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Smiling Mountains (Photo Feature)

Pokhara:    बिहान उठ्ने बित्तिकै हिमाल देख्न पाइयोस।

                   यी हातले सँधैसँधै नेपाल लेख्न पाइयोस्।

This song with lyrics by Kali Prasad Rijal and voice by Ram Krishna Dhakal is very popular. Pokhara is the only city where you can see the mountains as soon as you get up. From here, three mountains above 8,000 meters can be seen.

Himal seen from Baidam of Pokhara.

Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu are more than 8,000 meters high. The best time to easily see the mountains from Pokhara is the month of Kattik, Mansir. At other times, Himal, who clears the clouds and smiles, sometimes smiles 24 hours a day during these months. 

Meanwhile, mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri are smiling 24 hours a day. For the past three days, the mountains have shone like diamonds in the moonlight, not only in the morning and during the day but also at night. 

Pokhara is also known in the world tourism market because of these beautiful mountains. Himal can be seen from house to house in Pokhara. The increase in foreign tourist arrivals in Pokhara is due to the mountains. On June 3, 1950, a team including Maurice Herzog, a Frenchman, and Louis Lacanel, a Frenchman, successfully climbed the 8,091-meter-high Annapurna First Mountain. The record for the first step in the world's 8,000-foot-high mountain was set in Gandaki. 

After Maurice's successful ascent of Annapurna I, the world tourism market was in turmoil. From this, the discussion about the mountains of Nepal spread all over the world. Tourists have started trekking to see the mountain that Maurice has climbed. Thus, the number of foreign tourists visiting Annapurna trekking route has been increasing every year. Thus, the number of foreign tourists visiting Pokhara is increasing. Only three years after Annapurna's first ascent, Tenzi Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Edmund Hillary of New Zealand successfully climbed the world's highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 meters). Therefore, in terms of climbing, the first mountain of Annapurna is also called the first mountain. 

Even though the mountains are smiling at this time, the tourism sector is deserted due to the corona virus that has spread like a plague all over the world. Although a small number of domestic tourists have started trekking in Mardi Himal and Manang areas, other trekking areas are deserted. Pokhreli has started trekking in Corona Kahar. They have also started paragliding. Dipendra Raj Regmi of Miruwa, Pokhara-2 said that Kovid went paragliding for the first time this week after getting free time. Rishi Baral, information officer of Annapurna Conservation Area, said that the bustle of domestic tourists has started in Mardi Himal. According to Baral, tourists from different parts of the country, including Kathmandu, have recently returned from trekking in the Mardi Himal area. 

Under normal circumstances, it was difficult to find a room at Annapurna base camp, Thoranglapas, Mustang due to the pressure of domestic and foreign tourists. Due to the corona virus, visits to these tourist sites are still banned. Even those that are open are deserted. In Pokhara, domestic tourists used to flock during the Dashain and Tihar holidays. Students used to come on educational tours. Foreign tourists used to come for trekking. Corona has stalled the world tourism market. There is no question that its impact will not be felt in Nepal. Although Corona has a void in the tourism industry, nature has not stopped showing its beauty. 
Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Himal are smiling like this 24 hours a day:-

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