What to expect & explore in Visit Nepal 2020
VISIT NEPAL 2020
“When the Himalayas bestow all the beauty, that smile is priceless…”
No wonder, Nepal is a beautiful tourist destination. She is popular for its unique natural beauty flourished with mesmerizing Himalayan ranges, green mountains and astonishing plains. Since ages, hundreds and thousands of visitors come to Nepal every year. Mostly come for trekking followed by hiking, touring, white water rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, etc. The tourism sector of Nepal is flourishing with a potentiality of expansion in future days.
With the agenda of blooming tourism of Nepal through her natural beauty. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned for “VISIT NEPAL 2020” setting a target to bring about two million tourists each year by the targeted year. This event ‘VISIT NEPAL 2020” will not only prosper the tourism sector of the nation but also will allow creating more employment opportunities.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In the year of 1998 and 2011, similar events were organized entitled “Visit Nepal 1998” and “Nepal Tourism Year 2011” and goals were successfully achieved. During the year 1998, Nepal was able to develop infrastructures that endorsed the high number of tourists from all around the world. VISIT NEPAL 1998 was a grand success at that time.
In the same way, NEPAL TOURISM YEAR 2011, many lesser-known tourist sites and trekking regions were re-enlisted. After the fruitful event of 1998, Nepal Tourism Ministry proposed for this year 2011 as Nepal Tourism Year. Another aim of this was to decentralize the tourist sites so that the tourists national, as well as international, would be dispersed to quieter parts of Nepal. One more reason for announcing Nepal Tourism Year 2011 was to stabilize the county politically because the number of tourists declined in the year 2000.
Despite promoting the tourism sector of Nepal, the campaign of VISIT NEPAL 2020 actually clicked in mainly with the aim of recovering for the destruction made by the devastating earthquake of 2015. The Tourism sector is planning many programs and organizing different promotional activities to revitalize tourism and increase the income of the nation through VISIT NEPAL 2020 campaign.
Construction of Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa and another international airport in Pokhara on the verge of completion and expansion of Tribhuwan International Airport are parts of promoting the VISIT NEPAL 2020 campaign in order to provide quality services to the tourists to the possible extent. Keeping in mind the proper hospitality and better services, the hotels, lodges, guest houses, restaurants, etc. have been upgrading their level day by day to serve their best. Also, educational institutions have advanced courses related to Tourism and Hotel management.
ASPECTS OF VISIT NEPAL 2020
As the promotions and the upgrading are going on, the Nepal Government has separated the tourism into 5 sectors in order to provide the optimal services as well as promote and develop the Tourism industry simultaneously. The 5 sectors are People & Heritages, Nature & Wildlife, Culture Cities & leisure, Religion & Pilgrimage, and lastly Adventure and Outdoor.
Nepal is also popularly known as “Land of Temples” especially primeval temples and buildings with beautiful architectures, ancient monuments, and religious pilgrimages. VISIT NEPAL 2020 will be equally boosting up the services as touring to the cultural and historical heritage sites, adventurous sports and activities like trekking, climbing expeditions, hiking, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, bungee jumping, paragliding, ultra-flight, mountain flight, etc. The topographical distribution of Nepal has allowed attempting all these activities until the extreme level of adventure and fun. The exotic natural beauty has cherished and allured the tourists to come back every year to enjoy and immerse themselves in the serene nature of Nepal.
WHERE IS NEPAL???
Nepal is a popular destination for tourists but still, some travelers yet have no idea Where is Nepal? Or Is there any country named Nepal? Or Nepal really exists??? Or Is Nepal a part of India or China???
The answer is: NEPAL is a discrete landlocked country that is bordered by India in the east, west, and south whereas China in the north. It is a beautiful nation in South Asia.
WHY VISIT NEPAL???
As already explained above, Nepal is a beautiful tourist destination. By mentioning tourist destination, it literally means there are not only one reason to visit Nepal but various attractions that allure the travelers to spend their quality time in Nepal and it really worth.
Eight out of ten tallest peaks in the world are in the lands of Nepal. Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world is in the Nepalese territory. Those who love trekking and are fond of snowy Himalayas all around you, Nepal will satisfy the hunger of Trekking or Climbing adventure. The visit to the Nepalese Himalayas is a totally worthy and correct decision to spend your money and your time. Any time of the year, you can opt for Trekking. You want to enjoy some memorable moments at the Everest Region or Langtang valley or Muktinath or Manaslu or Upper Mustang or Annapurna Region, etc. but are unable to reach on foot, alternatives like Heli ride or Helicopter tours are programmed and organized to fulfill your dreams come true. Mountain Flights are yet another option to adore the mesmerizing beauty of snowcapped Himalayan ranges.
Likewise, those who are fond of touring places to place to relish the natural beauty, a bountiful of places are in Nepal where you can explore and discover. The dense jungles, the serene mountains with the chirping sounds of birds and the gurgling rivers, the unique landscapes, the astonishing terrains really are admirable. There are numerous settlements in Nepal that are nowadays getting familiar with their immense natural beauty, the marvelous backdrop, the way of depicting the ancient cultures and traditions and mainly the traditional authentic food items. Hiking to lovely hamlets like Changunarayan, Sundarijal, Budhanilkantha, Panauti, Bandipur, Ghandruk, Poon Hill, Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tharu villages, etc. lets you explore the locality and close encounter the local people to understand their lifestyle and traditions. Because of this agenda, nowadays Homestay also is being widely promoted and many tourists even prefer homestay as their accommodation during the visit to Nepal. Homestay not only lets them enjoy good homely food and stay but also comforts and makes them feel like their own home. The homely environment actually draws the tourists to Homestay accommodation.
