Friday, November 18, 2011

Visit Nepal - Chitwan National Park

When one thinks of Nepal, trekking the Himalayas is the first thing that comes to mind. However Nepal is an incredibly diverse country that offers so much more. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal is the Royal Chitwan National Park.

Located in the south central region of Nepal, in the Terai. These southern plains are less than 100m above sea level. The best time to visit the park is after monsoon season when temperatures are cooler and vegetation is lush from all the rain; that time is now through about February.

Several lodges inside the Park offering full board and accommodations in combination with different types of tours make it easy for travelers to experience the beauty of the park first hand. When planning a visit to Chitwan, try to give yourself enough time for several safaris, as wildlife is unpredictable and there are many types of safaris you can enjoy.

Jungle walks/Elephant Tours: Leisurely guided tours by foot or atop an elephant give you an optimal way to see animals in their natural habitat. There is a good chance of seeing animals such as, the endangered one-horned Rhino, honey badger, sloth bear and many species of deer on this type of tour because they prefer to live in less disturbed areas. These types of tours are also great ways to explore the villages of the indigenous Tharu people and experience local culture first hand.

Jeep safaris: A jeep drive is the fastest way to visit a wide area of the park and offers a good chance of seeing big game such as Bengal Tigers, Leopards and Gaurs.
Canoe trips: Floating down the many rivers inside Chitwan National Park is the best way to see crocodiles and the rare gangetic dolphins in their natural habitats. It is also a relaxing way to watch birds and wildlife species that frequently come to bathe and drink.

Bird watching tours: Chitwan National Park is known as a paradise for birds and birdwatchers alike because of the vast variety that make the park home. Chitwan Valley records over 450 species of birds. Many of the birds that live here are endangered or near endangered, including the spotted eagle, bengal florican and oriental darter.

 Stay tuned for more highlights of Nepal throughout the month.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Let's Go to Nepal

The Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked state in South Asia that is known for its rich geography and holds 8 of the world's 10 tallest mountains- including Mount Everest, the highest place on earth.

If you are an adventure traveler then Nepal is your destination! Nepal is an extremely diverse country with a wide variety of activities to suit every traveler. Other than the majestic Himalayan mountain ranges, Nepal holds the Mid-Hills of rolling green terraced paddies and lush forests, and the jungles and plains of the hot and dusty Terai. Throughout all this, there are the white waters of Nepal's many rivers that race down from the Himalayas.

A few quick facts about Nepal:

-The Climate: Nepal's climate ranges from the steamy humid jungle to the freezing mountains and everywhere in between. From October to February, woolen sweaters and jackets are necessary. Short or long sleeved shirts are good from March through May. From June to September, light and loose garments are advisable.

-The Currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee, denoted by the ISO code NPR. It is abbreviated as Rp.  Check current exchange rates.

-The Language: Nepali is the official language of Nepal; it is derived from Sanskrit and was formerly known as Khaskura.  Useful phrases in Nepali.

Though Nepal is a developing country it is rich in culture and relies on tourism to bring in wealth and awareness of the beauty that Nepal has to offer the world.  Stay tuned for the rest of the month as we highlight some of the fantastic experiences that Nepal has to offer.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dangerous Varicella (Chickenpox) Lollipops

A new and dangerous practice has emerged: parents who fear the chickenpox vaccine can try to infect their kids the “natural” way by sending off for mail-order lollipops licked by kids who have the disease. This is a very deceiving concept for a couple different reasons; getting the chickenpox vaccine is actually much safer than getting the chickenpox disease and the disease is spread through sneezing, coughing and breathing, not oral secretions. There are many other diseases spread through saliva you would not want to subject your children to, influenza, viral meningitis and hepatitis are a few.

Chickenpox is generally mild however severe complications, including, bacterial infection of the skin, swelling of the brain, and pneumonia, can arise in some people. Because chickenpox is a herpes virus, infection is life-long. This means that a person who has had the chickenpox is likely to contract a painful rash called shingles years later. The chickenpox vaccine keeps kids from getting the chickenpox virus. There a lower risk for complications and contracting shingles later in life for people who have been vaccinated for chickenpox as opposed to people who have had the chickenpox disease. Before the vaccine about 100 people died annually as a result of the chickenpox in the United States. Now, with the vaccine, the number of people that die annually from chickenpox is about 20.

Please visit our chickenpox page to learn more about this highly contagious disease.

Call Passport Health 1-888-499-PASS (7277) to schedule an appointment to protect you and your loved ones against chickenpox today.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rihanna Hospitalized with The Flu

Healthy, young and famous are not characteristics that deter the flu virus. Rihanna was hospitalized after contracting the flu earlier this week despite being in her early twenties. Catching the flu has already cost Rihanna time and a lot of money. Rihanna was forced to cancel her show in Malmo Sweden on Monday and another show in Stockholm, Sweden last night (Wednesday). Because of these cancellations this bout of the flu has already cost Rihanna more than $800,000. Rihanna released this statement on Monday:

"I am sorry to everyone who was coming out to my show in Malmo, Sweden. I was so excited to perform for you all. It would have been a great time ... so much better than being sick with the flu, ugh! I'm really disappointed I couldn't be there," Rihanna said.

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms even develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. All this can be prevented with a single flu shot.  You can learn more about the flu from Passport Health.

Protect yourself. Call 888-499-7277 to get your flu shot today.