Monday, December 31, 2012

December weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years


Unlike previous two months, December 2012 remained moderate. The daily mean and minimum temperature was in average for the month compared to those in recent years.

The first 10 days of the month saw unusually warmer days, that was very much similar to December in 2008. Dec 8th recorded the highest minimum temperature of 9.4°C. Day time maximum temperature was above the comfort temperature zone of 18°C for twenty-five days, where as twenty-two days saw minimum temperature at 5 or below 5°C. Similarly, Dec 4 was the warmest day with daytime max with 21.6°C, and the 31st was the coldest with the minimum of 1.3°C. On the other hand, Dec 21th was the coolest day - the mercury could not rise beyond 16.6°C on this day.

Past thirty years data shows the average monthly rainfall in the month of December is 15.1mm. However, expect for the 3.6mm of rainfall in December in 2009, in recent years, the month of December remained totally dry. This year also, Kathmandu did not receive any rain at all in December.

Below comparison of December 2012 weather trend to past five years trend.


Daily averages

Daily Max

Daily Min

December averages and extremes

Number of warm and cold days

data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com


Monthly weather trends in recent years for other months:


Kathmandu Weather Outlook >> Click here

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Weather Forecast for next 48 hours
Kathmandu Rainfall watch
Nepal Flood Watch
Cyclone watch

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NEA prolongs power outage secretively

KATHMANDU: The Load Dispatch Center of the Nepal Electricity Authority has extended daily power outage by two more hours without informing the public. NEA sources said top officials at the power monopoly had asked the center to add one more hour to the current 69-hour weekly outage, two weeks ago.

Sources said the government chose not to inform the public about the additional load-shedding hours on top of a December 8 load-shedding schedule fearing a backlash.

Read more at The Himalayan Times

Update: Aug 11 Loadshedding hours reduced! Now daily average ≈ 6.8 hours (weekly 47.5hours) effective from August 11 / Shrawan 27 (Thursday).

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Earthquake in Nepal ! M4.5 at Rolpa - Pyuthan Border on December 22




Kathmandu, December 22 National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4.5 in Mid Western Nepal at 11:50am local time (6:05 UTC) on Dec 22nd. According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Rolpa - Pyuthan border.


Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Related topics:

M4 hit North East Jajarkot (December 4)
M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

How was the weather today in past years

Do you remember how was the weather on this date in last year or five years before.

Below is a comparison of weather of Kathmandu in today's date in past five years.



Kathmandu weekly weather trend (past two weeks)
(updated daily at approx 18:00 NPT)

data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com

Month-wise weather trends in recent years:


More on Kathmandu Weather Outlook >> Click here

Related topics:
Kathmandu weather forecast for Next 48 hours
(GFS model by WeatherOnline.UK | based on NCEP/NOAA)

Past two weeks weather trend
Kathmandu Rainfall watch
Nepal Flood Watch
Cyclone watch

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Earthquake in Nepal ! M4 hits North East Jajarkot on December 4 morning




Kathmandu, December 4 National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4 in Mid Western Nepal at 8:46am local time (3:01 UTC) on Dec 4th. According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at North East Jajarkot.

Earlier series of earthquakes hit far western district of Bajhang in November.

Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Related topics:

M5.6 and M4 hit Bajhang in far west (November 12)
M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

Friday, November 30, 2012

November weather trend in Kathmandu in recent years


Following the month of October in 2012, November 2012 also proved to be among the coldest November compared to past five years'. The daily mean and minimum temperature was comparable to those of November 2009.

The month saw only two days with daytime max exceeding 25°C, where as the minimum temperature stayed below 10°C expect for a day. The first day of November 2012 was the warmest with daytime maximum temperature of 25.7°C, while the 14th logged the lowest minimum of 4.6°C.

Past thirty years data shows the average monthly rainfall in the month of November is 7.9mm. However, expect for the 9.4mm rainfall in November 2011, the monthly rainfall in recent years is way below the average. November 2012 received only 1mm of rain.

