West Nepal was promoted at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin
The ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) is the world’s largest tourism trade fair. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist’s boards, tour operator, system providers, and airlines. ITB with the punch line “One world, one industry and one trade show” experience the whole world of travel at ITB Berlin-all in one location: countries, cities and regions, tour operator, online booking portals and hotels and many other services from over 180 countries present their products and services.
Like every year, this time also ITB Berlin has organized the event from 8-12th March, 2017. And TDS including other tourism stakeholder from mid/far west also took part in the event. Other tourism stakeholders like sunny travels, TAG, Raaika Tour and Travels had participates in the event and present their business offerings etc. TDS had meeting with many international B2B meeting among them DIAMIR (Biggest TO of Germany and Europe) has show interest for Familiarization tour for Khaptad-RARA tour. It is one of the objectives of TDS to ensure one international tour operator to have our product in their portfolio. So DIAMIR has set the date on Nov-Dec from Khaptad-RARA.
So ITB Berlin provides platform for tourism stakeholder to come together and deal the business. With the help of ITB Berlin travel and trade show TDS has gained and fulfill one of its objectives to have international tour operators with our product in their portfolio.
Jestha 21st 2074 B.S: Khaptad-Gangadasara:( a week before there is a mela)
Khaptad National Park Lies in the heart of the far-west Nepal. Leaving the flat landscape of the terai behind, climbing up through the hilly regions, you will feel the chilly winds from the Himalayas when arriving here. The park is characterized by a huge plateau of hilly grasslands, the so called patans, at an altitude of about 3000m. In the morning, the haze is mysteriously arising from the plateau’s meadows and tree tops as if it was alive and breathing, giving the whole place a majestic beauty. And again there is one biggest festival in June.
The biggest festival celebrated in Khaptad National Park is the annual Khaptad Mela – Ganga Dashahara which is held on 21st Jestha, 2074 B.S.( 4th June, 2017 A.D.) Pilgrims come to take a holy bath at the park’s sacred Tribeni wetlands, where the Sailenge Khola and the Kausiya Khola rivers meet. Over 7000 people gather for this celebration! The festival is very important for cultural exchange among the population of Nepal‘s far west. The religious rituals are accompanied by performing traditional dances and other cultural activities.
To organize your visit to the Khaptad National Park, please don’t hesitate to PS Travels(+977 91416682)
For more information about the Festival and activities during the event, please contact us:
Tourism Development Society
Dhangadhi premier league, popularly known as DPL is one of the most prized cricket tournament in Nepal, it is one of the most popular cricket tournament for nepali professional cricket. DPL is a professional twenty 20 cricket league in Nepal by franchise teams representing nepali cities. The league was founded by the Dhangadhi cricket Academy and Sudur Paschimanchal Academy. The title sponsor of the DPL in 2017 is sagarmatha cement.
The main objective of DPL is to promote sport tourism, not only in far west and mid west but for the whole of Nepal. The tournament has multi-dimensional objectives it not only promotes sport tourism, but also creates employment through sport. The days of people dreaming about becoming doctors, engineers and other professions have change thousands of young people have come to realize that sports could be a full time profession.
Through DPL we envision to have such a cricketing culture in far west and mid west so it became a one stop destination for lover of sports. Through DPL hotel industries, tourism industries and sports industries are also developing at a rapid rate.
Dream Fafla project has been a talk of the town today with support from local citizens and those who are directly and indirectly involved with cricket are putting their possible effort to make Fafla ground as the first international cricket stadium of Nepal. If the project Fafla is realized it is certainly be a boost for mass tourism and add glory to the Nepalese cricket history.
The recently concluded DPL tournament speaks all about our passion for cricket. The DPL tournament which is started on 10th April 2017 with 6 teams participating in it. The six teams are
1. Chauraha Dhangadhi Captain by Paras Khadka.
2. Biratnagar Kings headed by Sharad Veswakar.
3. CYC Attariya under the leadership of Gyanendra Malla.
4. Rupandehi Challengers under the captainship of Shakti Gauchan.
5. Kanchanpur Iconic lead by Binod Bhandari.
6. Kathmandu Goldens by Basant Regmi.
Dhangadhi observed gala festival for about 13 days which stadium full packed by cricket loving spectators. It was indeed a step forwarded to boost mass tourism. There were spectators not only from dhangadhi but almost from all major cities of Nepal. The final championship was held on 22th April 2017 which was won by Chauraha Dhangadhi team and backs a purse of Rs 15 lakhs.
Second Meeting of West Nepal Tourism Alliance 17th April, 2017
This Alliance has an opportunity to be the stronger instrument to lobby and policy advocacy: CEO Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi NTB
Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) appreciated the collective initiatives of lobby, advocacy and joint private sector engagement to promote the West Nepal as Nepal newest but vibrant destination of the country amidst a function of second meeting of the West Nepal Tourism Alliance, 17th April, 2017 organized at a hotel in Dhangadhi.