Rich in cultures and traditions, Nepal always has been providing a lifetime opportunity to enjoy its ethnicity. The pure picture of Nepalese arts and architectures portraying Nepalese cultures and traditions are displayed in the heritage sites of Nepal. Different types of CULTURAL TOURS, SIGHTSEEING TOURS, HERITAGE TOURS, etc. are organized in order to display the landmarks or Nepal. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the main places that are historically as well as culturally important. Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa, Budhanilkantha Temple. White Gumba, Kapan Monastery, etc. have been developing and well known as the religious sites of Kathmandu valley. There are other popular cultural, historical and religious sites in the outskirts and out of Kathmandu valley.
As for Religious tours or Pilgrimage tours, the Tourism industry of Nepal is doing its best to promote such places with religious importance. Muktinath temple tour, Mount Kailash tour, Gosainkunda tour, Lumbini tour, Manakamana tour, etc. are some famous pilgrimage tours of Nepal. Most of these tours are by road but some pilgrimages can be reached via Helicopter ride. Due to this aerial connection using Helicopter either from Pokhara or Kathmandu, the number of trekkers is drastically increased despite its higher cost. The tourists are mostly those who are with time constraints or who are physically unable to visit those places on foot. Either reason, the religious tours or pilgrimage tours are now being highly promoted and connected via roads and flights.
As we all know Nepal is the second richest county for water resources in the world, there are numerous water sources as glaciers, rivers, lakes, hot water springs, etc. that are now famous for tourist spots. Trishuli, Marshyangdi, Karnali, Koshi, etc. are some rivers that are known for adventurous sports like White Water Rafting, Kayaking, and Canoeing for a long time. Likewise, Phewa Taal (lake), Begnas Taal in Pokhara are famous for Boating while Rara lake, Tilicho lake, Shey-Phoksundo lake, etc. are for their exceptionality. Hot water springs have gained popularity especially due to religious beliefs among national as well as international tourists. Bungee jumping, Paragliding, etc. are gaining popularity as well. These thrilling activities are the add-ons that entertain the tourists and appeal to them to enjoy more of Nepal.
Jungles are the home of animals, birds, and plants. Wildlife, varieties of birds, different species of floras and faunas are sheltered in the forests of Nepal. Most of such areas are exclusively protected as National Parks, Wildlife Reserves, Conservation Areas, etc. Chitwan National Park is considered to be the oldest National park enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Likewise, Parsa National park, Bardia National park, Langtang National park, Sagarmatha National park, Shivapuri National park, Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, etc. are opened to all the tourists with entrance fees. Jungle Safari is one of the ideal ways to explore the natural beauty of these forest areas. There are options like Jungle Safari on foot or onto 4WD or ride over Elephant’s back, etc. Likewise, the cultural dance of the Tharu community is as well the part of Jungle Safaris. Bird watching, visit elephant and crocodile breeding center, elephant bathing, etc. are some optional activities that can be done during Jungle safari.
IS NEPAL SAFE TO TRAVEL?
Traveling to Nepal is the main concern before planning any visit to Nepal. Nepal Tourism Board conducted a thorough examination and study after the shattering earthquake in 2015. The Tourism Board not only perform the researches but also assessed the damage and destruction done to the tourist spots and the trekking trails throughout the country. After a detailed survey, all the 35 trekking and hiking routes are given a green signal and announced SAFE TREKKING ZONES. National Parks and other tourist sites are also equally safe for traveling.
During the earthquake, 5 districts out of 77 districts were severely affected. Thousands of lives were taken and thousands were homeless, injured. Nepal is still building up the strength and mending from the damage caused. Nepal Tourism after the earthquake was immensely affected.
The areas affected by the earthquake are reconstructed and still reestablishment of houses, hotels, lodges, official buildings, etc. are going on. Those buildings unsafe to stay were broken down or replaced. At that time, high-risk buildings were given red color marks or flags to put on whereas the safe buildings were marked with green colors or flags.
Main cities, towns, trekking or hiking routes are now declared safe after a complete detailed examination by the government and the Tourism Board. Nepal is already ready as before to welcome the valued guests to adore the beauty of Nepal.
PREPARATIONS FOR VISIT NEPAL 2020???
With the target of 2 million tourists to Nepal, the Nepal Tourism Board is working on the full spree. The hotel sector mainly has been upgrading its services in the major tourist destinations of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, etc.
Two new International Airports at Pokhara and Lumbini are on the hike of completion. Multiple renovations were done in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Tourists are granted with On-Arrival Visa at Tribhuwan International Airport. If you are planning to get Visa before arriving in Nepal, you can visit the nearest Embassy or Consulate or Diplomat Mission of any country.
Basic Requirements for Getting Visa for Nepal are as follows:
- A Passport with six months remaining validity or more at time of entry
- At least one blank visa page (not endorsements page) required for entry visa
- A passport size photograph with a light background.
- Visa fee: As per the Nepal Government’s decision made on 26 May 2019 following changes have been done to visa fees.
- Tourist visa fee, for 15 days (multiple entries): USD 30
- Tourist visa fee, for 30 days (multiple entries): USD 50
- Tourist visa fee, for 90 days (multiple entries): USD 125
- Visa extension within the valid visa period: USD 3/ day
- Visa extension with multiple entries: Additional 25 USD
- Visa extension after visa expiration: Late fee USD 5/ day
For more information, please visit the official site of the Immigration of Nepal. http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/post/notice-regarding-visa-fee-updates
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Author: Step On Himalaya
Date: 8th November, 2019