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1. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

vagabond has indicated that this thread is about Nepal

Guys,

There is already a thread for this but just wanted to have an topic here with a more eye-catching name. The King of nepal has dismissed the elected govt and declared emergency. So anyone travelling to Nepal, please take proper precaution.

2. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

have *a* topic... I meant :)

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

This is a real shame, it's such a beautiful country (hearsay only so far...).

Fingers crossed they get their act sorted out quickly!!

Sam

Here's the link to the other thread on this:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=8011

[ Edit: Link edited... ]

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 11y

It just gets worse in Nepal. Just as I was beginning to feel that the Maoist threat was stabilising, this happens.
Anyone who has already been to this marvellous country will feel for the people.

I'd like to recommend a book called "Kingdoms Beyond the Clouds" by Jonathan Gregson. It's a superb account of the history of all the kingdoms in the Himalaya over about the last 200 years or so, written by a man born in the region, but who just happened to go to public school in England with the present King of Bhutan. He is able to get interviews with all the monarchs of the countries he visits, including the (previous, murdered) King of Nepal. It's a fascinating read if you're interested in that region.
:(

5. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

What a pity! I almost bouhgt an air-ticket to be there during the Spring Festival holidays, but most of the tickets were booked up.So lucky enough that I didn`t fly there...hope everything will be fine again soon.I`m still longing for visiting it.

6. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Cheers Vagabond, sorry about the flimsy title of the previous thread. It is a real shame for the people of Nepal that their country is in such political turmoil. Many people there rely on foreign money for their livelihood and it is such an enticing destination for tourism that it could really prosper under the shelter of peace. I wish them well in what looks like being an arduous journey towards that goal.

7. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

Nepal is a beautiful country. Its a perfect example of a country's economy customized for western tourism. In the smallest villages in the remotest area you'd get mineral water, apple pies and friendly people speaking pretty decent english. But its also badly stricken by poverty. I have been to the remote areas of Nepal and people live there without pretty much anything. No running water, no electricity, and ofcourse no communication links except odd sat phones. I was told , that an average family earns about 100- 200 Nepali(per tractor) Rupees for "breaking stones"! And that takes them around 20-30 days!!

And on top of that the country is ripped apart by the maoist movement and the issues with the king and his men. Its a shame!

8. Posted by Gill (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

If you do decide to travel to Nepal then please take great care and do not travel alone.
Our son, Gareth has been missing in Nepal for eleven months after splitting with his travel companion.
We went to Nepal in September to see if we could find any trace of him but had to come home without any more information than we already had.
It is a fantastic country and the people we came across were some of the kindest and most friendly you could wish to meet.

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Gill

I'm so sorry! I've only just now read the rest of your threads.

I cant imagine how you must be feeling...

Thank you for the word of caution. I had intended to travel alone to Nepal sometime in late 2005/early 2006 if things stabilise there.

How are you?

10. Posted by majortom (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

anyone know any news about situation today?
I'm currently in south India but had planned to be in Nepal in 5 or 6 weeks but obviously I'm having to re-consider. Gill, my heart goes out to you, and thanks for that piece of advice, as I am travelling solo. I have been thinking this last two weeks that surely the king cant continue much longer without realising the truth of the old one- "you cant cut off your nose to spite your face", but now I'm not so sure. I've just heard that all the foreigners have been banished, a la idi amin, not sure how true that is but could easily believe it. Was talking 5 days ago to nepalese waitor and he was clearly heartbroken when I spoke of his country, but he still maintained that it's safe for foreigners- I'm not so sure- can anyone shed more light on the matter?
cheers
joe