Why is Nepal still a viable tourist destination, despite the earthquakes
| Updated: May 12, 2015 5:29 PM IST
Published: May 12, 2015 5:26 PM IST | Updated: May 12, 2015 5:29 PM IST
The country of Nepal is a small landlocked nation which thrives majorly on the tourism industry. Around 600,000 tourists visit Nepal every year contributing to about ten per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and jobs in this earthquake afflicted nation. Though this nation– known for its spectacular natural beauty— experienced fresh bout of tremors today, we would still recommend you to plan a trip here. Here’s why.
When Nepal was first hit with earthquake on April 25, around 8000 citizens were killed and number of the famed UNESCO sites perished due to the same. The calamity struck, unfortunately, in the peak trekking season and therefore, around 18 casualties from the Everest Base Camp were reported, causing several cancellations by tourists and trekkers alike. The tourism industry has taken hit, critically affecting Nepal’s economy. Experts say that the nation will at least six months to re-build what is lost and be prepared for tourists again. But, here is a counter view to this. Instead of cancelling or postponing your trip to Nepal, you could still visit (though you may not opt for trekking for logistical reasons) this spectacular nation for most of its natural bounty is still unscathed.
Fortunately, most of the Nepal’s exotic flora and fauna, its UNESCO world heritage sites, countless Hindu and Buddhist Temples and majestic mountains – which attracts world travellers – is still there. Nepal is a poor agricultural nation which critically relies on tourism, therefore the best help that we can give to this nation is by helping boost the tourism industry. Nepal’s government also insists that though many trekking trials and villages have been flattened due to the quake, there are new tourist friendly destinations that are yet unexplored. It therefore, may not be a bad idea to consider visiting this bountiful nation, especially when the Nepal government is busy making this country, “safe, unique and attractive tourist destination.”