‘Spiritual tourism’ can help bring in high-end tourists to Nepal provided the country can develop infrastructure and organise publicity campaigns in India. Delivering a keynote speech in a programme, ‘Spiritual Tourism in Nepal: Exploring Opportunity and Linkages’, Ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae said: “Nepal is known as a spiritual country in India. Many Indians are interested to visit the country and to tap this opportunity Nepal has to develop infrastructure in the tourism sector because people prefer comfort while travelling.”
Rae emphasised on the need to organise awareness campaigns in India regarding offers that Nepal can make to its southern neighbour in order to promote spiritual tourism. He said that for the promotion of spiritual tourism in Nepal where Buddha was born, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu is ready
to extend its help by establishing linkages between the two countries. At the same time, he also asked the Nepali private sector to step up efforts for this.
At the programme, acting CEO of Nepal Tourism Board Subash Nirola gave a presentation on the ‘Scope of spiritual tourism in Nepal’. He shed light on the necessity of spiritual tourism in Nepal and the opportunities it can bring to the country. He also spoke on how linkages can be established with India and proposed a future course of action.
Similarly, Abilash Acharya, life and leadership coach of Sambahak, delivered a speech on ‘Spiritual tourism and its linkages in human development’, whereas Sangita Nirola, creator of Sambahak gave a presentation on Sambahak.
‘Anubhuti’, a spiritual CD of Sambahak, was released on the occasion.
source: Himalayan Times, 30 Mar 2014