Everest trek

By Rajesh KC

Khumbu is one of three sub-regions of the main Sherpa settlement of the Himalaya, the other two being Solu and Pharak. Khumbu is located in northeastern Nepal and includes the town of Namche Bazaar and the famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche. Solukhumbu, the heartland of the Everest Region and an integral part of the Himalayan mystique, thus provides a welcome destination for the adventurers. more »

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Majestic Khaptad

By Bhojraj Bhat

Khaptad — situated in the midmountain region of Far-Western Nepal — lies on a plateau where the districts of Bhajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham meet. The vegetation of the park varies from sub-tropical in the lower altitudes to temperate forest with grasslands on the Khaptad plateau with 225 square kilometer of area. The common tree species are rhododendron, chir pine, spruce, fir, maple, birch and alder. Dense stands of bamboo (nigalo), prairie flowers, and a variety of medicinal herbs occur inside the park. more »

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

-By Chandra Shekhar Karki/Bikas Rauniar

Nepal has become a Federal Democratic Republic from May 28, 2008 (15 Jeth 2065) after the Constituent Assembly overwhelmingly voted for abolition of the country’s 240-year-old monarchy. Proposal tabled by the government for implementation of a republic has been passed as 560 members out of 564 present voted in favor of the proposal and 4 against on late Wednesday night at 2320 hours. more »

CA member Ramsheela sworn in

Ramsheela-By Bikas Rauniar

The Constituent Assembly (CA) members were sworn in amid a ceremony on Tuesday (May 27, 2008) at the Birendra International Convention Center (BICC) in Kathmandu.

Ram Sheela Thakur, 30, CA member from Raghunathpur-8 of Mahottari also sworn in at BICC. Ramsheela – a barber by profession since childhood – said that she will continue her job as a barber though she ramains CA member until next general election. She represents Nepal Communist Party (UNITED). more »

Prem Dhoj sings after 41 years

By Rajesh KC

Veteran singer Prem Dhoj Pradhan mesmerized the audience with his voice, when he rendered 18 of his evergreen songs in the Paleti Series at Nepalaya’s R-Shala. The evening started with “Maya Namara Mayalu” which happens to be the first recorded song of the maestro. Pradhan, 72 sounded amazingly vibrant and energetic while singing as his fingers floated on the keys of the harmonium. more »

The life of the Nepalese in Qatar

By Tristan Bruslé

With 266,000 people, and 100,000 more to come in 2008, the Nepalese in Qatar are about to become the first foreign community in this tiny Gulf country. They are also the first concentration of Nepalese outside Nepal and India. As soon as one steps off the plane from Kathmandu at Doha airport, one is struck by a certain kind of familiarity with the airport staff. more »

Holi Festival

Holi or Fagu festival is being celebrated by smearing Abeer (red vermilion powder) and throwing colour and water-filled balloons at each other. An important festival of the Nepalese people, Holi begins on the eighth day of the new moon and ends with the burning of the “Cheer’, which was installed earlier, on the full moon day Saturday. more »

Palanchowk Bhagawati

By Rajesh KC

Palanchowk Bhagawati is one of the most beautiful and most important Goddess images in Nepal, a three feet tall finely carved on black stone and decked with Jewelry. Many pilgrims visit the temple especially on Tuesday and Saturday and animal sacrificing are also offered to the Goddess. During great Dasain festival season, people from all over make a pilgrimage to Palanchowk Bhagawati. more »

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