Nepal has huge possibilities in the tourism sector. The Himalaya nation is famous for its natural beauty: the world’s highest peaks, national parks rich in flora and fauna, snow-fed rivers, exceptional trekking routes, wonderful lakes and welcoming people. Nepal is rich in its cultural and religious diversity as well. Possessing eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a tremendously attractive location for mountaineers, rock climbers and adventure seekers. Apart from being an attractive destination for adventure, Nepal’s pleasant climate and ever welcoming nature of Nepalese show there is a tremendous prospect of tourism ahead in Nepal.
The ethnic and cultural diversity of Nepal is unparalleled considering its size in the world map. There are 125 ethnic groups who speak 123 different languages and follow more than 10 different religions in the tiny Himalayan nation. Nepal shows unity in diversity. There are several cultural beliefs and customs of the Himalaya nation. The many cultural heritage of Nepal included in the world heritage list, which has become the property of the whole humankind. Likewise, one of the interesting ways of understanding the beauty and richness of Nepali culture is through its festivals. Participating in the local festivities gives visitors an insight into the life of the Nepali people and makes their stay in Nepal more colorful. Hence, in preserving the large number of cultures and festivals Nepal can promote the future prospect of tourism in the Himalayas.
Another lucrative area of promoting Nepalese tourism lies in exploring pilgrimage destinations scattered throughout the nation. Nepal has numerous ancient pilgrimage sites. The Kathmandu Valley alone houses the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and several other pilgrimage sites. Hundreds of famous temples are located in other parts of the country as well. Some well-known pilgrimage sites are: Barah Chhetra, Janakpur, Tengboche, Manakamana, Lumbini, Muktinath, Gosainkunda, and Khaptad Ashram in Nepal. Moreover, there is high potentiality of developing spirituality tourism as the Himalayas have always been considered the seat of spirituality since ancient times.
Village Tourism is such a concept that provides the best way to explore the villages of Nepal. Nepal is a country of villages. Traveling in the villages of Nepal, a traveler can see the way of life which has not changed even at the advent of modern science and technology. Promoting the concept like Homestay in Nepal can transform the economic prosperity of the country. It is in the sense that visitors within this concept spend a few days living with the local people where they will be treated as honored family guests. In doing so, the travelers spend a considerable amount of money in the local area. Besides this, travelers are pretty much interested to look the simplicity, to taste the local food, and to witness local cultural practices. Hence, as a country of numerous villages, there lies the huge potentiality of tourism if village tourism is emphasized properly in Nepal.
Despite Nepal is recognized as a country of villages, there are a couple of cities that cannot go unnoticed in the eyes of travelers to Nepal. Cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini have already gained huge popularity in the field of city tours. Kathmandu valley alone houses seven UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites and offers the best possible chances of witnessing the rich heritage of Nepal. Likewise, going for Pokhara city tour brings awesome experiences. Lumbini is world famous in being birth place of Buddha. Furthermore, Chitwan is a huge refuge for a considerable number of wild lives in Nepal. Thus, promoting these cities of Nepal itself carries huge prospects of Tourism in Nepal.
Trekking and mountaineering is the heart of tourism in Nepal. Of the world’s 14 highest peaks above 8,000 m, eight of them crown Nepal’s north. The fascination of scaling these mountain peaks draws the huge crowds of visitors from abroad. If such adventurous climbing and trekking destinations are properly managed there is no doubt to take the Nepalese tourism business in the higher scale. In addition to this, there are a number of mountain regions in Nepal that still needs to be explored. Most of the travelers in Nepal are very much familiar about the popular trekking and peak climbing routes. Unlike those popular routes, there is huge potential to go for exploring virgin territory of the Himalayas in Nepal. If mountain tourism is comprehensively promoted there is massive potentiality to develop tourism in Nepal.
The wealth of Himalayan flora and fauna and diversity of wilderness has already made Nepal one of the richest countries in the world in the eyes of global travelers. The wildlife conservation centers in the alpine regions as well as a considerable number of national parks in the low land of Nepal have played a tremendous role to protect endangered as well as well rare species. The tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitats of South Asia. Some of the wildlife attractions of Nepal’s jungles include the rare one-horned rhinoceros, the elusive Royal Bengal tiger, snow leopard, red panda and musk deer. The nature conservation centers house more than 850 species of birds in Nepal. Because of the existence of the diverse nature of the natural aspects of wildlife and geography, Nepal can rise up in the field of tourism.
Beyond mountaineering and adventure trekking, Nepal is also popularly associated with various sorts of adventure world. The traveler can taste the adventure of Paragliding in the beautiful city of Pokhara. There are high potentialities of going to Sky Dive, Boating, Fishing, Angling, and Canyoning. To the top of all these adventures, Bungee Jumping at the gorge of the Bhoti Kosi River gives the ultimate thrill. Motivating the world travelers towards these adventures, Nepal can benefit tremendously. Nepal’s natural beauty and perfect geographical locations are ideal space for seeking huge potentialities of tourism in Nepal.
Sport Tourism is a thriving avenue in which Nepal can seek tremendous potentialities in the field of tourism. Nepal offers some of the finest golf courses in South Asia with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Likewise, Nepal is also a suitable destination for rock climbing and mountain biking as the outdoor adventurous sports. For the most, Nepal boasts some of the best whitewaters in the world. The river rafting sport in addition to adventure helps to explore the magnificent vistas of traditional houses on hillsides, terraced paddy fields, deep gorges, valleys and flat plains of the Himalayan river side of Nepal. Therefore, sport tourism carries remarkable probability in the field of tourism in Nepal.
Nepal is a naturally attractive place for organizing international standard events (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, and Exhibition). Different hotels as well as various convention centers in Kathmandu and Pokhara are famous for providing par excellent environment and top graded facilities. Both the cities are well connected with global communication systems, transportation facilities and security management. The international delegates in Nepal can sip the taste of spectacular Himalayan vistas while attending at their business. Hence, Nepal sustains a tremendous possibility of emerging out a top MICE destination.
Nepal is known as an agricultural country where more than eighty percent of its people survive from farming. The traditional agriculture system of Nepal too carries the heavy prospect of creating a new dimension in the field of tourism in Nepal. Agro-tourism brings international visitors to the countryside and as a result, they meet lovely and hard working people of the rural area, share a meal with them, stay in their houses as family guests, and taste their local dishes. Apart from this, they can enjoy the taste of local products as well. Hence, if Agro tourism is emphasized in this country, it will bring a huge change in the field of tourism in Nepal.
The hospitality sector is an important bedrock of promoting Nepal in the international arena. Despite Nepal’s hotel industry is providing world class hospitality to visitors it is not the end of the story. Nepal’s remote villagers are well recognized because of their innocent, friendly, hospitable and ever welcoming behaviors. Understanding the etiquette of the traditional hospitality of rural parts of Nepal and receiving them magnificently lure the attention of visitors in Nepal. So, exploring those hospitable and friendly behaviors of Nepalese in the remote parts of Nepal can drag the huge crowds of visitors in those regions of Nepal and thereby change the direction of Nepal tourism.
Tourism as an emerging global phenomenon enhances the world travelers to explore the wonders of the world. Nepal is also being an integral part of a global system of tourism can not escape benefiting from this emerging field. Nepal as a Himalayan nation has enormous tourism prospects. If many unexplored regions of Nepal are identified along with popular tourist destinations the Himalayan state can make remarkable progress in the field of tourism.