad gross national product. Noting this trend, the government has taken steps towards more sustainable growth by focusing on encouraging other countries and firms to invest in hydropower development and exports. They have developed a well-thought-out program which should, in time, see the economy go from strength to strength. The principle growth sectors are in tourism, transport, telecommunications and hydropower generation. If you want to invest in Nepal, now is the time to do it.

Trekking in Nepal and Himalayas

Karnali Excursions offers you the opportunity to experience adventure, exotic cultures and unconventionality in the most mesmerizing and historic places on earth. Our treks, tours, expeditions and educational journeys through the Himalayas and greater Nepal — Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash, Tibet, Annapurna, Kathmandu, Bhutan, to name a few — are carefully organized and bypass the ‘tourist jams’ in these areas. 
We have an interesting selection of itineraries to choose from, or offer you the opportunity to work with us to create an itinerary that suits your specific needs and desires. We tread lightly in many sensitive areas, always helping to preserve and protect the environment. Our treks and tours are affordable and accommodating, bound to ensure the ‘Journey of a Lifetime’.

Mountain Flight



trekking trip to the mountains either because of lack time or physical fitness, or due to sheer want of the adventure streak, there are mountain flights to simulate the experience.For millennia, the Himalayas have had a grip on the world's imagination. The sheer majesty and grandeur of the lofty, snow-capped mountains have inspired awe, curiosity and reverence.
Tens of thousands of visitors from the world over come to Nepal annually, as English climber George Leigh Mallory would say, because they are there. But not all who visit the Himalayan kingdom can afford the time and the stamina to be on the mountains. You can, however, afford to be with us on our exhilarating Himalayan Spectacular that shows you the mountains from the closest range possible.

What to expect during the flight?
The one hour flight takes you within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world, and cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice, is an out-of-this earth experience. The aircraft takes off and heads eastward and almost immediately, the peaks come into view. The first peak that appears on your horizon is the majestic Gosaithan, standing 8,013m tall. To its right, appears Dorje Lhakpa (6,966m), looking like a massive figure of 8, lying prone and covered in snow. To its right is Phurbi Chyachu, which looms over the Kathmandu Valley.
Next on your vision is Choba Bhamare, rather small in this company at 5,933m, but singularly stubborn as it remains unconquered to this day. Then comes Mt. Gaurishanker (7,134m), standing out sharp and conspicuous-Hindus believe that Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati protect this mountain.
As the flight move toward the eastern Himalaya, a succession of majestic mountains follows. Melungtse, with a plateau-like top stand at 7,023m; Chugimago is at 6,297m, and still remains to be scaled. Mt. Numbur stands at 6,956m. Then, Karyolung, a gleaming-white mountain at 6,511m, and cho-Oyu, the sixth highest in the world at 8,021 m.
The last and most exciting stretch of the journey takes you close to the 7,952m tall Gyanchungkang, which is considered an extremely tough climb. To its right is Pumori at 7,161m and Nuptse at 7,855m. Finally, there is Mt. Everest itself (8,848m), called Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the Tibetans. It is an altogether different feeling as one comes face to face with the world's tallest and most enigmatic of mountains. Mountain flights are also conducted from Pokhara.
Can we charter? 
Helicopters and Aircraft are also available for charter use, especially for group treks and expeditions. STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) airstrips are located throughout the country.

Entertaining Nepal


Nightlife
It's evening, and you are just back from a sight-seeing tour or a delightful shopping binge. So what do you do? Go back to your hotel room? No, Kathmandu is not going to let you off that easily. There are more fun-filled adventures waiting for you, and we'll tell you where to find them. Relax, the night is young yet.

Casinos
Over the years, Kathmandu has seen many changes; in people as well as in trends. However, one trend that has remained true over the years is that of South Asians traveling to Kathmandu to play in the Casinos of Nepal.
Gambling has always been a part of South Asian culture. When you look at ancient paintings and text, you see kings and their women playing dice. When you look at holy scriptures, you read of gods and sages gambling.
Kathmandu offers visitors an array of exciting, action-packed casinos where you can enjoy 24 hours of fun and games. There are four casinos in Kathmandu, all located in the premises of the city's top hotels, which offer your favorite games: poker, baccarat, roulette, pontoon, blackjack, as well as other card games and slot machines. All the games are played in chips and they can be purchased with US dollars or Indian rupees.
The four Casinos of Nepal are:
Highlights of Casino Anna
Location within the 5 Star Hotel de l'Annpurna.
700 Trained Service Staff.
Ground Floor facilities for beginners and those with a limited bankroll.
Largest number of jackpot winners of any casino in the valley.
Second Floor facilities for serious gambling with larger wagers and tournament players welcomed.
Casino Royale located across the street.

