Nepalese Tribal Life!
Nepalese population has made up of over 40 different races and tribes.
Sherpas, Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Rais, Limbus, Tamangs, Magars, Sunwars, Jirels, Gurungs, Thakalis, Chepangs etc. They have their own local language and festivals.
Farming practices is a must in a local Nepalese Life.Related to:
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TIMS – The Rules and Regulations
The Very Latest
The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) have now opened a new TIMS Counter in Central Thamel, so independent trekkers sorting out their own TIMS is a lot easier than it used to be
However National Park and Conservation area tickets are not available there.
The new counter is located at Manang Plaza, just off Amrit Marg.
Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS)
Starting March 15th 2010 TIMS card will cost $20 US in Nepali currency for trekkers not in groups. Group trekkers get it for $10
"The cabinet meeting held recently has changed some provisions related to Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS). The new changes will come into effect from March 15.
As per the new provision, trekkers are required to take TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) before starting their trek. Trekkers travelling in groups can get the TIMS card upon paying $10 each while those preferring to travel individually need to pay $20.
However, trekkers and mountaineers with climbing permits from Tourism Industry Division under Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal Mountaineering Association aren't required to get the TIMS Card. Similarly, trekkers with permits from Immigration Department to controlled areas like Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Manasulu and others also are not required to get the TIMS Card. Likewise, members of diplomatic missions are not requires to get TIMS Card."
Nepal, aptly, has been called 'a Trekker's Paradise'. Its high standing mountains, scenic hills and the luxuriant Terai offers some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. Passing through the diverse culture and nature, trekking in Nepal is a life-time experience which involves a certain degree of physical risks owing to the rugged topography.
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to control illegal trekking operations and ensure safety and security of the trekkers in general trekking areas through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service as and when required .
The past experiences have shown that difficulties have been faced while carrying out rescue operations promptly during the times of accidents and natural calamities. Because of lack of proper record system of trekkers, their exact whereabouts and the information about trekking routes, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the trekkers missing.
The provision of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has come into force from Jan 01, 2008. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) have started recording trekkers detail and issuing TIMS Card to trekkers.
Where & how to obtain TIMS Card ?
The visiting tourists, who are interested to general trekking areas of Nepal, are required to receive TIMS Card through any one of the following:
Kathmandu (NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking Companies), and
Pokhara (NTB Office, TAAN Office, and Government registered trekking Companies)
Opening Hour/s: TIMS counter at Government registered trekking Companies will remain open 12 hours a day all the seven days a week round the year,
TIMS counter at TAAN/NTB Office will follow government working hour/days.
To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of Passport and two copies of Passport-size Photographs.
Why is TIMS Necessary?
The following considerations have been taken into account in the process of issuing TIMS:
All important details of trekkers and trekking routes shall be maintained on a computerized Database Management System that may be useful for safety and security of trekkers. To help carry out search and rescue operations for trekkers in case of natural calamities and other accidents by means of Authentic Information Service . To maintain a record system that includes personal details of trekkers, trekking area, trekking routes, handling agencies, duration, etc. The data generated from the system will be useful to all stakeholders:- tourism organizations, Government agencies, diplomatic missions, tour operators, research institute, etc.
Unauthorized trekking operations will be controlled, thus, resulting into better management of trekking service and in benefit of all concerned :- trekkers, agencies, field staff, Government, etc. and also occasional untoward incidents will be better prevented.
To upgrade the service standard and contribute for better management of sustainable mountain tourism development of Nepal.
TIMS will not be required for:
The expedition members permitted to climb the mountains.
The visitors in the controlled areas permitted by the Department of Immigration.
The foreign guests invited by the Government of Nepal.
The authorities from different diplomatic missions in the country, who is holding official letter/s and traveling own risk .
Visitors on certain mission recommended by the concerned department of the Government.
Foreign Nationals having the residential visa.
Good Luck on your trek
- Hiking and Walking
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"Dashain (Festival) in Nepal!"
Dashain is the national festival of Nepal. Dashain is not only celebrated as the greatest festival but also celebrated as a national festival in Nepal. This festival is the symbol of victory of virtue over sin. It has been running in practice of celebrating since Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya, killed the demon king Ravana. That's why the festival has its historical, religious and cultural significance.
Hindus celebrate this festival for days but all these day are not equally important. Among the days, the first day called ghatasthapana, people sow seeds of corns to be used as blessing flower on the tenth day which we call jamara. The seventh day is fulpati (phoolpathi), people sacrifice animals to the name of Goddess Durga. The process is following lasting for other two days called Mahaasthami and Mahanawami. The tenth day is called Vijaya Dashami. On this day the seniors bless their relatives, family members putting red colured Tika on the forehead with flowers and jamara. The process of taking Tika, Jamara and blessing goes continuously to the day of Kojagrath Poornima, which is the last day of the festival Dashin. All the relatives and family members gather together. On the very occasion they share their feeling and experience which maintains brotherhood, friendship, co-operation and humanity. It is a symbolic significance of human civilization which is done during Dashain.
