Visit Nepal 2020: Background
Every nook and corner of Nepal can be a place of Interest for tourists if it can be promoted. We will be looking forward to your full support in this announcement. Promotion in international media may be one of the major things to attract the number of visitors. Moreover, we will request all of our fellow travelers to share the motto of Visit Nepal 2020 “Lifetime Experiences” with the world and let everybody know about this big event.
Nepal is suitable for every sort of peoples; it is suitable for the people who just want to explore the cultural monuments and the old traditional cities, on the other hand, it is the trekking hub for the trekkers all around the world. The numbers of trekking trails are the other important things to do in Nepal. Rafting in the fast-flowing rivers, paragliding and bungee jump can be the other attractions. Bird watching, wildlife safari, kayaking can be the things of your interests as well. The lifestyle that differs from place to place will definitely attract your eyes.
Nepal Tourism Year 2020 serves as an occupation for you to travel and explore amazing Nepal, one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
Nepal, a small country of Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) and the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. It is also the land of mountains where there are over 1,300 peaks above 6,000 meters. Of the mountains, Mt Everest (8,848 meters) is the highest peak in the world. Likewise, Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) is the 3rd highest on earth. Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu and Annapurna I are on the top ten highest peaks in the world. There are numbers of other facts which cannot be expressed only in words.
Secular Nepal is also home to a rich heritage, adventure, spirituality, regional diversity, warm and welcoming people, abundance in wildlife and natural resources, arts, recreation and entertainment, safety and exceptional hospitality.
Nepal comprising valleys and plains known as the Terai in the south, and the breathtaking Himalayan peaks in the north adds to its beauty attracting tourists.
Nepal is also the country of temples. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most religious sites in South Asia. Built-in the fifth century by Lichchavi King Prachanda Dev, the Hindu temple, which sits on the banks of Bagmati River, around 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, the eastern part of the Kathmandu Valley, the federal capital of Nepal. The temple is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Likewise, other religious sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, are Swoyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple, and Lumbini.
Going by Nepal’s tourism history, it is believed that tourists started visiting Nepal only after the road network was built in 1950 connecting some of Nepal’s cities with the Indian border in the South. Since then, foreign tourists started visiting Nepal.
The first tourism Master Plan of 1972 marked the development of the tourism sector faster. The government supported this sector during the 1970s and 1980s. Likewise, the private sector also took the lead from the beginning. Successful observance of the Visit Nepal 1998 campaign created awareness towards tourism.
During the 1970s, Nepal attracted many tourists due to various reasons like its good climate and unique culture among others. Some would visit for many purposes like spiritual enlightenment, an escape from wars and to find peace from a boring western lifestyle. Among the travelers then were called Hippies who were peace lovers and would want to escape from social obligations. They had made many contributions to Nepal’s tourism sector.
What is Visit Nepal Year, 2020?
To promote tourism and develop Nepal a hub for tourists, the Government of Nepal has launched a campaign of Visit Nepal Year, 2020. Under this campaign, it has been carrying out various promotional and other activities to make it a huge success.
Nepal has an ambitious goal of bringing in two million tourists by 2020 and achieving its expenditure of over $ 75 each on a daily basis. Nepal also plans to support its economy through tourism by generating as high as revenues.
The Government of Nepal believes that tourism is the only strong way to reduce the poverty rate in Nepal and boost the lifestyle of the people here. So it has put forward various schemes to promote tourism of the country by attracting as many tourists. The Visit Nepal Year, 2020 is one of them in this regard.
Nepal Tourism Year 2020 has the following aims:
- Boost the country’s economy and support the livelihood of the people of the country by engaging them in the tourism sector and by generating revenue from tourism.
- Expose unexplored places of the country to the world through tourism.
- Expand and develop tourism to the mainstream of the country’s socio-economic development.
- Attract investment in the country.
- Enhance aviation safety and security, expand air and road connectivity.
- Develop and expand tourism products like new trekking routes, and boost domestic trade by helping domestic products like handicrafts get the international market through tourism.
- Promote tourism awareness throughout the country to engage local communities and develop new tourism areas as identified by concerned institutions in response to the market.
- Advance competitiveness in the tourism sector through regulatory reforms, investment, infrastructure development, innovation, new product offerings, and environment and wildlife conservation and greater efficiencies and excellence in service standards with the aim to develop the tourism industry as a key economic development strategy of the country.
The National Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025 has set 11 specific action plans for the overall development of tourism
These plans include marketing target, tourism economy, focused programs, and development target, branding target, human resource development, improvement of business investment target, improvement of tourism quality, reforms in institution and management, infrastructure development target, zero carbon emission target, and conservation of cultural heritage.
