Traffic moves along a road in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov. 1, 2017. (Sara Hylton/Bloomberg News)
The use of vehicle horns has been outlawed in Kathmandu since April of 2017, the start of the Nepali year. Many doubted the ban would be successful, but one year later, the streets remain quiet.
“To mark the new year we wanted to give something new to the people of Kathmandu,” said Mingmar Lama, the head of the traffic police at the time the ban was introduced. “The horn is a symbol of being uncivilised. We wanted to show the world how civilised we are in Kathmandu.”
The ban was later introduced in other parts of the country, including the tourist hot spot Pokhara.
Source: Vidhi Doshi, India correspondent for The Washington Post based in New Delhi.
According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Jomsom, foreign tourism rose in 2017 by 34.49 per cent. Of 52,475 tourists who visited Mustang, 4,115 visited upper Mustang, said Office Chief, Tulasi Dahal. Tourists come from India, China, America, London, France, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and Israel. Among the many tourist sites are Lomanthang, Muktinath, Marfa, Thini and Kagbeni.
If you watch all the way to the end of this video, you’ll see my son and his wife in a fireside chat. It reveals a passion they hold for social justice in all of its forms. May the New Year bring social justice to all of you no matter where you call home.
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