POKHARA, July 2: Pokhara is organizing its first ever 'Birds Festival' with an objective to conserve birds around Pokhara and promote bird tourism. The festival would start from Tuesday and last until Thursday, according to its organizers.
The organizer – Pokhara Birds Community – said it would be the first festival of its kind in Nepal. The community's secretary Hemanta Dhakal said various organizations, environmentalists, eco-tourism experts and others would participate in the event.
According to Man Shanta Ghimire, chairman of the community, Pokhara has become an important destination for bird watching as it attracts thousands of tourists each year.
“Bird tourism has had significant contribution to Pokhara. We believe it can contribute even more,” said Ghimire, who is also a guide to bird watching. He further urged that the government and entrepreneurs must take initiative for the development of bird tourism.
According to him, mostly tourists from the UK, the USA, Denmark, China, Malaysia and Thailand among other countries visit Pokhara for bird watching. Tourists trekking along the Annapurna Conservation Area also enjoy bird watching, said the chairman.