Since opening in 1992, Casino Anna has become, perhaps, the most frequented of all casinos in Nepal.

Highlights of Casino Everest
Location within the 5 Star Hotel Everest.
Playing takes plays in one of Kathmandu's biggest banquet halls.
Players are entitled to a free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet.
High rollers may receive room comps and other spiffs .
Regularly held entertainment programs.
With a location ideal for quick airport access, Casino Everest is in the quiet area of Baneswor.

Highlights of Casino Nepal
Location on the premises of the 5 Star Hotel Soaltee Holiday Inn Crown Plaza .
New renovations to make it the largest gambling center in the valley.
Players are entitled to a free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet .
Regularly held entertainment programs .
A newly established back-bar and game room for serious gamblers .
The oldest casino in Nepal, Casino Nepal is also the most popular casino in the Valley.

Highlights of Casino Royale
Location within the 5 Star Hotel Yak and Yeti A location in Kathmandu's most popular tourist center, Durbar Marg, puts you in the heart of the action.
Travel agencies, airlines, hotels, banks, shops and all things you will need are located next door.
Gambling in an Old-World atmosphere.
Players are entitled to a free breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet.
Regularly held entertainment programs.
A Kids Corner with entertainment games.
Casino Anna located across the street.
Located in a building that is part of a 125-year-old Rana Palace, Casino Royale is the pride of the Rana kings who built many beautiful palaces and recreation areas in Nepal.

Cultural Programs
Cultural programs offer a fascinating glimpse of Nepal's diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. There are several places in Kathmandu where folk dances and musical performances are held every evening. Nepalese folk dances are an expression of joy. They celebrate the changing of the seasons or youthful romances. Evening time in rural Nepal is often filled with the sound of village song festivals and spontaneous gatherings.
If you want to enjoy Nepalese folk dances but don't feel like going on a mountain trek, you can go to one of the cultural programs in Kathmandu for a lively evening of cultural enlightenment. Performances are given nightly by the Everest Cultural Society at the Hotel.
De L' Annapurna, Durbar Marg and the New Himalchuli Cultural Group.

Movies
There's nothing like going to the movies. There are several cinema halls in Kathmandu where you can sit back and enjoy the celluloid offerings of Kathmandu Bollyhood and Hollyhood as well . Nepalese films as well as Hindi movies from India are the most popular cinematic fare around here. You can know it's a cinema hall by the huge colorful posters of the hero thrashing the villain pasted outside. Tickets are not very expensive and there are three shows everyday: 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm (four shows on Saturday).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bungee Jumping

Let your spirits fly and take a leap down 160 meters with nothing but a bungee rope attached to your ankles. Bhote Kosi, one of Nepal’s wildest rivers awaits true adventure seekers who are ready for anything. Not for the faint hearted, Bungy jumping is an extreme sport that has your heart racing and adrenaline pumping at an all time high in an instant. Located at one of the beautiful spots along the Arniko Highway that leads to Tibet, it is a 3 hour drive from Kathmandu to The Last Resort. The resort even built the bridge over the Bhote Koshi so you could get the ultimate high of jumping off from a height of 160m above the river. Specially designed for bungee with a 4x-safety factor the bridge has a loading factor of 41,500 kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss standards. Rest assured you are safe.

