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Nepal is open for Travelers, flight start from Aug17

Great news: Nepal is open for Travelers

After a long period of boring lockdown, finally, some good news has knocked at our door. Yes, the good news for any traveler whose dream is to visit the country of Himalayas Nepal. Get ready to embrace your traveling Journey. We are here with the greatest news that travel enthusiastic are always eager to hear. After a 4 months lockdown due to Covid-19, Nepal is open for travelers,  all International flights from Aug 17, 2020. Yes, you heard it right!!!!

You can now visit Nepal after Aug 17, 2020, and we are ready to welcome visitors to our country.

You can now plan your tour and trekking with us now. Furthermore, booking is open for the beautiful autumn season 2020. We are always available to book for your favorite destination and make your 2021 the best traveling year.

The government of Nepal has announced that the lockdown imposed to control the Covid-19 outbreak in the country will officially end from July 22, provided all safety measures to be followed by people. Governments decided to end the 4 months long coronavirus lockdown period, which will take in action from July 22, but with some conditions. However, some restrictions will still prevail as the risk of Covid-19 infection still exists. Few restrictions such as a prohibition on large gatherings crowd still in place in the crowded area. Besides these, places with the possibility of more crowds such as Cinema Hall, Schools, Colleges, and hotels and restaurants are still not opened. These places may be open from July 31. Provided that, Partying and gathering should still be banned to control the spread of COVID-cases.

Everyone must be aware of the fact that all the Requirements associated with Covid-19 prevention, treatment, and control will still continue.

Nepal Government’s based on the cabinet meeting held on March 23 has decided to impose the lockdown from March 24, 2020. Which was elongated till July 21st, 2020 as per the increasing rate of Covid-19 cases?

In addition to this, the government has decided to open the trekking and traveling business effective from Jul 31st.  As per the decision of the Cabinet meeting held on 21st July 2020, the suspension on domestic and international flights will also end on August 17.

Similarly, hotels and restaurants all over the country are permitted to operate from July 31st, engulfing all the required measures. All kinds of Businesses can operate 24/7.

According to the statement of (Minister for Finance and Communication) Yubaraj Khatiwada, all the safety measures will still be followed by every citizen.

 

Along with this, Long-route public transportation will reopen on August 17. Before it, private vehicles were operated on an odd-even rationing basis. Finance Minister also told that the decision to open international flights was made to favour the tourism industry. Thus, the upcoming tourist season in autumn can be effectively operational. The decision has allowed the travel trade entrepreneurs to initiate booking for the upcoming autumn season. The heavy traffic of the tourist can be seen in many areas of small peaks in this season.

 

Our COVID-19 Response

Above the Himalaya Trekking always put the safety of our guests, employees, and community at our first priority. If you choose to join us, you can be confident that we have implemented through social distancing and sanitation procedures to ensure your comfort, health, and safety while cruising or staying with us. Thus worrying about the risk of Covid cases is minimum with our team as we are always concerned about the safety of our customers.

As a locally-owned small business in Kathmandu Nepal, we are deeply connected to our community. We will continue to do our part to keep our guests, employees, and community safe and healthy during this time. It is our passion to share the beauty of Nepal Himalayas with our guests and we look forward to doing so this autumn in the safest way possible.

What we are doing for our Tour Group:

  • Limitation on tour group sizes
  • Offer free hand sanitizers and face masks
  • Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers
  • Mask: Must be worn at all times.
  • Hand cleaning: Guests are asked to use hand sanitizers available.
  • Social distancing: Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.8 meters.
  • wearing a mask and using sanitizer regularly during your travel
  • Eating healthy food
  • Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water

 

Hygiene Safety Regulations for Staff

  • Masks and Gloves: Must be worn at all times while serving customers.
  • Hand cleaning: Hands need to be cleaned regularly.
  • Medical checkup: Employees will be going through regular medical examinations.
  • Eating healthy food
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water
  • Emergency Warning Signs should be kept at the entrance.

Operations Safety Regulations

  • Digital (Touchless and cashless) payment and ticketing is highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
  • Limitation of the number of visitors: Specific number of visitors per day must be limited to prevent an outbreak.
  • Limitation of the venue operations: Opening hours are reduced to compensate for the capacity loss of the venue as well as ensuring proper cleaning.
  • Staff is trained regarding the awareness of operations and hygiene safety.
  • They are also well-trained in dealing with emergency situations.
  • Eating healthy food
  • Sign language and poster to communicate to visitors safe distancing and health measures.
  • Cleaning of the venues by the operators is increased, hand sanitizers placed in strategic locations.
  • Clean and fresh air/regular ventilation needs to be ensured for indoor places.

