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March 23, 2023

Less cold, more tourists

Kathmandu: The arrival of tourists has increased as the cold has started to decrease in Mustang.

Bhabyang Tenjing Gurung, Ward President of Lhoghekar Damodarkund Rural Municipality-3 informed that the arrival of tourists has increased after the third week of February in the district which has been deserted for more than two months due to cold weather.

Some of the tourists who have decided to travel by Mustang reach Muktinath, while others reach the Korla border crossing between Nepal and China and return.  Mustang, rich in geographical diversity, is an attractive destination for religious tourism as well as trekking tourism.

The geographical diversity here has attracted everyone.  In the recent times, with the increase in infrastructure construction aimed at tourists, it has become the choice of domestic and foreign tourists.

Acting head of Annapurna Conservation Project (ACAP) Lomanthang, Ram Bahadur Gurung said that the number of tourists is gradually increasing in Lhomanthang in Upper Mustang.

There is also a palace of Mustangi king in Lomanthang, which has 180 houses within the same wall. Mikkumar Gurung, a resident of Jhong, informed that domestic and foreign tourists also come to see the caves and monasteries in Upper Mustang.

Stating that the historical cave in Zhong attracts everyone who comes here, he said that the cave with five floors and one hundred and eight rooms is an important destination of Upper Mustang.

Krishna Prasad Subedi, the priest of the temple, informed that the number of visitors including Indian pilgrims to the Muktinath temple is increasing as the cold weather subsides.


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