March 28, 2016

Why is Nepal an ideal destination for mountain climbers?

The country of Himalayas which through the name itself implicates the significance of mountains in the country’s identity in the world. Himalayas refers to the mountains range which is the world’s largest mountain range, the Himalayan Range. The top 10 of the highest peak beside the mount K2 which is the world’s second highest mountain, lies within the tiny boundary which binds the territory of Nepal.  Not having to forget the world’s highest peak and a shrine to almost all of the climbers from all around the world in the contribution of making Nepal one of the most popular tourist destinations.
But is it just the high peaks that allure the climbers? Although the height of these ranges have key role in the attraction of climbers because the height and the difficulty level in pursuing the climb over the peak represents the level of achievement, there is more to it than just the feeling of accomplishment. The landscapes which the Himalayan range offers are some of the most beautiful views in the planet.
While thrill seekers and people looking for accomplishments enjoy the climbing and conquering of the peaks, there are many who prefer trekking over some of the mid-range altitudes of these ranges, purely for viewing and recreational purpose. There are many lakes, glaciers and snowy tops that truly mesmerize anyone who view such scenery. The red tint of the sun which gets projected on the mountain ranges over the snowy surfaces also is an exhibition of natural marvel.
Another reason why Nepal could be your ideal destination for pursuing climbing is the friendly nature and the warmth of the locals. Travelling to a foreign land into an almost isolated place could be fearsome and demotivating but the co-operation and helpfulness of the local residing near such locations could prove vital in times of uncertainty which can be found to be stated by many of the past visitors of Nepal.
The availability of tea house and hotel/inns also facilitates the pursuers to take some fatigue off and regain energy for further journey even up to a very high altitude. The locals also encourage home stay which allows the climbers and trekkers to refresh and at the same time gain some knowledge about the culture and lifestyle of the locals residing in that location.

March 22, 2016

Why is Nepal a better destination for adrenaline rushing tourists?

Many adrenaline junkies who are seeking a get away from their scheduled and hectic life may have a lot to choose from globally. However, Nepal hosts number of activities which can be categorized as adrenaline sport or activities. Having planned a trip primarily to pursue a single sport may not be as effective and memorable to many. Hence, Nepal could be the desired destination due to the availability of rather more number of adrenaline sport and activities which are certified and legal accepted by the government.
First on the list is paragliding which is the most popular among thrilling sport of Nepal. Paragliding over the city of pokhara, especially is preferred by many as the thrill seekers having had an experience of a lifetime can simultaneously enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Machapuchre peak and the Fewa Lake. The eagle view of such beautiful landscapes provides opportunity to the people to have a glimpse at the beautiful landscapes through the position of where birds soar in the air. Similarly para-hawking, similar to paragliding is also a sport that is best suited to those who take things to the extreme. Para-gliding in Nepal is very inexpensive and also can be pursued by those who haven’t had any experience in such field. However, provision for those with credentials and experience can pilot the experience themselves.
Bungee jumping may be a short trip down but the feeling of free falling is something which cannot be attained in any other sport. Last resort is one of the highest bungee height which makes it even more special. Furthermore, bungee jumping in Nepal is very inexpensive and also easily available without having to wait for months before finally getting the opportunity. All medical check-ups and guidelines are provided and moreover, a video at high resolution can also be obtained by the jumper if they wish to have it as a memento.
Rock climbing is a sport where people climb over the cliffs and rocky structures with the help of their hand and feet primarily beside the fact that almost every muscle gets worked up in the activity. The rocks are acutely inclined which makes the climb even more challenging. Also the availability of wall climbing also facilitates who are hoping to begin such sport before climbing the actual structure itself.

Besides these there are many sports and activities which are adrenaline rushing and tourists are unaware of. So be sure to check everything that Nepal has in store for you and pay a visit.

March 16, 2016

Why Nepal is ideal place for trekking in comparison to others?