Commitments of the Visit Nepal Year, 2020
Climate is the most burning issue around the globe. Many awareness programs and campaigns are being carried out in the world in a bid to decrease the effects of climate change. Visit Neal Year, 2020 is focused on climate change and is committed to having minimal impact on the environment while offering tourism experiences. In this regard, the Government of Nepal has started various awareness campaigns and started a cleanup campaign on Mt Everest and other mountains. Under the campaign of Visit Nepal Year, travelers and mountaineers will be made aware of the negative impact on the environment.
Going green means contributions to maintaining the ecological balance in the environment and protecting the planet and its natural resources. The Government of Nepal has adopted a strategy of going green in a bid to minimize effects on climate. This strategy aims to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
Under this tourism, local residents in rural areas invite tourists to visit their communities. By doing so, they will earn income. Facilities such as homestay are offered to visiting tourists. The Government of Nepal aims to distribute benefits equally, boost the country’s economy and protect and preserve local tradition, culture, and heritage through this tourism.
Activities and campaigns carried out to support the Nepal Tourism Year, 2020
- The government has announced the promotion of hundred new tourist destinations from 2019 with at least ten of them being in each state.
- Repair and construction of airports in the country are in full swing to provide good air service for tourists
- It has also a plan to construct at least one airport in each state.
- Representatives from many states went to neighboring countries to create awareness about the Visit Nepal Year and various promotional programs like roadshows were held in a foreign land and across the border with India.
- PATA Nepal Chapter and Nepal Airlines Corporation organized the forty-first Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart 2018 (PTM2018) in Malaysia from September 12 to 14, 2018.
Factors that lure one to visit Nepal in 2020
Nepal is rich in biodiversity. Various types of flora and fauna are found in the country like the rare one-horned rhino, Royal Bengal tigers, Yarchagumba (Cordyceps Sinensis). One visiting Nepal can enjoy rich biodiversity. There are many national parks in the country offering a variety of flora and fauna including varieties of bird species, water buffalos, etc.
Adventure in Himalaya
There are more than 1,300 peaks to climb in the country. From the world’s tallest peak, Mt Everest (8,848m), Nepal has eight of the 14 highest peaks above 8,000 meters in the world. The country also boasts many famous treks including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo. Skydiving, bungee jumping, dirt biking, paragliding, canoeing, rafting, and thrilling waters are among the attractions for tourists.
Many national parks in Nepal offer jungle safari on the back of tamed elephants, jeep safari where you can encounter wild animals like rhinos, tigers grazing, fighting each other or drinking water and explore the lush forests. You can also have an experience of bird-watching offered by the Koshi Tappu Reserve. In Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the only hunting reserve in Nepal, you can hunt specified wild animals by paying a certain amount of money.
Nepal is a land of various temples, unique traditions, and cultures. There are many festivals observed in the country. Some of them are Holy, Dashain, Indrajatra, Tihar, Bhotejatra, Gaijatra, Maha Shivaratri, Bisket Jatra, Ghode Jatra, etc where you can have unique experiences. You can also hear tales of various Gods and Goddess in the country. Likewise, Nepal is home to the Living Goddess, Kumari, a manifestation of female divinity, who is worshipped by devotees. Young Newar girl is chosen to represent the Goddess Kumari as an incarnation of Goddess Taleju, the tutelary deity of the Malla dynasty and the Shah dynasty.
Adventure activities you should not miss in Nepal
Nepal is placed in one of the best destinations for trekking. It offers the best treks in the world including easy, short and long treks. It has Mt Everest, the highest peak on earth and eight mountains above 8,000 meters. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo are among the best treks in Nepal.
Nepal is also home to cultural diversity, jaw-dropping Himalayas, beautiful hills and mountain, astonishing villages in the hill, mountain and Tarai, amazing tradition and culture of the communities, temples, and stupas. The country has many UNESCO World heritage sites. So taking a tour of Nepal will be an amazing experience.
Being the second biggest in the river system in the globe, Nepal offers adventure water fun through rafting. Rafting trips in the country include Sunkoshi, Karnali, Seti Khola, Kaligandaki, Trishuli, Upper Sunkoshi, Marshyangdi, Dudh Koshi, Seti, Karnali, Bhotekoshi, and Tamur, etc.
Nepal offers wildlife trips where tourists can see rare one-horned rhino, Royal Bengal tigers, and various other wild animals. One can enjoy jungle safari, elephant ride offered by the country’s national parks to watch wildlife.
Nepal is rich in cultural diversity and there are hundreds of traditions and cultures the communities have. One visiting Nepal can enjoy and exchange these unique traditions and cultures.
