Tourism experts have agreed to promote Narayani River as a center for water activities in the central region.
Speaking at an interaction on the concept of ‘unified tourism’ for regional tourism development, tourism experts underlined the need to develop water tourism in Chitwan.
The interaction was organized by Chitwan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI)
The promote Chitwan, the district known for jungle safari, local tourism entrepreneurs have introduced a tour package which also includes rafting in Narayani River. The tour package was launched on the occasion of Chitwan Festival which kicked off on January 9. The festival will continue till January 18.
Tourism entrepreneurs of the region has agreed to take forward the concept of ‘unified tourism’ in nine districts — Chitwan, Makawanpur, Tanahun, Gorkha, Lamjung, Kaski, Rupandehi, Dhading and Nawalparasi.
Presenting a working paper on prospects of water tourism, Bishwo Subedi and Janardan Paudel highlighted the possibility of developing water transport from Narayanghat to Devghat, Trivenidham and Balmiki Ashram.
Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Man Shrestha, secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, says Nepal holds immense potential for water tourism. “Other countries make artificial things to attract tourists. We have natural attractions in abundance. We only need to make optimum use of these attractions,” he added.
Secretary Shrestha suggested local tourism stakeholders to use Narayani River for attracting tourists as the river also has religious significance. “The government is ready to work with the private sector for development water tourism products,” he said, adding that the government was ready to support the concept of unified tourism. Saying that the proposed international airports in Lumbini and Pokhara would bring more tourists to Chitwan, he said the nine districts should take optimum benefit from surge in tourist footfalls.
Mohan Krishna Sapkota, spokesperson of the tourism ministry, said that the government was serious about developing tourism infrastructure in the nine districts. Officials of CCCI say they were already working to extend tourist length of stay in the district and to encourage them to visit other neighboring districts.
“CCCI is ready to take leadership for tourism development in these nine districts,” Til Chandra Bhattarai, coordinator of Unified Tourism Concept and president of CCCI, said at the program.
Other speakers said tourism packages should be made by linking Bandipur of Tanahun, trekking trails of Lamjung, Fewa Lake and Machchhaapuchhre of Kaski, Lumbini of Rupandehi, Chepang villages of Hetauda and Triveni of Nawalparasi, among others.