People all over the world believe that Nepal is a hub for trekkers and voyagers but what makes Nepal the first option? There are many destinations all around the world which have geographical credential for an ideal trekking trail but some factors are more important to the adventure seekers than just rocky trails and muddy tracks.
Nepal is a tourism oriented country where even the government has declared tourism as an integral part in the development of nation. This facilitates the tourist visiting the nation with the opportunity to have a completely dedicated industry reinvented for their services and facilitation. There are many concessions and provisions for the tourists which get implemented by the government and also the local tourism oriented industry providing better and inexpensive services and facilities as a promotion of tourism in Nepal.
The fact that Nepal is naturally gifted is a miracle in itself. Such geographic and climatic diversification confound within such a small area is a fact that is surprising to many. The landscapes provides with trails and tracks that are ideal for adventures like climbing, trekking and hiking. The climate is also very favorable to people from all around the world where the temperature does not easily reach the extremities.
Other most influential factor which the tourists ideally admire is the completely unaltered and untouched natural environment and habitat. Trekkers prefer isolation from the modern urbanization and also get in touch with the well preserved nature. Nepal hosts trail and trek to peaks, mountain ranges and beautiful landscapes which is absolutely preserved.
Finally, when people hear the name “Nepal”, they imagine a divine and beautiful nation which drives them to visit it. Also the friendliness and cooperation of the people residing in Nepal is well heard of and renowned globally. The cultural diversification and the holy shrines which have both historical and religious significance also have an impact upon the adventurers who relate themselves to such beliefs and knowledge.
Why would you select Nepal as your next destination? Clearly, the final agenda would be a helping hand. Nepal is not self sufficient as many events and situation dictates the fact that Nepal still has a growing economy and history. Your visit to Nepal would be a helping hand is the prosperity in the future and a livelihood to the country. 

March 14, 2016

Souvenirs to take along after visiting Nepal

Rich in craftsmanship and ancient art, Nepal is a country that produces a lot of handicrafts, artwork and other souvenirs. The art however is influenced by the culture, history and the tradition of the Nepalese people and each style is unique to one another. Visiting Nepal would introduce the foreigners to a world where deities and ancient symbols are inscribed and replicated in various forms of souvenirs like paintings, pendants, utensils, idols, ring and many more which is a unique unconventional in the western part of the world.
Many handicraft stores have made possible the purchase of these art pieces to the people from all around the world and the skills and the expertise which the crafts man possess are traditionally passed on from generations. Usually there are different forms of handicrafts that differs from one another with the influence of varying culture, religion, ethnicity and customs.
Starting from the very common, clothes are the primary souvenirs which are mostly handmade like trousers, t-shirts, sweaters, woolen jackets, etc. However, people also are abundantly purchasing cashmere or pashmina cloth which is of excellent quality and can be used as shawl, blanket, scarves and also other forms of clothing.
Bracelets and rings are another common souvenirs found mostly around temples, monasteries and tourist destinations which have images, icons and inscriptions on them influenced from the Nepalese culture and religion. People in Nepal have a lot of faith in religion and relate themselves to the tradition in their culture which also makes the rings and bracelets an important factor in the lives of the Nepalese people.
Art pieces, usually of the Tibetan culture is profoundly popular among the tourists from all around the world. Plain paintings which reflect the symbols and images of deities as well as Thankas which are paintings involving embroidery of precious metal like gold and silver threads which are used to make beautiful designs, symbols and patterns.

Singing bowls are very common souvenirs in Nepal renowned for their pleasant ton and healing ability. These heavy bowls are of Tibetan origin but Nepalese people have mastered the crafting of high quality singing bowls. Besides these, ornaments like necklace, bracelets, rings, etc. made out of excellent quality golds and silver but also ruby, emeralds and pearls. The skilled gold and silver smiths plat their design and pattern on the ornaments to make it even more worthy of buying. Similarly, praying wheels, deity masks, idols etc. are also a good idea for souvenir to take along from Nepal.

Cultural programs in Nepal: an up growing tourist attraction

One of the few up sides of having various cultures is the similarly diverse entertainment aspect. When it comes to cultural programs, there isn’t enough ink to write about each and every one of them. Tourism greatly influenced by the adventure oriented activities is now being slowly shifting towards the cultural and traditional aspects of Nepal. Nepal hosts numerous programs and events which showcases such cultural practices with an entertainment value. Tourism is based on the urge of knowing the foreign land which may be the geographical surrounding or the cultural practices.
If you are looking forward for a fascinating glimpse of the diverse ethnic tradition as forms of folk dance, music, songs and many more, the cultural programs would prove beneficial in such cases. There are many restaurants, hotels and recreational areas which feature cultural programs as a source of attraction to the tourists interested in familiarizing themselves to the unique cultures of Nepal. Nepalese folk dances which involves traditional music and steps, is performed by descendants of the respective culture in cultural uniforms along with a brief introduction to their cultural background.
Deuda dance is a folk dance originated from the western part of Nepal is a dance pleasing to the eyes and pleasant melodies. Background to the dance is the celebration of festivals which are ritual wishing for a long life of the husbands and demonstration of love and affection between the males and the females.
Ghatu dance is a folk dance performed by Gurung and Magar, ethnics groups of Nepal in which the female performers wear ornaments and bright colored traditional uniforms whereas the male wear their plain black and while traditional Dress. The performance is a harmony between the males and females along with classical music.
Similarly, folk dances comprises of mungrahawa dance which is performed by the Tharu community especially in Chitwan, Sauraha as a source of attraction. Also called stick dance, mungrahawa is fun to view along with sweet melodies playing in the background.

