About seven years ago, Chief Architect Bibhuti Man Singh of Technical Interface,
Thamel, Kathmandu, said in an interview to an architecture magazine, “We cannot know exactly when an earthquake of immense magnitude will strike us, but it is certain that one is due soon; the law of averages point towards this fact.” He also said, “…I do pray that we have another ten years time before the next big one occurs.” In his view, given this amount of time, disaster management programs in all wards of the Capital would be in place, and people would be able to react with greater efficiency.
Well, his words have come true. Nepal was struck by a disastrous earthquake of 7.9 magnitude on April 25, 2015, and a series of aftershocks, two of which were of 6.8 and 7.3 magnitudes, respectively. More than 8000 people have lost their lives, thousands more have been injured, and hundreds of thousands of houses have been destroyed. The aftershocks have continued for a long time now. But, it is a credit to all Nepalis that they have shown strong resolution to start their lives all over again with renewed vigour and optimism. People in far-flung villages have started to rebuild their devastated homes once again, not waiting for others to do it for them. This is, after all, what Nepalis are known for: their vast pool of courage, their ever present enthusiasm, and their never-say-die spirit.
I was particularly pleased with a Chinese expert’s answer to an interviewer’s question on China TV about how he thought the Nepali people would cope with the devastating earthquake and its aftermath. He said, “I believe that the Nepali people are among the most resilient of all ethnic groups in the world. They will recover very well, and quite soon too.”
Indeed, most people had already begun to go back to their normal lives barely 10 days or so after the massive April 25 quake. Things were rapidly moving towards normalcy in Kathmandu. Then, the big aftershock of May 12 struck, leading to renewed fear in the hearts of people. However, it is easily noticeable that now people aren’t easily panicked with smaller aftershocks. Many have taken it in their stride. The school are slated to be opened soon, and the traffic is already heavier on the streets. Of course, there are many commercial establishments like shops, malls, cinema halls, and so on those are still closed. It seems that their opening depends on when and whether they are given the green light by the concerned authorities as being safe for public use.
I was also pleased to see a group of Chinese tourists around Kathmandu Durbar Square, clicking snaps that would be a part of history, and around which they would be able to weave interesting tales for folks back home. Yes, the Chinese expert is right; Nepalis are a most resilient people, and unless nature has other plans, you can take it from me that the whole of Nepal, and particularly the Kathmandu Valley, will be back on its feet very soon. The scenery all around is still fantastic; the weather is, as usual, pleasant, and the people are always welcoming. Many monuments might have been destroyed, but much more remains to enthral you. So, don’t cancel your plans, come to Nepal. You might get really good bargains, and yes, the rhinos, the royal Bengal tigers, the elephants, and what not in the forests of Chitwan and Bardiya continue to roam their particular empires, come what may.
Nepal |Jun 15, 2023
Located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang district. It is also known as Dzongsam (New Fort) and has Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Nilgiri (7.061 m) peaks as its backdrop.
Nepal |Dec 18, 2021
One of the most popular trails in Nepal, the trek to Everest Base Camp, is rarely without visitors.
Tours |Jun 18, 2023
The Nepali language was originally called Khaskura (language of the Khas―rice farmers of Nepal’s western hills). Later, it was called Parbatiya (language of the people of the hills), and still later, as Gorkhali (language of the Gorkhas).
Tours |May 17, 2023
These pioneering works led to the restoration of other heritage monuments. Well, royalty may be no more in the country, but we have to thank a grandiloquent royal celebration for beginning the process of restoration of Nepal’s marvellous monuments.
Tours |Jul 14, 2023
The white mist followed us to the resort as we walked back from the village, just when the sun was setting in. We were told that the landscape of Terai were one of the best ones in the country by our resort manager, especially during the evenings.
Nepal |Jun 12, 2023
Thousands of visitors come to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha every year. Many come from countries where Buddhism is a predominant religion, such as Japan and Sri Lanka, and for them, it is more of a pilgrimage rather than just a tourist destination.
Nepal |Jul 10, 2023
A helicopter tour is generally quite an adventure, no matter where in the world you fly, but you can take it for granted that you’ll not experience a heli tour more dramatic than the Everest helicopter tour.
Wildlife |Jun 21, 2023
Additionally, Nepal is increasingly being promoted as a favored destination for tourists looking for high adventure, and this, the country promises in full through its many outdoors activities including adventure sports.
Tibet |Apr 15, 2014
Your travel to Tibet is not complete without a visit to the vast region known as Kham, home to the legendary Khampa warriors of yore.
Nepal |Apr 23, 2014
This festival, which begins on the first full moon of Baisakh (April/May) every year, may be the longest and most important festival of Patan, however, with several important events (all of a calamitous nature)
Nepal |Sep 22, 2015
o trace back the history of tourism in Nepal, there are numerous events, written and mention in the past. However,