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Mithila festival marked in Janakpurdham

January 24 , 2007

The Bibahapanchami (Sita-Ram marriage) festival was celebrated with much fanfare in Janakpurdham, the ancient capital of the Mithila state, on November 25, 2006. Devotees worshipped Lord Ram and Goddess Sita at the local temples after taking holy dips in the religiously famous ponds of Gangasagar, Dhanushasagar and Argaja. On the day of Bibahapanchami, the wedding ceremony of Ram and Sita is commemorated. This is the largest festival in the area. Devotees from various parts of Nepal and India, and Hindu devotees from different parts of the world, take part in the festival. Meanwhile, addressing the concluding ceremony of the festival,…

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Arms management pact signed in Nepal

January 24 , 2007

The peace process in Nepal has been moving ahead smoothly. As a new development, the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on November 28, 2006 signed much-awaited tripartite agreement, paving the way for the United Nations to monitor the management of Maoist combatants and their arms. Home Minister and government talks team coordinator Mr. Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Maoist talks team coordinator Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara signed the Agreement on Monitoring of the Management of Arms and Armies on November 28, 2006 in the presence of the United Nations representatives. Ian Martin, Personal Representative of the…

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Himalaya Tourism Conference to be held in Kathmandu

January 24 , 2007

The Himalaya Tourism Conference 2006 is going to be held in Kathmandu on December 11 and 12 this year. The conference is being organised by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, in collaboration with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)International Centre for Integrated Mountain development (ICIMOD), World Wildlife Fund/Nepal and Himalayan Environmental Trust. The event will coincide with the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the first human ascent of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m.) and Mt. Lhotse (8,516m.). Starting the preparations for the upcoming event on November 27, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire said that…

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More liberal aviation policy introduced in Nepal

January 24 , 2007

In order to gear up the tourism and trade sectors, the Government of Nepal has introduced a more liberal aviation policy. Under the new policy, the aviation companies based in Nepal can bring in up to 80 percent foreign investment of the total investment. Foreign investment can also be used in airport construction and expansion and aviation schools. Besides, the Nepali air companies that have been operating their services for the last five years can apply for licenses to operate international flights.

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Kailali Festival from Dec. 8

January 24 , 2007

With the slogan "Tourism, Culture, Industry and Trade:Basis for Development of the Far-West", a weeklong Kailali festival is going to be held from December 8, 2006. The festival main objective of the festival includes making the Kailali district self-reliant in terms of development by promoting trade, tourism abd business in the district. It also aims to increase the participation of local businessmen in trade, commerce and industry. The festival is being organised jointly by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Supplies, the Export Promotion Centre, and Department of Cottage and Small Industries, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and…

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Visit Pokhara 2007 in offing

January 24 , 2007

In order to promote Pokhara as a scenic tourist hub at home and abroad, a promotional campaign-- Visit Pokhara 2007—is being marked. "We are doing necessary homework in this regard," said Mr. Basudev Tripathi, one of the board of directors of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The event is going to be organised by various tourism organisations such as Pokhara Tourism Council, Pokhara Chapter of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA). As the national tourism organisation, NTB will support the tourism campaign. Being the main gateway to the well-known trekking region—the Annapurna Circuit, Pokhara has much to offer…

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Free visa for Japanese nationals

January 24 , 2007

With a view to attracting more Japanese visitors, the Government of Nepal has exempted visa fee for the Japanese nationals. The government has introduced the new visa provision on the occasion of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between Nepal and Japan. The provision is effective from December 2006, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The number of Japanese tourists to visit Nepal is expected to increase significantly following the exemption of visa fee. Japan, popularly known as the Country of Rising Sun, has been a major tourist generating market for Nepal and a leading donor contributing to the…

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TAAN submits report on restructuring of NMA

January 24 , 2007

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) submitted its report regarding the restructuring of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to Mr. Rishi Ram Lamichhane, Joint Secretary at the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, and coordinator of the NMA Dispute Probe Taskforce, at the taskforce's secretariat at Bhrikuti Mandap on December 22, 2006. The report comprised of some vital suggestions and recommendations for the restructuring of the NMA. The suggestions were collected from the general members and executive committee after holding extensive consultations with them. Some of the major points of the two-page report…

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Jomsom highway construction gaining momentum

January 22 , 2007

With the initiation of the peace process in Nepal, the construction of the Jomsom highway has started to gain due momentum. The road is being constructed from Myagdi by changing the original five kilometres under the Tiplyang-Gharkhola portion of the highway. The blasting of the cliff of the 11-km from Tiplyang to Ghansa has been underway, said Site In-Charge of the Road Project and Major Mr. Krishna Rayamajhi. The Government of Nepal has allocated about Rs. 70 million for the construction of this portion of the road. Being constructed by the Nepal Army, some 2500 workers are involved in the…

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Int'l Elephant Race-2006 from Dec. 26

January 22 , 2007

The International Elephant Race-2006 will be organised at Sauraha of Chitwan from December 26 to 28. The event aims to promote Sauraha and the surrounding areas as tourist destinations. Sauraha has been a host for the event for the last three years. Apart from the elephant race competition, various other programmes will be organised. Some of them include tour to the Elephant Breeding Centre, local art exhibition and holding of the Tharu cultural programme. An estimated 30,000 tourists are expected to visit Sauraha during the festival time.

