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The recent earthquake in Nepal has created lots of confusion in the international market whether or not Nepal is safe to travel. The uncertainty, the hesitancy is understandable as the devastating earthquake had shaken up the lives here in Nepal, however, things are gradually catching up the pace and life is slowly coming back to normalcy. Here are some important information that we have collected from various sources which should help learn more about Nepal – after the quake.
- Is Nepal Safe? The Government of Nepal, Ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil aviation on its press release has assured that Nepal is safe and secured place to visit. Except for the earthquake worst hit districts (out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 8 are affected), life has come back to normalcy; everyone is back to their daily routines.
Here's what Andrew Jones a vice-chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) has to say "I have visited Nepal several times. My first impression towards Nepal after the April 25 deadly earthquake was that the country had been devastated. The international media reports showed that everything had been destroyed. But when I arrived here, it was much better than I had anticipated. To be honest, I didn’t have any problems visiting the country. No dangers at all. In general, I don’t find Nepal unsafe to visit. There are many places in Nepal that have escaped the disaster, and there are many places to visit."
- Tribhuvan international airport (TIA): The country’s international airport is back into its normal operation. All international and domestic flights are operating normally.
- Trekking routes & other destinations :
"There are still many places in Nepal which is safe for trekking. Affected parts can be re-constructed and restarted within a month" - Tourism expert Prachanda Man Shrestha.
- Everest Region: As per the Toursim.gov.np, the Everest Trekking Route (Khumbu Trekking) is safe. Moreover, our team has also reached up to Namche and has assured that it is safe for trekking. Our lodges in the Everest Region – Yeti Mountain Home are in operation at Lukla Phakding, Monjo & Thame and so are the local lodges.
- Annapurna Region: The Annapurna routes are safe, these areas have very minimal impact of the earthquake. Our Ker & Downey lodges in the Annapurna region are in normal operation along with various other lodges in the area.
- Mustang/Dolpo/Makalu: These are also the least affected trekking areas. It has been assured that Mustang & Dolpo can be operated in this summer without any issue.
- Other Popular Destinations: Many of the trekking routes have a minimum impact of earthquake. Moreover, other popular destinations like Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya and various national parks and wildlife reserves are safe and intact. Our resort – Kasara Resort in Chitwan is also in full operations.
- Heritage sites of Nepal: The government is opening heritage sites in Kathmandu for tourists from June 15. Director General of the Department of Archaeology confirmed that they will open Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square for the tourists officially from that day. He further added that Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha and Pashupatinath are safe for sightseeing even today.
- Hotels/Resorts: Most of the hotels in the Kathmandu valley are in full operations including five star hotels, resorts and other restaurants. The Government of Nepal is inspecting hotels to identify if the property is safe to stay or not considering the extent of damage caused by the recent earthquake. Like many, Gokarna Forest Resort, has also received a green sticker – meaning its all safe.
- Communications: Telephone services, Internet is operating as normal.
It is the high time to explore Nepal and visit virgin destinations of Nepal. And as mentioned in the TIME, one of the Best Way to Help Nepal Recover from the Quake is to Go There on Vacation. You will see something different this time – the other side of Nepal.
News sources: eKantipur, Myrepublica, tourismheadline, bangkokpost.