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Rupandehi tourism development with focus on  Lumbini

  • Radhe Shyam Biswakarma
The birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha, Lumbini is the epi-center of Buddhism. Rupandehi district has been developed as a tourist destination by making Lumbini the main center.

Besides Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, other Buddhist heritage sites to visit in the Rupandehi district include Buddhamavali Devadah and Sainamaina, an archaeological site of the Buddha era.

In Rupandehi, there are significant historical, cultural, and natural sites related to Buddhism. There are religious places like Tharu culture and Virha Geet, Jitgarhi Fort of Butwal, Parroha Dham of Sainamaina, Siddha Baba. Among the natural resources, Rupandehi has beautiful wetlands such as Gaidahwa Lake, Gajedi Lake, Dano River, Telar River.

Nuwakot Darwar Shivalik region has other scenic spots with a mild climate. There are educational parks including Manimukund Sen Park. Not only this, Rupandehi is also considered the gateway to popular Himalayan tourist destinations like Tansen, Pokhara, and Mustang.

Tourists often come to escape the heat of India in Nepal, which is full of nature. Tourists are attracted to Bhairahawa and its surroundings due to its welcoming tourists, cheap prices, legal gambling houses (casinos), classy hotels, and recreational activities.

Rupandehi, which is rich in nature, religion, and culture, has seen a leap in the development of tourism infrastructure in recent times.

Investment in tourism infrastructure has increased not only from the government sector but also from the private sector here. Because of this, the tourism potential of this region has increased. After the construction of Gautam Budh International Airport, investment in tourism infrastructure has increased. There are 89 tourist-level hotels in Rupandehi.

There are more than 150 other hotels. According to Siddharthnagar Hotel Association President Chandra Prakash Shrestha, Rupandehi has the capacity to handle more than 6,000 tourists at a time. “Nowadays, the market and tourism of this region are driven by Indian tourists,” he said, “Bhairawa and Butwal have become the main two cities that do a lot of business, tourism, and entertainment activities.”Tourism Division Office Rupandehi has advanced the work in 6 districts of the former Lumbini zone.

According to the information given by Information Officer Paudel, 71 schemes worth Rs. Apart from this, the zipline in Butwal and the cable car under construction will also attract tourists. Due to the investment made by the government as well as the private sector in the tourist infrastructure of Rupandehi, the tourist activity which has stopped due to covid has increased.

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