Nepal | April 22, 2019

BJP to support ‘Chaliye Pokhara’ campaign: BJP Spokesperson

Rup Narayan Dhakal
A view from Sarangkot, paraglider

A view of paragliders taking parachute flight in the skies over Phewa Lake, from Sarangkot, in Pokhara, Kaski district, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Photo Courtesy: Surya Paudel

POKHARA: Spokesperson for Bharatiya Janata Party Uttar Pradesh, Rakesh Tripathi has remarked that his party would help promote tourism in Pokhara city and in Nepal citing strong social and cultural ties between the two immediate neighbours.

Speaking at an interaction programme on “Chaliye Pokhara” campaign in Pokhara, Tripathi, who is currently touring Pokhara, said that he is mesmerised by city’s jewels like the Fewa lake and the Gupteshwor Cave among other tourist destinations.

Considering the immense possibilities in the tourism sector in this region, it is imperative to adopt measures to protect the natural beauty and resources, Tripathi suggested.

“The government of Nepal and private sector should invest more rigorously in tourism friendly infrastructures including roads,” said Tripathi.

According to Western Regional Hotel Association Chairperson, Bikal Tulachan, the interaction programme was held with an aim to promote Pokhara city as a tourist destination. Moreover, the association will re-initiate the campaign targeting major cities in India, Tulachan informed.

The association had run the campaign for a week during June in Indian cities of Patna, Lucknow and Gorakhpur, last fiscal.

According to tourism entrepreneurs, Pokhara’s weather is ideal for Indians who need a quick getaway from the scorching temperature there.

The number of Indian tourist arrivals represents a major chunk of total visits the city witnesses in a year. In 2017, out of 940,000 foreign tourists visiting Pokhara, 160,832 were Indian nationals, according to Nepal Tourism Board statistics.

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