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Road Development and Tourism in Annapurna

Nature lovers travel from all over the world to enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal. Some come to conquer one or more of Nepal's famous mountain peaks, while others delight in the tranquility of trekking in unspoiled territory, meeting the local people, discovering new cultures and disconnecting from their often stressful daily lives. It can take a day or more of trekking to reach some communities, and therein lies the appeal for many visitors to this spectacular mountainous country. A number of these communities provide traditional refreshments, accommodation and provisions to trekkers, thereby earning a living or supplementing their income. So, it is not surprising that the new trend of road building in the vicinity of one of Nepal's most popular trekking regions has become a cause for concern among some who earn a living by providing services to trekkers.

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Chepang People of Nepal

The Chepang indigenous ethnic group resides in the secluded districts of Dhading, Chitwan, Gorkha and Makwanpur in Nepal. Certain tour operators offer trails that include visits to the villages inhabited by Chepangs, combining natural wonders with the discovery of cultural treasures.

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Multi-Talented Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala is a woman of many talents and strong convictions. Renowned for her talents as an actress, and her expertise in the Indian classical dance forms of Manipuri and Bharatnatyam, Manisha is also a social activist and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a UN organization dedicated to promoting the right of every child, woman and man to enjoy health and equal opportunities.

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Magar Ethnic Group in Nepal

The largest indigenous group in the country of Nepal is the Magars, who make up over seven percent of the population. They are a widespread group and can be found from the Gandaki basin to the foothills of Mahabharat and throughout some of the regions of Dhualagiri, which is a part of the well known Himalayas mountain range. Most of the Magar practice the Hindu religion, while the rest are Buddhists. The Magar people are also divided into seven groups: the Budhathoki, Thapa, Pun, Rana, Roka, Gharti and Ale.

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Competitive Archery in Nepal

Traditionally used in combat and for hunting, archery has become a popular leisure and competitive sport around the world. Defined as the practice of propelling arrows with the use of a bow to hit a predetermined target, archery is a skill that requires accuracy, patience and a great deal of practice. This is especially true if the archer wants to compete on an international level, such as the Olympic Games. Traditional archery is still practiced in Nepal, particularly in the country’s rural areas, but it is also gaining ground as a competitive sport, with Nepali teams participating in international competitions and aiming to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

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Nepal's Popular Game of Bagh-Chal

The board game Bagh-Chal is a very popular game in Nepal, and its name means "Moving Tigers". It is a strategic game, very similar to chess or tic tac toe. Only two players are able to play at a time, playing with tigers and goats. While the tigers are hunting the goats, the goats need to block their approach on a five by five point grid. The board looks similar to a draughts board but has lines running through it and the pieces are placed at the line intersections to start the game.

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Jang Bahadur – Controversial Historical Figure

Jang Bahadur is a controversial figure in the history of Nepal. Many historians have differing views regarding his influence over the country, and it is believed that his actions have led to the country still being in economic difficulty today. He was born in Kathmandu in 1816 as Bir Narsingh Kunwar. The name of Jang Bahadur was given to him by his maternal uncle and is the name that he adopted. He founded the Rana Dynasty and became the ruler of Nepal. Due to laws introduced by Bahadur, Nepal underwent numerous changes and earlier historians saw some of these developments as positive influences.

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International Mountaineers Memorial Park

Even though the Nepal Mountaineering Association has been conducting mountaineering training programs and fatalities on the mountains have been reduced, not all accidents can be avoided, as no-one can predict what Mother Nature will do next. Avalanches and snowstorms are the risks that mountaineers face, and no matter how much training is given, mountaineering will always remain a dangerous sport. Many have lost their lives on the mountains and to pay tribute to these brave souls, the International Mountaineers Memorial Park was created by the association. It was created not only to remember the mountaineers but it is to remind mountaineers of the dangers, and enable mountaineers to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

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