Aleena Dhoju - Bhaktapur, Nepal
I met Aleena through my good friend Sujan Dhoju. Aleena is Sujan's older sister. I had the opportunity to visit Nepal in June of 2015, in which I met Aleena. She has great passion for her family's business, Hotel Country Villa. As I got to know Aleena, I came to realize that she had a lot of great travel stories, travel advice, but more importantly, passion for her country. I came to admire her outstanding work ethic. She dedicates more than 70-80 hours a week to keep her family's business moving in the right direction. The amount of pressure she has on her shoulders is more than I can imagine. She's a strong independent woman with many aspirations. I look forward to keeping in touch with her as the hotel grows. ~Dan Hellinger
What improvements do you want to see Nepal make in the next 5 years?
"Nepal is an underdeveloped landlocked country located in South Asia. It is a naturally gifted country that constitutes world’s ten tallest mountains, including ‘Mount Everest’, the highest peak of world. Moreover, it is multiethnic and multilingual country decorated with different castes, languages, cultures and customs followed by various festivals and events per year. The temples, historical areas are listed in the world cultural heritage sites as well. In terms of economy, Nepal is an agricultural based country and most of GDP revenue is earned from Tourism.
There are lot of improvements need to be done for future development of Nepal in next 5 years and has got potential to do it since it is nature gifted country. The steps of improvements are listed below:
Flourishment of Tourism Industry
Nepal is renowned for highest peak of world, Mount Everest and has 10 world cultural heritages sites followed by varied customs and festivals in a year. 60-80% of the job opportunities are provided by tourism industry in Nepal. For more developments of it, the following steps are to be done.
The number and capacity of domestic and international air services should be increased: More international airports are to be established in other popular areas of Nepal i.e Chitwan, Pokhara besides Kathmandu (Capital city). The incoming projects of international airport in these areas already being started but it need to be complete very fast. Also, Boeing Nepal airlines to be operated in USA, Europe, Australia as well, since they are operated only in Asian and Arabian countries.
Good provision of transport and communication in tourism areas: Mostly the roads in travel for trekking and mountaineering are not so well-infrastructured. They need to be more stable and well-constructed for no any difficulties. Mostly in rainy reason, the problem of landslides normally occur due to landlockedness. Nepal should be well-equipped with advanced technologies for better infrastructural works and networks availability for faster communications.
Provision of simple and easy access to fulfill the requirements of tourists: Even though the maps, transportation, souvenir shops, hotels are easy access whenever the visitors travel to cultural heritages sites, trekking or mountaineering, the main problem is there are no toilets and proper wastage area that pollutes the environment. So, proper implementation of public toilets and waste bins nearby those sites.
Nepal should be introduced to the world through advertisement for its art, culture and natural beauty: The documentary of Nepal and promotion to be seen in A listed channels i.e Discovery, TLC , CNN, BBC. Nepal’s beauty to be published in popular travel magazines of world so that the visitors could know about Nepal more.
Cultural and religious places should be well maintained and conserved: Those are the main assets of the country. The municipality and its committees should be very active in restoration to revive its aesthetic values. Per six months, it needs to be restored and protected. The festival and events of particular cultural areas should be done according to its day without neglecting its old norms. It should be reflected in international arena as well to attract more visitors.
RAPID DEVELOPMENTS OF DAMAGED CULTURAL SITES, SOME TREKKING ROUTES BY DEVASTATING EARTHEQUAKE ON April 12th, 2015
As the world knows, the damages created by earthquake in our religious cultural sites, trekking areas, also thousands of people being killed due to old houses and poorly built. It has created a very negative impact in our tourism industry. Being a hotelier of Hotel Country Nagarkot, Nepal, our hotel was luckily safe and fine by earthquake. As per TVs and social medias, lot of destruction was shown but repeatedly. Only 30-40% of our cultural heritage sites are damaged and 20% of trekking routes. The government should take steps of rapid developments of old monuments as Nepal is recognized for in order to flourish tourism industry. Also, build up the trekking routes and open soon. Now, there are no possible earthquakes, these positive messages to be shown by TV Medias, magazines more in national and international level for more promotion of tourism activities. ‘NEPAL IS SAFE AND FINE’. The government also led the people built the houses that prevents from earthquakes and prevents no casualties in future. The restoration of the sites should be kind of not getting damaged from earthquake, because it takes long years to rebuild. More restorations but strongly built to uplift the earthquake.