Folk songs can be heard all around the country during special events and festivals. During Tihar, the festival of lights, people are seen singing deusi and bhailo which is a song that is sung from house to house, asking the homeowners for some treats and cash. During Buddha purnima, a melodious song and humming can be heard by the followers and the monks in monasteries which is quite pleasing to the ears as well as mind. 

March 9, 2016

Festivals and occasions in Nepal: an integral part of tourism

A country culturally and traditionally diverse, with over hundreds of festivals and cultural events, Nepal hosts some of the most exciting festivals and events in the world. Tourists take part in the festivals and occasions, allowing them to understand and be familiarized with the country’s culture, tradition and rituals at the same time experiencing something very unique than their usual culture.
One of the most popular festivals among the tourists is Holi which is celebrated in the commemoration of the love of Radha and Lord Krishna who is a Hindu deity. This festivals is also called the festival of colors as people celebrate Holi by putting colors on each other’s faces to demonstrate friendship and respect. However, many events take place during Holi which involves pool party, drinks, food festivals, concerts and many more which could be a really refreshing as well as exciting occasion.
Tihar, the festival of lights is one of the most culturally significant festivals which is done in the worship of Godess Laxmi and many more. During Tihar, the cities all around Nepal is glittered with lights and colors. The view is quite pleasant and a hub for cultural photographers, looking for their next big art or project. Tihar is also celebrated by singing and dancing, where people go from one house to the other to perform for money and gifts.
Buddha jayanti, is the occasion celebrated at the day of the birth of Buddha who is the founder of Buddhism. Many Buddhists as well as other religious followers can be seen taking part in the celebration of the birth of Buddha. The celebrations takes place primarily on a large scale in Bouddha Stupa and Swayambhu Stupa which are some of the oldest and holiest shrine in the religion of Buddhism. The ambience during Buddha Jayanti is very divine and calm even though the place get crowded with followers from all around the world. The Stupas are lit with candles and lights which really complements the environments, also an ideal occasion for photography.
All in all, there are many events and festivals which takes place on a periodic basis which are celebrated whole heartedly. Being a part of it should always be of a prime concern to the tourists from all around the world as it serves you with a completely unique and unconventional experience as well as knowledge. So plan your trips with coincides with some of the most decorated and fun festivals in Nepal.

March 7, 2016

Important Tips for Nepal Travelers

1 – Do not trek alone. There have been numerous disappearances of solo trekkers in recent years. Always hire a guide or trek with other people. There are online forums where  travelers can look for fellow-trekkers. This applies to everyone but especially women that are travelling single – they seem to more vulnerable. Always communicate your travel plans to your next of kin.
2 – Food safety - Avoid water that is not bottled or boiled.   Avoid raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit as much as possible.

3 – Even though Nepal is known for its pristine environment and beauty – not the highways and major city streets. They are crowded with traffic, full of smoke and bumpy and dusty. Hence travelling on a bicycle or a motorbike for the most part is not advisable. There are some off-road mountain bike trails that are ok to do.

4 - Do not give money to beggars that you see on the streets. Even though they look pitiful, your giving away of money encourages them only to beg for more. If you really care support one of many charity organizations working in Nepal .

5 – Be sure to exchange back all the Nepalese currencies before you leave. They are not accepted (or even exchanged for that matter) outside of Nepal . Besides, taking currency out of the country is against the law.

6 – Do not touch someone’s head or sit showing the bottom of your feet towards them. It is considered rude.

7 – Do not fully rely on schedules and times that are committed to you whether in verbal or written while you are in Nepal . They may not commence in time as stated or committed and may end up disrupting all your subsequent schedule. Have time buffer as much as you can between your major plans and activities, especially if you have a hard stop date that you need to fly out by.

8 - Always be alert/aware of “Bandhs” (Strikes – where no transportation is allowed) as they can alter all your travel plans substantially.

9 – Do not assume that “ganja” (marijuana) is legal in Nepal . It is not. Even though it is a common weed on hillsides you can get in trouble for picking it and carrying it for consumption purpose.