Below comparison of November 2012 weather trend to past five years trend.


Daily averages

Daily Max

Daily Min

November averages and extremes

Number of warm and cold days

data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com

Month-wise weather trends in recent years:


Kathmandu Weather Outlook >> Click here

Related topics:
Weather Forecast for next 48 hours
Kathmandu Rainfall watch
Nepal Flood Watch
Cyclone watch

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nepal Census 2011

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai released the National Population and Housing Census 2011 (National Report) today (November 26, 2012). The latest census, prepared by the Department of Statistics, Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) shows annual population growth at 1.35% compared to 2.25% growth in previous census conducted in 2001. The report shows female population rising to 51.5 percent while the male population is 48.5 percent.

The Census 2011 report states there are 125 caste/ethnic groups. Chhetri is the largest caste/ethnic groups having 16.6% (4,398,053) of the total population followed by Brahman-Hill (12.2 percent ; 3,226,903), Magar (7.1percent ; 1,887,733), Tharu (6.6percent ; 1,737,470), Tamang (5.8 percent ; 1,539,830), Newar (5.0 percent ; 1,321,933), Kami (4.8 percent ; 1,258,554), Musalman (4.4 percent ; 1,164,255), Yadav (4.0 percent ; 1,054,458) and Rai (2.3 percent ; 620,004).

Nepal population growth trend


Major Highlights

1. Household information

1.1 Population and Households: Population of Nepal as of the census day (June 22, 2011) stands at 26,494,504 showing population growth rate of 1.35 per annum. Similarly, Total number of households in the country is 5,427,302 with 5,423,297 individual households and 4,005 institutional households (Barracks, Hostels, Monasteries etc).

1.2 Ownership of housing units: Altogether, 85.26 percent of the households reside in their own house whereas 12.81 percent in rented, 0.63 percent in institutional and 1.30 percent in other arrangements. In urban areas, 40.22 percent live in rented house. Kathmandu district has the highest percentage (58.65) of households living in rented house.

1.3 Type of foundation of house: Nearly ten percent (9.94 %) of total households live in houses with the foundation having RCC pillar, 17.57 percent households in house with foundation made up of cement-bonded bricks, 24.9 percent in wooden pillar, 44.21 percent in mudbonded bricks and 2.33 in other type of foundations. In urban areas, 28.42 percent of the households live in houses with the foundation having RCC pillars.

1.4 Type of outer wall: Highest number of households (41.38 percent) live in houses which has outer wall made of mud bonded bricks or stone followed by outer wall made of cement bonded bricks or stone(28.74 percent), bamboo wall (20.23 percent) and wood/planks (5.31 percent).

1.5 Roof of the house: Twenty Eight percent of the total households live in houses roofed with galvanized sheet followed by tile/slate (26.68 percent), RCC (22.48 percent) and thatched/straw roof (19.03 percent).

1.6 Source of drinking water: Tap/Piped water is the main source of drinking water for 47.78 percent of the total households. Tube well/hand pump is the main source of drinking water for about 35 percent of the total households, while spout, uncovered well/kuwa and covered well/kuwa are the main source for 5.74 percent, 4.71 percent and 2.45 percent respectively.

1.7 Usual fuel for cooking: About two-third of the total households (about 64 percent) use Firewood as usual source of fuel for cooking followed by LPG (21.03 percent), cow dung (10.38 percent). Bio-gas and Kerosene is used for cooking by 2.43 and 1.03 percent of the 1 total households respectively. Very few households (0.08 percent) use Electricity as usual fuel for cooking. In urban areas, more than two third (67.68 percent) of the total households use LPG as their usual fuel for cooking.

1.8 Source of lighting: More than two third (67.26 percent) of the total household’s main source of lighting is electricity. Kerosene is used by 18.28 percent of the total households for lighting while solar and bio-gas is source of light for 7.44 and 0.28 percent of the total households respectively.