During the festival people share their happiness; send greetings to one another wishing for the progress and prosperity. People also enjoy several types of food. Children seem to be very happy because they are provided with new and attractive clothes. It is also the period of completely leisure. Schools, colleges, government and non-government offices remain closed. The employee get holidays. Farmers are seen very pleased and happy because they can find their fields covered with greenery.
The festival of culturally, historically and religiously significances should be observed properly.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Food and Dining
HANUMAN, THE MONKEY GOD
Wherever you travel to in Nepal you will come across statues, paintings or carvings of Hanuman, the monkey god.
His mother, Anjara who was born on earth gave birth to Hanuman after her and her husband, Kesari prayed to Shiva for a child. Both the mother and father were Varanas (humanoid creatures). There are many stories about where Hanuman was born but some says it was Hampi in Karnataka. Hanuman is the only deity that is worshiped during trouble caused by evil spirits.Related to:
- Historical Travel
THE MILK TEA LADY
The milk tea in Nepal is even better than the CHAI in India and delicious in the cold climate. You can have this in restaurants or even where the bus stops for the driver's rest. The photograph below of the lady selling milk tea was taken at a stop between Kathmandu and Pokhara. To make it the lady boils black Nepali tea with half water and half milk along with spices such as ginger or lemon grass. The taste is unlike any tea that you will drink at home and is really satisfying on a cold day.
WINNOWING THE RICE
Winnowing is term that is used for separating grains from the chaff of the rice or other grains and in Nepal this is still done by hand in many places. After the rice has been threshes and dried the local ladies will throw the rice in the air and let the wind blow the lighter chaff away while the rice grains drop on a tarpaulin on the ground. A flat woven basket is normally is normally used for this, although other types of containers can be used too. The process is repeated until all the chaff has been removed.
THE YARN LADY & HER TRADITIONAL SPINDLE
I am sure if you spend enough time in Nepal you will come across ladies using a traditional spindle to make yarn. The spindle has been around for centuries and has a hand crank to operate this machine. Some parts of Nepal there are cotton growing areas, and in the foothills there is yak wool, both of which are used for making yarn. In these harsh climates yak wool is used for making carpets, blankets and clothes. The lady in the picture is hand cranking the machine as it picks up the fluffy white cotton that becomes loose twine, before being pulled along and over the wheel on to another wheel where the yarn becomes tighter. Then from a spindle it goes on to a metal pole as the lady pulls it tightly to become the finished product---spun yarn.
RESPECT AT THE TEMPLE
Certain Hindu Temples are off limits to foreigners such as certain parts of Pashiputinath so please do not try to enter them or even take photographs unless you have permission. Leather articles are prohibited in the temple compound, and you will often see a small circle, or rectangular stones, or metal Mandela in front of shrines---never step on them!
DON'T SHARE YOUR FOOD
Of course you can share your food but remember if you have taken a bite out of a piece of bread, fruit or anything do not offer it to anyone else as it is considered JUTHO (polluted) to others. Even if your lips have just touched the food or container the same applies. Never eat from someone else's plate.
HOLY COW AND MEAT
Hindus consider a cow as Holy so do not be surprised if you see them walking in the towns, and certainly don't throw a stone at them. Hindus and Buddhists do not eat beef, and female animals are never killed for consumption.
CAREFUL OF WHERE YOU PUT YOUR FEET
As in many Asian countries you must be careful not to point your feet at anyone. If you are stretching on the floor it would be better to cover them, and certainly don't step over anyone, and move your feet to avoid someone stepping over you.
USE YOUR RIGHT HAND
As in many Asian countries you should use your right hand for eating and touching food as the locals use their left hand to clean themselves after relieving themselves. Nepalis often eat with their hands, especially Daal Bhat, but as a foreigner you will probably be given a spoon and fork.
NAMASTE, I BOW TO YOU
When you greet a local it would be better appreciated if you don't shake hands but put your hands together in a prayer like gesture as the locals do. Only some of the educated people will shake hands, but women will be unlikely to shake hands at all. The gesture is not only used when greeting someone but also saying farewell, and is a sign of respect. The word "NAMASTE" is derived from sanskrit, Namah meaning to bow, and Te meaning the second person singular, so it literally means "Bow to you"
LET US WASH OUR CLOTHES TOGETHER
In Nepal, as in India, each village, and bigger towns will have several communal washing areas where the women go to wash their clothes. There will either be a well there or a water supply as all households will not have running water. You will usually see the women scrubbing the clothes early morning before it gets too hot. The clothes are hung up to dry and are collected later.
Do not Touch!
Please do not touch anything using your feet in Nepal. Touching anything with your feet is considered offensive in Nepal.
Remove your shoes before entering houses or temples.
Greetings in Nepal are similar to the greetings in India– people put their palms together and then bow their forehead, saying “Namaste,” which directly translates to “I salute the God in you.”
Be ready to eat foods using your hands. Nepalese use their fingers to eat and using spoons and forks is not common.
Do not pat on or touch heads, even children.Related to:
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