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Guest review awards for the year 2016 @bookingcom #guestsloveus at #hotelshanker 
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https://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2017/2/4/souvenirs-from-nepal The Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) held the 14th Handicraft Trade Fair from November 25-29, 2016, along with the 12th Craft Competition. It is an annual event to promote Nepali art and craft. As expected, there was enthusiastic participation from many artists, craftspeople, and institutions and organizations involved in the sector. The variety and diversity of Nepali handicraft on display was a sight for sore eyes, with craftwork ranging from metal, wood, and stone craft to textile, pashmina, and wool products, and many others like felt, lokta, , nettle, and leather items in-between.


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https://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2017/2/4/pedaling-around-kathmandu-valley
Kathmandu Valley has the kind of terrain that makes cycling around the outskirts a healthy pastime. Not many insurmountable climbs, not too many steep downhills either, but there’s a lot of ups and downs, which means heart-healthy exercise that builds a hearty appetite, and brings the color back to those cheeks made pallid by long sedentary hours in cubicles with a laptop in front. Yeah, that’s the general lifestyle of today’s city folks. But, now that you are in Kathmandu, make the most of your time building stamina and strength while seeing and experiencing a lot more than the usual tourist does.

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http://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2017/2/4/spiritual-journey-to-nepal
A short distance from Balaju Bypass in Kathmandu is Nagarjun Forest, where there’s an international commune and forest retreat center called Osho Tapoban. It is run under the saintly auspices of Acharya Bodhisatva Swami Anand Arun, a leading disciple of the late Osho Rajneesh, spiritual leader of millions around the world. Acharya Arun is only one of twenty-one Acharyas appointed by Osho himself. A dedicated disciple who is determined to carry on the legacy of the ‘Bhagwan’, whose discourses and books never fail to inspire and awe due to the vast depth of wisdom and insight contained therein. 

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https://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2016/12/10/nepal-in-the-limelight Nepal is definitely in the limelight today. Just this morning (Dec 2, 2016), BBC aired a trailer on an upcoming three-part series on the Living Goddesses of Kathmandu to be shown on its Our World program. It promises to be an intriguing series, particularly to foreigners, embellished as it is with eye-pleasing details displaying the vibrant culture of Nepal, a culture going back centuries.

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http://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2016/11/7/palpa-bhagwati-sindur-jatra-a-victory-fest
While Nepalis are known for their peaceful and friendly nature, they have also demonstrated fierce valor at times when the nation’s sovereignty has been threatened. That is why, after the conclusion of the Anglo-Nepal War of 1814-1816, the British were so deeply impressed by the uncommon valor of their adversaries that they made an agreement whereby Nepali soldiers could henceforth be recruited into their own army.

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https://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2016/11/7/exploring-the-manaslu-conservation-area
Manaslu, a mountainous region to the north of Gorkha district, was declared as the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) in 1998. It encompasses an area of about 1,663 sq km, and has seven villages. The ecology of the region is diverse and interesting, while its culture is rich.

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http://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2016/8/28/chitwan-national-park-the-real-thingI had the opportunity to visit Disney World’s Animal Kingdom recently in Orlando, Florida, United States of America. The park has a lot of attractions spread out in various sections, viz Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, and Dinoland U.S.A. I began by going on the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride in the Africa section. I had to wait a pretty long time (about an hour or so) to board the ride, a train of wooden seats pulled by an ancient looking but sturdy truck. Almost immediately after we started off, we began to see wild animals, such as different types of deer, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, giraffes, zebras, elephants, crocodiles, etc., as well as a couple of lions resting majestically on a rocky outcrop. But, more than the animals, it was the track we were riding on that was really interesting.

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http://www.shankerhotel.com.np/blog/2016/8/28/nepal-the-intrepid-travelers-delight-part-ii
Having had your first experience of what’s it like being in Nepal, your taxi ride having given you an up-close contact with a knowledgeable Nepali taxi driver, you reach Thamel after driving down half of Kathmandu. You would probably have noticed that the traffic seems to be not that good, and that there seems to be a lot of people walking on the sidewalks. This is a constant of less developed countries, cities may seem to be sprawling and quite large, but most of the commercial places are located within certain specific areas. So, you’ll see many more people around than in cities back home, where buying groceries means visiting a superstore, probably a 15-minute-drive from your home. And of course, roads are not that wide, so traffic, which is growing in leaps and bounds, tends to be somewhat bogged down most of the time. In short, speed limits are not necessary here!

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Remember your first experience in Nepal? If you were one of the lucky ones, without a prearranged itinerary, probably a backpacker, then your first experience of this quixotic country must have started at the international airport itself. Of course, you are lucky you’re traveling light; for those with lots of baggage, there will be probably quite a bit of longer waiting period than international travelers are generally used to. As for you, the what-will-I-do-with-so much-baggage tourist, you are just raring to get out of the airport to inhale the fresh Himalayan air you’ve heard so much about, and get your first look of this one-time Shangri-La that has sometimes been touted as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the whole wide world.
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