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Japanese journos on FAM trip

January 22 , 2007

A team of journalists from Nepal have been on a familiarisation trip to Nepal between December 10 and 17, 2006. They are visiting different tourist spots such as the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and the Annapurna region. The team has been here at the invitation of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), in close coordination with Japan Alpine Club, Nepal Airlines Corporation, Pokhara Tourism Council and the Nepalese tourism industry, on the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebration of Mt. Manaslu, 50th Anniversary of Nepal-Japan Diplomatic Relations and Himalaya Tourism Conference 2006. The visiting journalists include Mr. Kaoru Hashino, The Yomiuri News Paper;…

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Korean airlines begins operation to Kathmandu

January 22 , 2007

With the latest political development in the country and the country moving towards peace and stability, there is rise of international airlines operating in Nepal. Korean Air began its scheduled operations from Monday and became the third international airline to start flying to Kathmandu within a month. The 301-seater Boeing 777 aircraft of Korean Air landed at Tribhuvan International Air (TIA) at 2.30 p.m. carrying 261 passengers and senior officials of the airline and left for Seoul at 5.55 p.m. with 126 passengers. Korean Air is the third international airline to launch its scheduled operations to Kathmandu after GMG Bangladesh…

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Tourist spots recording more visitors

January 18 , 2007

The number of foreign tourists coming to Nepal via India has increased by about three times during the first 11 months of 2006 as compared to the figure of the same period of last year. A total of 353 foreign tourists entered into Nepal through the Nepalgunj entry point during the period this year. Only a total of 123 tourists had come to the country from the entry point in 2005, according to the immigration office based in Nepalgunj.This year's number is reported to be the highest after 1998.The tourists, who have entered Nepal via India, are from Britain, the…

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Chitwan festival begins

January 18 , 2007

The Chitwan festival kicked off from January 12, 2007. The 10-day festival was inaugurated by Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Subash Chandra Nemwang amidst a ceremony in Chitwan. Speaking at the opening session, Mr. Nemwang said that the parliament was committed to stepping up any measure for the protection of the endangered species of one-horned rhinos. The festival, which has been organised jointly by the Narayangadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the District Development Committee, Chitwan, Ratnanagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ratnanagar Municipality and Bharatpur Municipality, aims to promote trade and tourism products and services of Chitwan…

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Mountaineers felicitated

January 18 , 2007

As part of marking the International Mountain Day, 2006, a two-day Himalaya Tourism Conference has been organised in Kathmandu from December 11, 2006. The celebration of the Day aims at promoting mountain tourism and conservation of bio-diversity and environmental protection of the Himalayan region. The theme of the conference is: Mountain, Livelihood and Environment. Tourism and environment experts from several countries such as Japan, Nepal, India, China, Pakistan and France have been taking part in the conference. The conference also aims to mark the golden jubilee of the first ascent to the Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse. The conference will…

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Thai Golf Tournament on Dec. 17

January 18 , 2007

The Royal Thai Embassy will organise the Thai Open Golf Tournament at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort on December 17, 2006. Ambassador of Thailand Vanvisa Thanrongnasvaswat informed that the tournament was being organised to mark the 60th anniversary of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne. The Thai envoy said that the Thai Embassy had organised golf tournaments in the past, and the tournament was an effort to start the tournament again as it had been discontinued for a long time. General Manager of Thai Airways International's Kathmandu office, Mr. Yutthanai Piamprom said that tournament would also commemorate the…

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TAAN members familiarised with new tourism products

January 17 , 2007

Tourism officials have called for travel trade entreprenurs, espcially trekking agents, for playing a more effective role in marketing and promoting Nepal's newly developed tourism products and destinations in the tourist generating markets aborad. Emphasising the need to highlight the new products, they have said that the promotion of such products would be helpful in increasing the number of tourists as well as lengthening their stay in the country. "The government has realised the fact that the country's tourism sector can get a boost only when the travel trade entrepreneurs and organisations are facilitated and encouraged," said Sharada Prasad Trital,…

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Nepal promoted in Germany

January 17 , 2007

As part of promoting Nepal as a tourist destination, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), PATA Nepal Chapter and some private travel trade companies from Nepal took part in the PATA Go Before WTM organized by the PATA Bavaria Chapter in Munich Germany on 2nd November 2006. More than 150 tour operators and travel agents from across the world attended the programme and held business sessions. On behalf of Nepal, a special destination presentation and briefing was made by Mrs. Nandini Lahe Thapa, Director Tourism and Marketing Department. The German tour operators were found to be highly positive and interested to sell…

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Elephant Polo in Chitwan from Nov. 26

January 17 , 2007

The 25th anniversary of the most unusual sport of the year - World Elephant Polo Tournament—is going to be held at Tiger Tops from November 26 to December 2, 2006. To mark the wonderful event, interested participants from around the world are taking part in it.

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Major breakthrough in Nepal

January 17 , 2007

In what could be a major breakthrough in the country's peace process, the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the CPN (Maoist) reached an understanding and settled almost all the contentious issues announcing to form an interim legislature and interim government by November 26 and December 1 respectively. The eight parties finally signed the much-waited agreement at midnight of November 7. As per the historic peace accord, the first meeting of the constituent assembly will decide the fate of monarchy and the elections to the Constituent Assembly will be held by mid-June 2007. The formation of interim government on December 1…

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