1.9 Toilet in the house: More than one third (38.17 percent) of the total households do not have toilet in their houses.

1.10 Household facilities:
The percentage of households having various kinds of household facilities is tabulated as follows.
Household facility Percentage of Households
Nepal Urban Rural
Radio 50.82 53.56 50.17
Television 36.45 60.67 30.66
Cable television 19.33 53.80 11.10
Computer 7.28 23.66 3.37
Internet 3.33 12.11 1.24
Telephone 7.37 22.66 3.72
Mobile phone 64.63 84.07 59.98
Motor 1.57 4.03 0.98
Motorcycle 9.58 23.62 6.23
Cycle 32.38 29.95 32.96
Other vehicle 0.68 0.65 0.69
Refrigerator 7.16 23.21 3.33


1.11 Female ownership of fixed assets: Altogether, 19.71 percent of households reported the ownership of land or house or both in the name of female member of the household. In urban areas, 26.77 percent of the households show female-ownership of fixed assets while the percentage stands at 18.02 in rural areas.

1.12 Absent member in households: One in every four households (25.42%; 1.38 million households) reported that at least one member of their household is absent or is living out of country. Total number of absent population is found to be 1,921,494 against 762,181 in 2001. The highest proportion (44.81 percent) of absent population is from the age group 2 15 to 24 years. Gulmi, Arghakhanchi and Pyuthan districts reported the highest proportion of their population being absent (staying abroad).

1.13 Household size: The average household size has decreased from 5.44 in 2001 to 4.88 in 2011 at the national level. The household size is recorded highest (6.44) in Rautahat district and lowest (3.92) in Kaski.

2. Individual characteristics
2.1 Population size, growth and distribution: Population of Nepal as of the census day (June 22, 2011) stands at 26,494,504. The increment of population during the last decade is recorded as 3,343,081 with an annual average growth rate of 1.35 percent. Terai constitutes 50.27 percent (13,318,705) of the total population while Hill and Mountain constitutes 43 percent (11,394,007) and 6.73 percent (1,781,792) respectively. Among the five development regions, Central development region has the highest population ( 36.45 percent) and far western region records the lowest ( 9.63 percent).

2.2 Sex Ratio: Sex ratio (number of males per 100 females) at the national level has decreased from 99.8 in 2001 to 94.2 in 2011. In abstract number, there are 796,422 more females than males in the country. Sex ratio is highest (127) in Manang district and lowest (76) in Gulmi district.

2.3 Population Density: Population density (average number of population per square kilometer) at the national level is 180 compared to 157 in 2001. The highest population density is found in Kathmandu district (4,416 person per square km) and lowest (3 person per square km) in Manang district.

2.4 Population Growth in Districts: The fastest decadal population growth rate is found in Kathmandu district (61.23 percent), and least in Manang ( -31.80 percent ). Altogether 27 districts including Manang, Khotang, Mustang, Terhathum, Bhojpur etc. recorded negative population growth rate during the last decade.

2.5 Urban Population: The urban population (population residing in 58 municipalities) constitutes 17 % (4,523,820) of the total population compared to 13.94% (3,227,879)

2.6 Working age population: The working age population (aged 15 to 59 years) has increased from 54 percent (12,310,968) in 2001 to about 57 Percent (15,091,848) in 2011 showing the population structure is shifting for enjoying demographic dividend in the country.

2.7 Household Head: Female-headed households in the country has increased by about 11 point percent from 14.87% in 2001 to 25.73% in 2011.

2.8 Caste/Ethnicity: There are 125 caste/ethnic groups reported in the census 2011. Chhetri is the largest caste/ethnic groups having 16.6% (4,398,053) of the total population followed by Brahman-Hill (12.2% ; 3,226,903), Magar (7.1% ; 1,887,733), Tharu (6.6% ; 1,737,470), Tamang (5.8% ; 1,539,830), Newar (5.0% ; 1,321,933), Kami (4.8% ; 1,258,554), Musalman (4.4% ; 1,164,255), Yadav (4.0% ; 1,054,458) and Rai (2.3% ; 620,004).

