A Gurung village of Lambjung-Bhujung is all set to host a tourism festival to promote tourism, to expose Bhujung to the outside world.
It was informed at a press meet held at Lamjung Besi Thursday that the Bhujung tourism festival will be hosted from 30 September 2019 to 2 October 2019.
According to the main organizing committee of the tourism festival, the purpose of hosting Bhujung tourism festival is to promote the Bhujung village at national and international level, promote homestays, promote Gurung rituals, art, culture, and tradition, and to develop infrastructure for promoting tourism in the village with the money collected from the festival.
According to Tul Bahadur Gurung, the convener of the festival the slogan for the festival is, “Join the Bhujung Tourism Festival and make Nepal visit the year 2020 successful.”
The first day of the festival will be hosted on the 30 September 2019. There will be an exhibition of glimpses of cultural dances, Jhakri dance, an exhibition of local handicrafts, and an agricultural exhibition of locally produced products.
On the second day, there will be a folk song, Dohori, and cultural program presentation by renowned national artists. Likewise, on 3 October the final day of the festival will be over.
According to Khim Bahadur Gurung, head of ward no. 8 of the Qholasonthar Rural Municipality, the festival is expected to further boost Bhujung’s tourism. The Bhujung village is situated at an altitude of 7,900 meters above sea level. The village has 90 percent Gurung inhabitants along with few Dalits.
All the villagers are united to preserve and promote the art, culture and traditional customs of the Gurung. Bhujung village is one of the largest Gurung villages in Nepal.
The cluster of houses has roofs very close to one another with the unique architectural features. This village is called “Phuchon Nasa” in Gurung language.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Area Conservation Office, Bhujung, local level and various government and non-governmental organizations are assisting in promoting tourism in Bhujung.
Homestays were started with sixteen houses by organizing the first Bhujung tourism festival in 2007. Now 22 houses are the homestays. The goal is to set up homestays in 50 houses within the next five years. Along with the homestays, the locals of Bhujung are also expanding their tea cultivation.
With the help of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Area Conservation Office Bhujung, the villagers have started tea cultivation. Tea cultivation, which started in the area of 20 ropani about a decade ago, has spread to about 250 ropani.
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