Fire guts five shops in lakeside

November 22, 2021 11:48 am

POKHARA, Nov 22: Five shops have been damaged in a fire that broke out in the tourist city of Pokhara this morning. The fire started from a shop at Foot track on the bank of Fewa Lake in the morning and burnt down five adjoining shops.

KASKI, Nov 21: The ward convention of CPN (Maoist Center) in Kaski district has concluded successfully. The convention was held in Pokhara Metropolitan City and 72 wards of Annapurna, Madi, Rupa and Machhapuchhre Rural Municipality on Saturday, according to district in-charge of the party, Raj Kaji Gurung.

POKHARA, Nov 17: The provincial government of Gandaki has urged the federal government for the second time to declare Pokhara as the tourism capital of the country. The provincial meeting held on November 12 requested the federal government to make the declaration.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has said that the manufacturing industry is a priority of the government. At an interaction organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pokhara on Friday, he said that his goal is to build a productive economy in the country.

POKHARA, Nov 3: The tourism industry remains crippled by the effects of COVID-19 almost for the last two years. However, of late, the tourism sector which was hit hard by the pandemic has shown some progress, however small that might be. Nepal recorded the highest arrival of international tourists in October, following the surge of the pandemic in March 2020.

POKHARA, Oct 26: District Police Office, Kaski has arrested two youths on charge of their involvement in human trafficking and smuggling.

POKHARA, Oct 25: Paragliding has drawn the attention of domestic tourists in Pokhara with the impact of COVID-19 pandemic gradually subsiding in recent months.

POKHARA, Oct 21: Civil society leaders have demanded not to light fireworks and crackers during the festival of Tihar. Stating that there is a risk and negative impact on the environment, the civic leaders have urged the District Administration Office, Kaski, to take necessary action to stop the use of fireworks and crackers.

POKHARA, Sept 27: Foreign envoys and high ranking diplomats, who arrived in Pokhara on Sunday at the invitation of the Gandaki Province government were welcomed by a clear view of Mt Machhapuchhre and shining mountain ranges of the Annapurna today. The coincidence of the clear day along with their hike program was enough to bring a smile to their faces.

GANDAKI, Sept 27: Envoys from various 11 countries are taking part in the programs organized in Pokhara on the occasion of World Tourism Day this year.

POKHARA, Sept 26: A dozen foreign envoys and high ranking officials from different countries arrived in Pokhara today. They will be staying in Pokhara for two days to enjoy the various tourist attractions of the city during their stay. They will also be hiking in areas near the city.

POKHARA, Sept 21: Highground Adventures is in the final stages of launching their new ‘Superman Zipline’ to attract adventurous tourists, who love a touch of adrenaline in their life. According to Highground Adventures, the new sport is deemed more exciting and adventurous than the previous zipline.

POKHARA, August 24: A huge flood occurred on the road at Mahendrapul in Pokhara due to heavy rain on Sunday night. Not only a stretch of the road but also the sidewalks caved in due to the flood. People living in the area are worried as the roads and sidewalks have been washed away. Mahendrapul is one of the popular business areas of Pokhara.

POKHARA, August 21: The tourism industry has been severely affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry which was already suffering from the initial wave of the virus was crippled due the surge of the second wave of the COVID-19 infection.

POKHARA, August 14: The construction company that worked on the Siltation Dam for the conservation of Fewa Lake in Pokhara has announced plans to repair the infrastructure that was damaged a month ago. There was widespread criticism surrounding the construction company after the dam was destroyed over a month ago due to heavy rainfall and floods in the region.

POKHARA, August 9: The three-day campaign has set a target to vaccinate about 35,000 people living in the metropolis. The current vaccination drive is focused on school teachers and people above the age of 55. The increase of trust in vaccines and weak structure of vaccination centers has led huge crowds to gather outside vaccination centers.

POKHARA, August 8: The spread of COVID-19 has crippled Nepal’s tourism industry as the flow of international tourists to visit the Himalayan country has come to an almost halt. Although the flow of tourists looked promising in March and April, the following months have seen very few tourist arrivals.

GANDAKI, July 29: Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industries has drawn the attention of Gandaki province government to prioritize anti-COVID vaccination to the businesspersons.

KATHMANDU, July 28: Tourism entrepreneurs have demanded 5,000 doses of vaccines for tourism workers and business people.

Lakeside hotels resume operations

July 26, 2021 16:26 pm

POKHARA, July 26: Large-scale hotels in Pokhara have started to resume the services that have been shut down since the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in April. Hotel entrepreneurs say that they are forced to operate their hotels in order to keep them in business even if there are not enough guests.

POKHARA, May 4: The District Administration Office (DAO) of Kaski has enforced a prohibitory order of 10 days in the district starting from Tuesday.

POKHARA, April 27: The District Administration Office (DAO) of Kaski has decided to enforce a week-long prohibitory order from Wednesday. The number of infections in Pokhara has been increasing day by day. Over 40 cases of the coronavirus infection were found in the week of mid-April which has now increased to over 150 cases.

