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25
April
2014
Weekly Official e-Newsletter of Nepal Tourism Board

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Tourism Minister announces Rs 1.5 million as relief to family of avalanche victims
Nepal is full of mystifying natural heritages: Foreign researchers
High level government team reaches Sagarmatha base camp; Sherpa Guides Insurance Doubled
Lords Hotels and Resorts enters Nepal
'Prosperous Mid Western Photo Gallery' established in Surkhet

Tourism Minister announces Rs 1.5 million as relief to family of avalanche victims

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya on Friday announced that the government will provide Rs 1.5 million to each family of Sherpas who lost their lives in a deadly avalanche in Mt Everest on April 18.

Addressing the meeting of the legislature-parliament today, Minister Acharya said Rs 10 million will be provided through insurance coverage meant for mountaineering guides and Rs 500,000 through the Cabinet decision to each family of the victims.

He further assured that the government will also bear all the costs for the education of the victims' children.

Minister Acharya said that the government agencies were active in search and rescue operation immediately after the avalanche in the highest peak in the world.

Saying that the government was sensitive towards the pain and suffering of the family of the victims including the entire Sherpa mountaineering community, the tourism minister requested the Sherpa guides to continue the climb the Mt Everest.

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Nepal is full of mystifying natural heritages: Foreign researchers

Two foreign researchers have presented various astonishing facts about different places in the country. The researchers, Russian Yuriy Radichev and Frenchman Maurice Duchene, have stated this in papers they presented in a program on Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014. A photo exhibition of the photographs they took during the research was organized at Nepal Tourism Board on the same day.

In their presentations, they displayed astonishing photographs of different caves they had explored in course of their research work across the country. French national Duchene, who has visited most districts in the country, has carried out research on important cave systems in Nepal.
He said that among the 30 major caves he discovered, the Baitadi district based 196-meter-deep cave is the deepest one. He also said the Baraha Cave that lies at Mt. Annnapurna has icicles at 95 meters from the cave’s mouth.Some other caves he visited are Karkat Cave, Gupteshwor Cave at Parbat district. He also claimed some ice caves in Lamjung district, and at Mt. Kanchanjungha and Manaslu.

Similarly, he visited a man-made cave made around 2,000 years ago in Mustang district, which is decorated by ancient pictures, and paintings related to Buddhism. Duchene claimed there are dozens of Nepali mountains that contain mysteries which are yet to be discovered.

Similarly, Russian national Radichev has taken around 280 photographs in the Himalayan region and included them in 22 photo exhibitions. The two tourists have started photo exhibition from today in memory of the 16 climbers who perished at the avalanche happened at Mt. Everest base camp on April 18. Nepal would further developed its ties with other countries when such facts are made known to the people in these countries, he said and stressed on the need for taking necessary steps for the preservation of such natural gifts.

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High level government team reaches Sagarmatha base camp; Sherpa Guides Insurance Doubled

A high level team comprising the Tourism Minister Bhim Acharya today reached the Sagarmatha or Mt Everest base camp to meet the mountaineers who are in dilemma whether or not to set out on the mountaineering expedition after 13 Sherpa guides lost their lives to an avalanche on April 18.

The team includes the Secretary and the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, and officials of various trekking agencies. The team left for the base camp on board a helicopter at 8.45 am today, according to Lama Kaji Sherpa, General Secretary of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has also increased the insurance amount for the Sherpa sardar guide, high altitude worker and local workers to be effective from the spring season of 2014, according to a statement issued by the Ministry here today.

Accordingly, the insurance amount has been increased from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. one million for the sardar, to Rs. one million from Rs. 400,000 for the climbing guide, Rs. 800,000 from Rs. 350,000 for the base camp workers and Rs. 500,000 from Rs. 250,000 for the local workers.
Likewise, the medical insurance for all has been increased to Rs. 300,000 from the existing Rs. 50,000.

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Lords Hotels and Resorts enters Nepal

Indian hotel chain Lord Hotels and Resorts has started operation in Nepal. Lord Hotels and Resorts has invested Rs 200 million in Battisputali-based Mirage Lords Inn.

“Mirage Lords Inn aims to cater quality service to Nepali people and contribute for development of tourism industry of the country,” Lords Hotels and Resorts said in a statement.
Lords has joined hands with ShreeJee Hotels for its Nepal operations.

“As Nepal´s political situation is turning toward stability, we have invested in the hotel with greater hope and prospects,” Mahesh Goyal, director of ShreeJee Hotels, told Republica, adding “Though it´s an Indian chain, out target will be tourists of all kinds -- domestic and international.” Goyal further added that they have entered the Nepali market with dedicated professionals and cumulative experience.

Mirage Lords Inn has 40 rooms with air conditioning, multi-channel television, tea/coffee maker, safe deposit lockers, business centre, travel desk, and 24 hours room service.
“We will soon extend the number of rooms to 50,” said Goyal.

Meanwhile, the hotel plans to operate a completely vegetarian restaurant in the near future. “We will soon come up with number of other peculiar plans in the hospitality business of Nepal,” added Goyal.

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'Prosperous Mid Western Photo Gallery' established in Surkhet

The ‘Prosperous Mid Western Photo Gallery’ has been established in Surkhet for the development of mid-western development region. The Manghari Pratisthan established the gallery at Jumla road in Surkhet district after a Lekali Hotel provided a hall at free of cost for a year for the same. More than 40 photos of tourism sites, cultures and customs of 15 districts of the mid-western region have been kept in the gallery. There are photos of Rara Lake, Phoksindo Lake, Kakrebihar, Sworgadwari temple and among others in the gallery. Similarly, different types of wooden goods manufactured by Raute community are also kept in the gallery.

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