Santosh Pokharel

The contributor for Republica.

Hoteliers upbeat as domestic tourists descend on Pokhara

Published On: January 1, 2019 09:25 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Jan 1: Temple Tree resort is gleaming with domestic tourists as full-fledged winter festivities kick on in Pokhara. Of its 68 rooms around 25 percent of the rooms are occupied by domestic tourists.

Pokhara’s Bus Park to be upgraded

Published On: December 26, 2018 01:16 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Dec 26: Pokhara’s old bus park located near Rastra Bank Chowk is being upgraded to attract tourists. The government will soon begin upgrading the ‘tourist bus park’, according to Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. The Department of Tourism under the ministry took the initiative to upgrade the bus park that spreads across 18 ropanis of land. The land belongs to Pokhara Valley Town Development Committee and was gathering dust and garbage since long.

Neglected foot trail of Fewa Lake

Published On: December 17, 2018 10:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Dec 17: Every year, millions of tourists visit Pokhara and enjoy the beauty of the Fewa Lake. While some go for boating, most of them enjoy the beauty of the lake by walking on the foot trail around it. Despite its importance, the trail around the lake remains utterly neglected. It is filthy and dilapidated. Locals put the blame on the lack of action from concerned authorities as well as the visitors.

Trekking Trails on the rise

Published On: December 5, 2018 12:29 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Dec 5: Around 70 percent of tourists visiting Nepal travel through different trekking trails in the country. Nepal is one of the major destinations for trekking. During the favorable season trekking trails of the country are jam-packed. September to November is considered as the best season for trekking. In the past few years, domestic tourists have also started to trek and the numbers of trekkers are on the rise.

Jomsom airport runway being repaired after two decades

Published On: December 4, 2018 08:06 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Dec 4: After nearly two decades runway of the Jomsom Airport is being repaired. The runway was in dire need of repairs for a long time now. According to Pushparaj Neupane, an engineer with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the repair project worth Rs 800 million has already kicked off. “The work of erecting fences around the airport is almost over. Blacktopping of the runway and construction of parking area will follow soon,” he said.

Ultralight aircraft makes safe landing despite technical glitches

Published On: November 30, 2018 03:44 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Nov 30: An ultralight aircraft which faced technical glitches during flight has made a safe landing.

There is a ploy to weaken NAC: Civil aviation minister

Published On: November 27, 2018 08:24 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Nov 27: Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has claimed that there has been a ploy to weaken Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC). The minister’s claim comes at a time when investigation is ongoing over procurement of two wide body A330-200 series Airbus aircrafts.

Pokhara Airport to remain closed for 15 hours daily for renovation

Published On: November 18, 2018 06:17 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Nov 18: Pokhara Airport will remain shut for 15 hours daily from today to carry out renovation works on the dilapidated runway, authorities said on Sunday.

Road extension around Fewa Lake risks soil deposition

Published On: November 17, 2018 08:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Nov 17: ‘Haphazard’ road extension around Fewa Lake has put the lake under risk as the mud released during the construction get deposited in the lake. The ‘haphazardly’ widened road at Pancheswar area has badly affected the texture of the lake, experts noted.

Lack of quality tourists worries Pokhara entrepreneurs

Published On: November 12, 2018 09:52 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Nov 12: Tourism entrepreneurs in Pokhara are concerned with the inflow of more budget tourists who ‘haggle’ too much, together with shortening stay of tourists in the top tourist destination of the country in recent years. To their dismay, high-end tourists are visiting in less numbers these days.

Mount Ghustung in Myagdi records first summit

Published On: October 31, 2018 09:39 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 31: A team of six foreigners and three Nepali climbers has become the first to stand on the summit of Mount Ghustung (6465m) in Myagdi district.

32 quintals of Satuwa smuggled from Annapurna area

Published On: October 31, 2018 04:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 31: A huge cache of Satuwa ( Paris Polyphylla), a valuable herb produced in the Annapurna area, has been smuggled by an unidentified group.

Mustang welcomes 4,000 tourists in a day

Published On: October 25, 2018 07:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 25: Mustang, one of the popular tourist hubs of Nepal, is witnessing a significantly high number of domestic tourists this season. On Tuesday alone, almost 4,000 tourists arrived at Jomsom. Utilizing their Dashain holidays, nature lovers from across the country have reached the mountainous district to view its mesmerizing beauty.

Domestic tourism on the rise during festive holidays

Published On: October 24, 2018 11:19 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 24: Pokhara, widely regarded as Nepal’s best destination for travel and trek, is currently busy serving both foreign and domestic tourists amid Nepali festivals and tourist season.

Stakeholders rue lack of communication facilities in trekking areas

Published On: October 16, 2018 06:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 16: A tragic incident in Gurja Himal of Myagdi district on Thursday claimed nine lives -- five South Koreans and four Nepalis. Authorities knew about the incident only after two days and it took another two days to retrieve all the bodies.

Choppers fly to ABC without local government permission

Published On: October 7, 2018 12:19 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 7: Despite a restriction for choppers to fly to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), helicopter companies running the flights to the base camp, flouting the directive of the local government.

Prices of essential goods soar on the eve of festivals

Published On: October 4, 2018 07:52 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 4: Soaring prices of essential consumable goods on the eve of the festive season has panicked consumers in Pokhara.

Yeti begins Kathmandu-Pokhara flights with new ATR

Published On: October 4, 2018 05:30 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 4: With the beginning of the tourist season in the country, Yeti Airlines, a private airline company, has started flights in the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu sector. Yeti has deployed its new ATR 72-500 aircraft for the sector.

No road expansion at ABC foot trail for next 30 years

Published On: September 23, 2018 07:46 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 23: Tourism entrepreneurs and locals of Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) have reached an agreement not to build additional motorways on the upper trekking trail for the next 30 years.

Boating in Begnas Lake? Beware!

Published On: September 10, 2018 11:17 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Sept 10: In 2011, 3 people died while boating in Begnas Lake. They had succumbed to lightning that befell on them while boating in the lake. The next year, five people died in the same lake after their boat capsized. This Saturday again a boat capsized in the lake killing eight people. The eight were heading to a Teej gathering.