DHORPATAN, August 29: The homestays nestled in the rural expanse of Baglung district are experiencing a lull in tourist activity, with no visitors gracing the area since the onset of the monsoon season.
Reports indicate that the once bustling tourist villages have observed a notable decline in tourist influx since the previous year. Consequently, those operating homestays in the region are compelled to shift their focus to farming activities due to the absence of tourists.
Even the usually vibrant tourist destinations within the district have been marred by the subdued atmosphere. Popular sites such as the Kalika Temple, the iconic suspension bridge connecting Baglung to Parbat, and the Panchakot and Shaligram museum have reported sparse tourist footfalls.
Gopal Shris, the proprietor of the Baldhunga community homestay, revealed that they anticipate a resurgence in tourist arrivals in about two weeks. The monsoon season is typically characterized by minimal tourist traffic. Shris pointed out that the deteriorated state of rural roads, a consequence of incessant rainfall, hampers visitors' mobility. He emphasized the importance of reliable and secure road transportation to foster a conducive environment for the homestay business in the district.
Visitors to these homestays are treated to organic produce and are delighted with local delicacies like gundruk, dhindo, mutton, chicken, and an array of potato dishes.
Likewise, Muna Thapamagar, who operates a community homestay in Bhakunde, Baglung Municipality-10, expressed her anticipation for the upcoming winter season. This period is renowned for its vibrant tourism activity, drawing tourists from various corners of the country. However, the current season is characterized by unfavorable weather conditions, as cloudy skies impair sightseeing opportunities.
According to Thapamagar, visitor numbers typically begin to pick up gradually after the Teej festival, signaling a shift towards more favorable conditions for tourism in the region.