The serenity of a Buddhist Monastery and my encounter with a monk in Kathmandu

 The serenity of a Buddhist Monastery and my encounter with a monk in Kathmandu

Hala Chekri My friend Prakash, a local guide and associated with Tourism Times, a fortnightly newsmagazine recommended me the Himalaya Java Coffee situated between Thamel and the Garden of Dreams. It is a cafe, perfect for writing or reading, he told me. Hence, on a rainy monsoon afternoon, I went to try it out. They have the best coffee I had in Nepal so far, de facto the logo Serving Nepali coffee since 1999. The…

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Caring mountains and tourist spots: forward-looking planning is an urgent priority

Caring mountains and tourist spots: forward-looking planning is an urgent priority

The tourism industry is an enormous industry comprising of several sectors such as hospitality, travel, tours, transport, attractions, and entertainments. All these activities are interconnected and linked. Tourism contributes significantly to the economic development of a nation and is one of the biggest sources of foreign currency earning that create jobs on a larger scale. Unlike other sectors of economic activities, tourism creates jobs in remote areas where job opportunities are scarce. Local hotels, restaurants,…

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Aloft Hotel brands  for the global traveller

Aloft Hotel brands  for the global traveller

Mr Vikram Singh is  the General Manager of Aloft Hotel, Chhaya Center in Thamel Kathmandu. The soft opening of the hotel will take place on 17 July 2019. He talked about different  aspects of the newly commissioned hotel and tourism promotion in Nepal.Exercepts Has Aloft Hotel been added as a 5 star hotel? What are your current operational preparations for a positive start? Aloft Kathmandu Thamel, has received 5-star certification. Aloft hotels are part of…

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Himalaya Airlines starting Dhaka flights from July 22

Himalaya Airlines starting  Dhaka flights from July 22

KATHMANDU, July 12: Himalaya Airlines on Thursday said that it would start direct flights to Dhaka of Bangladesh from July 22. Issuing a statement, the airline said it would operate Airbus A320-214 aircraft configured to carry 150 passengers in Economy Class and 8 in Premium Economy Class. The airline will fly on Kathmandu-Dhaka-Kathmandu route three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. “The flight will depart from Kathmandu at 11:10 am and land at…

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Nepal’s central bank bans use of unregistered foreign digital payment systems

Nepal’s central bank bans use of unregistered foreign digital payment systems

Nepal’s central bank has banned the foreign digital payment systems as they are not registered in Nepal. By issuing a notice, the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) barred the use of these payment systems stating that their use resulted in the country losing foreign income and as well as Nepali government losing taxes from the service transactions inside the country. Use of any QR Code, POS Machine related to foreign payment system or other payment system…

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