KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Nepal's Langtang Region has been featured in The New York Times-Travel '52 places to go in 2017' list.
Stating that there are thousands of getaways to explore this year, The New York Times has listed Langtang Region of Nepal at the 43rd spot among the 52 places to visit in 2017.
Visitors to this hinterland 40 miles north of Kathmandu dwindled following the 2015 avalanche that nearly wiped out Langtang village, the nerve center of the area, the newspaper writes, saying that a crumbled town springs back. "In an effort to revive tourism, the travel outfitter Intrepid now offers a spectacular 15-day Tamang Heritage Trail Trek through alpine terrain, verdant midlands, rustic villages and monasteries," it further writes, adding that the newly opened portion of Langtang National Park called the Tamang Heritage Trail affords an opportunity to meet the Tamang people, originally Tibetan horse traders.
Canada tops the list followed by Atacama Desert of Chile.
After the last year's devastating earthquake, tourists have started to come to Nepal as the country offers unique geography, a part of the Himalayan range, and, of course, the highest peak of the world -- Mt Everest. The government has also been planning to promote the country as tourism is the key source of foreign currency and one of the largest employment providers.
Last week, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), during its anniversary celebration, announced to celebrate the year 2017 as a 'Visit Nepal Year' in Europe as part of its initiatives of promoting Nepal as a tourism destination and with the aim of bringing maximum number of tourists from European countries.