August 3, 2021 05:35 PM NPT
RASUWA, August 3: The flow of tourists to Langtang National Park has decreased by a wide margin in the current fiscal year. The spread of COVID-19 which forced the government to impose a lockdown and prohibitory orders inside the country has seriously affected the tourism industry.
As many as 4,640 people have visited the park since July 2020. Of them, 4,230 are Nepali tourists, 385 foreigners and 25 from SAARC countries. The number of tourists in the region is 12,285 less than the number of tourists who had visited the region in 2019/20. As many as 13,925 tourists had visited the national park in that fiscal year.
According to the national park, tourism has taken a downturn since the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the flow of tourists has started to increase in various tourist areas around the country in recent months.
Prior to the pandemic, the region saw 7,000 to 19,000 tourists who would visit the park for study and observation purposes. Tourists from Israel, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, Thailand, the UK, the US, S.Korea, Russia, Spain, Uruguay and Singapore are known to visit the region quite frequently. About 90 percent of the tourists who come to the national park visit Langtang as well.
A tourist visiting the area can expect to see a dozen mountain ranges, famous lakes like Gosaikunda and the historical Rasuwagadhi. One can also witness the world's rare animals - red pandas, snow leopards and other animals.