- Mountain Biking
- Bird watching
- Wildlife safari
- Bunjee jumping
- Canoeing and many more
Top 10 best treks in Nepal
- Everest Base Camp Trek
- Upper Mustang
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
- Langtang Valley Trek
- Upper Dolpo
- Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
- Ghandruk Trek
- Gokyo Ri Trek
Top 10 climbing peaks in Nepal
- Island Peak (6,174m)
- Lobuche East (6,119m)
- Mera Peak (6,476m)
- Yala Peak (8,013m)
- Saribung Peak (6,387m)
- Himchuli Peak (6,461m)
- Pisang Peak (6,092m)
- Dhampus Peak (6,012m)
- Chulu West (6,419m)
- Pokalde Peak (5,806m)
Variety of food items including local ones
Nepal’s local restaurants, as well as star hotels, provide various types of foods including local variety like ‘dal vat, tarkari with gundruk ko achar’. You can savor and enjoy them. Likewise, they offer organic vegetable curry, curd, and other dairy products. In the mountain region, you can eat yak milk, cheese which is rich in protein. Momo and chow mein are favorite dishes for Nepalis.
Nepal is also home to temples, stupas, monasteries. There are many famous temples visite by Hindu and Buddhist peoples. Some of them are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath stupa, Lumbini, Muktinath, etc. You can learn about the rich culture, architecture and heritage sites of the country. There are many UNESCO Heritage Listed Sites in the country including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Changu Narayan Temple, all located in the Kathmandu Valley.
Likewise, Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Pak is also listed on UNESCO Heritage Site.
Traditional handicrafts and local products
You can enjoy different types of handicrafts and local products in Nepal. Local shops and factories offer them at a certain price. Some of them include:
Non Textile Products
- Metal Craft
- Silver Jewellery
- Bone & Horn Products
- Crystal Products
- Handmade Paper Products
- Wood Craft
- Glass Products
- Plastic Items
- Bamboo Products
- Beads Items
- Stone Craft
- Ceramics Products
- Leather Goods
- Silk Products
- Alloy Goods
- Dhaka Products
- Cotton Goods
- Hemp Goods
- Woolen Goods
- Felt Products
What’s New in Visit Nepal Year 2020?
Kathmandu by night (365 days)
Kathmandu and Janakpur by night will develop itineraries and products to be enjoyed by tourists after sunset. (May 2020)
Nepal India China Expo (NICE) (February 2020)
A noble concept envisioned by PATA Nepal Chapter as the first tri-nation tourism expo, bringing together tourism and hospitality stakeholders and organizations from public and private sectors of the three neighboring countries namely: Nepal, India, and China, on a single platform by facilitating all three nations with unparalleled networking and business opportunities, industry insights, and inspiration.
Mustang Trail Race (April 2020)
It is an 8-stage, 170 km long, high altitude trail race, through the culturally Tibetan, Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal
Everest Marathon (May 2020)
Everest Marathon is a worldwide high altitude sports event held along the Mt Everest Base Camp trail.
Otaku Jatra 2020 (May 2020)
An event that brings together co-players, artists, artisans, designers, gamers, You-Tubers, musicians and dancers to pay tribute to hardcore anime fans.
Himalayan Travel Mart (June 2020)
Himalayan Travel Mart (HTM) is Nepal’s premier international travel and tourism trade show facilitating unparalleled networking and business opportunities and valuable industry insights among the global tourism and hospitality organizations, and individuals engaged in different aspects of tourism in the Himalayan region.
Sustainable Summits Conference (June 2020)
The 5th international conference sharing solutions for protecting and preserving the world’s mountain regions
The Sustainable Summits Conferences are inspired by the growing pressures on our mountain environments, the need to find solutions to the impacts of such pressures – overcrowding, waste, noise and more – and a drive to uphold values in sustaining these environments. Details can be found on http://sustainablesummits.org.
The Sustainable Summits conference is being held in Nepal 1-5 June 2020 to showcase the country’s mountain environment, highlight climate change issues and bring international attention to Nepal’s mountain tourism.
World Trails Conference (September 2020)
Nepal will host the 8th world trails conference, this event brings the young and old together to indulge in a unique experience that showcases people’s perspectives on life through images.
The Great Karnali Quest (November 2020)
In November 2020, Nepal is hosting the Great Karnali Quest a raft race, probably the longest raft race in the world, where many international rafters will participate.
Kathmandu Triennale (December 2020)
The Kathmandu Triennale will showcase Nepali art in the global art scene as well as bring the global art scene to Nepal. (Source: Visit Nepal Year 2020’s official website). For more details: here
What Bharal Adventure offers during “VISIT NEPAL 2020”
We will be offering various offers for this big announcement. As an inseparable part of the Nepal Government, we also have an important role to help the government and provide quality service at affordable rates to visitors from whole over the world. So these are the things we will be offering for this big announcement:
- Special Discount on our every packaged tours and treks activity.
- Bharal Adventure Printed t-shirt with the logo of Visit Nepal 2020.
- Duffel Bag for the trekking.
- Sleeping bag for the trek at no charge (to be returned back after the trek)