Tourists are us

May 24, 2019 09:03 am

My social media feed these days is full of images and snapshots of the more picturesque parts of Nepal. A lot of young people over the last few years seem to have taken up traveling – off the beaten path and away from the traditional Kathmandu–Pokhara–Chitwan–Lumbini circuit into more of natural Nepal.

May 19: Four Canadians and an American pilot died Saturday when their small plane plunged into the sea off the Honduran island of Roatan where they were vacationing, firefighters said.

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Tourist arrival up in Bhaktapur

May 14, 2019 14:30 pm

BHAKTAPUR, May 14: The number of visitors to Bhaktapur has increased this year, resulting in rise in revenue to the Bhaktapur municipality.

RAJAPUR, May 14: With the rise in the population of spotted tiger, the inflow of tourists to Bardiya National Park, has witnessed an upward trend. Bardiya is being developed as a synonymous to the tiger of late.

MUSTANG, May 13: The inflow of tourists to Mustang is rising. Hotels are packed, and tourist destinations including religious one like Muktinath temple are flooded by visitors.

POKHARA, April 19: Dense Nirmal Pokhari forest on the top, Seti River flowing beneath, and chirping of birds all around make the whole ambience magnificent. Machhapuchchhre and Annapurna in the distance give a spectacular view when the sky is clear. For an outsider who reaches Mountain Glory Forest Resort and Spa, a luxury hotel built near Nirmal Pokhari jungle, it is almost a different world.

KATHMANDU, April 11:  An Australian teenager and his Nepali guide were gored by a rhino at Chitwan National Park.

KATHMANDU, April 8: The government is set to make a soft-launch of its 'Visit Nepal Year 2020' campaign from Pokhara, a famous tourist destination, on April 13 marking the eve of the Nepali New Year, 2076.

POKHARA, April 2: The second best tourist season of Nepal, March-April, is in full swing at the moment. However, Pokhara hoteliers say room occupancy is not as per the expectations this season.

Ensuring tourists’ safety

March 19, 2019 02:00 am

Pokhara, the tourist town that serves as the main attraction for foreigners visiting Nepal, has been in the news in the last fortnight for casualties and injuries.

Tourist arrivals up by 39%

March 12, 2019 08:52 am

KATHMANDU, March 12: Tourist arrivals to Nepal posted a year-on-year growth of 39 percent in February.

For the Himalayas

February 8, 2019 09:49 am

With the advent of technology more and more businesses involved in the service sector are embracing digital forms of service providing. And the intent is to stand out, ease the reach to services, and do it in their own way. Everyday startups in Nepal launch projects and events to relay their attempts at being innovative and convey their sincerity in wanting to help.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: A little short of reminiscing the fourth year of the devastating earthquake the struck the nation in 2015, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is awaiting the number of tourists visiting the ancient town of Kathmandu Valley to bounce back to pre-earthquake figure.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Tourist arrivals hit a record 1.17 million in 2018 -- a growth of 24.77 percent compared to 2017.

The beauty of Kalinchowk

December 12, 2018 11:31 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: “How far is Kalinchkowk? It’s too cold! Is there a cable car?” Yuko Saanu, a Japanese tourist asked while we were about to reach the Kuri Valley. Replying to his queries, tourism entrepreneur Rajuman Maharjan said, “The sky is clear. Kalinchkowk is on the top of the hill”. Saanu again asked, “When will  we get to see the mountains?” listening to his question, I quipped, “White snow has already melted from the himalayas, transforming the white Mountains into black rocks.” Reacting to my funny answer other members of the team laughed.

SOLUKHUMBU, Dec 11: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality has earned Rs 49.7 million from tourism fee in this tourist season. On a monthly breakdown, Rs 8 million was collected in September, Rs 26.6 million in October, and Rs 15.1 million in November.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Chinese tourist arrival to Nepal has increased by 48% compared to last year, a visiting Chinese minister said here in the capital on Wednesday.

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KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The government has come up with a list of 97 tourist destinations in the country as part of its efforts to diversify tourism market within the country.

MANANG, Oct 28: Like other tourist destinations of Nepal, the Annapurna foot trail is busy  welcoming a large number of visitors this year.

Hotels brimming with foreign tourists

October 11, 2018 08:35 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Star-rated hotels across the country are having average room occupancy of more than 60 percent, according to Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN).

Ilam a destination for religious tourism

September 22, 2018 09:00 am

Ilam sees a big influx of tourists, especially during September and October. The eastern province of Nepal -- notable for tea plantation -- is also renowned as a religious destination. In addition to embracing natural beauties the region holds, a large number of devotees also visit Ilam citing its religious values.

Tourist swept away by river

September 16, 2018 10:07 am

KASKI, Sept 16: A tourist trekking in the Annapurna area has gone missing after being swept away by a river.

Aug 27: North Korea has said it is freeing a detained Japanese tourist on humanitarian grounds.

