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By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM The art and science of stone sculpture is ancient but stone art is a modern practice. In recent years, stone art has gained much popularity in many countries in Europe and some Asian countries. Interestingly enough this art has yet not made its entry to Nepal, but seeing its growing popularity in the world it seems that sooner or later the stone art will prevail in Nepal as well. I can say this because two Pokhareli brothers have taken stone art as their profession. Photo: LB Thapa Photo: LB Thapa Photo: LB Thapa Photo: LB Thapa Photo: LB Thapa Stone Artist: Duo brothers Rizon GC (left) and Jiwan GC. Photo: LB Thapa “Actually we lost our father when he was only 45-year old and we two brothers were at loss as to what to do. On top, there were many people, who wanted us broke,…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Pokhara has already carved a niche in adventure sports. Domestic tourists and foreign tourists regularly visit Pokhara for the experience of adventure. Some adventure activities like trekking, kayaking, rafting, caving, mountain biking and boating have been available for years. But over the last few years, ultra light aircraft, paragliding, zip flyer and bungee jumping have added extra thrill and adventure among the adventure loving enthusiasts. The promotion of tourism is necessary for the development of tourism, because tourism is the backbone of Nepali economy. Tourism industry alone has provided largest employment after agriculture in the country. In a situation like this collective effort is utmost necessary for the development of tourism industry. Late Stephen Shrestha, founder and owner of Avia Club Nepal. The ill-fated plane which met an accident and took the lives of Stephen Shrestha and a Chinese tourist. Due to many paragliding companies…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Over the course of abuse and negligence, in recent time Fewa lake has lost much of its original charisma for which the lake was famous for. A recent flash flood, which was caused due to a huge landslide near Lumle, had blocked the Harpan & Andheri River. When the embankment burst, it created a massive flash flood that Pokhara had never experienced before. It took the lives of many villagers and destroyed their houses leaving no traces in sight. The damage was unexpected and destructive. Every year hyacinths keep on returning to invade Fewa Lake. Photo: LB Thapa Phirke Khola, like many other tributaries, brings tons of debris to Fewa Lake.Photo: Sunil Pandey The flash flood brought many trees and lots of debris with it and eventually dumped in Fewa Lake. As a result the water of Fewa Lake turned murky for over a month.…

By LB THAPA in Beni FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Our group of cyclists wanted to utilize a few days holiday on Tihar (Dipawali). Since we did not have more days at our disposal, we wanted to go to a short destination. After much discussion we chose two destinations Lumbini and Beni. Eventually we unanimously chose Beni. We gave up the idea of going to Lumbini; it was because of its distance. A tour to Lumbini was simply not possible in four days. Lumbini was left for the next visit. The distance of Beni from Pokhara is 91km. It means we had to cycle 182km in total…quite a distance on bicycle…isn’t it? Beni Bazaar. Photo: LB Thapa On the way to Malla’s Heritage_ Photo: LB Thapa Getting ready to set out for Beni to Pokhara. Photo: ONTOTHEROAD.COM Suraj KC, president of Federation of Nepali Journalist, Myagdi. Photo: LB Thapa Prakash Paudel, station…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Jhamak Ghimire has achieved seemingly impossible feat of success by winning the Madan Puruskar, the nation’s most prestigious literary award for her autobiographical essays ‘Life, whether a thorn or a flower’. Jhamak has proved that nothing is impossible before hard work and strong determination. Born in Dhankuta, 1980, with cerebral palsy; a group disorder that affects the functions of the brain and the nervous system. This rare physical disorder made her unable to stand on her feet and use both of her hands. Having been unable to go to school, she was forced to spend all the day at home. Without regular education, she achieved supreme command over language. Photo: nayanayakurablogspot.com Jhamak wanted to go to school like many other boys and girls, but physical disability confined her within the four walls of her house. But Jhamak was not an ordinary girl like many others. She…

