Dhading Mahotsav from Feb 4

Kathmandu, January 26:

The Dhading Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) today announced to organise a week-long Dhading Mahotsav from February 4 to promote the the district as a tourist destination.

Addressing a function to announce the plan, former ambassador Shambhu Ram Simkhada said that Dhading has a lot of unique products, tourist destinations and cultural diversity to cater to the need of tourists.

President of DCCI and convener of the first Dhading Mahotsav Dhruba Thapa said different agricultural products and handicrafts from the district would be displayed at the Mahotsav which will have 150 stalls. More than 100,000 people are expected to visit the fair and a transaction of around Rs 25 million is expected, he said.

Possibilities of newer tourist destinations within the district would also be explored during the mahotsav, Thapa said, adding that the district may be suitable for paragliding, rafting and trekking as well.

Simkhada said Dhading, situated very close to the capital city, could be an ideal place for the settlement of increasing population of Kathmandu Valley.

“The possibility of expanding urban settlement in the district would also be explored during the festival. This could help reduce the population pressure in the Kathmandu Valley and the government would find it easy to manage the capital city,” he said.

“We have very rich sources of zinc, lime and ruby at the Ganesh Himal,” said Nepali Congress MP Ram Nath Adhikary, adding that the government should help the district exploit these resources.

He also claimed that 120 species of medicinal herbs are found at different parts of the district.

Meanwhile, minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prithvi Subba Gurung said the trend of organising fairs at different part of country has largely helped to consolidate the Nepali society that was badly affected by the decade-long internal conflict.

Promotion of internal tourism is essential for the sustainable tourism development in Nepal, he said. He also said that the decades-old Tourism Act would now be amended as per the current needs.