Manang. Tourists visiting Manang have been welcomed on Monday, September 27, the 42nd World Tourism Day. Tourists are welcomed and honored while celebrating World Tourism Day by organizing various programs.
A special program has been organized in the tourist areas on the occasion of this day. The people of Manang have started this preparation to revive the tourism and hotel business which has been exhausted due to the infection of Covid-19.
Chief District Officer Bishnu Lamichhane informed that the day was celebrated on Monday welcoming the foreign and domestic tourists entering the Himalayan district Manang. He said that the tourists who arrived in Manang during the day were welcomed as they were preparing to enter the district following the criteria issued by the government.
“The day has been physically observed following the standards of health care. Now, we are bringing in tourists to Manang following the safety standards, ”said Lamichhane.“ Tourists and hoteliers are fully engaged in welcoming tourists. ”
On the occasion of the day, various programs have been organized by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation and its subordinate bodies and concerned organizations. Tourists visiting Annapurna trails on the occasion of Tourism Day have also been welcomed in Manang on Monday.
Entrepreneurs had given a grand welcome to the tourists by stopping them on foot. Israeli and Indian tourists have said that the businessmen welcomed the tourists on Tourism Day and encouraged them to come to Manang.
Tourists especially come to Muktinath after passing Tilicho Lake (4919 m) and Thorangla, which is the highest point, said Chhini Dorje Gurung, Ward Chairman of Manang Ngisyang Village Municipality-9. According to him, the road leading to Tilicho Lake, which was damaged by the landslide, has been repaired and rebuilt.
Public toilets have been constructed in various places with the objective of garbage management and open defecation free access to the road leading to Tilicho Lake, which is located at a high place in Nepal. In addition, due to the damage caused by the floods and landslides along with the infection of Covid-19, it has been monitored and managed to make it easier for tourists to enter the district.
In the year 2019, 26647 tourists arrived in Manang, despite the dengue infection in 2018, the number of tourists was significant. He informed that 29,484 foreign tourists entered Manang in 2018 and 27,068 in 2017. Tourists who come for mountaineering have been taking training in Manang.
It is said that Manang is a training center for foreign tourists. Before climbing Manaslu (Killer Mountain), Zulu Forest, Himlung Himal, Thorangla Peak, Pisang Peak, etc., they have been training at the training center at Manang Ngisyang Village Municipality-4, Humde, said Binod Gurung, President of Manang Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.
According to him, after receiving training, they go to various mountain destinations for climbing. Tourists come to climb Annapurna II, IV, Lamjung Himal, Gangapur Himal, Ganesh Himal, Tilicho Peak, and Nilgiri Range.
Starting from Banesisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung, the Annapurna trekking trail passes through Manang’s Lake, Dharapani, Chame, and Manang. Tourists will stay in Manang for 10 days and the rest of the time in Mustang and Kaski.
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