Gorkha tourism entrepreneurs to offer ‘Home Stay’ in temporary settlements

A tourism entrepreneur couple in Gorkha district — the epicentre of the massive 7.6-Richterscale earthquake which rocked Nepal on April 25 — is all set to attend to tourists again, but this time around from a makeshift settlement.  After her house collapsed during the massive earthquake, Dil Kumari Lamichhane, bounced back to life from a

Tube well demand soars as irrigation project falls short

Demand for shallow tube wells has shot up in eastern Nepal as the irrigation project there has fallen short, leaving large parts of the region without water supplies. The government has installed 500 shallow tube wells in Morang and Sunsari districts and 300 in Jhapa district this year, according to the Groundwater Irrigation Development Division,

Himalaya Airlines takes delivery of first aircraft

Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China joint-venture company, has taken delivery of its first aircraft—the brand new Airbus A320—to serve the international market starting next month.a Himalaya will be the third Nepali carrier in service to serve the international sector after Nepal Airlines and Buddha Air. The 158-seater aircraft, dry leased from a Chinese company in Chengdu,

Women-managed hotels flourishing in Mustang

A new trend of having women-only floors in hotels is gaining popularity in Mustang. Most of the hotels here are run by women limiting the role of men in the hospitality industry. Pemadoka Thakuri, 63, has been running a hotel for the last 25 years. She never went to school, and obtained basic training in

Kathmandu dreams

It is 2030. As I and my partner arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport after a decade abroad, we can’t help but be amazed when we peek through the airplane window as we land. Kathmandu, which only a decade was a sore in the eye from the air, seems to have transformed into a well-planned, organized

Tour Min gets tough on single-engine aircraft

The Tourism Ministry has stopped registering new single-engine aircraft following the crash landing of an Air Kasthamandap P-750 XSTOL on February 26 in which its two pilots were killed. A minister-level meeting on Sunday also decided to ban passenger charter flights by single-engine planes pending a report by a government probe panel, said Joint Secretary

Himalaya all set to start ops

Mar 6, 2016- Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China joint-venture company, is all set to launch its international operations with an Airbus A320 jetliner. The carrier’s first aircraft is scheduled to land at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on March 9. The airline, which has dry leased the jet, said another Airbus A319 will join its fleet

2015 Everest permits extended for two years

The Cabinet has given a green-signal for the Tourism Ministry proposal to extend the climbing permits of hundreds of mountaineers who had been forced to abandon their expeditions last year due to avalanche on the Himalaya triggered by the April 25 earthquake. The permits will be extended for two years until 2017. Last year, 103

Minister again tells NOC not to distribute bonus

Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel has once again directed state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) not to distribute bonus to its staff citing its entire focus at the moment should be on normalising fuel supply situation. The finance minister yesterday met with NOC Acting Deputy Managing Director Sushil Bhattarai and two other senior officials, including Mukunda

Bomb hoax forces Lukla airport to close briefly

A bomb hoax forced the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Solukhumbu district of eastern Nepal to briefly close this morning. The airport lies on the lap of Mt Everest, and is considered the gateway to the world’s highest mountain. Authorities closed the Lukla airport briefly for security check after a chit that read “Bomb here…”was reportedly found after