2.9 Mother Tongue: There are 123 languages spoken as mother tongue reported in census 2011. Nepali is spoken as mother tongue by 44.6 percent (11,826,953) of the total population followed by Maithili (11.7% 3,092,530), Bhojpuri (6.0%; 1,584,958), Tharu (5.8%; 1,529,875), Tamang (5.1%; 1,353,311), Newar (3.2%; 846,557), Bajjika (3.0%; 793,418), Magar (3.0%; 788,530), Doteli (3.0%; 787,827), Urdu (2.6%; 691,546).

2.10 Religion: There are ten types of religion categories reported in the census. Hinduism is followed by 81.3 percent (21,551,492) of the population while Buddhism (9.0%; 2,396,099), Islam (4.4%; 1,162,370), , Kirat (3.1%; 807,169), Christianity (1.4%; 375,699), Prakriti (0.5%; 121,982), Bon (13,006), Jainism (3,214), Bahai (1,283) and Sikhism (609).

2.11 Disability: About two percent (1.94%; 513,321) of the total population reported to have some kind of disability. Physical disability constitutes 36.3 percent of the population with disability followed by Blindness/Low Vision (18.5%), Deaf/Hard to hearing (15.4%), Speech problem (11.5%), Multiple Disability (7.5%), Mental Disability (6%), Intellectual Disability (2.9%) and Deaf-Blind (1.8%).

2.12 Literacy Rate: Overall literacy rate (for population aged 5 years and above) has increased from 54.1 percent in 2001 to 65.9 percent in 2011. Male literacy rate is 75.1% compared to female literacy rate of 57.4%. The highest literacy rate is reported in Kathmandu district (86.3 %) and lowest in Rautahat (41.7%)

Download Census Report 2011


Links:
National Population Census
Central Bureau of Statistics

Monday, November 12, 2012

Earthquake in Nepal | M5.6 hit Souther Bajhang in Western Nepal at mid-night of November 12

Update: Second quake measuring M4.5 hits Bajhang at 6:27pm.




Kathmandu, November 12: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M5.6 in Far Western Nepal at 0:24am local time (18:39 UTC) on Nov 11th. According to the NSC the quake was epicentered at Southern Bajhang.

Update: Earthquake measuring M4.5 hit Bajhang again at 6:27pm local time (12:42 UTC) on the eve of the first day of festival of lights, Tihar. So far there are no reports of casualties.

Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Related topics:

M4.4 at Southern Rukum (September 17)
M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

October weather trend in Kathmandu in past five years


If you are feeling cold in Kathmandu lately, then you are not alone. Normally starting from the second half of October, lower end of mercury tends to dip towards 10°C, where as higher end hovers around 25°. However, in last few days, minimum temperature in Kathmandu dived further below 10°C that gave Kathmanduites a feeling of arrival of winter a bit earlier than normally expected.

Besides, October 2012 is also among the driest October in recent years. As of October 27th In October 2012, Kathmandu received only 1.5mm of rain, whereas average monthly rainfall in Kathmandu in October is around 55mm.

October 2012 weather trend (extremes, averages and rainfall), is very much similar to October 2008 trend, except the absolute minimum temperature recorded in 2012 is much lower compared to 2008. In recent years, Oct 2010 had only one day with lower temperature at 10°C or below, whereas this October already saw 4 7 days with lows below 10° with lowest recorded 7.6°C on the morning of 31st.

Below comparison of October 2012 weather trend to past five years trend.


Daily averages

Daily Max

Daily Min

Averages and extremes

Number of warm and cold days

data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com

Month-wise weather trends in recent years:


Kathmandu Weather Outlook >> Click here

Related topics:
Weather Forecast for next 48 hours
Kathmandu Rainfall watch
Nepal Flood Watch
Cyclone watch

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

An alternative tour - Welcome to Patan

An alternative tour of a Newar city - Patan

click on POIs for description of the places
link to carry the map on your mobile phones and handheld devices: http://bit.ly/PatanTour
map above created based on the alternative tour map promoted by PTDO and LCCI.

