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A Report of the historical tour to Bhaktapur

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Introduction:
We the students of King’s college of AS level went for a historical to Bhaktapur as a part of our General Paper essay. Our G.P teacher firstly made us known about it and we made a plan to visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and its surrounding areas. Well it was fun and educative to us and very much helpful for our G.P essay.

Methodology:
As we reached our destination we firstly went to see the historical durbar square and we were companied by our G.P teacher and our guide. Then we all made a plan to visit different handicraft stores and different Thanka painting stores. Then we decided to divide ourselves into different groups and to visit different stores to know about them.


 Findings:
Firstly, we went to Handicraft store and we found that most of the handicraft made there was made up of Agra and Sal wood, which are considered to be the strongest wood. The products were mostly made by hand and only some of them were made by machines. The Products mostly made their was imported to Kathmandu and only some local tourists would buy them and most of them were taken by international tourists. The price there was ranging from NRs 200-20,000 for local tourists and the price was different for international tourists. Then we forwarded towards the Bhaktapur special juju dhau (yoghurt) store we got an opportunity there to find about how to boil the milk while making it. The milk was nearly boiled for one hour and was only converted into yoghurt. The name juju stands for “king” and dhau for “yoghurt” so it was king’s yoghurt. The yoghurt made there was mostly supplied to Kathmandu, Dulhikhel and Nagarkot. The price to sell to the local customers was Rs 110 per k.g and the price for the whole sellers are Rs 90 per k.g. Then we went to the famous Nepali Pashmina Store. The famous Pashmina was made locally and some of them were made in Kathmandu too. Those Pashmina were found to in two Quality First and second, the first was very expensive and was mostly exported to foreign countries; and the second one was kept in Nepal and was mostly sold to the local customers, and was a bit cheap. The Pashmina price ranging there was from NRs 600 to 6000. Those prices were a bit different for tourists. This was all the finding in the investigation of some of the shops, but we also found some of the problems during our survey. Some of them are jotted below:

1. The load shedding was a major problem to them and when we went for the survey, we were asked to come back later because they were using machines as the current was just to go.
2. When we went to some Pashmina store we found that owner of the shop was neglecting us, because we were there just for survey not for buying things.
3. Some of the shops there were facing a lot of taxes by the government and were also paying a lot for their rent.
4. In our survey we met a couple from Singapore and they said us that the management there is not so good, because there were garbage thrown there and the cars and motor bikes were just going from inside the durbar square.

                                                 
 Conclusion and suggestions:
From our historical visit to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square we came to a conclusion that the management there was not so good and the tourists and the shop owners were not much facilitated. The place was not so clean too and the people there were not able to communicate with tourists in English so it was a bit difficult for some shop keepers to sell their products. We came to draw out some of the suggestions to improve Bhaktapur Durbar Square and its surrounding areas. They are:

1. Firstly these places should be load shedding free the electricity should be provided in cheaper rates.
2. The management of that was not so much good, because the garbage was not so managed there and the cars and bikes should not be allowed to enter there.
3. Some of the shop keepers they didn’t knew English and were facing while communicating with tourists. So, the management there should teach them English.
4. Lastly, the people and the shop keepers there should be quite energetic and help everyone coming in survey like us.
All after our hour survey we noticed these things. The tour was quite helpful to us in our G.P essay and also helped us to know about the Bhaktapur and its surrounding areas. Lastly, we had a lot of fun and the fun was a lot informative.

Report Prepared by : Nepal Internet Community
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