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HRA to organise health clinic at Gosainkunda

October 18 , 2005

As usual, Himalayan Escue Association Nepal (HRA) is going to organise a temporary health clinic at the sacred pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda during the Janaipurnima festival this year (August 19, 2005). A 10-member team of volunteer doctors and supporting staff is leaving for Gosainkunda on August 14. The team will return to Kathmandu on August 21, according to HRA. The medical team will provide health services to the pilgrims, who are likely to suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and other health problems. Thousands of pilgrims visit the site and take a holy bath in the pond. HRA provides infromation…

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Nag Panchami festival marked

October 18 , 2005

Hindus celebrated celebrating the Nag (the serpent god) Panchami festival across the Kingdom on August 10, 2005. The devotees perform pooja and paste portraits of Nags over the main gates of their houses. The serpent-gods are protectors of earth. It is believed that the worship of Nagas insures that there will be no drought.

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Nagpokhari Utsav begins

October 18 , 2005

The Nagpokhari Utsav 2062 began on August 10, 2005 with a lot of recreational activities for the visitors. The Utsav being organised for the third consecutive year for four days would be helpful preserving the historic Nagpokhari and generate awareness related to the preservation the precious heritage sites. Manager of Tourism Products and Resource Development of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Hikmat Singh Ayer said that going by the enthusiasm of visitors towards the festival in the previous years, it is hoped that the festival would attract a large number of visitors this time around also. The beautiful garden, peaceful and…

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Bajracharya discusses air links with Malaysia

October 18 , 2005

Bajracharya discusses air links with Malaysia Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Buddhi Raj Bajracharya held a meeting with the Minister of Transport of Malaysia Dato Seri Chan Kong Choy in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur today and discussed matters of mutual interest. During the meeting, Minister Bajracharya expressed the view that the additional air service between the two countries would help promote and consolidate the bilateral relations. He pointed out the significance of air transportation and tourism for Nepal, the land locked country which is rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Malaysian Transport Minister Dato Seri Chan…

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Allegations against TAAN baseless

October 18 , 2005

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) has refuted allegations by some of its members against the association’s President and executive committee. The association called the allegations as ‘baseless’. At the initiative of some companies, who are against the interest of the umbrella organisation, a signature campaign was conducted to defame the executive committee. They had collected signatures of some 182 companies and handed in a reprimand letter at the TAAN Secretariat. But most of the companies withdrew their support to the above-mentioned companies, as the latter had collected the signatures by telling lies. In their letters, the companies have said…

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Arrivals up slightly in July

October 18 , 2005

The number of tourists visiting Nepal by air in July 2005 increased by 4 per cent as compared to the same month last year. A total of 19,505 tourists visited the country last month, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Arrivals from neighboring markets such as India, Bangladesh and China increased significantly last month. The number of Indian visitors shot up by 23 per cent, while the non-Indian segment showed a decline. NTB believes that the persistent media coverage on Nepal as a travel destination and presence of television advertisement in the Indian market has resulted in re-building assurance…

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‘Nepal safe, best destination’

October 18 , 2005

RSS KATHMANDU, Aug. 4: A ‘travel mart’ was organised recently in Kolkata, India with a view to publicising the tourism destinations in Nepal in the international sector. At the three-day travel mart organised by the Nepalese tourism entrepreneurs and the Royal Nepalese Consulate General in Kolkata, the visitors took interest in tourism products of Nepal and the peace and security situation. On the occasion Honorary Royal Nepalese Consul Dr. Govinda Prasad Kusum said that Nepal is a safe and best tourist destination, it is learnt from Nepal Tourism Board. The Minister for Forest of the west Bengal State Government also…

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RNAC revises fares

September 26 , 2005

The national flag carrier Royal nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC) has revised the air fares to different destinations. The revised fares will be effective till August 30, 2005. The RNAC has reduced the fares in the Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi and Mumbai sectors in view of the convenience of the passengers, according to a press statement issued by RNAC. One-way fare on the Kathmandu-Dubai and Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur sector has been slashed to Rs 14,000 from Rs 18,000. The two-way fares for the sectors have been fixed at Rs 28,000 from Rs 35,000. The two-way fares for the Kathmandu-Mumbai sector has…

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12th AGM of TAAN Western Regional Chapter Pokhara held

September 26 , 2005

Tourism entrepreneurs have emphasised the need for conducting various more effective promotional activities for promoting Pokhara and its surrounding areas as tourist destinations. They also expressed their serious concern over the declining tourist arrivals in Pokhara over the years. They made the remark while addressing the 12th annual general meeting of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chapter Pokhara on Saturday (August 20, 2005). Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, Mr. Deepak Mahat, President of TAAN Central Committee, said that more tourism related activities have to be carried out in order to promote tourism potentialities of Pokhara…

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Royalties for Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Lhotse halved

September 26 , 2005

In a bid to promote the much awaited 50th anniversary celebrations of the first ascent of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lhotse, His Majesty's Government has decided to reduce the permit fees for climbing the peaks by a 50 per cent. The expedition teams seeking permission to climb the two peaks will be provided the facility from March to June 2006. The Golden Jubilee celebration of first ascent to the two mountains is being observed throughout the year 2006. The decision has been made under the policy of observing the Golden Jubilee of the first ascent to the mountains above 8,000…

