Nepal Ready to Welcome Tourists
Nepal's tourism sector was hit hard by the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 and subsequent aftershocks that caused huge damage to life, property and infrastructure in the country. Most of the tourist arrivals and hotel bookings were cancelled and consequently the country's economy harshly affected.
Although some historical monuments were destroyed and damaged by the earthquake, most of the tourist destinations of Nepal remained unharmed, therefore, safe for visit.
Life in Kathmandu valley and in other parts of the country is back to normal with relief works being almost complete and the country is gradually entering in the phase of recovery and rebuilding.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square which was severely affected is now open for the visitors after removing the rubbles. Other places of touristic and cultural interest including the UNESCO enlisted heritage sites in Kathmandu were not badly affected, so safe for visit.
Out of 75 districts, 14 districts were badly affected and 17 districts were slightly affected. Major tourist destinations outside Kathmandu valley such as Chitwan, Pokhara, Annapurna region and Bardia and Khaptad also escaped widespread damage, and are thus ready to showcase their abundance of natural life. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, did not suffer damage and is thankfully all set to welcome visitors back to its sacred soil. Many beautiful and captivating cultural and natural sites in the West, Mid-West, Far West and East Nepal eager to welcome tourists.
Adventure tourism sectors resumed their offices for regular business, domestic and international flights are in operation as no damages occurred in most of the airports. Most trekking areas, except Manaslu and Langtang, have not been damaged by the Earthquake and trekking can be undertaken any time in these areas. White water rafting, bungee jumping, Canopy are all intact to go. Everest Trekking Route (popularly known as Khumbu Trekking) and Annapurna Trekking Circuit are absolutely safe.
Apart from Langtang, Manaslu and Gaurishankar, other 14 national parks and conservation areas including Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga areas did not suffer any damage and are completely ready to host trekkers and visitors.
Roads and air transport links remain intact across the country and those which were temporarily disturbed by the boulders, rubbles and debris due to the landslides following the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks are already opened.
The majority of hotels and restaurants are in operation. Communication (internet, phone calls), ATM services and swipe machines are well functioning. Hospitals and Clinics are safely in operation.
Almost 90 percent of tourism products, services and destinations in Nepal are intact. It is hoped that the return of tourists will restore livelihoods of people who depend on tourism.
We request all our friends, well-wishers and international travelers to visit and support Nepal's tourism industry to rise back again. We request you to walk the beautiful trails in the shadows of the most amazing mountains on earth helping the Nepali people to reset their course on the path to prosperity.