25th March 2004, 09:03 AM
Originally Posted by topaz
Ya we met many army and police troops at various check points. Saw one of the suspected rebels being apprehended. Situation had been like this for a couple of years. But the rebels are unhappy with their own govt and they do not target tourists. They know that tourism is the major revenue for their country. Our guide even put up a sign that said "Tourists" in our mini bus when he found out that we may meet with some rebel activity along the way. His logic is that rebels do not target tourists. But it's good to be careful. It is safer in the mountains and away from police or army installations which are one of their fav targets. Check with your agent when making the arrangements.
25th March 2004, 09:29 AM
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kingpin, my fellow tripmate. Yes, tentatively trip and itinerary if I still have time and budget for the upcoming trip. U may consider joining me for the part Lhasa to EBC.
The Maoist is that life -threatening to the toursit if u understand the situation there. Yes, as kingpin saif" they are not happy with the government". And of coursem they need the people support. I would say at least 60% of their GDP is from tourism. If the Maoist shoot dead a toursit, and the tourism industry affected and dropped dramatically, the local people will suffer and blame the Maoist.
If u were one of the Maoist, do u want to break the rice bowl of the people that u want their support ??
I meet a group of Taiwanese, travelling in a passenger to Nagakrot. A group of Maosit suddenly jumped in front to the car , all holding guns. But after checking that they were toursit and talked to the driver, they just let go, did not even ask for "toll".
No need to be too worried about it.
The worst it could happen, when Maoist launched a striker and all vechile stop for that day, then u have to "walk" to airport.
25th March 2004, 09:52 AM
25th March 2004, 10:04 AM
Generally, should not be too worried abt the rebels, although pls do exercise caution. When I was there, I was unlucky that the rebels called on a 3-day strike! (My guide said usually it lasted only a day) When they call on a strike, all the shops & public transport will not operate. The ACAP government building which was just in front of my tea-house in Ghandruk was bombed!
Luckily it happened the night before we arrived
Our scheduled drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu was also affected. Luckily, our agency was responsible enough to arrange a flight back instead (free of course). The aerial view of the Himalayas was wonderful!
Downside is, in Thamel, almost all the shops closed, so just go sight-seeing in Durbar Sqr etc... Even our journey to the airport, as wong_se mention, they'll paste something on the vehicle to indiciate tourist on board
All in all, just go and enjoy yourself