Nepal in ‘Ten places you never thought you could afford’ list

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Nepal is featured in the ‘Ten places you never thought you could afford’ in USA Today travel site.

The other places include Dubai, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Istanbul, Barbados, New York City, Ecuador, Shanghai and Morocco.

The site has selected 10 hand-picked destinations that may be far-flung, but also offer unexpected values. “With the arrival of 2011, you may be dreaming of a big, once-in-a-lifetime trip, but are concerned about how to pay for it,” the site said, adding that Nepal has declared the year 2011 as ‘Nepal Tourism Year’, with the country’s 16 political groups uniting to welcome tourists throughout the year.

“This means all strikes, demonstrations, or other impediments resulting from political differences will be put on hold for the duration of 2011, to ensure visitors feel safe and free to explore all that Nepal has to offer,” it said

He added that one hopes the goodwill will last into the coming years, tourists may want to take advantage of the special agreement, when touring conditions are as close to ideal as possible.

“If you’re planning to trek, familiarise yourself with the regulations on the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA),” it has suggested. “Other adventure activities are only limited by your imagination, with paragliding, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, and bird- and butterfly-watching representing just a few possible activities.”

It further writes that per-diem costs are remarkably inexpensive, as Frommer’s reports three-star hotels can be had for as low as $43 per night, double occupancy. “By spending so little on accommodations and other day-to-day costs, tourists may have plenty left over in your budget for adventure tours and excursions.”

The site has also suggested finding the best vacation package that suits budget by checking the listings on the Nepal tourism website.

The number one destination, the site has referred is Dubai, followed by Cook Islands and Hawaii.

Istanbul comes fourth and Barbados the fifth destination, according to the site worth visiting in 2011.

New York City, Ecuador, Shanghai and Morocco are also referred to visit this year for the new experience seekers.

Source: The Himalayan Times 3 Feb 2011