This Meeting witnessed the representation of the tourism stakeholders ranging from the regional associations of accommodations, travel agents, chamber of commerce, tourist guides, tour operators, national parks and protected areas, community based home stays, civil society organizations and relevant stakeholders.
Forty Nine individuals representing different associations actively participated the meeting.
The main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the stakeholders’ engagement towards the aim of developing the region as a globally recognized destination for the responsible tourism. Similarly the immediate goal of the event was to jointly review the regional tourism strategy in the light of newly released National Tourism Strategic Plan, 2016-2025.
CEO Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, made a presentation on National Tourism Strategy and Priorities set for West Nepal. He highlighted the key goals envisioned by the NTSP and the representation of the western region of the country in this policy document. He further shed light on the identification of two priority tourism development areas (TDAs); Kailali & Surroundings and Karnali region from the western region out of the total six TDAs from the whole country.
The presentation was followed by the open floor interactions. Mr. Joshi tried to respond all the queries so far possible.
Summary of the Queries and Feedbacks:
1. What are measures to be taken for the successful implementation of the NTSP in the context of ongoing transformation and upcoming federal structures?
2. Are there any plans from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to complement the independent private sector initiative to develop this region as the Nepal’s vibrant tourist destination?
3. What should west Nepal do further to get the priorities in reality not just in documents and papers?
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) launched a program to promote Nepal in Europe 2017 with the slogan “Visit Nepal-Europe Campaign 2017” which aims to uplift/increase the number of tourists from European counties by 30 to 40 percent as compare to 2016.
To make the campaign success, NTB will collaborated with Nepal missions in Europe, Nepali Diaspora and travel and tour operators in Europe. NTB has decided to promote the campaign “Visit Nepal-Europe Campaign 2017” in different European nation like Ireland, Belgium, Russia, Netherlands, Spain and Denmark. NTB has been planning to officially launch the campaign in London in March 2017.
NTB has designed some program under this campaign to promote Nepal tourism like photo exhibition, talk on mountaineering, “send a friend to Nepal” campaign, and tourism promotion by Nepali restaurants in Europe and training for Nepali Diaspora to promote Nepal’s tourism among others
Get up early and discover two jewels of the Karnali District in Farwest Nepal in one day.
Ghodaghodi Lake is only a one hour drive from Dhangadhi and a beautiful place to relax, trek and enjoy nature. A path leads around the lake and you can walk around the forests for hours – but don’t get lost! It is easy to forget the time in this beautiful jungle covered with huge, tall trees and bushes and diverse flora and fauna. If you look exactly, you can observe many different birds, some of them walking on the seagrass on the lakes so that it seems just like they are walking on the water. If you wander about the name, two tall horses at the entrance clarify the origin: Ghodaghodi is derived from the Nepali word for horse. According to legend, God Shiva and Goddess Parvati used to turn into horses and circle around the lake. Another mystical place in Farwest Nepal to have a look at…
One more hour to drive and you reach the giant Karnali River which gives the district its name. Feel the exciting shutter on the huge bridge when a truck or bus is crossing, and take some pictures of the wonderful surrounding: Flatland as far as you can see to the south merges promptly into steep, high hills, and the deep blue river is streaming out of the mountain regions. Go to the river bank for a toe-dip in the water, and relax afterwards with a nice milk tea in one of the many cafes in Chisapani.
TDS staff took a Saturday afternoon to explore Dhangadhi and its surrounding to discover what this charming corner in the Terai of Farwest Nepal has to offer.
First stop was the Tharu Homestay and Resort, a 10 minute motorbike or scooti ride south from Dhangadhi’s center, the main road. The Homestay opened just a few months ago, and we were friendly welcomed and invited inside by the owner, – NAME-. It lies beautifully embedded in rice and vegetable fields that go as far as one can see – up to the Indian border. Several comfortable rooms with double beds and attached bathrooms invite guests for a relaxing weekend within the beautiful nature of Nepal’s Terai, delicious Nepali and Tharu food and other cultural activities.
The next station was Jokhar Tal, or Jokhar Lake in the easter outskirts of Dhangadhi. Through a botanical garden (entrance is free), paths lead through a dense forest with all kinds of flora and fauna towards a picturesque, small lake. Even though the water does not invite for swimming, the surrounding is perfect for some deep and calming breaths in the clear and clean air. A path leads around the lake and passes several ideal places for a picnic, what so many Nepali families and friends love to do on Saturdays. A little further down the path, several treks lead into the forest where one can get even closer into the natural beauty of huge trees and verdant fauna.
The last attraction was awaiting us at the Western end of the city: Mohana Bird Watch. Following a wooden sign just off the Main Road, the two kilometer ride is already reviving. We passed a beautiful living area where houses mix with animal sheds and rice fields in between or to the back, when soon the houses get less and the fields widen and change their color from meter to meter. The path ends at a calm river, where you immediately feel the air getting cooler and fresher from the forest around it. Don’t forget your camera – here is a perfect spot to see some birds in their nests high above in the trees. This is the perfect place for a last break to watch the sunset over the river and let the day fade away.
