RUKUM, Oct 23: Located in Rukum, Musikot Durbar has a rich history, dating back to centuries. The palace is believed to be named after Musi, the King's helper, during the 1700s.
Citing the scope of recreational tourism, the Department of Archaeology has started works to increase the tourism of the area. A barbed wire fence is placed on all sides of the palace.
Former constituent assembly member, Gopal Ji Jung Shah, stated, “Though most of the palaces are named after royal family members, the palace here is named after a helper."
During the time of insurgency, the army used the palace as a temporary camp for about five years. With the end of the war, the temporary camp was also removed. Since then, locals and stakeholders have been working on the preservation of the palace.
Lokendra Malla, president of Durbar Conservation Committee said, “Department of Archaeology provided a financial support of one million rupees for the construction of Ring Road in the Musikot palace hill.”
Musikot hill is among the most famous tourist destinations of the district. The construction of Ring Road in Musikot hill has made traveling more convenient for tourists.
According to the president of Durbar Conservation Committee, Lokendra Malla, most of the international visitors of the palace come from Japan, Korea, and India. Whereas national tourists hail mostly from Pokhara, Surkhet, and Dang.