Lamjung, April 16
Home stay facilities in Lamjung have become the centre of attraction for domestic tourists of late.
Popular home stays in the district, including Ghalegaun, Kaulepani, Siurung, Rainaskot, Pasgaun and Bhujung, have been able to draw significant number of tourists these days. Visitors mainly come to the rural locations of the district to celebrate the Nepali New Year.
Kaulepani Tourism Development Committee chair Dev Bahadur Gurung said all the home stays were packed to the full. “A large number of domestic tourists have come here in groups. Hence, occupancy in the home stays here has been running to their full capacity,” said Gurung, adding that as many as 500 domestic tourists had reached the village to celebrate the New Year. “Some tourists arrived here only in the morning as all the home stays were packed. Everyone is quite busy serving the guests,” said Gurung.
A total of 14 houses in the village provide home stay facility. “We are facing difficulty providing good service to them due to unexpected flow of tourists. More than 500 tourists reached the village for New Year celebration,” said Kabindra Gurung, a home stay operator.
Similarly, another popular tourism hub, Ghalegaun witnessed the arrival of more than 350 domestic and external tourists on the New Year day. “We had no option but to manage accommodation in adjoining villages due to the overwhelming number of tourists on the first day of the New Year,” said Ghalegaun Tourism Development Committee Chair Prem Ghale.
Mainly students, families, entrepreneurs and representatives of various organisations from the district and adjoining districts reach there for sight-seeing, refreshment and to spend their holidays. A total of 32 houses in Ghalegaun provide home stay service and here also all the houses were packed on New Year day. Similarly, the home stay facilities at Khasur also saw a great number of tourists.
Home stays at Siurung, Bhusme, Chhapa of Taghring, Rock Garden Kahnigaun of Ghermu and the home stay at Rainaskot were also packed. Locals were elated to see the increasing number of domestic tourists. Locals are expecting to see similar flow of tourists throughout the year.
A version of this article appears in print on April 17, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.