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By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM PROSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL IN NEPAL, BUT IT IS SERVED EVERYWHERE AND EASILY AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. IF THIS IS THE CASE, THEN HOW ONE CAN SAY PROSTITUTION IS ILLEGAL…YES, IT IS ILLEGAL ONLY FOR NAMESAKE…OTHERWISE, FLESH TRADE IS THRIVING RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF LAW MAKERS. NOW MANY VOICES ARE HEARD WHO SAY IF THE STATE CANNOT CONTROL FLESH TRADE THEN LEGALIZE IT. No official attempt has been made to register the number of commercial sex workers in the country so far. Nevertheless, various reports have confirmed that some 30,000 sex workers are in the country. Of them over 5000 prostitutes are believed to have carried their profession in the Kathmandu valley alone. A big number of minor girls below 16 years of are also found in this profession. They sell sex to survive. Badi women of Nepal staged sit in protest in Kathmandu. Photo:…

By LB THAPA, lately in Bara district, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM AT LAST THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT A BAN ON ANIMAL SLAUGHTERING AT GADHIMAI FESTIVAL, WHERE OVER 250,000 ANIMALS WERE SLAUGHTERED IN BELIEVING THAT GOD WOULD BE HAPPY RELIGIOUS MASSACRE OF ANIMALS In the interval of five years, hundreds of thousands of animals are taken to Bariyarpur, Nepal, where they are sacrificed before the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. Such a large number of animals are killed in believing that goddess will be happy and she will offer prosperity to their village. It is believed that the villagers have been following this tradition over the last 290years. Over 250,000 animals were slaughtered at the past Gadhimai festival in 2009. Many traditional Hindus, including many Indians, who believe in this tradition, cameto witness the festival fromvarious Indian states. What an irony!On the one hand, Hindu theology strongly preaches about nonviolence; on the other hand, it…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM The other day I happened to travel to Delhi by bus. Since I did not have enough time to book a train ticket to Delhi, I looked for other possible options. Traveling by air was expensive so finally I decided to go to Delhi by bus. Because some time ago I knew about the bus service from Pokhara to Delhi. I drove to the office of Modern Era Tours & Travels at Zero kilometer. After a brief conversation with a lady staff, I came to know that mostly two buses leave to Delhi every day. The first bus leaves at 7 o’clock in the morning and the next bus leaves at 12 o’clock in the afternoon. The first bus was of Nepal Bharat Maitri Bus Sewa that leaves at 7 o’clock in the morning. I chose to get a ticket for the same bus, because…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM In the recent past Dhegani Mahato, 40, was burned alive in Bagauda, Chitwan. She was accused of witchcraft and using evil magical powers. First, she was beaten up with sticks, doused with kerosene and then the crowd set her on fire. When Dhegani Mahato was being burned alive, her 9-year old daughter looked at her mother helplessly. Nepalese women are still suffering from several discriminatory practices. In fact law has guaranteed them equal rights, but such laws are only limited in the book. They are tortured harassed, dragged, raped and sometimes even beaten to death on various charges one being the witchcraft. This is 21st century and the world has taken a quantum leap of development. But most unfortunately there are still a lot many people in our country who live with the belief that there live spirits, ghosts, and witches. Media is also replete…

By LB THAPA, lately in Muktinath, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM After having visited Lumbini and Chitwan National Park my next destination was Muktinath. Before I set out for Muktinath, I browsed internet to collect important information about the tour. But after spending hours on internet, I was more confused than before. What I received was only conflicting information. There was so much information and many of them were contradicting to each other. It became impossible for me what to believe and what not. Therefore, I decided to experience the whole journey as it is and tell the story what I experience throughout the way up to Muktinath. My original plan was to go to Muktinath by motorbike, but later I decided to go by a jeep. However, in the meantime, I got an air ticket to Jomsom. Then I thought it was not that bad to take a flight as I could…

