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Nepal was struck with a massive earthquake on 25th April 2015 at 11:56 am local Nepal time

With a magnitude of 7.9 on the richter scale, the quake has devastated Kathmandu city and its surroundings. There have been numerous aftershocks as well of severe intensity. The effects of the earthquake have been felt in North India and parts of Pakistan as well. Scale of damage is yet of the accessed although initial reports point at limited damage in these regions.

Nepal has been seriously impacted and the death toll from this powerful earthquake reached well over 7000. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history.

Major damage to property has been witnessed in Kathmandu and its surrounding areas. Many historical sites were damaged including UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

All of our guests and colleagues in Nepal are safe. Our Nepal office team has meticulously assisted our guests and has even stayed with them overnight to ease out the situation. Our CEO, Mr. Sunit Suri was personally involved along with the team, and have not left a single stone unturned to evacuate all our clients back from Nepal.

Dantak Cycle Race, Thimphu Paro Highway
Ready, steady, go! The 100km race was flagged off at 8am from Changlimithang. The event was organised as part of its 52nd raising day celebrations. Eighty-seven bikers participated in the 100-km bike race along the Thimphu-Paro highway on April 27 that Dantak organised as part of its 52nd raising day celebrations. The bikers competed in four categories – open category for those between 18 and 40 years; young category for those below 18; veteran category, and female category. The race was flagged off at 8am from Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu by HRH prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, VP Haran and the director general of border roads and president of border road wives welfare association, Lt Gen AT Parnaik, SM, VSM. By finishing the race in two hours, 29 minutes and breaking his last year's record of three hours, 37 minutes, Sonam, 37, an employee of Amankora resorts, won the open category prize of Nu 50,000. A total of 38 prizes were distributed, including 21 consolation prizes, that were sponsored by Dantak, mountain bike stores of Yangphel Adventure Sports, Wheels for Hills and Yu Druk Bikes to encourage the bikers in the country.

Rhododendron Festival, Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula, Thimphu
18 April 2015 – 20 April 2015
The festival celebrated the rhododendron flower. The festival featured the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural program, guided walks and activities. The festival showcased different species that are in full bloom in their natural habitat. Of the 46 rhododendron species recorded in the country, 29 are found in Lamperi Botanical Park, 35km from Thimphu.