Trekking

Trekking is by far Nepal’s biggest attraction. Pioneered by Col. Jimmy Roberts in the early 1960s, most tourists embark on some trek or the other and many do multiple treks before heading back home. Some arrive each year to do a different trek each time. A trek is also the best means of seeing the country and to understand its people.  Walking through emerald rice fields; through rhododendron forests; crossing streams, camping out on a hilltop in the wilderness with towering mountains in the background, make trekking an unforgettable experience.
One can also do pony treks in some remote places, which is equally enthralling for visitors. Pony treks are offered mostly in western region of Pokhara, Dolpo and Lo Manthang (Mustang).
The two most popular treks are the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Around Annapurna also known as the Annapurna Circuit as it goes right around the Annapurna range. There are many different treks offered in the Everest and Annapurna regions. Other popular regions are the Langtang valley, Helambu, Makalu, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and the Arun Valley. Another popular destination in the Everest region is the Gokyo valley.

Celebrating Tourism Year


Nepal Tourism Year 2011GREETINGS & NAMASTE FROM NEPAL TO THE WORLD
on the occasion of
NEPAL TOURISM YEAR 2011
Everest Dreamz warmly welcomes to all the Travellers, Trekkers, Mountain Climbers and People from all over the world in the occasion of NEPAL TOURISM YEAR 2011, has been formally unveiled by the government of Nepal on Friday - 26 February 2010.Prime Minster of Nepal Shree Madhav Kumar Nepal inaugurated the NTY 2011 by lighting a lamp brought from Lumbini, the birth-place of Gautam Buddha, in a special ceremony organized at the Nepal Army pavilion in Tundikhel, Kathmandu with the slogan "Together for Tourism", the Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) 2011 has been formally unveiled by the government. Government of Nepal in consultation with Nepalese Tourism Industry, concerned organizations and experts decided to launch a national tourism campaign "Nepal Tourism Year 2011"

Nepal Tourism Year 2011Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, and religions. Nepal covers a span of 147,181 sq. kilometers ranging from altitude of 70 meters to 8,848 meters. Mountains, mid hills, valleys and plains dominate the geography of landlocked Nepal that extends from the Himalayan range in the north to the Indo-Gangetic lowlands in south. The mountainous north contains eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized. By some measures, Hinduism is practiced by a greater majority of people in Nepal than in any other nation. The natural scenery, high mountains, incomparable cultural heritage and numerous specialties have made Nepal a well-known destination in the world tourism map with a distinct image of its own. With the glittering badge of adventure destination and the adage "Atithi Devo Bhava" (Guests are Gods) that reflects "Atithi Satkar, Nepaliko Sanskar" (Hospitality is Nepalese culture) deeply rooted in our culture, the tourism products of Nepal never cease to mesmerize the visitors. The cultural, geographical, ethnic and bio-diversities of the country allure international visitors to Nepal time and again which truly substantiates the spirit of Nepal tourism brand: 'Naturally Nepal, once is not enough!'

Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal and is the best way to experience the Himalayas. Most treks follow well-trodden foot trails that have been in use for hundreds of years, connecting mountain villages and hamlets. Popular treks include:
Nepal Tourism Year 2011
     1. Everest Base Camp Trek
     2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
     3. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
     4. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
     5. Gokyo Ri Trek
     6. Annapurna Jomsom Muktinath Trek
     7. Everest Base Camp / Gokyo Cross Chola la Trek

Plan Your Trip
Physical features also include green paddy terraces, wind-swept deserts, dense forests and marshy grasslands. The country is well endowed with perennial rivers, lakes and glacial lakes that originate in the Himalayas. Nepal is a Safe Destination for tourist. We would like to state that the Tourist Police is a special unit of Nepal Police, which is working under Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Tourism Industry Division. Government of Nepal plans to draw 1 million tourists to Nepal during this period in 2011.