 

Hygiene Safety Regulations for Customers

  • Hand cleaning: Hands should be kept clean on a regular basis with soap and water.
  • Visitors are asked to use the available hand sanitizers.
  • Social distancing: Maintaining a minimum distance of at least 1.8 meters.
  • Wearing a mask and Using sanitizer regularly during your travel

Hygiene Safety Regulations for Staff

  • Mask: Protective facemask must be worn at all times.
  • Hand cleaning: Hands need to be cleaned regularly.
  • Medical checkup: Employees will be going through temperature checks, employees who feel unwell and/or have fever must stay home.
  • Encourage drinking plenty of lukewarm water and healthy food
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces daily
  • The staff over 65 are also recommended to stay home.

Operations Safety Regulations

  • Limitation of the number of visitors: Specific number of visitors per day to limit the number of people to prevent an outbreak.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Staff is trained to be aware of operations and hygiene safety.
  • It is mandatory to include hygiene safety measures while serving.
  • Emergency Warning Signs should be kept at the entrance.

All the people of the country should respect government decisions and help each other to cope with this situation and defeat the virus completely as soon as possible. And fulfill your Travelling journey lying on the lap of Himalayas. Do not let your journey be hampered with the risk of COVID cases.  We will thus make your journey wonderful maintaining all the safety measures of Covid-19. We, Above the Himalaya Team, are always ready to help you and serve with the best service quality. Always feel free to contact us for pre-booking of the autumn season and enjoying your 2021 Holidays.

Our Commitment To Our future booking Guests

Above all, Above The Himalaya Trekking is committed to the health and safety of our guests.

Health and safety are our top priorities here at Above The Himalaya Trekking, Amid COVID-19 concerns, we wish to clearly communicate all protective measures that our company listings are enacting in order to mitigate the spread of this virus.

Because we only operate Private groups and small tours with limited numbers, we will be able to incorporate regular cleaning and sanitizing into our daily routine. Each of our tour guides is equipped with Mask, disposable paper towels for single-use, hand sanitizers for guest use, as well as all of the latest emergency contact details. Due to our we generally do not visit enclosed places where large numbers of people are gathered.

Shorter Payment Terms for our future booking

We have relaxed our balance payment terms from 15 to 30 days prior to departure.

  1. Suggest all our travelers traveling anywhere to have full travel insurance that will cover medical expenses, travel costs, and cancellation fees.
  2. Please do check with your insurance company if they have a Government Travel Advice Benefit (or similar) which you can add to your policy.
  3. In addition Above the Himalaya Trekking suggests that guests check with their own insurance companies for all related travel cover including flights and any additional accommodation outside of your country.

We will continue to monitor this changing situation and we will follow the advice issued by national and international bodies. If there are any major changes, we will let you know more about Covid-19 / Coronavirus Travel Update in Nepal.

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How To Contact Us

Above The Himalaya Trekking (P) Ltd.

GPO Box No: 23223

Yoyesworu Marg, Khusibun,

Nayabazar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: +977-1- 4387109

Whatsapp/Viber: +977-9851095800 (Puru)

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: https://abovethehimalaya.com

Travel advisories

We have mentioned a few travel advisories below. Please stay updated and consult with your local advisories if you plan on making your travel in a few days. Do check all the entry and exit requirements as these requirements are changing frequently.

 

Puru Timalsena

Managing Director – Above The Himalaya Trekking, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janai Purnima Festival Nepal

Janai Purnima Festival

Festivals in Nepal begins with religions and flows with natural spirit.  Festivals are rituals that symbolize the cultural sensibility of a particular group or a society. Janai Purnima festival is one of the religious festivals in Nepal.

In this sequence of festivals, rituals like MatatirthaAusi, Buddha Jayanti occur, and also Janai Purnima. Before knowing what’s done here let’s know what it is actually. Brahmans in society are regarded as pure souls who in their entire life has and will not commit any sin. The mindset of people is that Brahmins and sacred souls are interlinked. So, for this, a sacred thread is worn by them around their body which keeps them away from committing sins.

Janai is a string made up of cotton materials. It is worn across the chest by the Hindu male. Only Hindu males are supposed to use this thread in a religious ceremony called Bratabandhan.

