All heritage sites in Valley to reopen tomorrow

The Department of Archaeology has informed that all heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley will formally reopen for the general public from Monday.

Tourists and general public were prohibited from entering the heritage sites after the structures of Seven Protected Monument Zones of Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Property were fully or partially damaged in the April quake.

The seven protected monuments zones include the durbar squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, Buddhist stupas of Swoyambhu and Boudhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changunarayan.

Durbar squares of Patan and Hanumandhoka were reopened for the general public on June 11 after the completion of debris management. The debris of other heritage sites is being managed to formally reopen them for the general public on Monday.

Earlier, the government had decided to reopen all the heritage sites on August 17 but the DoA, the Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board collectively rescheduled the reopening of the remaining heritages sites from Monday to spread positive message to foreign tourists willing to visit the heritage sites of Nepal.

Suresh Suras Shrestha, Under Secretary at the DoA, said tourists will be given guided tours at the heritage sites for their safety. Tourists are forbidden to cross the security lines. Signboards placed in the heritage zones will guide the tourist to take a proper walking route to observe the structures.

“Tourists are prohibited from roaming around the heritage sites in person. A group of tourists should be formed along with local guides to provide them information about the ruined structures and survived monuments,” he said. Tourists going for a tour to severely damaged Changunaryan of northern Bhaktapur and Swoymbhunath will be strictly managed. The tourists and visitors will be allowed to visit only the safe premises.

According Shrestha, severely damaged Changunaryan is still not that safe for tourists and public visit though. Most of the structures around it are on the verge of collapse amid constant aftershocks.

The Department of Archaeology has requested the Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board to make arrangement of security personnel on the premises of the heritages sites to prevent any untoward activities and ensure the security of the visitors.

Source: THT


Patan Durbar Square opens to public

The Patan Durbar Square , that was closed following the April 25 Earthquake, has been opened to the public from Thursday.

Prior to this, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport Bimalendra Nidhi had visited the heritage site and pointed out the need of removing the debris and demolishing the damaged infrastructures from the premises for space.

Though the Durbar Square was opened for public, it would take a week to open the museum, said Information Officer at the Museum, Suresh Man Lakhe.

Likewise, the Bagalamukhi and the Kumbheswor Temples are also opened for public from today as they were also closed since April 25.

According to him, Charnarayan, Hari Shankar Temple and Manimandap pati were completely damaged while Bishwanath, Bhimsen and Jyasideg Temples are partially damaged in the quake.

Education Minister Chitralekha Yadav visited the temples and offered pooja there.

Source: eKantipur


Is Nepal Safe?

Is Nepal Safe? Well this is one of the major questions that everyone asks us every now and then after the quake. In our previous blog, we had clearly mentioned that Nepal is safe to travel and there are many other trekking routes available even after the earthquake. We definitely cannot ignore the damage made by earthquake but it is equally important to understand that only some parts of Nepal were effected and not all of Nepal. There are still many routes available to explore and trek around. Here we have collected various images and videos from different sources to portray the clearer picture of Nepal after the earthquake.

National and International Flights

All national and international flights in the country are operating normally. If you check the official website of Tribhuwan International Airport you can find the arrival and departures of many international flights. Flights have been operating as normal as before the earthquake. Here is the recent image of Lukla Airport along with various other videos taken after the earthquake.

Trekking Routes & Places Around

There are many destinations which have little or no impact of the quake. Some of the most beautiful areas of the country are open for tourists - you can still, with reasonable precautions, have a wonderful and safe time in the mountains and around our many cultural centres.

We have collected some images of the trekking trails to give you an idea of how it actually looks like.

Everest – Khumbu Region

"We have explored the area till Everest Base Camp and the trekking trails are all safe" – says one of the lodge owners at Gorakshep. As of now all these routes are safe to trek. Our Yeti Mountain Home lodges in the Everest Region are in operation at Lukla Phakding, Monjo & Thame and so are the other local lodges.

There is also a team of expert geologists and engineers from Miyamoto International assessing the trails, lodges and bridges next week. They are a world authority on this so we're hoping for a really comprehensive report.

Here are some images of the Khumbu region.

Annapurna Base Camp

Two clients (from our sister concern Ker & Downey) Mr. Ioannis Papadimitropoulas & Mr. Evangelas Papadimitropoulas were on the ABC trek from 15 -25th May 2015 i.e. after the earthquake. They had a wonderful experience of the trek and went as per their itineraries.

Another team from Miyamoto are assessing the Annapurna trail too.

Also here are some videos from the Guides who have been to the trekking routes.

Around the City:

Here are some photos and videos around the city, the videos include the experiences of foreigners visiting to Nepal, customers in Kathmandu Restaurants, security guard to various others.

