The largest city of Nepal situated in the central development region; Kathmandu is one of the best places for cultural heritage not only for Nation but it has been already recognized by UNESCO. Not only any particular monument but entire Kathmandu valley has been listed in the world heritage by UNESCO as it is the seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world-famous.
Kathmandu is located in the hilly region that provides a temperate climate with mountain views. The seven groups of monuments e.g. the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist Stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan are attracting many tourists each year. But unfortunately, still, local cum federal government including concern parities and all citizen have to do many things to preserve, enhance and commodity this opportunities.
Here, I want to share some experiences while we were running ‘NEPAL PARIDHI’ newspaper base on Nepali tourism. It was the time before 3 years where we had provided a platform to mayors of Kathmandu surrounded municipalities to share future plans on tourism development. During the conversation, entire mayors had expressed desires to develop local areas as natural cum religious tourism hub by developing its infrastructures like road, drinking water, irrigation, construction of religious and natural parks in the areas. The beauty of those 8 municipalities that are surrounded Kathmandu is not explainable in the words. They will obviously thrill to every visitor.
Now, it is the time of solution after well planning where those all 8 municipalities need to work in an integrated way. For mutual benefit, they have to work in the joint venture while making trekking route, cycle lane, homestay, research centre, yoga hub, hotels and restaurants. Their many other things can be done in a joint venture for tourism industries so that the local area can economically be benefited. If the local government will be able to preserve and enhance, diverse cultures base of local cast, religion and community it is sure that it will help Kathmandu to remain word’s best cultural city where more than 5 Lakh tourists per day can visit just to watch different species of birds which are found in the area.
Although there are more potentialities there must of good planning, budgeting, and monitoring for infrastructural development. For this, the will-power of Tourism Ministry and initiation of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is not sufficient where entire mayors of 8 municipalities, concern parties, experts along with locals must work together for its development. The major concern is that the supervision committee must chair by tourism ministry for effective execution of the planning.