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Published On: September 12, 2018 08:36 AM NPT By: Republica

Promoting local tourism

Along with being a spiritual destination, the geographical diversity Nepal flaunts allows enthusiasts to explore its vast terrain. In an attempt to introduce the array of possibilities,  My City’s team has compiled a list of unique activities in Nepal that’s aiding in promoting tourism in both national and local levels. 

Rafting in Andhikhola
A rafting event was organized on Saturday at Andhikhola River, Syangja. The participants of the event rafted 15 km from Helu to Waling. 110 adventure seekers had participated in the event, and it was organized with an aim to promote rafting in Andhikhola. A member of the organizing committee, Dinkar Nepal, shared, “We organized the event to promote Andhikhola and its surrounding regions as a tourist destination.”

The lush surrounding at Andhikhola also supports the purpose of tourism. Moreover, the religious belief associated with the story of King Dashrath and Shravan Kumar, depicted in the Ramayan, too has its significance in the region. According to legends, it is believed that Adhikhola originated from the tears of the visually impaired parents of Shravan Kumar. Shravan Kumar was killed by an arrow King Dashrath shot while on a hunting expedition.

Cycling around Chandragiri
With an aim to promote tourism in Chandragiri Municipality, Chandragiri Tourism Development Society, and Chandragiri Municipality organized a cycle ride event on Saturday. A total of 250 cyclists participated in the 21-km cross-country cycling event. 

The ride began from Naikap Football Ground and passed through Naagdhunga, Thankot, Cable Car Base Camp, Arbinda Yog Ashram, Matathirtha, Baithali, Macchegaun, Bishnudevi, and Naya Naikap, before ending at Naikap Football Ground. 

Talking about further promotional activities, Mana Raja Khatri, General Secretary of Chandragiri Tourism Development Society, stated, "The society was established with the slogan 'My Chandragiri Tourism City'. The cycle rally aimed to promote the routes that had not been explored fully.”


Muktinath Chyawandham 
Situated at Gachhepani of Shuklagandaki Municipality-2, Tanahu, Shrimuktinath Shuklagandaki Chyawandham has been gaining prominence as a religious tourism destination. 

Advisor of Chyawandham, Trilochan Lamsal, says, “Chyawandhan is named after Rishi Chyawan.”

He added, “During Bolbam Mahotsav, last Shrawan, the temple managed to collect a donation of Rs 1,760,000. The locals also provided 188 kgs of brass. "

“The temple of Shukleshwor Mahadev, at Chyawandham, was constructed with an investment of fifteen million rupees. The temple was built keeping the artifacts of the temples of Bhaktapur and Pokhara in consideration,” stated President of Chyawandham, Sumitra Lal Chand.

Every year, during Shrawan and Maha Shivaratri, fairs are organized. Devotees in huge numbers attend the fairs. The shrine holds equal prominence among both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. “We have been trying to develop the shrine per the values of both religions. We have also constructed Guru Padmasambhava Gumba at the location,” said ward president of Shuklagandaki 2, Jagat Bahadur Gurung.



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