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Nickie May 16, 2015 at 08:04 PM

My husband and I are enrolled in the Oct 11th program, and wonder about the Nepal part of our trip. What has happened to Dhulikhel Resort? Has it suffered damage? Will we still spend two nights there? Are we to spend one night in shaky Kathmandu or more? How about seeing the treasured Nepalese sights, many of which are no longer standing? How do we get our questions answered? We are not feeling too safe about spending time in Nepal.
Binaya Rana May 16, 2015 at 11:27 PM

Hi Nickie, the Dhulikhel Resort has suffered minor damages, nothing significant. Many of the treasured World Heritage Sites have been damaged, but not completely destroyed. There are still a of things to see within those sites. I am sure RoadScholar will make a wise decision about the Nepal portion of your trip when the time of your departure nears based on the situation on the ground.

Carol Hermann May 14, 2015 at 01:14 AM

Binaya has said it is okay if I share yesterday’s email about how he and Minakshi are doing following the latest earthquake. Some of you may appreciate knowing that a GoFundMe site has been set up to support the work Binaya and Minakshi are doing to help their Nepalese neighbors. I don’t know if I’m permitted to provide a link here so if you would email me at orioncarol@yahoo.com I’ll send you the link personally.
Here’s Binaya’s 5/12/2015 email …
Thank you all for your concern. Me, my wife, our family and our homes are all fine. The latest earthquake was smaller in magnitude and shorter in time span, but was more frightening because of the already frail nerves. Although we tried to sleep, we couldn't because of frequent aftershocks. The aftershocks though are getting less frequent. Geologists kept saying that there was still pent up energy remaining after the first quake, I hope that's been released and we will not get any more big earthquakes in the near future.
Luckily, the damage and the death toll from the second earthquake doesn't seem to be as bad but 70 people dead so far is still serious. A lot of damaged buildings from the first earthquake were brought down by this one.
My wife Minakshi and I are helping people start to resettle in a village close to where we live. We will continue our work in the small scope we have been doing. You can see the little we've been trying to do on my facebook page : www.facebook.com/binayarana
Thank you for your support. We are going through some trying times here. Mother Nature is testing our courage.

Gail Stevenson May 12, 2015 at 05:53 PM

I'm scheduled to leave with the May 17th group. After the latest earthquake I am unsure. The group is a small one (9, after the first earthquake)but I don't like the idea of an overnight stop in Kathmandu. Anyone else out there in that group? Any thoughts?
Barbara Thomas May 12, 2015 at 06:11 PM

I am on the this trip also and trust RS to keep us safe. Even if there are problems after we start the trip, RS can reroute us through Calcutta, Bangkok or elsewhere to get us into Bhutan.
Karen Hinton May 12, 2015 at 07:05 PM

I echo those thoughts. I have a lot of confidence in RS and feel certain they are getting the latest information from their local contacts as they make decisions.
Gail Stevenson May 13, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Gail Stevenson May 13, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Thank you, Barbara and Karen for your reassurance. However, the chances of this 7.3 "aftershock" were less than 1%. Also, I am thinking of the devastation there. Should tourists go there at this time, even for an overnight?
Barbara Thomas May 13, 2015 at 01:55 PM

I share your concern about the appropriateness of a night in Nepal. However it appears to be the best entry point to Bhutan. We will not be interfering with rescue or aid efforts as we never leave the hotel. Perhaps our hours there will allow us to give a first hand accounting of relief efforts back home so that people will be moved to contribute to approved agencies. You must do what you feel is best for you.
Gail Stevenson May 14, 2015 at 01:12 AM

Thanks, Barbara, I agree with you. Perhaps some good can come from an overnight stay, and perhaps we will not be taking up valuable space on the (single) runway. My preference would be to enter Bhutan by a different route; however, I plan to go on the trip.
Binaya Rana May 15, 2015 at 09:58 PM

Hello all, I am one of the Group Leaders for the Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms group. I understand your concern about coming to Nepal and possibly impeding on the humanitarian process. Personally I feel that you have to see Nepal albeit for a day during this trying time. The media has portrayed total devastation, which is not true. It is true that villages at and close to the epicenter have been flattened, but that's not the case in Kathmandu. You will see on your journey from the airport to the hotel that there are hardly any destroyed beuildings. By spending a night here in Kathmandu, you will be part of the recovery process for the country. We would have loved for you to enjoy our country, but unfortunately Mother Nature decided otherwise. I hope you come back to Nepal in a couple of years to enjoy this beautiful country.

Binaya Rana Apr 29, 2015 at 05:38 AM

To see what has happened to our beloved heritage sites


Binaya Rana Apr 29, 2015 at 05:35 AM

Hello to all our past and future travellers on behalf of all Nepalese tour leaders. Thanks to all of you who've shown concern for Nepal and the tour leaders from Nepal. All Road Scholar tour leaders are accounted for and are safe and sound, none have lost their homes and family members.

It is true as some of you have said that RoadScholar needs to do something to support Nepal. US$1=Rs.100. In this hour of need, even that amount will go a long way. 10 simple toothbrushes or 5 bottles of mineral water or 10 pieces of sanitary napkins can be bought for that amount. Please help Nepal.
- Binaya Rana (RoadScholar Tour Leader)

Karin Baker Apr 28, 2015 at 08:08 AM

hoping that Biyana our tourguide and family are well, including his father at the monestary. What arrangements have been made by roadscholar for assisting these wownderful people. Please let us know.
Binaya Rana Apr 28, 2015 at 11:56 PM

Dear Karin, thank you for the concern. I and my family are safe and sound.

Edward Bernstein Apr 27, 2015 at 03:44 PM

How can we help Nepal and our guide Sanjay Nepal on our trip Oct 2014. Road Scholar create a fund and a way of getting to those in need

Cory Coons Apr 26, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Road Scholar: Please let us know if our September '14 tour guide, Sanjay Nepal and his family are alright. Our group also spent time with James Gambiano, the Mishra family and stayed at the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort. Please share any information.

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