Nepal Tourism Year 2011



Tourism, as a mainstay of Nepal’s economy, is growing because of additional attractions such as casinos, a host of adventure sports like Everest Skydiving and mountain biking in Nepal’s mountains and hills as well as international film and drama festivals. In Oct 2008, 50,567 tourists visited Nepal, with the arrival of Indian tourists up by 14 percent, thus making the arrival highest in the last 8 years. The Maoist insurgency that cost almost 13,000 lives in a span of 10 years (1996-2006), hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 in 1999, Royal massacre in 2001, King Gyanendra’s coup in 2005, all contributed to a decrease in tourist arrival. However, after the signing of Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2006 that ended the civil war, which made Nepal a democratic republic in 2008, has worked in favor for the tourism sector. About 6 percent of the total foreign exchange earnings in 2010 are expected to come from tourism.
International tourism receipts also grew to USD 944 billion in 2008. The H1N1 influenza virus outbreak caused a decline in tourists worldwide by 880 million with about 6 percent decline in international receipts. Although the World Travel and Tourism Council (WITC) has revised its forecast on a 2 percent rise in the real GDP growth, the tighten fiscal policy and debt servicing liability of the Western consumers is expected to bring down expenditures to its 2008 level by making the pace of recovery in 2011 rather slow in Asia Pacific region. However, the share of tourism in global economy is expected to grow by over 10 percent in 2011. Tourism will be a key driver to poverty reduction by creating an additional 66 million jobs by 2020, 50 million alone in Asia. This will make Asia Pacific region the second most important tourism destination in the world by 2020.
South Asia lacks conducive operating environment to facilitate and harness existing potential of tourism. This is why the number of visitors to this region accounted only about 1.1 percent of the global visitor arrivals compared to 53.5 percent in Europe during 2007. Thirteen years ago, Visit Nepal Year 1998 had aimed at bringing 500,000 tourists but only 398,008 tourists came to Nepal. The number of tourists in Nepal had decreased by 5 percent to 500,277 during the calendar year 2008 from 527,705 in 2007. The numbers again totalled 509,752 in the year 2009 (which was again less than 2007 figure) marking a growth of 1.9 percent.
Although only 412,446 tourists visited Nepal by air in the year 2010 (first 11 months of FY 2009/10), this number was one of the highest since 1999 when it reached to 421,243. However, lessons from for receiving less than the estimated numbers and their impact on Nepal’s economy should be taken from Visit Nepal Year 1998 and “South Asia Tourism Year” in 2005, when the declaration remained merely ceremonial and hence the impact was minimal.
Nepal Tourism Year 2011 has begun with a slogan “Together for Tourism”. This announcement anticipates at least one million international tourists in Nepal in the year 2011. One has to wait and see the direction and trend of Nepal’s tourism growth until the end of calendar year 2011.
Despite the fact that SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) also initiated tourism promotion events with the promotional tagline of “Magic that is South Asia”, the growth of tourism remained marginal in this region. Without any fanfare the volume of tourist arrival between 2000 to 2007in the Asia-Pacific region was more than double, from 85 million to 198 million. This is a matter of serious consideration for South Asia to integrate tourism sector in countries’ development plans. Lessons need to be learnt from those countries that have succeeded in generating huge resources from this sector. For example, in the US, visitors spent more than US residents travelling abroad, creating a positive balance of trade of USD 8.3 billion for the economy.
TOURISM AND ECONOMY
It is a matter of concern in terms of some estimates that future unemployment rate in Nepal would exceed 10 percent in 20 years. Even a higher GDP growth rate of 6.5 percent would take 30 years to address the unemployment problem (http://www.nssd.net/country/nepal/nep06.htm). By 2007, Nepal’s tourism sector had directly and indirectly employed roughly 700,000 people. Similarly, data available for 2007 shows the direct and indirect contribution of tourism in GDP was 6.4 percent. The industry has also helped growth in other sectors as diverse as horticulture, handicrafts, agriculture, construction and even poultry.
Gross foreign exchange earnings in convertible currency during 2002-2006 do not show much progress. The earnings from tourism was USD 106,822,000 in 2002, which increased to USD 162,790,000 in 2006. Split by sectors, out of USD 162,790,000, the highest earnings were USD 55,366 thousands from tourists and lowest was USD9650 thousands from hotels. Since the year 2006 represented the historic event of Comprehensive Peace Accord between the government and Maoists, the sector-specific contribution must have changed by now.
Except the elaboration of conventional tourism competitiveness index, not much work is found in Nepal that investigates the impact on poor especially at the household level. Therefore, it is difficult to presume right away that tourism development will eventually benefit the poor through the “trickle down” effect. Instead, the government should respond to media’s criticism on environmental degradation and peoples’ health. Otherwise, in the worst case scenario, domestic health and sanitation vulnerability may be accompanied by global pandemic any time soon by making beautiful but deeply troubled Nepal a “paradise-turned-hell”.
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries with a projected real growth rate of 4.3 percent per annum for the next 10 years. It is estimated that by the year 2020, there would be 1.6 billion tourists worldwide with the receipts worth US$2 trillion. It is projected that tourism will create a job every 2.5 seconds. This sector promotes inclusive growth as travel and tourism accounts for 11 percent of the world’s GDP, 9 percent of global employment, 12 percent of global exports and 12 percent of global investment.
Tourism promotion is like “dream selling” and selling one’s dream depends on the brand identity. Therefore, to keep tourism development initiative going and avoiding the possibility of exhibiting Nepal as a “discomfort zone”, Nepal should strengthen ongoing brand of unique community based tourism initiative that has produced a model to exhibit its unique nature and heritage conservation, community benefit and sustainable funding mechanisms like the “Annapurna Tourism Development Project” and the Bhaktapur Conservation Project of the 1980’s.
Tourism Marketing Strategy for Nepal 2005-2020 reveals that 25 percent of visitors come on a package, whereas 75 percent come to Nepal independently. No reliable data is available on the rate of growth of domestic tourism and their annual expenses. Nepal does not have an up-to-date data on foreign visitors’ expenditure either. It necessitates undertaking visitor expenditure surveys regularly within the given timeframe to correctly estimate the demand and supply situation by integrating tourism into the wider economic development packages.