10 – Do not assume that when a Nepali says “yes” or shakes the head in affirmation that it is a done deal or they agree with you. Re-confirm using simplest of words but being as direct as possible to make sure.

11 - Stay away from dance bars in KTM and PKR. These are tourist traps where they scam you on buying alcohol and food at much inflated prices. Some of these places have a history of intimidation and violence.

12- If you are planning to apply for the Visa at the airport, make sure to have passport size photo available. Plan B is to have your photo taken at the booth at the airport.

13- There are daily scheduled power outages. Have a flashlight handy all the times.

14 - All nightlife pretty much ends by 10 pm with only a few places around the Thamel area that may stay open a little later.

15 - Bring a universal plug and voltage adapter kit for your Electronics. Nepal uses 220V.

16 - Keep in mind that there may be an entrance fee to some of the common temples and public areas applicable only to foreigners ranging anywhere from 250R's - 700R's.

17 - Always have some tissue paper and hand sanitizer with you at all times – and note that some of the toilets may require squatting.

18 – Insist for a Running Meter in the Taxi. After 10 PM you do pay double of the meter fare however – that’s the commonly accepted norm.

19 - Avoid displaying food around monkeys around temples, as they are used to snatching it.

20 - Support the NON-Plastic Initiative, please limit your use of plastic items, and help make Nepal a better place.

How is Nepal a designated place for self actualization?

Maslow hierarchy of needs explain that the final stage in a human’s life is self actualization which is beyond the physiological and social need. There are many forms of self actualization and it merely depends upon the person. There are many opportunities for people all around the world to pursue their mode of self actualization as there are many ways to achieve it in Nepal.
The first form of attaining self actualization is by getting in touch with the nature. People who have had a stressful and hectic life tend to have their view of self actualization as isolation from the luxury and technology into the midst of nature. This helps the people to get in touch with themselves and find out their inner peace. There are many destinations in Nepal which are considered ideal for people who believe that their form of self actualization is through isolation and being amidst unaltered and completely natural environment.
Beside this, taking up a religion is also one of the most prominent forms of self actualization. Buddhism is the prime religion whose ideologies and concept overlaps the concept of those seeking actualization through religion. Adapting religion is completely a knowledge based form of self actualization where the people try and find the true meaning of life and existence of humanity. Many monasteries in Nepal are open to anyone who is in the search of self actualization through Buddhism and the ideologies of Buddha have truly inspired many.
Obtaining satisfaction through helping others is not a common thing but dedicating one’s life to the well being of others is a form of self actualization which has been attained by many. This can be done not only through charity work but also by contributing through activities and programs. Involvement in the deprived sector where the need for help and support is required could be a prime source for self actualization. Fields such as health and education in the rural region of Nepal is very backward and the contribution to such sectors would also be much appreciated.
So have a lifetime of experience in  Nepal and choose your form of self actualization.

March 2, 2016

Doctor Strange Has Begun Filming in Nepal

The first stop on Marvel's worldwide shoot for Doctor Strange is Nepal. As you can see in the below image, Dr. Stephen Strange, the acclaimed practitioner of medicine, is looking a bit haggard. Speculation is that this is Stephen before he truly becomes strange. Seen in a backpack and coat, he's believed to be on his walkabout, seeking mystical help to overcome his affliction. Even if this isn't Benedict Cumberbatch in costume, we do get a glimpse of what he'll look like in that iconic goatee.

After a sever accident that leaves both his hands injured and unable to perform surgery, Doctor Strange goes on a trek to find help. He soon encounters the Ancient One. His career thought to be destroyed, the brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when this sorcerer takes him under his wing. The Ancient One trains him to defend the world against evil as he becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.

Doctor Strange will be the second of the Marvel Phase 3 movies. It arrives in theaters next November under the direction of Scott Derrickson, known for such thrillers as Deliver Us from Evil and Sinister. Jon Spaihts, the man in charge of writing the screenplay for the upcoming Untitled Mummy Reboot, is penning the script for this fantasy adventure. Also attached to star in the movie is Rachel McAdams as the female lead, Michael Stuhlbarg as Doctor Nicodemus West, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the good doctor's arch foe, Baron Mordo. Mads Mikkelsen, star of the recently canceled Hannibal, is in talks for the villain role of the film, which remains a mystery.

