Without any doubt, Nepal is considered one of the best places to travel in the world. Its richness in beauty with exotic Himalayan views, mesmerizing flora and fauna, and diverse culture and lifestyle entice the travel freaks to land in here once in their lifetime. Nepal attracts thousands of tourists every year who feel comfort to trek around the beautiful plains of the country. Apparently, it assists in the sustainable development of the tourism sector which directly aids in financial growth.
With the motive to expand tourism to its highest potential, the government of Nepal incorporated with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned to reserve the year 2020 as Visit Nepal year. The campaign was planned in the year 2015 to be held in 2018; however, it later got rescheduled to 2020.
The government has set the standard to bring in two million tourists each year by the targeted year. After the massive devastation brought by 2015 earthquake, the tourism sector was adversely affected which saw a massive drop in the number of tourists compared to previous years. In order to strengthen the tourism sector and bring it back to normal, the government feels Visit Nepal 2020 is going to take a significant part. Besides, the success of Visit Nepal 1998 and Nepal Tourism Tear 2011 backs this campaign to follow the same success story.
The government of Nepal is at its full potential to make Visit Nepal 2020 a massive success. With the target to draw two million tourists by 2020, the government is prioritizing the construction and expansion of international and domestic airports. One and the only international airport in the country, Tribhuvan International Airport’s expansion as well as the construction of Gautama Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa tops the priority list before 2020.
In addition, the heritage sites, which endured huge damage following an earthquake, are set to be renovated alongside other tourism infrastructure. On top of that, the 60-day plan is also strategizing to carry out tourism promotional activities to tap potential outbound travelers of certain countries including India, China, USA, and the United Kingdom.
Besides, the private hotel sector is planning to expand the hotel facilities in top tourism cities including Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara.
As said earlier, Nepal is certainly one of the best places to travel and enjoy every bit of adventure. Apparently, the country ranks fifth among the Top 10 countries to visit in the world. And why not, the enticing views of mountains, mesmerizing plains and suburbs, and endless tradition and culture are enough to attract any soul who wants to ride in a beautiful adventure.
One of the main reasons to visit Nepal is to trek towards the top of the mountain. Not just top of the mountain, you can raise your flag at the top of the world if you can conquer the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. Besides, trek to Annapurna range, Macchapucchre, Manaslu, and Makalu helps you to explore the scintillating beauty alongside diversified culture and tradition.
Nepal’s richness in culture and natural heritages allure more visitors to explore its beauty. Besides the countless ethnic groups and their distinct art and culture, Nepal offers the view of beautiful temples listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The capital city, Kathmandu alone holds 7 of those sites which include Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changu Narayan Temple.
Besides trekking and exploring the natural and cultural heritage, Nepal also boasts a wide range of plants and animals. With rhododendron adding to the charm of the country, Golden Michelia (Champ) is one of the rare trees found in Nepal. Similarly, the trekkers can enjoy the hunt of half-animal-half-plant Cordyceps (Yarsagumba) in the snow-clad pastures around the altitude of 3000 to 4200 meters.
Besides, the country offers a huge set of unique species of birds and animals. Spinny babbler is one of those species of birds which can only be found in Nepal. Similarly, it also homes several endangered species of animals including the Bengal Tiger, One Horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Fox, Red Panda, and the elusive Snow Leopard.
The devastating earthquake of April 2015 took lives of nearly 9000 people while injuring nearly 22,000. Besides, it left many of them homeless and craving for a piece of bread and the place to land rest to their suffered body.
The aftermaths of calamity triggered fear in the eyes of the travelers who somewhat felt unsafe to travel Nepal. Courtesy of that, the tourism sector inclined downwards living the prominent source of income under jeopardy.
However, the effects of the earthquake were mostly endured by the old and weak buildings made of mud. Generally, 5 districts of the country were affected due to it with minor destruction to the 7 other districts. Apart from that, all other destinations were entirely untouched.
To mitigate the fall in the tourism sector and to rise from the ashes following the devastating incident, the government came up with the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign. Besides, it is also the move to remove the fear from the eyes of travelers and titling Nepal as a safe place to travel.
Up to this point, the Tourism Board has checked each and every hiking routes and has signaled it safe to trek and travel. Apart from that, the national parks are also cleared for a visit after being repaired from the endured damage. The government is also giving new look to the damaged roads and effectively participating in constructing the new ones as per necessity.
Besides, the building and temples all over the affected districts are thoroughly checked by the approved engineers and those to have been adversely affected by the earthquake are stamped red. There are only a few buildings with red marks as most of them are broken down and constructed into new ones.
So, with the great efforts from the government and involved parties, Nepal is eyeing a huge success with the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign. The movement is mostly targeted for better economic growth and making Nepal known as a beautiful and safe country to adventure all over the world.