Balewa. Tourism in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, which was hit by the Coronavirus epidemic, was further affected by the floods on September 3. Hunters did not come to Dhorpatan during the hunting season due to the Corona epidemic.
After the rains, more tourists than usual used to arrive in Dhorpatan in October / November. The floods in Bhujikhola in August washed away about 15 kilometers of roads, affecting tourism.
The impact of Covid-19 has lessened and the number of tourists visiting Dhorpatan has increased significantly with the reconstruction of flood-damaged roads. The number of tourists in Nepal’s only hunting reserve has decreased due to Covid-19 and bad roads.
“Tourists did not come to this hunting sanctuary due to Covid-19 and the problem of Dhorpatan Saljandi Motorway. It has increased easily in winter,” said Hari Bahadur Gharti, chairman of Dhorpatan Municipality-9. “If the road in Bobang can be upgraded, tourists can be regularized,” he added.
He said that many tourists are attracted by the breathtaking view of Patan as they enter the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. With the entrance of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, tourists get tired of capturing the cold air of Deurali, Fagune Lake, Ledeko Dhuri, Garpa Lake as well as the scenic view of beautiful Patan. Tourists are attracted by the colorful flowers.
Various schools, mothers’ groups, and youth groups have been visiting Dhorpatan. Chief Conservation Officer of the Game Reserve, Birendra Prasad Kandel, said that those who come to visit Dhorpatan visit Uttar Ganga, Dhorbarah Temple, Fagune Lake, Garpa Lake and Jaljala.
From Dhorpatan, one can see the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. Chak Bahadur Adai, a local teacher, said that roads should be made more stable and hotels should be increased to increase tourist activities.
He said that the homestays opened by the locals have also made it easier for domestic tourists. After traveling to the mid-hills, Dhorpatan is reached at a distance of 30 km from Burtibang.
According to the legal provisions of the Himalayan National Parks Rules, 2036, Nepali nationals have to pay Rs 100, SAARC nationals Rs 1,500, and other foreign nationals Rs 3,000 when entering the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, said Kandel.
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