Santosh Pokharel

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Only a handful hotels in Pokhara have good occupancy

Published On: October 16, 2019 11:18 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 16: The 68-room Temple Tree Resort has 95% booking for the month of October. The daily occupancy for the resort averages to 95%. With the onset of tourist season, the hotel does not have to bother about occupancy. It already has 70% pre-booking for November, and expects it to go up to 95% closer to the dates.

Pokhara Airport profits Rs 50m in FY2018/19

Published On: October 1, 2019 08:13 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 1: As the inflow of tourists is increasing and more flights are being added to Pokhara Airport, its profit is increasing every year. The airport earned about Rs 90 million in the Fiscal Year 2018/19. The airport’s expenses for the fiscal year were Rs 40 million, putting its net profits at Rs 50 million.

Mountain goats: Meat lovers’ choice for Dashain

Published On: September 26, 2019 07:12 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 26: For many, Dashain is a festival about good food. And for meat lovers, obviously, meat is a major foodstuff. The consumption of meat is almost doubled at the time of Dashain.

Potholes: Death traps of the tourist city

Published On: September 19, 2019 08:02 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 19: A local businessman in Pokhara, Om Prakash Pandey was returning home on Monday when he got stuck at Birauta roadside for hours. His car could not move ahead due the pool of water all over the road. After getting stranded there from early afternoon to late evening, he somehow managed to drive further. But there were too many potholes that made his drive too challenging.

Pokhara hoteliers urge govt to do more to contain dengue

Published On: September 18, 2019 09:09 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 18: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara are worried about the spread of dengue in the city during the peak tourist season. The entrepreneurs' nightmare has turned into reality after some foreign tourists cancelled their Pokhara visit in view of the rising cases of dengue. Businesspersons have urged the government to take adequate measures against dengue to make the people feel safe. They have also asked the media not to leave the people panicked by 'misinforming about the disease'.

Pokhara hoteliers urge govt to do more to contain dengue

Published On: September 17, 2019 06:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 17: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara are worried about the spread of dengue in the city during the peak tourist season. The entrepreneurs' nightmare has turned into reality after some foreign tourists canceled their Pokhara visit in view of the rising cases of dengue. Businesspersons have urged the government to take adequate measures against dengue to make the people feel safe. They have also asked the media not to leave the people panicked by 'misinforming about the disease'.

Entrepreneurs say lack of connectivity has reduced business

Published On: September 16, 2019 10:33 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 16: Entrepreneurs in Pokhara have said that the tourism business has not been able to grow due to poor management of airways and road mechanism.

Uncertainty looms over the operation of regular flights

Published On: September 15, 2019 10:04 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 15: A flight from Pokhara to Manang was operated last Friday in a bid to reconnect Humde Airport of Manang to the country’s air network. An aircraft of Summit Air, a private-sector airline company, had conducted the test flight.

Dengue spreads to all but one district of Gandaki province

Published On: September 13, 2019 08:26 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 13: Dengue patients have been found in all districts of the Gandaki Province except for the mountain district of Mustang. Although a dengue patient has been found in Mustang's neighboring district Manang, officials at the Western Regional Health Directorate said the patient had reached there from another district.

Dengue 'out of control' in Pokhara

Published On: September 1, 2019 05:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sep1: As many as 439 people have been affected by Dengue in Pokhara and more are in the counting, according to the public health office of Kaski.

Little rainfall triggers disastrous flash floods in Mustang

Published On: August 7, 2019 05:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Aug 7: Rains are not frequent in Mustang. The Himalayan ranges are known for sparse rainfalls.

School teacher arrested for thrashing his student

Published On: July 23, 2019 04:00 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 23: A teacher who has thrashed student for not completing homework in Pokhara, was arrested on Tuesday.

Contractor of Madi bridge to get second deadline extension

Published On: July 18, 2019 04:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 18: Preparations are underway to extend deadline for construction of a motorable bridge over Madi River in Kaski district for the second time as the contractor has failed to complete its works within the given timeframe.

Drug dealer suspected of 'pen gun sale' lands in police net

Published On: July 17, 2019 03:52 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 17: A team of police personnel on Wednesday has arrested one young man with a weapon resembling a pen and seven rounds of ammunition in Pokhara.

Pokhara eyes more Indian visitors

Published On: July 4, 2019 03:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, July 4: Tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara have set a target of increasing the share of Indian arrivals in total tourist arrivals to the lake city to 50 percent over the next five years.

Distributing equal funds for destinations not a good idea: Tourism entrepreneurs

Published On: June 23, 2019 08:15 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, June 23: Gandaki Province has been preparing to develop 44 places of the province as major tourism destinations. The provincial government has allocated Rs 170.60 million for the purpose.

Stakeholders see need for better access road

Published On: June 5, 2019 10:22 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, June 5: Construction work on Pokhara Regional International Airport is going on in full swing. If things go as planned, officials say the airport project will be completed at least six months ahead of the deadline.

PM at Pokhara hotel to inaugurate but leaves sans inauguration

Published On: June 2, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, June 2: The inauguration function for a newly-built hotel in Pokhara attended by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Saturday has set an example how top leadership can suffer a dent in stature if they bend to undue political influence or are ill-advised.

Gandaki province giving Rs 400m to 827 farms in grants

Published On: May 20, 2019 09:00 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 20: Gandaki Province is set to distribute Rs 400 million in grants to develop exemplary models of agricultural farms and animal husbandry, and provide employment opportunities to the youth.

Italian trekker succumbs to altitude sickness

Published On: May 11, 2019 07:43 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 11: A 68-year-old Italian trekker has died from high altitude sickness at 6,346 meter Saribung peak. Two guides in the team have fallen sick.