As a sequence of rituals goes hand in hand the Janai is linked with some other ritual called Bratamandha. Actually Janai is not worn by every single people. Randomly if some person put Janai it’s not given any worth. Janai is only worthy if it is put after fulfilling the criteria and performing a special ritual called Bratamandha. Janai is basically a thread that is worn around the body of Brahman boys. After the boys reach a certain age that’s more than 5 then Bratamandha can be done. In Bratamandha, some spiritual activities are carried out, and finally, he is allowed to put a Janai.

Now, as we know wat Janai is let’s know what Purnima is? Basically, the full moon day where the moon is completely visible. That day is called Purnima. Nepal government will declare a public holiday to celebrate this festival.

 

Janai Purnima Mantra

Below is the RakshyaBandhan Mantra enchanted in the day of Janai Purnima:

RakshyaBandhan Mantra

“YenabaddhoBaleeraajaadaanavendromahaabalah
tenatwaamavibadhnaamirakshemaachalamaachala”

“एनबद्धुबलिराजादानबिन्द्रोमहावल

तेनत्वं बधनामीरक्षेमाचलमाचल”

Meaning of this mantra is  you will be protected  by this thread

Festivals in Nepal

In Nepal festivals are celebrated by gathering people, worshipping to god, through the acts, dramas, performances of rituals. These are different ways of offering gratitude towards gods and goddesses. Festivals are marked as the day of happiness, togetherness, social goodness, longevity, and prosperous health of the person. The origination of various festival is different and based on its own stories.

In addition, it helps in minimizing the bitterness among the family members. It also brings joy, merry-makings in the family member realizing they should celebrate the rituals. People forget about their past, future and are mesmerized by the beauty of clustered festivals. Nepal has numerous festivals gathered on the calendar. Each is a special ritual, jatras occur which gives a picturesque view. With the rise of a year to its end there occur many festivals which flow as a cycle.

 

Celebration of Janai Purnima Festival

Janai Purnima is a ceremony where the changing of Janai (sacred thread) is done, worn around the wrist and so many more. On this day all the people clean their bodies wear clean clothes and boys who have done Bratabandha unclutter the old Janai and offer the new one. All other people go to nearby temples and reach the priest. The priest offers them Janai and they wrap it around the wrist of people.

Then people give Dakshina to the priest and celebrate it happily. From the aged people to the infants have wrapped it around the wrist. People go to the nearest temples which are regarded as pure to offer Janai but the most obsessed place is Gosainkunda. Gosaikunda is a lake situated at a high altitude and in a distant place from the city areas or normal places where people reside. Going to Gosainkunda is actually a tough journey. You have to overcome lots of struggles to get to Gosainkunda.

In spite of all those obstacles, people get there just to celebrate it. There are many groups of people who go there on this day. Although the journey to Gosaikunda is exhausting, the pleasurable feeling after going there is beyond your imagination.

Thus, the special moment is worthy of a challenging journey. There are people who are obsessed with the beauty of nature around here. Not only will these, but Goisaikuda also Possesses religious importance, going there gives you peace of mind and soul. People visit there, to pray for their family’s happiness, prosperity, and longevity.

in Janai Purnima festival Newar people offer different food items to frogs/ the agent of the god of rainfall. This is done to increase the production of crops by making happy to the god of rain.

 

Many beliefs are there regarding the Janai. During a popular festival called Tihar, there is a day Laxmi puja. In this day cow is worshipped. So, the Janai which we wrapped around the wrist of our hand is opened and it is wrapped around the tail of a cow. Any wish we make during this is said to be fulfilled by god.

In every festival, various kinds of food are regarded as special. Delicious food is cooked at various festivals. Likewise in Janai Purnima, there is also a special dish made called kwati. Ultimately 9 different kinds of grains are taken. It is soaked overnight and then cooked. All different kinds of spices are ground and put in it and a tasty curry is prepared.

 

Janai Purnima 2020

On this special day, another special task is also done which is separately known as RakshyaBandhan. It is celebrated by the siblings. This occasion helps to flourish the relationship between the sisters and brothers. Every sister puts the Rakhi in the wrist of the brother. The Rakhi is either prepared by themselves or bought. For this occasion different kind of Rakhi is prepared and sold in the market.

Observe in the month of Shrawan, Janai Purnima is also called as RakshyaBandhan. The literal importance of this festival is the festival, celebrated to increase the bond of purity and security. Hindus from all over the world, celebrate this festival.

It is the sacred thread festival. On this day, Hindu men (Brahmin and Chettris), perform the ritual of changing Janai. They take a bath and change their annual Janai. Another will celebrates this festival by putting a sacred thread around their wrist.