RASUWA, Aug 26: The number of pilgrims visiting Gosaikunda, a high-altitude tourist destination as well as a popular Hindu religious site, has been increasing in recent years. Almost 3,000 pilgrims have reached the place in the past week, particularly to observe the Janai Purnima festival. The festival runs for 10 days.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: Tourist arrivals in 2018 has continued to break the old records of the country. Recording a remarkable growth of 18 percent in the first seven month of 2018, tourist arrival reached 593,299, according to a report compiled by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The number was 502,544 in the corresponding period of 2017.

MATARAM, Aug 6: A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 82 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities on Monday said thousands of houses were damaged and the death toll could climb.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has plans to identify and develop 100 new tourist destinations across the country in the current Fiscal Year 2018/19.

KATHMANDU, July 31: A committee formed to probe anomalies taking place in the name of rescue of foreign tourists has recommended the government to arrange tourist rescue works through Nepal Police.

KATHMANDU, July 26: The Kirtipur Municipality is to develop Pushpalal Park at Champadevi and surrounding area as a tourist destination. "A study is being carried out for infrastructure development as the area with its natural beauty and sidewalks, has potentiality for tourism," said the Municipality's Deputy Mayor Saraswati Khadka.

BANGKOK/PHUKET, July 8: Rescuers in Thailand prepared to lift a sunken tourist boat on Sunday and said 15 people are still missing after the craft capsized off the coast of Phuket island, killing at least 41 people.

POKHARA, July 7: The Gandaki provincial government has said that it would start preparation for maintaining database of foreign tourists visiting Pokhara city. Local authorities have been saying that around 40 percent of total tourists visiting Nepal travel to Pokhara. But this is just a conservative estimate. There is no mechanism so far to calculate number of tourists visiting Pokhara.

Tourist bus park now in Sorhakhutte

June 30, 2018 11:07 am

KATHMANDU, June 30: The tourist bus park in Kantipath has been shifted to Sorhakhutte today. It had been in place in Kantipath since the past three decades.

KATHMANDU, June 21: The Department of Immigration says a total of 68,825 international tourists visited Nepal in May 2018, with a healthy increment of 9.6 % as compared to the arrival figures of May 2017.

Tourist arrivals grew in May

June 21, 2018 09:15 am

KATHMANDU, June 21: Tourist arrivals in May this year have increased by 9.6 percent compared to the figures of May 2017. According to the Department of Immigration, a total of 68,825 international tourists visited Nepal in May 2018.

KATHMANDU, June 10: The average length of stay of foreign tourists in Nepal has dropped to seven-year low to 12.6 days in 2018, according to a report entitled 'Nepal Tourism Statistics 2017' compiled by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

KATHMANDU, May 17: Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air grew by 11.4 percent in April compared to arrival figures of the same month a year earlier.

MYAGDI, May 11: A digital tourist information center has been established in the district headquarters of Myagdi, Beni, with the aim to provide information about agricultural productions and religious and tourist destinations of the district.

DHARAN, May 2: Thousands of tourists visit Sauti River of Bagarkot, Dharan to enjoy the nature and to have barbeque in the jungle. But only few of them reach the temple of Jal Kanya Devi temple, a beautiful hidden treasure situated at Jhorpata, just one and half kilometers from the river. This temple can be reached in two minutes on motorbike and around 15 minutes on foot.

Panchakot has turned into one of the main tourist destinations of Baglung district after the establishment of Panchakot Ekikrit Basti in Ward-6 of Baglung Municipality.

Nepal is rich in natural diversity. It will be unfortunate for us if we are not able to utilize its full potential in sustainable ways to develop socioeconomic condition of places abundant with natural diversity. Two such important destinations blessed by nature are Pokhara and Chitwan.

DIRIYAH, April 21: Just outside Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family’s seat of power.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Some 300 thousand tourists arrived by air route to Nepal in the first three months of 2018, the latest figures on tourist arrivals by air route released by the Department of Immigration show.

CHITWAN, April 16: The number of tourists visiting Sauraha to celebrate the New Year has doubled this time compared to the previous years.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air over the first three months of 2018 fell by 16 percent compared to total arrivals in the same period a year earlier.

PANCHTHAR, March 24: Infrastructure is being built for the preservation and promotion of the historic Hilihang Palace of Panchthar district to develop it into a tourist destination.

Nestled among the beautiful hills of Panchthar district, Miklajung has a great potential for becoming a tourist hub. Surrounding the area are rivulets running between the hills, forming a spectacular landscape. Fog dances in an interesting hide and seek among the hills, arising from the gorges and disappearing in the sky.

KATHMANDU, Mar 12: Both the government and the private sector are putting high emphasis on increasing tourist footfalls to Nepal in recent years. Though the number of tourists is increasing, their spending has not increased as desired.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Concerned authorities have urged the transformation of Tourist Police in line with the federal setup.