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New Bhanu-Peace Trail to Open in 2012

Nepal is well known for its spectacular trekking trails, with people travelling from all over the world to explore this picturesque country on foot. With this in mind, and in keeping with the tourism theme of "Visit Lumbini Year-2012", the Nepalese government will be implementing plans to link the historic pilgrimage site of Lumbini in Tarai, with the district of Manang.

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KIMFF 2011 – Entertainment and Education

Taking place from the 8th through to the 12th of December in Nepal's capital city, the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF)will be showcasing fifty-two films from twenty-two countries to audiences numbering in the thousands. One of the main objectives of this annual festival is to explore both the diversity and complexities of mountain life. Some of the topics covered by the film festival include the culture and social interaction of people living in remote mountainous regions of various countries, as well as focusing on environmental issues and sustainable development. The 2011 edition of KIMFF coincides with the promotion of tourism by Nepal's authorities in a program called "Nepal Tourism Year 2011", and organizers have taken the opportunity to feature a selection of films which have made an impact on promoting Nepal's tourism opportunities to the international community.

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Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies

The ancient city of Kirtipur in the Kathmandu District of Nepal is well-known as a religious center, with many monasteries and temples located here. Individuals seeking a refuge in which to meditate and learn Buddhists teachings will find the Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies in Kirtipur fills their needs, providing the ideal environment for a retreat.

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Hariyo Ban – Fighting Climate Change in Nepal

Under the name of 'Hariyo Ban' – meaning 'Green Forests' in Nepali – a USAID-funded organization in Nepal aims to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by no less than one million tons, while improving management strategies for preserving 50,000 hectares of forest. It will also implement a program of paying local communities to assist in protecting animals that are considered to be endangered in this beautiful mountainous country.

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Pokalde – Trekking Peak Destination

Visitors to Nepal can rest assured that they don't have to be mountaineering experts to enjoy the spectacular Himalayas. There are a number of so-called "trekking peaks" which, while requiring a good level of fitness and surefootedness, do not necessarily require mountaineering skills or equipment. One of the more popular of these trekking destinations is Pokalde Peak, located around 12 kilometers southwest of the majestic Mount Everest and east of the Khumbu Valley.

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Reminders of the Khasa Kingdom in Nepal's Sinja Valley

Registered in the Cultural category of the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in January 2008, Sinja Valley is located in the Karnali Zone's Jumla District in Nepal. Excavations carried out by Cambridge University's Department of Archeology have revealed the remains of an ancient settlement, including palaces and temples, with an extensive network of underground earthen pipes forming an intricate system for transporting water within the settlement. A ring of monoliths – huge stone columns – surround the settlement, featuring a gateway and steps. It is believed that this settlement is the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom, which ruled the region between the 12th and 14th centuries.

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Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve

In the south west region of Nepal is a diverse protected area called the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, covering an area of three hundred and five square kilometers. Within this area are picturesque tropical wetlands, rolling grasslands, vital riverbeds and dense forests that provide much needed habitat for mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. The reserve borders on India, and the Syali River is the border between the reserve and its neighboring country. A corridor of the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve also provides a safe passage for the animal migration that takes place seasonally, and sees hundreds of animals move towards the Sivalik Hills.

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Book by Sharad Adhikari Released

In addition to bringing recognition to its author, Sharad Adhikari, the translation of his book Bideshma Nepali Safaltaka Katha into English under the title of Nepali Success Stories Abroad, highlights some social issues in this beautiful mountainous country that he felt needed to be addressed. While the book documents the tales of Nepalis who have left the country and successfully carved new lives for themselves elsewhere, it also tells of the lack of opportunities that are causing the country's most educated citizens to consider pursuing future goals beyond the borders of Nepal.

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