Mountains in Nepal

Let Us Touch the Sky...

Mountains in NepalNepal is the home of mountains. The awe-inspiring, majestic mountains of Nepal attract the tourists from far and wide. Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, juts out in north eastern region of the country, on the Sino-Nepalese border. It seems competing with other mighty mountains. Adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking and hiking can be enjoyed in this mountain range. Journey on these mountains transends one to an entirely different world. Mountain biking is also a popular game in this region.Fast Facts
MountainHeightDate of AscentRanking in the World
Everest8848m (29028ft)29th May 1953Highest mountain in the World
Kanchenjunga8586m (28169ft)25th May 1955# 3
Lhotse8501m (27890ft)18th May 1956# 4
Makalu8463m (27765ft)15th May 1955# 5
Cho Oyu8,201m (26,906ft)-# 6
Dhaulagiri8167m (26794ft)13th May 60# 7
Manaslu8156m (26758ft)9th May 1956# 8
Annapurna8091m (26545ft)3rd June 1950# 10


Snow Line 
Snow line generally occurs between 5,000 and 5,500 meters. The region is characterised by cold climatic and rugged topographic conditions. Human habitation and economic activities are extremely limited. Population The region is sparsely populated, and whatever farming activity does exist is also confined to the low-lying valleys and the river basins. Upper Kali Gandaki Valley is an example of such valleys.Mountaineering Regulations According to the Nepal Mountaineering Association:-
  • Any person or mountaineering team wanting to climb Nepal Mountains and Peaks must receive permission from Nepal Mountaineering Association.
  • The team shall not indulge in activities that may be contrary to the customs and religious, political, social or cultural traditions of the locals.
  • The team shall set up camps in its route to the base camp in such a way that they are acceptable to the local people or as prescribed by Government.
  • The team shall not have any arms, ammunition and explosives etc. They are required to take government permission for the same.
  • The team shall not get involved in any activity, which is or may be likely to affect negatively to the security and reputation of Nepal.

Adventure Sources


Raging Rivers
River journeys in Nepal are electrifying and nerve thrilling. Your life flashes before you as you comfortably hurtle towards monster boulders and towering walls of water. Sunkoshi, Trisuli, Marshyangdi, Seti, Kali Gandaki and Karnali are the major rivers of Nepal, famous for Kayaking and White Water Rafting. The wild, steep, warm and bug free rivers of Nepal tickle the tourists' adventurous side and embrace them in their crystal clear blue-green waters. 

Spectacular Mountains 
Want to experience the intense pleasure of being alive, aware and adventurous....set yourself to a trekking and mountaineering expedition to the abode mountains, Nepal. God blessed Nepal with awe inspiring mountains and radiant snow peaks. Set against a brilliant blue sky, the view is jaw dropping. So what are you waiting for the world of adventure awaits you... 

Himalayan Wildlife
Unleash yourself and play with elephants at Royal Chitwan national park or observe the endangered snow leopards at the Sagarmatha national Park. Neapl is blessed with unique wildlife raging from Palm Civet, Green Pit Viper, Pangolin to Red Panda, Marten, Himalayan Mousehare and Musk Deer.