NEW CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE STRONGLY PREVAiLED:
Since the new constitution has been made for Nepalese people, the policies should be strongly précised so that they could own their rights. The plans should work in a way as development for country and people.
Modernization of Agriculture
Since more than 60% of people of Nepal are engaged in Agriculture, the process of producing grains ,vegetables and other products to be modernized so that it creates lump sum productivity better than old methods. New techniques will lead to increase productivity in lesser time. Moreover, the farmers will be more profitable since Nepal has got fertile land.
Infrastructural and Regional Development:
The infrastructural developmental works such as road, water supply, electricity should be enhanced because the routes to natural areas are very much in poor condition. Firstly, the roads are to be extended for movement of vehicles safely and securely to reach the destinations without any obstructions. Nepal has been facing for load shedding (scarcity of electricity) not only in remote areas but also in city areas as well although we are the second highest richest in water in world after Brazil. So, the government needs to operate strong hydro projects in co-ordination with other developed countries to prolong electricity.
Whatever the crisis and undeveloped works are due to political problem in Nepal. The numerous strikes per year are due to lack of unity between political leaders hit badly in the economy of country. Being a hotelier, the flight cancellations and the cancelled bookings are faced that cause loss of rooms and revenue to hotel. I believe that there should be strong, well-educated qualified but honest leaders for Nepal that work for the betterment of the people and country just like the other developed country then only the future of Nepal would be bright.
I believe if those kinds of efforts are done in present scenario, it will help to add-on the developments for the brighter future ahead of the people and country in next 5 years." ~Aleena Dhoju
"Life is a journey filled with happiness, emotions, failures and success."
The Dhoju family
What aspirations do you want to achieve in life? Is money or the power of knowledge more crucial to you?
"Life is a journey filled with happiness, emotions, failures and success. As per aspirations, I would like to be successful in hotel industry and strengthen the business profitability. Since, I am looking hotel operation of my family hotel, Hotel Country Villa, 3 Star hotel located in Nagarkot, Nepal. Both money and power of knowledge is supportive in both ways. Firstly, the power of knowledge on top helps to give enhanced quality services to guests which would surely lead to revenue earning in hotel. Secondly, money is important to build the facilities of hotel as heavy lumpsum amount is needed for construction. To update quality and amenities in long term, money earning comes first but for that power of knowledge is important. Without knowledge, the hotel staffs could not deliver effective services to guests, later on it would effect on sales which lead to low income. Therefore, money and power of knowledge are both crucial."
What's your wildest travel story you'd like to share?
"In Nepal, there are lots of adventurous and recreational activities to do for travelers. In 2012, I went for Langtang trekking with my friends. It was a very adventurous trip to see the famous Langtang mountain, Fish tail and many more. The road was little dangerous due to landslide. Our car got totally damaged as well and we ask for lift and move on. We were literally praying to God to be safe on the journey, at the right side, there was landslide and left it was downhill. We started the journey of trekking, there were so many hills, bridges and it took around 5 days to reach the destination. When we reached there, it felt like a heaven surrounded with beautiful mountains. I did get altitude sickness, because we were at a height of 6000 to 7000 meters. Some of my friends returned back, to recover myself I did some breathing exercise of yoga and Thank God it worked. While returning back, we were only 2 remained in a group, we walked for almost 11 hours a day, I got my leg badly injured and swollen up. I took a bed rest and slept unconsciously and luckily it became normal. This is one of my craziest experiences I have ever had in my life."