Why is tourism a flourishing industry in Nepal ??? Mountain Sherpa Admin on 17th Jul, 2019
Nepal, the land of Himalayas, is on top of the bucket list of travel destination for many tourists. Tourism is one of the largest industries in Nepal which helps the Nepalese earn foreign currencies and revenue. Nepalese are considered to be hospitable and friendly who will help a visitor in need. Tourists seek adventure, immersion in culture, and the natural beauty of Nepal that is not available anywhere else in the world. Moreover, Nepal is a comparatively cheaper place for travel. With eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world, mountaineering and adventure tourism have an immense attraction on tourists. Pilgrims of Hinduism and Buddhism visit various pilgrimage sites located in many regions of Nepal. The historical art and architecture is a great learning experience of the ancient traditions which attract a lot of tourists. The unique wildlife of Nepal stuns the tourists as they get in close vicinity of the animals and birds along with the flora and fauna. Nepal has something for everyone, be it trekkers, adrenaline junkies, religious pilgrims, families, or couples.
Trekking and mountaineering bring tourists in large numbers to Nepal. The world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest or Sagarmatha at 8848m, is a popular destination of these tourists along with other 8 peaks with a height of over 8000m. These peaks include Annapurna at 8091m, Manaslu at 8163m, Dhaulagiri at 8167m, Mt. Cho Oyu at 8201m, Makalu at 8463m, Lhotse at 8516m, and Kanchenjunga at 8586m. The mountains are a challenge to the adventurous souls who wish to scale the mountains and satisfy their hunger for the thrill. Apart from climbing some of the tallest mountains, the tourists can opt for treks and hikes that are shorter but just as fulfilling. These shorter hikes and treks to places such as Sarangkot, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot, Phulchowki, Kakani, and more are great for families, friends and adventure seekers. These places provide magnificent sceneries and glimpses of famous mountain peaks.
For adrenaline junkies that seek adventure, several adventurous sports are available in various locations of Nepal. Tourists can go skydiving in the Everest region which starts from the height of 29,500 feet with the splendid view of the Everest. If this is too extreme for some, they can try skydiving in Pokhara that starts at 14000 feet. Another interesting sport is paragliding and para hawking which can be tried out at Pokhara and Kathmandu. While paragliding and para hawking, the tourists can get the view of the Himalayas and lakes in Pokhara, and the Kathmandu valley in Kathmandu. Tourists can try bungee jumping above one of Nepal’s broadest rivers, Bhote Koshi. The bungee jump takes place in a gorge of 160m. Pokhara also offers tower and water touch bungee jumping which is a 70m vertical drop and a thrilling experience. Pokhara also offers zip line which is the world’s longest zip flyer. As Nepal has numerous rivers, rafting and kayaking are a popular sport. Tourists can undertake rafting and kayaking in Seti, Marshyangdi, Karnali, Trisuli, Sunkoshi, Bhote Koshi, and more that have amazing views and currents. Even a non-swimmer can try rafting and canoeing.
Nepal has an abundance of ancient art and architecture that attract tourists towards the cities. Architecture such as the durbar square are a reminder of the former royal palaces of the kingdoms in Kathmandu when it was ruled by kings. Three durbar squares which are located in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur consist of temples, courts, and idols. They are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with temples like Pashupatinath and stupas like Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. While these sites are a part of the Kathmandu valley, heritage sites in cities and towns out of Kathmandu mesmerize tourists, especially pilgrims. Heritage sites such as Gorkha Durbar in Gorkha and Janaki Temple in Janakpur and National Parks are among the famous sites frequently visited by tourists.
Nepal is called the house of Gods since it houses thousands of Gods from many religions. All the temples are dedicated and devoted to the deities they accommodate and their miraculous power. The temples are built on strong beliefs of clans, ethnic groups, and religions. The country has a living goddess, Kumari, who is the only living goddess in the world. Kumari is believed to be the incarnation of a goddess named Taleju. Only a young virgin girl from one ethnic group, Newar, can be represented as a Kumari. She is housed in the Kumari Chowk in Kathmandu valley, her palace. Moving away from Kathmandu, tourists can trace the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini. Buddha was born as the prince, Siddhartha Gautama who belonged to the Shakya clan. The various shrines, monasteries, and museums in Lumbini make visitors feel closer to Buddha amidst the tranquility and peace.
The art and architecture are usually mixed with the culture and tradition of the place and people. There are about 103 ethnic groups in Nepal with approximately 115 languages. The diversity among the people is evident in their food, festivals, literature, dance, art, and music. Tourists can usually enjoy festivals, small or big when they are in Nepal. Some famous festivals that tourists seem to enjoy are Holi, the festival of colors, and various jatras such as Gaijatra, Indrajatra, and more. They delve in the local food and cuisine in a quest to fill their stomach and souls. They observe the music and dances of different groups such as lakhe dance or kauda, sometimes joining the dancers.
Recreational tours like visiting National parks is another reason for the tourists to visit Nepal. Nepal is abundant with wildlife, with a diverse population of animals, especially birds. Birdwatching has become a popular activity owing to the diverse bird species. National Parks such as Bardia or Chitwan National Park allow tourists to go on safaris to observe animals in their habitat. One-horned rhinos and the Bengal Tiger are the most sought after species for observation in the parks. Other animals that tourists wish to view up-close include river crocodiles, antelope, samburs, wild boars, and more. Elusive clouded leopards, which were considered to be extinct, are found in the mountains.
Nepal can be a travel destination for people of any age groups and interests. Traveling to Nepal can be for pleasure, observing pilgrimage sites, mountaineering, and also for business activities. After the earthquake in 2015, tourism was affected temporarily but now in 2019, it has started to follow its previous trend. Nepal has a lot of potential in attracting more of tourists – the government targets at least 2 million tourists by 2020. This is a feasible target owing to the beauty of Nepal and the efforts of the tourism industry in maintaining the quality of hospitality towards our visitors.
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