On occasion of World Tourism Day, the historic city of Patan, (city of art - Lalitpur) with collaboration of Patan Tourism Development Organization, Lalitpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rotaract Club of Yala along with Step for Miles Nepal are organizing special program in Patan. On this occasion an alternative tour of inner city of ancient city of crafts and architecture is being promoted. Come, experience the inner city of Patan, this World tourism Day, not only as a tourist but also as a local visitor in Nepali/Newari way.. The whole lot of Newari extravaganza awaits you...

Enjoy a whole package of exciting events on Thursday (September 27th).

Please note that there are a list of events (Patan Tour, Cultural Programs, Deep Prajwalan and Handicrafts and Food Stalls) taking place on the World Tourism Day i.e. 27th September 2012, Thursday. Likewise, bicycle rally will be conducted on 29th September 2012, Saturday.

Details of PATAN TOUR:
Date: 27th September 2012, Thursday
Time: 8.30 a.m.
Venue: Nakabahil (@ 300m SE of Patan Dhoka)
Registration fee: Rs. 250 only (that includes)
  • Guided heritage tour at the inner city of Patan.
  • Cultural Program
  • Interesting food and handicrafts stalls in Durbar Square area.
  • Surprise gifts and door prizes to tourists who will visit Patan that day....


  • Read more about the tour


    INTRODUCTION

    Patan (Lalitpur) is one of the several Newari towns whose history, architecture and urban form are unique.This didn't happen bγ accident in fact until recently the development of Newari towns was controlled by traditional rules and regulations that were an extension of the Newari way of life. Despite modern development trends, evidence of these traditional controls can still be seen today.

    The purpose of this tour is to visit selected areas of Patan to see this evidence and to understand how and why modern ways of living are forcing Newari towns to change. The tour will pass through the areas of the town that are seldom visited. Features of traditional interest will be identified along the way.

    The changes, which you will see during the tour, are occurring due to:
  • The high cgst of land, resulting in the development of agricultural land.

  • Densification of the old town through encroachment.
  • Hereditary land subdivision and its impact in the old towns.
  • The demise of the guthis.
  • The high cost of traditional building materials, and loss of traditional building skills.
  • The value of old building skills.
  • The value of old building in relation to the needs and life style of today.

  • Lalitρur Municipality, which is working hard for the COnSerVatiOn Of mOnuments, as well as the preserbation of traditional Patan way of life, initiated thi5 tour to introduce historica Patan to the worl/d.




    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Earthquake | M4.4 at Southern Rukum on September 17 at 3:31pm




    Kathmandu, September 18: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4.4 in Mid Western Nepal at 3:31pm on local time (9:46 UTC) on Sept 17th. NSC reported the quake was epicentered at Southern Rukum. This is the 11th earthquake above M4 scale recorded in the region in past one and half month.

    Exactly one year before a major quake recording M6.8 hit eastern Nepal at Taplejung-Sikkim border. The shock was felt hard in the center Kathmandu that terrorized people in the capital city as well.

    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

    Related topics:

    M4.3 at Northern Rolpa (August 30)
    M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
    Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

    Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
    M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
    M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
    M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Earthquake | M4.3 at Northern Rolpa at 1:39 on Aug 30 and M4.5 at Southern Rukum




    Kathmandu, Aug 30: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4.3 in Western district of Nepal at 1:39am on local time (19:54 UTC on August 29)th. NSC reported the quake was epicentered at Northern Rolpa. This is the 9th earthquake above M4 scale recorded in the region.

    Update: Aug 31: NSC reported another earthquake at Southern Rukum. The earthqauke measuring M4.5 on richter scale epicentered at Southern Rukum at 14:11 UTC (19:56 NPT) on Aug 30.


