The Rock Garden on Satdobato hill, Khumel, Rolpa Municipality-3. Photo: Republica
ROLPA, July 22: Twelve kilometers east of the Rolpa headquarters, Liwang, a newly-built Rock Garden has started attracting visitors. Located 3,200 m above sea level, the garden has been built as a tourist spot on Satdobato hill by Rolpa Municipality in coordination with the Division Forest Office.
Lately, the hill located in the Satdobato area of Khumel, Rolpa Municipality-3, has been thriving as a tourist destination. The place is widely popular as a recreation and picnic spot for travelers and locals visiting in high numbers. According to the locals, quite a huge number of people from Liwang visit the area on Saturdays.
The garden which is still under-construction is believed to be attracting visitors from different areas due to its changing temperature and unusual geography. Travelers are also likely to visit the area to enjoy the landscape from the hill.
Mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Sisne, Jaljala, and Dhaulagiri can be viewed for the hill. The construction of the country's highest view tower is also underway near the rock garden. Chairperson of Ropla Municipality, Puran KC shared the plans to develop the garden as one of the popular tourist spots in the area. “We are working on a master plan and target to attract as many as national and international tourists possible to the newly built garden,” said KC. The garden was constructed with a budget of Rs 319,000 from the general public, Rs 950,000 from the Division Forest Office and Rs 350,000 from the municipality. The garden is spread in about two hectares of land. The locals are hopeful that it will contribute to boost tourism and the livelihoods of people if the area is promoted and preserved at its best.
“The garden is quite innovative as various colorful rocks are mixed with cement and concrete and creatively designed for attraction,” said Dil Bahadur Gharti, a local.