By- Tara Chapagain
Pokhara- NATTA has announced an attractive and cheap tourism package, so as to revive the tourism industry that has been hampered with the rise of covid-19 cases since the start of the year, to be implemented from kartik first this year.
According to Sanjaykant Sigdel, chairman of Nepal association of tours and travel agents (NATTA), Gandaki province branch, natta has incentivized the cheap and attractive packages targeting those who want to travel to pokhara and the tourist destinations in the periphery. He informed that the package has been arranged to attract the tourists at concessional rates as the tourist spots and various religious temples are all set to open from kartik first.
According to him, the package has been brought in order to make people return back to their normal life, who had been trapped in their house during lockdowns. ‘Similarly, the aim is also to send a message that destinations around pokhara are comparatively safe from the pandemic’, he said.
‘The package has been brought to domestic tourists in order to make the tourism industry active. The price of the package,however, will be varying based on the level of hotel and the destinations. The health standards implemented by the tourism Board will be strictly adopted in all places including the hotels.’, said sigdel.
The Packages are as follows
There are altogether 5 packages including Muktinath, Australian camp, Ghandruk and pokhara. Treasurer of Natta Gandaki Rajesh Pahari also informed the availability of special concessions for each of the destinations. ‘ Though the government has called for the opening of hotels, tourists had no places to visit as most of the tourist spots were closed. However, we have now made arrangements after the opening of those tourist sites after kartik 1 has been confirmed. Though it may not be as expected specially when the cases are rising, we are trying to strictly follow the safety measures that have been recommended.’, he said.
According to treasurer pahari, a two-night-three-days package starts from four thousands and four hundred per person. The package includes the tour of fewatal, world peace stupa, sarangkot gupteshwor cave, davis falls, international mountaineering museum, bindhyabasini temple, bat cave, and mahendra cave.
The pokhara-ghandruk package, that includes the stay in the ghandruk village, a popular tourist village of kaski, starts from eight thousand one hundred and fifty rupees per person.
The Three-night and four-day Pokhara-Australian camp package includes spending one night in australian camp and another popular tourist village dhampus where tourists can closely observe the mesmerising annapurna himalayan range, starting just from rupees seven thousand one hundred and fifty.
Another attractive four-night and five-day mustang package, tourists can tour Pokhara city the first day and then stay at muktinath the second day, visit muktinath, dhumba lake, jomsom and marpha third day before peacefully ending the day staying at tatopani. They will then tour Baglung before finally returning to Pokhara on the fourth and last day for only twelve thousand and eight hundred per person.
Starting at just twenty five thousand and five hundred rupees per person, tourists can tour lo manthang in the five-night and six-day upper mustang package. Other spots in this package include: nepal-china korala Naka border, historical chhoser cave and several other tourist spots of mustang.
The Price, however, may vary based on the status of hotels and number of the tourists on each of these packages.
NATTA Gandaki has also provided a 35 percent discount on vehicles in each of these packages. The packages can be bought from the nearest travel agencies, said treasurer Pahari.