Hollywood Celebrities who have visited Nepal

Leonardo DiCaprio        

 Leonardo paid a 3 days visit to Bardia National Park located in Southern Nepal on 2011 for his and WWF‘s joint initiative “Save Tigers Now.” It was a discreet visit to Nepal, therefore, many people, moreover, his fans didn’t get a chance to catch a glimpse of this Hollywood heartthrob.

The dwindling population of endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers has always been a grave environmental issue, which has been championed by Leo and WWF.

Orlando Bloom
   The British sweetheart, Orlando Bloom, visited Nepal back in 2007 for a UNICEF supported trip to the western districts of Nepal. Known for his roles in the popular movies like “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Bloom made a 4 days surprise visit to Nepal.

The purpose of his visit was accompanied by various social works.

Cameron Diaz & Eva Mendes
   Cameron Diaz, along with Mark Redman (Blink 182) and Eva Mendes, made it to Nepal back in 2007. Her tour called “Cameron Trippin” brought her to Nepal, where she spent time exploring the Chitwan National Park and other popular places.

Josh Brolin & Jake Gyllenhaal
Two of the Hollywood heartthrob, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal, made it to Nepal for the shooting of their upcoming movie based on “Into Thin Air,” about the tragic event of 1996 killing 16 people on Everest.

March 1, 2016

British Prince Harry to visit Nepal


As previously announced, Prince Harry will visit Nepal in March 2016. The British Prince will carry out four days of official engagements, at the request of Her Majesty's Government, between Sunday 20th March and Wednesday 23rd March, the statement issued by the Kensington Palace states.
It is the first time Harry is travelling to Nepal.
The tour will begin and conclude in Kathmandu, where Harry will meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari. He will also meet those affected by the Nepal earthquakes of April and May 2015, and learn about efforts being made to restore buildings of historic significance and to assist disaster preparedness.
Having served alongside Gurkha soldiers in Afghanistan, Prince Harry will visit the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, where he will commend the bravery and service to the Crown of an exceptional group of soldiers. He will also learn more about Gurkha recruitment, and the assistance offered by Gurkha forces to surrounding communities in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Like all visitors to Nepal, Prince Harry is also keen to enjoy the country's stunning natural beauty. As such, he will have an opportunity to take part in a trek, and to visit one of Nepal's National Parks.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said:
"Prince Harry is really looking forward to his first trip to Nepal. It is a country he has long wanted to visit. He has been moved by the stories of resilience of the Nepali people following the earthquakes last year and is now eager to learn more about their country and culture. With Britain and Nepal currently celebrating two hundred years of cooperation, Prince Harry will experience the strength of the relationship and traditional warmth of the Nepali welcome.”

Mount Everest avalanches 2015


During the afternoon of 25 April 2015, a MW 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal and surrounding nations. Shaking from the quake triggered an avalanche from Pumori into the basecamp on Mount Everest. At least twenty-two people were killed, surpassing an avalanche that occurred the previous year as the deadliest disaster on the mountain.

Mount Everest was approximately 220 kilometres (140 mi) east of the epicentre, and between 700 and 1,000 people were on or near the mountain when the earthquake struck,including 359 climbers at Base Camp, many of whom had returned after the aborted 2014 season.[4] The earthquake triggered several large avalanches on and around the mountain. One avalanche, originating on the nearby peak of Pumori, swept into South Base Camp and then through part of the Khumbu Icefall.An Indian Army mountaineering team recovered the bodies of 19 mountaineers from the South Base Camp and rescued at least 61 stranded climbers from the mountain.

At least 61 people were injured, with dozens initially reported missing, and many more stranded at camps at higher elevations, having lost secure descent routes.

Effect on 2015 climbing season
 Although the ladders at the Khumbu Icefall were damaged by the avalanches, a handful of mountaineers, undeterred by the disaster, immediately sought Nepalese government permission to continue with their attempt on the mountain and were granted permission to do so on 29 April 2015."The ladders will be repaired in the next two to three days and climbing will continue, there is no reason for anyone to quit their expedition," said Tulsi Gautam, chief of the Nepal Department of Tourism. "There is no scientific reason to expect another quake... and we feel the ground is stable enough for climbing despite aftershocks."

It was later announced the closure of routes over the icefall for the remainder of the season, the second consecutive year that the mountain has been closed due to avalanches.After the second earthquake on 12 May 2015, Dambar Parajuli, president of the Expedition Operators' Association of Nepal, said there were no climbers or Nepali sherpa guides remaining at Everest Base Camp.As a result, no one climbed Mount Everest in the spring of 2015, the first time in 41 years that this has happened.