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Nepal-San Marino diplomatic ties established

September 26 , 2005

The Kingdom of Nepal and Republic of San Marino have established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, according to the Foreign Ministry. Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Charge d' Affairs and Acting Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations and Daniele D. Bodini Permanent Representative of San Marino to the United Nations signed the agreement of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries amidst a special function in New York on 10 August 2005. San Marino is a landlocked country in Europe, which has close historical and political ties with Italy. The country has around 29,000…

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HRA to organise health clinic at Gosainkunda

September 26 , 2005

As usual, Himalayan Escue Association Nepal (HRA) is going to organise a temporary health clinic at the sacred pilgrimage site of Gosainkunda during the Janaipurnima festival this year (August 19, 2005). A 10-member team of volunteer doctors and supporting staff is leaving for Gosainkunda on August 14. The team will return to Kathmandu on August 21, according to HRA. The medical team will provide health services to the pilgrims, who are likely to suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and other health problems. Thousands of pilgrims visit the site and take a holy bath in the pond. HRA provides infromation…

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2nd Thuraya TAAN Mountain Bike Championship & TAAN Afforestation Program.

September 20 , 2005

With the theme of “Let’s preserve the nature for future generation”, the World Environment Day will be marked. Programmes: 1) Second Thuraya-TAAN Mountain Bike Championship (from Bhaktapur Durbar Square to TAAN Forest in Kashi Bhanjyang, Kavrepalanchowk) 2) TAAN afforestation programme at TAAN Forest 3) Lunch.

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September 20 , 2005

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The State of Emergency lifted in Nepal

September 15 , 2005

In accordance with the Article 115 (11) of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal 1990, the state of emergency is lifted effective from April 29, 2005, Friday. The state of emergency throughout the Kingdom of Nepal was ordered in accordance with Article 115 (1) of the Constitution on February 1, 2005. This information was carried in a press release issued by Royal Palace Secretariat. Nepali travel trade sector welcomed the decision and believed the decision will enhance Nepali trade sector and tourism industry.

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Nepal is a suitable venue for tourism activities

September 15 , 2005

The visiting tourists, tour operators and journalists from different parts of the world have found Nepal a safe tourist destination as well as a suitable venue for tourism-related activities. A group of Canadian and American visitors said that they did not face any problem during their visit to Nepal. They blamed the international media for spreading rumours about Nepal without assessing the ground realities. According to them, they have found that the situation in Nepal is somewhat different from what the foreign media has been portraying. Similarly, a team of Bangladeshi journalists, which is on a familiarization trip to Nepal,…

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Tourist arrivals down by 38 % in April

September 15 , 2005

A total of 18,879 tourists visited Nepal by air in the month of April 2005. The figure is a decrease of 38 per cent as compared to the number of the corresponding month of last year. According to the figures made available by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the arrivals of Indian tourists decreased by 33 per cent, while the third country arrival was down by 40 per cent as compared to the figures of the same period last year. However, visitors' arrival in the second half of the month improved tremendously as the first half was down by more…

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First NATTA Travel Mart-2005 to open Friday

September 15 , 2005

The First NATTA Travel Mart-2005 will be opened amidst a grand ceremony at the Birendra International Convention Centre (BICC), New Baneshwor, on May 13. About 170 foreign travel trade entrepreneurs have registered their names for participation in the travel mart. Domestic as well as foreign participants will take part in the mart. The participants are from India, China, Laos, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Malaysia and Bangladesh. Presidents of national travel trade related associations would be participating as panelists in the plenary session. Chairman of the Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA) Uday Nayakkara is scheduled…

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49th anniversary of first ascent of Mt. Manaslu marked

September 15 , 2005

The 49th anniversary of the first successful summit of Mt. Manaslu by Nepali and Japanese mountaineers was commemorated by organizing a variety of programmes in the capital on Monday (May 9). The day that added a milestone in the friendly relationship between Nepal and Japan is being observed as the Manaslu Day since the past few years. Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa of Nepal and Toshio Imanishi of Japan had successfully scaled the 8162-meter high Mt. Manaslu on May 9, 1953. Marking the occasion, a programme was organized here today in honor of the Japanese working in various sectors in Nepal. At…

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Korean team climb Mt. Dhaulagiri

September 15 , 2005

One member and three high altitude Sherpas of 2005 Korean Dhaulagiri Peak Expedition Team successfully climbed the 8,168-metre Mt. Dhaulagiri at 5:00pm on May 4, 2005, according to a press release received from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on Tuesday. Those who scaled the peak are Mr. Im Bok Choi, 20, from Korea, and Mr. Dowa Sherpa, 45 yrs, Mr. Serap Jangbu Sherpa, 35, and Mr. Pema Tshiring Sherpa, 35. Led by Mr. Jae Hong Ahn from Korea, the 8-member 2005 Korea Dhaulagiri Peak Expedition team was given permission to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri I from North East…

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