    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

    Related topics:

    M4.4 at Southern Dailekh (August 28)
    Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

    Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
    M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
    M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
    M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Earthquake | M4.4 at Southern Dailekh on August 28




    Kathmandu, Aug 28: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake measuring M4.4 in Western district of Nepal at 2:16pm on local time (8:31 UTC) on August 28th. The quake epicentered at Southeastern part of Dailekh. Last week four earthquakes measuring M4.4 to 5.6 hit Rolpa-Rukum.

    Details of the quake still waiting.


    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.

    Related topics:
    Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border (August 23)

    Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum (July 31)
    M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal (July 11)
    M4.5 earthquake at Panchthar - Sikkim border (June 11)
    M4.8 earthquake hit Pokhara (June 9)

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Series of earthquakes hit Western Nepal, Rolpa, Rolpa-Rukum border




    Kathmandu, Aug 23: USGS web portal reported an earthquake measuring M5 hit Western district of Nepal at 10:15pm on local time (16:30 UTC) on August 23rd. The quake epicentered about 100km SSE from Jumla was felt in the capital Kathmandu as well. Details of the quake still waiting.

    Update: National Seismological Center confirmed magnitude of the earthquake measured M5.6 epicentered at Rolpa-Rukum border. NSC also reports of another earthquake measuring M4.4 in Rolpa minutes later at 10:27pm local time.

    Update: NSC reported another two earthquakes measuring to M4.4 at Rukum at 6:02am on and and M5.2 at Rukum-Rolpa border at 9:41am on August 24.

    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.


    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Mataya (Nyaku Jatra) - Festival of Lights in Patan, Nepal

    Mataya Festival of Patan
    Text by Min Bahadur Shakya, Director - Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods

    Introduction:
    Mataya is a unique Buddhist festival of Patan to be held in the month of August. This day-long journey around the historical city starts at the dawn, on the third day of the dark fortnight of Shrawan (August).

    Very few cities in the world compares with Patan (Lalitpur) in the richness of its cultural heritage - a claim that really makes sense, especially when you are talking about something with the unmatched wonder of – Mataya Festival.

    This word "mata" means 'lights' and "ya" festival or also means to a sacred 'journey'.

    Another form of interpretation is that Mataya or Matya in Nepal Bhasa i.e. not conquered (by the Maras). Being defeated Mara, the god of desire submits to the Buddha and pay homage to Lord Buddha for confession.

    In this event people participate in this festival to worship Buddha and also for accumulating merits for the dead. Devotees process to all the Buddhist shrines inthe city, offering rice grains, flowers and lighting candles. Men and women walkin a line of thousands between these musician groups and do puja at the votive shrines (chaityas) carrying lighted candles and torches.

    Historical background:
    According to Wright's chronicle, Lichchavi King Gunakamadeva, (the grandson of King Balarchana Deva) was the first king who instituted the tradition of Mataya Festival together with Sringabheri Jatra. To organize the festival he asked ten localities (tole) of the Patan city. They were
  • 1.Mangal Bajar
  • 2.Chakrabahil
  • 3.Ikhachen
  • 4.Bubahal
  • 5.Haugal
  • 6.Ukubahal
  • 7.Ikhalakhu
  • 8.Kobahal
  • 9.Saugal
  • 10.Nakabahil

  • Preparation of Mataya Festival:
    The preparation for Mataya begins on the first day of Gunla. After mid-night on this day a group of some hundred people with nava bajan (traditional Newari musical ensemble) gather and follow the exact path that they are to follow on the day of Mataya. They don't finish the whole route on a single go, but gather every night for a few nights and markthe shrines and courtyard with vermilion, husked rice and coins as they pass. This eventis called Bogiwonegu.

    On the grand day of Mataya, massive number of devotees, sometimes as many as several thousand, gather at the locality that is in charge of the festival for that year.There are ten different localities which take turns to organize the festival by sponsoring instruments, musicians and all the other expenses.