By LB THAPA in Bandipur FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Bandipur has attracted more domestic and foreign tourists today than it would in the past. A hilltop settlement, Bandipur is a perfect destination for those visitors who prefer peace, nature and tranquility. Bandipur is about 148km away from Kathmandu and 80km from Pokhara. To go to Bandipur, a sharp turn should be taken from Dumre bazaar to scale rising mountains. An 8km long serpentine road from Dumbre bazaar passes through several jagged turns to reach Bandipur. More we rise with each turn; the better view unfolds before our eyes. Bandipur should not be compared with Thamel of Kathmandu and Lakeside of Pokhara. Bandipur is different in the sense that this old town has not been polluted by the meddling crowd, dance bars, and gazal nights. The town is quiet and therefore those tourists who like no cacophony will always find Bandipur a perfect…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM This is the age of science and technology where computer rules the roost. Science has been making rapid advancement with a number of new inventions like never before. Like many other branches of science, medical science has also made remarkable progress. From cloning to test-tube baby, artificial heart transplantation and many more…everything is possible today. And in the recent years, the success of some complicated surgery heralds the remarkable feat of medical science. All this explains how much progress the medical science has made in recent time. Local shamans are preparing to communicate with spirits. Photo: pixgood.com However, this is also true that at times when medical science finds it unable to treat a particular illness, the faith healers have done the impossible. The way they treat a patient may be unconventional and unscientific, but it works. Yes…it is the world of Dhamis and Jhankris…

“Take out five hundred rupees or we will piss off your faces” threatened the naked Hijras By LB THAPA, in Rampur, India FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM With bright make up and cladding in glittering saris the Indian hijras always draw public attention, many times for bad reason. Indian hijras have always made their presence felt due to their strange behavior and mysterious lifestyle. Though Indian law has recognized hijras as third gender, their actual lifestyle has not changed much. They are aggressive, abusive and unmannered on many occasions. Perhaps this was the reason why when British came to power in India they passed a law in 1897 and declared all eunuchs as criminals. Prostitution is widespread among hijras as a result HIV rates among hijras stand at 18% in Mumbai and 0.3% in India. Hijras are shameless and their shamelessness is their tool to cough up money from the people. It is…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Gandharvas are also known as Gaine and Gayak. But they prefer ‘Gandharva’ a respectful word to address them. Gandharvas have been recognized as the musician caste of Nepalese society. In the past when modern means of entertainments were not available in the country, Gandharvas would travel around the villages, telling the stories they come across. Jhalakman Gandharva was a legendary singer. Photo: youtube.com Historical evidence shows that Gandharvas immigrated from Chitaurgarh. They were brought by Kulmandan Shah, the first Shah King. The king ruled his kingdom from Kaskikot. Meanwhile, he allotted Batulechaur for the Gandharmvas. Ever since then Gandharvas have been living in Batulechaur. Today Batulechaur is the largest settlement of Gandharvas in Nepal. According to the census of 2001, the population of Gandharva in Kaski district was around 500. As per tradition, adult Gandharvas would always travel with their sarangi and tell the story…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM If you want to spend some time away from the meddling crowd of the town, then Kamal Pokhari is the perfect place to visit. To get to Kamal Pokhari, you don’t take taxi—it is hardly 3km away from Mahendrapool. While walking along the hills, you will find yourself surrounded by majestic hills and forest. From Matepani monastery, you can have a beautiful view of Pokhara city. If you don’t want to walk then you should better take mountain bikes to get to Kamal Pokhari. So, are you in Pokhara? Then let’s go to Kamal Pokhari.   Kamal Pokhari or Lotus Pond is a quiet place to relax…to be with nature. Photo: LB Thapa It is believed that serpent god resides in Kamal Pokhari. Photo: LB Thapa These small kids are skilled divers. They dive and unhook fish hooks and as reward get fish from the…

By LB THAPA, in Jomsom, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM A recently started bus service from Pokhara to Jomsom has hit the headlines of local newspapers. Prithvi National Highway Bus Operators Committee (PNHBC) and Mustang Jeep and Bus Entrepreneurs Committee had an agreement to operate direct bus service from Pokhara to Jomsom. Roads will kill tourism in hilly regions. Photo: churenhimaltreks.comnp This bus service as said has been started to facilitate the local people of the area, pilgrims, domestic and foreign tourists. The reality is actually very different. This bus service will benefit a handful people rest will get nothing at all. In long term many local people and their small business will be overtaken or dislodged by the big investors from Pokhara and elsewhere. Road construction on trekking route will not benefit local people There are some leading hotels, restaurants, bus operating associations and local syndicates who were much eager to start…