Dadeldhura is a four hour bus or mini-van drive away from Dhangadhi and lays picturesque in the middle hills of Farwest Nepal. It is still hard to find information on the internet – but this should not hold you back to discover this inspiring place in the hilly area of Farwest Nepal!
The town in the middle hills of Farwest Nepal is not very big, colorful houses in every size spread over an area of hills in an elevation of about 1,300 meters. That means: fresh and clean air to breathe and clear your mind. Once you arrive at the bus park during the day, the first breathtaking view over the Western Himalayas will let you forget about the winding and adventurous bus drive. A number of hotels and guest houses await you with clean and comfortable rooms, delicious Nepali food as well as warm and welcoming smiles.
You will be drawn into the calm mountain life once you make your way out of your hotel in the morning. Try to get up before sunrise and catch a spot on one of the many roof terraces. When the sun rises in the east and the white Himalayan giants get more and more visible in the north, this is the moment to just breathe and be. Let the sunshine right inside your smile…
With a small backpack, carrying water and some snacks, you are all set for a reviving hike – for example down to Ajaymerukot, a “mystical place” as even the locals call it. From the very top and south end of Dadeldhura, you find a large and flat plateau where the trek starts into the valley to the north. Natural beauty will surround you for the next hours, starting in a high pine forest merging into a broadleaf and verdant vegetation and finally into golden brown banking. Crossing the suspension bridge down in the valley will let your heart beat higher and lead you to the small settlement Ajaymerukot – or to further hikes in the surrounding hills.
To satisfy the desire of getting closer and closer to the breathtaking peaks of the Western Himalayas, you can take a 1,5 hours bus ride to Khodpe the next day. Khodpe is a very small Bazaar and lies lovely imbedded on top of a mountain range north from Dadeldhura. Let your heart decide which place to go – you will find nice hiking trails all over the place and even more spots where you can enjoy the incredible view. You will become a witness of time passing even though you are doing nothing except staring to the north and being overwhelmed by the stupefying dimension of the mystical Himalayas. Try some Veg or Egg Pakoda or Samosa in one of the local shops before you return to your hotel in Dadeldhura and let the wonderful experiences and impressions fade on your balcony with a lemon tea.
Tharu Women Network: Monthly Meeting Conducted in Dhangadhi
Tourism Development Societyhad the chance to participate in a meeting of the Dhangadhi-based Tharu Women Network (TWN). The association was founded by a group of friends during the recession of 2008 and 2009, when times were tough and jobs hard to find. The idea behind the organization is to establish a network of financial and social security for its members and to generate new means of income through the production of traditional Nepali handicrafts in Farwest Nepal.
We spoke with Rajkumari Mahatau, Chair Woman of the organization.
TDS: Raj, thanks for this interview. First of all, why are you having these meetings?
R.M.: Basically, we meet to discuss the financials and the products of our network. But we also use this time to socialize and exchange ideas.
TDS: Could you briefly explain what you are discussing in such a meeting?
R.M.: Well, on the one hand, each member makes her monthly deposit in the network account and if one of the women needs a credit, she receives it out of that account at a minimal interest rate of 1%. On the other hand, we talk about our products, new designs, prepare our next trade fair in Kathmandu – the Fair trade Christmas Bazar - and so on.
TDS: How often do you conduct these meetings?
R.M.: Every month, on the first Saturday according to the Nepali Calendar.
TDS: And how many women usually participate in a monthly meeting?
R.M.: Well, this time some of our members are out of town, so we’re a little less than usual. I would say that in a regular meeting we are between 15 and 20 women.
TDS: And in total, how big is your network so far?
R.M.: We are 30 women at the moment, most of which are living in Dhangadhi. But we also have eight members that work and live outside of the city.
West Nepal is joining the Asian Ecotourism Network
ITB Berlin is the largest Travel Trade fair in the world. In this year’s ITB Berlin there were representatives of the biggest traders & tour operators of the industry present from all around the world. In 38 halls of the Messe Berlin exhibitors from nearly all the countries were promoting their tourism products. The trade fair ran for 5 days.
Farwest Nepal was represented by Tourism Development Society. A series of the meetings with existing and potential partners was scheduled. One of the important meetings was held with the Asian Ecotourism Network. Mr. Masaru Takayama, the chairman of the Asian Ecotourism Network shared: “An extremely promising and constructive meeting was held with Nepal Tourism Development Society”
This year Tourism Development Society has become the charter institutional member of the Asian Ecotourism Network aiming to contribute to its goals and objectives:
Connect AEN ecotourism stakeholders for knowledge transfer, and marketing and business opportunities (B2B and B2C)
Create new networking opportunities for AEN ecotourism stakeholders.
Provide AEN ecotourism stakeholders with modern eLearning tools, training opportunities, and market data.
Influence policy makers and emphasize the importance of embracing the international branding and certification.
At the same time, Tourism Development Society is trying to explore new opportunities for its members through the AEN. Tourism initiative from Farwest Nepal can take advantage of partnership-building, promotion and professional development opportunities for local to international, from grassroots to global. It is going to take advantage for promotion and professional development opportunities for the businesses from the region.