Five hiking routes in Kathmandu to explore this spring season

Kathmandu,Feb 22:Imagine Kathmandu as a geographical mandala. The city, with its streets and frenetic life and crazy drivers, is the centre. The Ring Road is the circular boundary between this urban vortex and the green girdle of hills that tower above the valley floor. Beyond this rim is the even more tranquil, almost paradisiacal realm of mountains and villages, stone trails and moss-carpeted forests. This is how I, a habitual walker and lover of the outdoors, visualise Kathmandu compared...

0ver 100 yrs old photographs, painting in Tharu Cultural Museum

Ratnangar, Feb 21 : The Tharu Cultural Museum and Research Centre at Bachhauli, the nearest Tharu village to Sauraha, has various old assets, photographs and paintings which are major attraction to visitors. The preservation officer at the museum Basudev Chaudhary shared that the photographs related to hunting of wild animals by then British officials and Rana rulers are also kept there. Similarly, photographs taken during the malaria eradication campaigns in the Tarai were also kept in the museum. He...

Palpa trade fair draws 100 thousand visits till fifth day

Rampur, Feb 20 (RSS): The ongoing 12th Palpa Festival and Trade Fair has so far made transactions worth over Rs 50 million. According to Event economic management sub-committee coordinator Deepak Prasad Pandey, till the fifth day of the fair Monday, over 100 thousand people visited it. Garments and hotel and restaurant business has so far dominated the fair organised by the Palpa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The fair has showcased 400 stalls ranging from wooden crafts to agro...

What happens when you climb Everest without additional oxygen?

Mountaineers around the world are waiting. The highest mountain in the world will soon open for climbers as spring sets in on the Himalayas. On D-day, many climbers will first check their supplemental oxygen and then only start their climb to the top. The oxygen, for them, is their lifeline. This was even the case for the famous New Zealander and his Sherpa companion when they set out to conquer the Top of the World in 1953. Both Hilary...

International Karate championship on May

Khotang, Feb 19 (RSS): The second edition of Khotang-Halesi Open International Karate Championship is to be held in Diktel, Khotang on May 3-5, 2018. The Karate event is to be organized by Nepal Shito-ryu Karate Association Khotang. The Association has intensified its preparation for the championship event which is estimated to be conducted at the cost of around Rs 5 million. A main championship organizing committee has been formed under the leadership of Khotang District Coordination Committee Chairperson Babi...

Udayapur successfully tests paragliding flights

Gaighat, Udayapur, Feb 18 : Paragliding flights have been successfully tested in Belaka Municipality-8 in Udayapur district. Under this test flight, paragliders flew from approximately 600 meters high Bopatang and Champakot hills and alighted on the banks of Saptakoshi river. The project aims to develop Koshi Tappu and Saptakoshi areas that fall under the municipality as tourist destinations through boating and paragliding, and attract more than 50,000 tourists every year, said the municipality mayor Durga Kumar Thapa. “The areas...

Kanchhi movie review: A romantic disaster

Love stories are a filmmaker’s bread and butter. They are made because the audience can relate to them. Every other week there is a romantic movie released in Nepal and this week it was Akash Adhikari’s romantic drama, Kanchhi. The movie revolves around the life of Hira (Dayahang Rai) and Kanchhi (Sweta Khadka), both of whom have carved out a respectable life for them in the high Himalayan region of Nepal. These childhood friends fall in love but are...

International Folk Cultural Festival to be held on March 5

Nawalparasi, Feb 18: An international folk cultural festival is to be held on the bank of the Narayani river at Gaindakot here from March 5. The international folk cultural festival will bring artists from 10 countries including Italy, Greece, Israel, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Indonesia besides Nepal. The artists from these countries will be showcasing their unique folk culture in the festival. Culture Media House, the festival organiser, has said that the festival is being organised to...

From mortal to goddess: The making of the Kumari of Lalitpur

Kathmandu,Feb 16:Five young girls were brought to the Ratnakar Mahavihar in Gabahal, Lalitpur (Patan), on the afternoon of February 5. Some of the girls are as young as two. The excitement in their faces is visible; why not? One of them will take charge as the Kumari of Patan, one of the three medieval kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley. As news spreads that Patan getting a new Kumari, the otherwise deserted Ratnakar Mahavihar, is full of people. Photographers, along...

President urges for protection of cultural values

Kathmandu, Feb 16 (RSS): President Bidya Devi Bhandari has wished peace, prosperity and happiness to all people from the Sherpa community living in the country and abroad on the occasion of the Gyalbo Lhosar. Giving a message of best wishes today, President Bhandari expressed hope the festival would foster unity, harmony and fraternity among all Nepali people. “The festival of cultural importance popularizes Nepal with its distinct identity across the globe. So, all sides should pay attention for the...

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