Hotels and Resorts

There was recent news on a daily Newspaper stating that 90 percent of Kathmandu valley hotels declared safe; many hotels in city are operating as they were before. Moreover, hotels in Pokhara, Chitwan are also safe and offering various kinds of discount packages to the national and international clients. Here are some of the renowned hotels which have received a "GREEN STICKER" after their building was inspected by the Government of Nepal after the earthquake.

Gokarna Forest Resort
Malla Hotel
Hyatt Regency
Hotel Annapurna
Hotel Marshyandi
Yak & Yeti
Gorakshep Himalaya
Old House Restaurant
Malla hotel

It’s unfortunate that more negative news are being circulated in the Medias which has created major confusions in the international market whether or not to travel Nepal but we’d like to assure that Nepal is safe to travel and anyone visiting can enjoy the majestic beauty of the country.

Thanks to Yeti Airlines, Adventure Quest, Pasang Sherpa, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, Aviral Paudyal, Yalamber Rai, Ashok Khanal, Prakash Subedi, Amita Daibagya, Sonam Sherpa, Jo Chaffer, Funuru Sherpa, Saraswati Gurung and everyone who has helped us collecting all these photos and videos.


Nepal after the quake

This blog has been updated with recent images and videos; please check this link.

The recent earthquake in Nepal has created lots of confusion in the international market whether or not Nepal is safe to travel. The uncertainty, the hesitancy is understandable as the devastating earthquake had shaken up the lives here in Nepal, however, things are gradually catching up the pace and life is slowly coming back to normalcy. Here are some important information that we have collected from various sources which should help learn more about Nepal – after the quake.

  • Is Nepal Safe? The Government of Nepal, Ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil aviation on its press release has assured that Nepal is safe and secured place to visit. Except for the earthquake worst hit districts (out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 8 are affected), life has come back to normalcy; everyone is back to their daily routines.

    Here's what Andrew Jones a vice-chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) has to say "I have visited Nepal several times. My first impression towards Nepal after the April 25 deadly earthquake was that the country had been devastated. The international media reports showed that everything had been destroyed. But when I arrived here, it was much better than I had anticipated. To be honest, I didn’t have any problems visiting the country. No dangers at all. In general, I don’t find Nepal unsafe to visit. There are many places in Nepal that have escaped the disaster, and there are many places to visit."

  • Tribhuvan international airport (TIA): The country’s international airport is back into its normal operation. All international and domestic flights are operating normally.
  • Trekking routes & other destinations :
    "There are still many places in Nepal which is safe for trekking. Affected parts can be re-constructed and restarted within a month" - Tourism expert Prachanda Man Shrestha.
    • Everest Region: As per the, the Everest Trekking Route (Khumbu Trekking) is safe. Moreover, our team has also reached up to Namche and has assured that it is safe for trekking. Our lodges in the Everest Region – Yeti Mountain Home are in operation at Lukla Phakding, Monjo & Thame and so are the local lodges.
    • Annapurna Region: The Annapurna routes are safe, these areas have very minimal impact of the earthquake. Our Ker & Downey lodges in the Annapurna region are in normal operation along with various other lodges in the area.
    • Mustang/Dolpo/Makalu: These are also the least affected trekking areas. It has been assured that Mustang & Dolpo can be operated in this summer without any issue.
    • Other Popular Destinations: Many of the trekking routes have a minimum impact of earthquake. Moreover, other popular destinations like Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya and various national parks and wildlife reserves are safe and intact. Our resort – Kasara Resort in Chitwan is also in full operations.
    Places in mid and Far western development regions like Dolpa, Rara of Mugu, Badimalika, Khaptad, Rolpa/Rukum are known as center and capital of natural beauty. We can develop gurilla trekking in these areas. TAAN has discovered more than three dozens of trekking routes and now they want to develop it and increase number of tourists according to chief of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal Mr. GR Panta.
  • Heritage sites of Nepal: The government is opening heritage sites in Kathmandu for tourists from June 15. Director General of the Department of Archaeology confirmed that they will open Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square for the tourists officially from that day. He further added that Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha and Pashupatinath are safe for sightseeing even today.
  • Hotels/Resorts: Most of the hotels in the Kathmandu valley are in full operations including five star hotels, resorts and other restaurants. The Government of Nepal is inspecting hotels to identify if the property is safe to stay or not considering the extent of damage caused by the recent earthquake. Like many, Gokarna Forest Resort, has also received a green sticker – meaning its all safe.
  • Communications: Telephone services, Internet is operating as normal.

It is the high time to explore Nepal and visit virgin destinations of Nepal. And as mentioned in the TIME, one of the Best Way to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake is to Go There on Vacation. You will see something different this time – the other side of Nepal.

News sources: eKantipur, Myrepublica, tourismheadline, bangkokpost.

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