By LB THAPA, lately in Lumbini, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM My long cherished desire to visit Lumbini and to see the exact birth spot of Lord Buddha was finally fulfilled during Tihar holidays. Along with my visit, I did also intend to write an extended article about the current situation of Lumbini and the people around there. A motorbike riding from Pokhara via Palpa and Butwal was a wonderful experience. A recently blacktopped, straight road from Butwal to Bhairawa was enough to give a feeling of satisfaction. The quality of road from Bhairawa to the main gate of Lumbini was also excellent. Going back into the history, Lumbini was left in oblivion for centuries. Muslim invaders who ruled over India for several years were not kind enough to other religions. Different Muslim invaders went on rampage and destroyed several Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries across the length and breadth of India. Several…

By LB THAPA, lately in Sauraha, Chitwan, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM My recent itinerary was a tour from Pokhara to Lumbini and Chitwan National Park on motorbike. After having spent two days in Lumbini, I directly headed to Chitwan National Park. From Bhairawa I took a shortcut route to catch the main highway to reach Chitwan National Park. After a bumpy motorbike riding from Pokhara to Butwal, a smooth ride from Butwal up to Chitwan National Park was a pleasant experience. Right before entering Chitwan National Park, there was a large hoarding board with some information about the Park. At the bottom of the board, there was a large arrow showing the way to Chitwan National Park. Within a few minutes, I found myself in Sauraha. I lodged at a hotel from where I could see a beautiful view of the Rapti River. The Sun was setting and its glow appeared serene…

By LB THAPA, lately in Indo-Nepal Boarder, FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Unlike other Indo-Nepal borders, Barbasa-Mahendranagar border is different—to know all that you should read the entire article I boarded a bus from Pokhara to Delhi that reached Mahendranagar Indo-Nepal open boarder the next day morning at about 9 am. The armed personnel of Boarder Security Force (BSF) were on duty. They directed the bus to a place to park. One of the custom officers along with an armed BSF soldier got into our bus and asked every one of us to get down the bus, leaving all our belongings on the bus. We were not allowed to carry even handbags. Mahendranagar Indo-Nepal border. Photo: LB Thapa The railway engine which British used during 1920-1928 to connect Mahendra Nagar and Banbasa. Photo: LB Thapa A close view of the railway engine used by the British during 1920-1928 Photo: LB Thapa The…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Cory Wallace is perhaps the only cyclist in the world, who is treated like a Hollywood star. And why not! His long list of achievements speaks volume. There is hardly any cycling championship in the world that Cory Wallace has not won. He has cycled in the coldest areas of Europe, hottest deserts, the Mongolian plateau, Australian outback, Japanese jungles and the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. Only last year Cory won the Canadian Marathon title then straight he also won the Mongolia Bike Challenge and took 2nd place at both the Trans Rockies and the Crocodile Trophy. Wining the Australian Marathon series was just another win for Cory. Cory himself thinks that his unflinching dedication to cycling is a driving force behind his success. Moreover, regular cycling in different weather conditions and in different countries has only made him rock solid as a cyclist.…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM The recent fuel crisis, due to Indian embargo against Nepal, made many Nepali people to think about an alternative source of transport. In such a period of crisis, the convenient means of transport can be bicycles. Doctors say regular cycling keeps people physically healthy and mentally alert. Cycling does have uncountable health benefits. This is the reason why nowadays more people have drawn towards cycling than ever before. The health benefits of the cycling are many and unbelievable. The other day Cycling Dharan had organized a fortnight cycling tour from Dharan to Sikkim. To participate in the tour, many professional cyclists from different parts of the country had flocked in Dharan. The special attraction of the tour was Pushkar Shah, the only Nepali cyclist who has paddled over 120 countries. Today Pushkar Shah has attained a tall stature at home and abroad. A group photo…

By LB THAPA FOR ONTOTHEROAD.COM Rajesh Magar, a 21-year old self-taught professional mountain biker has surprised the world by emerging as one of the fastest Asian mountain bikers from Nepal. It is a much appreciable work of NatGeo to honor the incredible mountain bikers of the world, who are the best among the best. These bikers are simply amazing and can do different with their mountain bikes. Control and stamina are inseparable parts in mountain biking. If huge amount of stamina is required for uphill, at the same time acute skill and control are required for downhill. NatGeo was working closely with several professional sports photographers, writers, documentary filmmakers, athletes and senior mountain bikers to collect enough information and helping them to decide heroes of the mountain bikes. A responsible group of National Geographic Adventure staff further scrutinized the long list of the potential mountain bikers and single out eight…