    This year's (2012) Mataya is organized by the Koh-Bahal locality. They gather at the lead locality dawn and start their yatra with a hint of excitement and uncertainty in their cheerful faces; for they must walk all day long often bare-footed and fasting. It is a greatscene to watch people prepare for their procession around the four principal Ashoka stupas spread in and around the four corners of Patan. They must all visit all the 1400 private and local votive shrines scattered in the city on their way.

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    Related topics:
    Bundyo (Rato Machhindranath) Jatra
    Janbahadyo (Seto Machhindranath) Jatra


    Mataya Route:

    View Mataya Route (2012) in a larger map






    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Earthquake | Triple quake measuring M5 to M4.2 jolts Rukum




    Kathmandu, Aug 1: National Seismological Center web portal reported triple earthquakes hit southern Rukum last evening. First earthquake measuring M5 epicentered in southern Rukum about 10km south of Salle Airport in western Nepal was recorded at 11:51 UTC on July 31 (or 17:36pm local time same day). Leading newspaper in Nepal, The Kathmandu Post reports the locals were terrorized by recurring tremors measuring M4.8 and M4.2 within 15 minutes time period.

    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.


    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    HSEB 2069 Result

    Congratulation to all those who passed Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) XII exam. For those who could not make it this time, remember the world is not over yet. Best of luck for the next time.

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    View results at NTC web portal.
    http://hseb.ntc.net.np/

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    KATHMANDU: The Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB) published the results of Grade XII exams under the science faculty on Sunday.

    About 72.31 per cent of regular students passed the exams, while only 46.79 per cent of examinees succeeded in the partial category.

    A total of 35,774 -- 30,200 as regular and 5,574 partial -- students had taken the exams conducted in conducted in April.

    The results of commerce and humanities streams will be published later.

    source: THT online Related topics:
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    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    M4.9 earthquake hits Southern Bajhang in Western Nepal on July 11




    Kathmandu, July 11: National Seismological Center web portal reported an earthquake hit southern Bajhang today. Earthquake measuring M4.9 was epicentered in southern Bajhang in western Nepal at 17:23 UTC on July 11 (or 23:08pm local time same day). No records of casualties reported so far.

    Click here for more on recent earthquakes in Nepal.


    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Kathmandu Rainfall Watch


    Monthly Rainfall
    (updated daily at approx 18:00 NPT)



    View Rainfall Data for Kathmandu this month in tabular format


    Monthly Rainfall trend and number of wet days


    Past 40 years Annual & Monthly rainfall pattern


    Past 40 years Annual rainfall pattern vs 2015


    What is the wettest month in Kathmandu?

    - July (average monthly rainfall is 370.5mm with 22 wet days)

    What is the driest month in Kathmandu?

    - November (average 8mm of rainfall with just 1 wet day)

    What is the maximum 24 hours rainfall received in Kathmandu and when?

    - 177mm in July 23, 2002

    What is the maximum monthly rainfall in Kathmandu and when?

    - 591.5mm in July 2003

    What is average annual rainfall?

    - 1469mm

    Which is the wettest year?

    - 2013 (total annual 1938mm of rain)

    Which is the driest year?

    - 1991 (total annual 1068mm of rain)

    What is average number of wet days in a year?

    - 104 days (with 24 hour precipitation > 0.1mm of rain)

    Is there any relation between weather / rainfall amount and load shedding in Nepal?

    - Yes! Because most of the hydel projects in Nepal are based on Run-Off-River (ROR) type amount of precipitation highly influences power generation. Lesser rainfall yields longer load shedding hours in cold and dry season (winter - spring time). Note: load shedding pattern based on past 5 years data.
    For more information on load shedding >> Click here


    data: Meteorological Forecasting Division, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization, yalamandu.com

    Month-wise weather trends in recent years:


    For more on Kathmandu Weather >> Click here

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