POKHARA, April 21: At a time when the tourism business was about to boom following almost a year, the government has again imposed strict rules and regulations regarding the operation of hotels and restaurants in the country.

POKHARA, March 27: As the air quality deteriorates across the nation, the lake city Pokhara, too, has been blanketed with a thick toxic haze.

POKHARA, March 16: A Nepal Army man died on Monday in Pokhara after he met with an accident during paragliding training.

POKHARA, Feb 16: A demarcation committee has prepared a report stating that the new area of Fewa Lake is 5.72 square kilometers (11,255 ropanis).

POKHARA, Feb 4: The nationwide general strike announced by the Dahal-Nepal faction of the Nepal Communist Party reported a significant impact in Pokhara, the provincial capital of Gandaki Province.

POKHARA, Jan 25: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has directed to track the paragliding activities in the sky of Pokhara with GPS. According to CAAN, the new decision was taken in view of the increasing instances of accidents after pilots often flew away from the designated area due to lack of any mechanism in place to track their movement in the sky.

POKHARA, Jan 15: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhanubhakta Dhakal has said he would take initiatives to solve the problems faced by the tourism sector at the earliest.

POKHARA, Jan 12: Nepal Red Cross Society, Kaski chapter has started construction of a blood transfusion center with state-of-the-art facilities. The total cost of the center is estimated to be around Rs 80 million.

POKHARA, Jan 10: In a bid to uplift the tourism industry hard hit by the pandemic, Pokhara is offering a discount of up to 50 percent to tourists flying in its sky.

POKHARA, Jan 1: A massive forest fire has been reported in the lower belt of Mt Machhapuchchhre in Pokhara on Friday.

COVID-19 ruins Christmas hype in Pokhara

December 25, 2020 12:22 pm

POKHARA, Dec 25: It has been almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic affected the tourism sector. Had there been no pandemic, there would have been a lot of tourists in Pokhara at this time of the year. Although the time is end of the season, the city would still see the flow of tourists. But this year, it has become hard to spot international tourists in Pokhara due to COVID-19.

POKHARA, Dec 16: As COVID-19 has hit the tourism industry hard, hotel entrepreneurs of Pokhara have decided to provide as much as 50 percent off on room rates for domestic tourists.

POKHARA, Dec 12: The newly-launched bungee jump spot in Kushma, which has also been claimed as the world’s second-highest spot of this kind, is flooded with domestic tourists as the country is gradually but cautiously trying to resume all tourism-related businesses in recent days.

‘Canyoning is fun’ (PHOTO FEATURE)

December 5, 2020 19:45 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Established in 2014, Pokhara Canyoning has been one of the popular destinations in the tourist city of Pokhara for those who love to make some adventures.

POKHARA, Nov 27: Police have arrested a 39-year-old man from Pokhara on charge of raping his own daughter.

POKHARA, Nov 23: A person died and another sustained injuries in a paragliding accident in Pokhara on Monday.

Cycling to Tilicho? (PHOTO FEATURE)

November 19, 2020 19:50 pm

POKHARA, Nov 19: Can one reach Tilicho Lake, one of the world’s highest-altitude lakes, on a bicycle? Many may not dare. But there are some adventure-lovers who have converted the dream into a rare feat.

POKHARA, Nov 14: Pokhara Ultralight Private Limited has resumed ultralight in Pokhara after a hiatus of  eight months.

POKHARA, Nov 9: Nepal’s tallest idol of Lord Shiva that is under-construction in Pokhara has reported 45 percent progress. The statue is being erected at Pumdikot, Pokhara Metropolitan City-24.

POKHARA, Oct 18: Lakeside, the hub for businesses related to tourism in Pokhara, is yet to open, even while the main markets in the Mahendrapul, Chipledhunga, New Road, Sabhagriha Chowk and Prithvi Chowk areas are already open.

POKHARA, Oct 16:  Ghandruk Village, a popular tourist destination in Kaski district in the western hills of Nepal, has announced to suspend all its tourism related activities to contain further spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

POKHARA: Oct 15: Pokhara Metropolitan City has suspended all its services except for the most essential ones after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

POKHARA, Oct 12: Canyoning activities in Pokhara that were suspended since the nationwide lockdown in March have resumed after a hiatus of seven months.

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: The global pandemic of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has adversely affected all business- and service-related sectors. Since Nepal went into a nationwide lockdown in March earlier this year, the tourism sector is yet to see a revival although restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector are yet to be lifted.

POKHARA, Oct 5: Youths in Pokhara staged a demonstration on Monday to express their solidarity with Dr Govinda KC.

POKHARA, Sept 21: After a hiatus of six months due to the lockdown enforced by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19, Pokhara Airport received its first flight on Monday morning.

Will the Supreme Court verdict on Fewa Lake be ever implemented?

KATHMANDU, Sep  11: Two persons in Kaski district have been arrested on the charge of spreading rumors and misinformation about COVID-19 PCR test report through social media.