Kathmandu, the shangrila city of Nepal, is a novelty destination for many. Surrounded by Himalayan snow peaks and blue mountains, Kathmandu is the cradle of Nepalese civilization and culture. It is a living museum of ancient temples, places, shrines, squares and courtyards. It is also the fairytale land of kings, queens, princes, princesses and living goddesses still worshipped today. Not a week goes by in Kathmandu without a procession, a festival or a feast. The Nepalese people, as diverse as they may be, live in harmony – perhaps fatalistic, perhaps content, but they take on the hardships of life with a smile.
Kathmandu cannot be another beach resort town nor a shopping-mall city. No. But, Nepal is ne destination that will fire up the imagination of your delegates. Some curious, some incredulous, some a little nervous, some still ambivalent but for once, you are going to bring excitement that will turn men and women into boys and girls. We promise stories to take back home not just snap-shorts. This time, let it be Nepal.
Nepal has a typical monsoonal two season year. There’s the dry season from October to May and there’s is the wet season, the monsoon , from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time of year in Nepal. With the monsoon only recently finished, the country side is green and lush. Nepal is at its most beautiful and there are some colourful festivals to enjoy.
Nepal has many fine handicrafts to offer to visitors: hand – knotted woolen carpets, jewellry, pashmina shawls, woolen knitwears, embroidery, thangka paintings, wood carvings, metal works, ceramics and pottery, rice paper and stationary. Shopping in Kathmandu can also offer you wide variety of imported merchandise in quality and price. The Super Market, New Road and numerous department stores fine collection of imported products. On the other hand, Thamel treks shops have the best bargain when it comes to outdoor clothing an gear a pair of Nikes or a jar of Givenchy in Kathmandu is probably one of the world’s best bargain,. And you thought Singapore was the place to shop. Not always. Not even Dubai Duty Free Shop.
You can fly directly to Kathmandu from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Osaka. You may also fly directly into Kathmandu from Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Bombay, Calcutta, Patna, Varanasi and New Delhi. Other direct air services to Kathmandu includes Moscow, Lhasa, Paro, Dubai, Dhaka and Karachi. Royal Nepal Airlines and Indian Airlines together have 39 direct flights per week from India. Similarly, Kathmandu is serviced by 31 direct flights per week from the far east and 12 direct flights per week from Europe. Charter flights can also be arranged for large moments. All the flights features the business class and amenities of international standards. Many of times, the Captain will offer a guided sight seeing of the Himalayas for no extra charge!
Kathmandu offers a wide choice of conference centers. In case, the conference facilities at the five star hotels are not adequate, there are a few alternatives. The newly built International Convention Center of Nepal is the state-of-the-art venue for conferences and conventions with sophisticated audio, video, lighting, communications, catering, ventilation and parking facilities. It has seven meeting areas of which the largest auditorium has a capacity of 1046 persons. Other venues include the Royal Nepal Academy with the capacity for1250 persons, Rastriya Sabha Griha (676 persons), the Russian Culture Center (200 Persons) and the Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hallwith total area 35000 sq. ft.. The problem is not going to be space. The problem is how you are going keep your delegates away from Kathmandu and inside at the conference.
Kathmandu has a wide variety of international class hotels to suite everyone’s fancies and finances. Kathmandu’s five-star hotels are Soaltee Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Hotel Yak & Yeti, Hotel Everest and Hotel del Annapurna. The five-star and four star hotels alone can offer about 2000rooms. The combined total number of rooms in the star category of hotels is about 4000 rooms. Hotel is one of the biggest advantage Kathmandu can offer to your delegates. International class, yet more competitive than any cosmopolitan city!