 

When Janai Purnima falls?

The story behind the name Janai Purnima is interesting. The Janai is a sacred thread and Purnima indicates the full moon day. This is why this festival is celebrated on the full moon day of Shrawan according to the Bikram Sambat calendar. Another name of Janai Purnima is also called as Shrawan Purnima. The answer to the question when is Janai Purnima in this year: it is recorded as it falls on 30th Shrawan in Nepali date. Which also coincides with the English Calendar date of August 3rd,2020.

Rituals to perform during Janai Purnima

In these rituals, a person should make a clean long thread to wear the next day. Besides these, many priests sit in different places of the temple to put tika and tie thread to the pilgrims. All the devotees will visit their nearest temple to perform this ritual. On the main day call RakhsyaBandhan, a person take a bath and wear clean clothes. Then after they will visit the temple to receive tika in their forehead. They make themselves clean by shaving and cutting hair.
This day, they undergo partial fasting. As it is believed that, they should only eat after replacing the annual Janai. Additionally, on this day a person should eat only one meal.

Not only should this, but the food they eat also be a pure vegetarian product. Some of the Brahmins also avoid onions, garlic, etc in their meal. For your kind information, there is this unique trait of Hindu that they should clean their body for every big event.
In the Purnima dawn, men regularly go to nearby rivers and ponds. And they take a secret bath by dipping their body. They dip at least thrice in the water. After this men will Change their Janai by breaking the old ones.

What is Rakshya Bandhan Doro?

The literal meaning of Rakshya Bandhan is associated with the protection of relationships. Rakshya refers “to protect” and Bandhan represents “bond or tie”. Thus Rakshya Bandhan is the festival celebrated to make a stringer bond to their loved ones. Celebrating this festival makes a stronger bond. Females of all ages will tie the thread around their wrist. It is also called Doro in a typical Nepali word. Some people say it Janai or Dhago also. Not only women but all males regardless of their ages will tie it. Generally, women are supposed to tie it in the left wrist, and males are supposed to tie it in the right wrist.

Rakhi Day

This is the festival of brother and sisters closeness too. Both brothers and sisters will tie Rakhi in each other’s wrist and give blessings for their success. However, this Rakhi tradition is mostly followed in the Terai region. But nowadays people of the hilly and Himalayan regions are also adopting this tradition. Both of them pray for the long life and well-being of their sisters/brothers. Additionally, they exchange gifts and delicious food also to make happy. Doing so will promote their bonding forever. In the cities houses, the family priest visits the residence of people to tie Doro. Family member gather and priest reads the important stories from the holy book and performs the ceremony. They also impart the importance of celebrating RakshyaBandhan. They do rituals to purify the new thread. Then, men will wear it across the chest. The priest/Pandit is then served with food, amounts of money as a return gift. The giving kinds of stuff are also called as Daan in Sanskrit.

 

Importance of celebrating Janai Purnima

Another belief associated with this Doro is, it will bring them good luck in their life. Additionally, Doro is a symbol of love. It will make the family bond stronger. This Doro is kept safely till Dipawali. And on the special day of Laxmi Puja, the thread is untied and later tied on the tail of a cow. This is the very special ritual taken in Tihar. Doing this will fulfill your wish and washed away your sin. The thread can be found in various colors, such as orange, red, and mix of other colors.
There is a belief that Hindus should cross the Baitarniriver after their death to reach to heaven. Thus, the cow is supposed to help him/her to pass that Baitarni River.

They carry the dead to their tail and help to cross the river to take to heaven. Thus, tying Doro on the tail of the cow would make your place to heaven after death.On this occasion, a special meal called Kwati is cooked. in Janai Purnima festival Kwati is made by mixing nine different pulses. The special Tejpatta leaves are also added in the Kwati soup to make it more delicious.

 

Final Say,

Nepal is also known as the country with lots of festivals. Celebrating festival in Nepal is the way of exchanging happiness, showering love to the family, relatives, and acquaintances. The prior region of celebrating the festival is remembering the past day and thanking God for these lives. Nepal is the country of multiethnic and multicultural. Due to which festivals differ from the different ethnic group and the ways of celebration is vastly different. Spread Happiness Celebrate Janai Purnima this year in 30th of Shrawan, 2077. Above the Himalaya team is wishing advance Happy Janai Purnima festival 2077 and wishing for your prosperous health and well-being.

 

 

 


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