Major Cities Of Nepal


Bhaktapur
As the name means in Hindi, Bhaktpur is the "City of Devotees". This divine, ancient town is famous for its multi-storeyed pagodas. Bhaktpur has a calm, soothing and spiritual atmosphere and is one of the most peaceful cities of Nepal.

Birgunj
Birgunj, the commercial capital of Nepal is the second largest city in the country, located in the lower Terai plains, near the Indian border. It is known as the gateway of Nepal because of its location that makes Birgunj a frequent destination for business travelers, executives of foreign projects and agencies, overland tourists, pilgrims and other visitors. 

Kathmandu
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu valley, is the biggest and the most cosmopolitan city of Nepal. Known as the 'City of Temples', it has great temples with historic, architectural and religious importance attached to them. Famous for its rocking casinos, Kathmandu is the meeting point of various ethnic groups. The unique element of the city is that it is a fabled capital of convivial pilgrims and carved rose-brick temples as well as a frenetic sprawl of modern towers and spunky casinos.

Lumbini
Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. The historical city of Lumbini is blessed with rich natural setting and astonishing architectural beauty. Located in South-Western Terai of Nepal, the historic city takes one back to 623 B.C.

Nepalgunj
Located in the lower Terai region and known as the transport hub for western Nepal, the town is the starting point of the adventurous treks to Dopla and Jumla regions. The border crossing, 6 km south of Nepalganj, is one of the limited number of places where non-Indian foreigners are allowed to cross the border with India.

Patan 
The city of fine arts, Patan is the shopping hub of traditional handicrafts and carpets. The city is blessed with beautiful temples and stupas. The Phulchokri mountain near Patan is an excellent spot for hiking. The diversity of the medieval culture has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in the city attracting tourists from far and wide.

Pokhara
This mystical city is rightly called the "Center of Adventure". With sky touching mountains and dazzling waterfalls, the city is indeed a visitors' paradise. In close proximity to nature, this beautiful city of Nepal offers the most esthetic panoramic view of the Himalayas.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Pashupatinath Temple 
The magnificent temple of Lord Pashupatinath, about 5 kms north-east of Kathmandu, is situated amidst many other temples on the right bank of the river Bagmati. Pashupatinath Temple is considered to be the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage site in Nepal. Dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva, the shrines and temples of Pashupatinath attract thousands of visitors from within and outside the country every year. This wooded ravine near the golf course and airport is considered to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. 

Royal Chitwan National Park 
Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) has long been one of the country's treasures of natural wonders. The park is situated in south central Nepal, covering 932 sq. km. in the subtropical lowlands of the inner Terai. The area comprising the Tikauli forest - from Rapti river to the foothills of the Mahabharat (place) - extends over an area of 175 sq. km. The area was gazetted as the country's first national park in 1973. Recognizing its unique ecosystems of international significance, UNESCO declared RCNP a World Heritage Site in 1984.

Changunarayan Temple
This impressive double roofed Changu Narayan Temple is said to be the most ancient Vishnu temple in the Kathmandu Valley. The original temple was built around the 4th century. The present pagoda-style temple was rebuilt in 1702 after it was destroyed by fire. It is located in a beautiful peaceful location, 4km north of Bhaktapur, on a hill top in the east side of the Valley. The temple is UNESCO listed World Heritage site. 

Bhaktapur Durbar square 
Kathmandu's Durbar Square was built primarily in the 16th and 17th centuries. It contains a royal palace (a 'durbar') and many temples built in the traditional Newar, pagoda style. The golden gate, entrance to the Durbar Square is a delight to the eyes, for an architectural beauty like this is hard to discover. But what lies inside will change your definition of beauty... the beauty of this UNESCO listed World heritage site surpasses words!

Kathmandu Durbar Square 
Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. 

Golden Gate
The strikingly beautiful Golden Gate is Nepal's pride. The gate is embellished with precious stones and is of great religious ands historical importance. The door is royal in built and structure and surmounted by the figure of Kali and Garuda. It is believed that the golden gate is two heavenly nymphs. The architecture and unsurpassable beauty of the gate enamors the tourists.