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By LB THAPA FOR THE ONTOTHEROAD.COM We have heard several stories of rags to riches. But Tirtha Awasthi does not fall in that league of super rich. However, he has still enormous wealth that is worth beyond any wealth. You might be wondering what sort of wealth I am talking about! This is the wealth of all wealth…saving a precious life…how does he do that? Ok! He and his organization are committed to help those patients who need blood in emergency. His organization is so popular that when doctors get no blood from Red Cross Society, they turn to Nepal Voluntary Blood Donor’s Society. Tirtha Awasthi, my guest today, is the president of Nepal Voluntary Blood Donor’s Society (NVBDS). The slogan of Nepal Voluntary Blood Donor’s Society is “Not a single patient should die in the country due to lack of blood”. At a time when Red Cross Society has…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY Photo: LB Thapa This travel blogger was so lucky to be the part of a great cultural show where hundreds of thousands of indigenous people of Nepal took part in a parade in Pokhara, Nepal. Actually, I was not aware of such a large procession of indigenous people to be held. It was such a wonderful coincidence that when I reached Chipledhunga the procession was passing through the main road. The entire traffic was diverted to other directions so that the procession could walk freely on the road. In fact, I was not prepared for such a grand event; anyway, I swung into action to capture the whole event. The procession was so long that I had to run across the length and breadth of the road to capture them in my lens. In the end, I was more than…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Diabetes has earned a bad reputation for its devastating effects. It is said about diabetes that it opens the door of many other diseases including heart and kidney. Type two diabetes is very common among the people who are over 40 years of age. Actually today, I am not going to write about diabetes, in fact I am not a doctor I am a travel blogger. But today I am going to write about a person who defeated his type 2 diabetes and now he is perfectly normal, free from diabetes. I think it is interesting to know how he became successful to reverse his type 2 diabetes. Let’s meet the person and know from him.  The other day I was waiting for Lok Dai on the bank of Fewa Lake. He had given me time to meet there. After a little while, Lok Dai…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Life on high altitude is not difficult; it is very difficult. The climate in these areas is harsh and it turns bad to worse during winter when temperature dips from -200C to -250C. Even daytime the average temperature is not enthusiastic…It ranges from 00C to 50C. One can imagine how difficult is life there. Constantly plummeting temperature takes a toll on school going kids’ health. They are forced to remain in their houses. Skin biting cold brings life to standstill around the high Himalayas and schools are shut for at least four months. However, good news is that even when schools are shut in Mustang, the local administration has made it possible to run classes until schools are reopened. By the effort of Mustang Gaon Palika, all the students of six schools of Mustang Charang Basic School, Manang Basic School, Dhatmar Basic School, Ghara Basic…

KUMBH MELA 2019 BEGINS By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Yes, KUMBH MELA 2019 has already begun from 15 January and it will be continued until 4 March 2019 at Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Makar Sankranti heralds the beginning of the Kumbh Mela festival. For Hindus the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati has been the most religious place for the time immemorial. Do you know about the name change of KUMBH MELA? If not, then this piece of information is important for you. From now onwards, ARDHA KUMBH, held in every six year, will be known as KUMBH MELA and KUMBH MELA, held once in 12 years, will be called MAHA KUMBH. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT KUMBH MELA AT PRAYAGRAJ! A view of the campsite established along the banks of river Ganga on the eve of kumbh Mela, in Allahabad, 14 January…

By LB THAPA, lately in Delhi, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM ‘Watch out, there are pickpocketers everywhere in Delhi. They can steal your shoes from your feet and you don’t know’, said our tour guide on Delhi Darshan bus Without doubt, over the years Delhi has made impressive advancements. Modern colleges and universities have produced many skilled manpower for the country. However, I am speaking about one kind of highly skilled manpower that Delhi has today are not produced by any college or university of Delhi. Want to know them? Well, they are the great PICKPOCKETERS of Delhi. The world should respect their skill. They say it ‘haat ki safai’ (skill of hands). These self-proclaimed pickpocketers say they are the best in the world. The story below you are about to read is what I experienced myself during my recent Delhi tour. MY RECENT DELHI VISIT Photo: millenniumpost.in Recently I was on…

By LB THAPA, lately in Myagdi, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Here people stand in queue to drink a glass full of Yak’s blood Do you believe here people rush from various parts of the country and even many foreigners don’t mind to drink a glass full of fresh Yak’s blood?So, do you want to know what is special in the blood of those mountain Yaks of Nepal? To know all this and many more you have to read this story till the end… Nepal has been popular for its glorious cultural and traditional practices. Many of those cultural and traditional practices are very old, while others have become popular only in recent time. Over the years, some traditional practices have attracted many people at home and abroad. Although lab test has never been conducted to verify whether Yak blood is healthy to drink or not, many people drink Yak’s blood thinking of…

By LB THAPA, lately in Mumbai, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM I was commissioned by a reputed magazine to cover a sensitive story in Mumbai. The editorial team had given me this task because I was born and raised in India. They thought I could do the task successfully and I wanted to prove them right.My task was to know what happens with the Nepali girls once they are trafficked to Mumbai brothels. I wanted to know their modus operand and many more secretes. I am going to tell you this story as it happened…Are you ready? Let’s follow me…This was the second time I worked undercover and I was excited. So, the story begins from here.   BOARDING A TRAIN FROM GORAKHPUR TO MUMBAI I was standing at the Gorakhpur railway station, waiting for Kushinagar Express. My destination was Mumbai. The city famous for Bollywood cinemas, but it is also notorious for…

By LB THAPA, lately in Alwar, Rajasthan, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM After seeing Alwar fort in Rajasthan, I was mesmerized by the aesthetic beauty of the fort. This is one of the best forts, I had ever seen in my life. Below is the story how I made my visit to Alwar fort in Rajasthan, India My recent foray into traveling to a historical place took me to Alwar, Rajasthan. I chose to visit Alwar for one obvious reason and it was because my younger brother Lt. Colonel Sudhir Thapa was posted to Alwar, Rajastan. He was the command in charge of the Alwar army cantonment. How I could miss such an opportunity! Alwar has successfully preserved its rich history, culture and tradition that is now very rare in the world. Literally speaking I was much excited to visit Alwar and see those fabulous places of historical significance. A view of…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Nepali girls trafficking to India has increased by 500% in the last 5 years, says report According to a study conducted by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), human trafficking from Nepal to India has increased by 500% since 2013.Nepali girls are sold to brothels in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities for up to Rs. 50, 000. The report also says that Nepal has become the source country of human trafficking to India. Nepali girls, according to the SSB report, forced either to prostitution or to domestic work. Sometimes, even their body organs are taken out and sold to needy persons who are ready to give a hefty amount. The brokers, often former sex workers, bring young girls aged 9 to 16 up to Indo-Nepal border and hand over Indian brokers. Those trafficked girls are coached to conceal their true age if police ask them at…

By LB THAPA, lately in Bhopal, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM This piece of write-up is not an academic analysis of an expert. It is a survivor’s tale. The infamous Bhopal gas tragedy has made its place in the book of history as one of the worst industrial disasters ever registered in the annals of the world history. The killer gas had silently spread and showed no mercy upon any one and within an hour killed hoards of people. Among the victims were mostly children, women, elderly and sick people. Unfortunately, I was one of the victims who witnessed the holocaust. And this write-up is simply my tale of horror that I had experienced.   More people had been killed in the gas tragedy than the statistics published by the government. Photo: Bhopal.net Inside view of Union Carbide Factory from where lethal gas had been leaked. Photo: en.wikipedia.org I was born and brought…