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Visit Nepal 2020 | What to Expect & Explore in Nepal in 2020.

Visit Nepal 2020 | What to Expect & Explore in Nepal in 2020.

After the success of Visit Nepal Year 1998 and Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the Tourism Board of Nepal introduced Visit Nepal Campaign 2020. The Campaign was announced in 2015 to be held in 2018 but was later postponed to 2020.  

The mainstream media publicized Nepal as utterly devastated by the earthquake in 2015 and failed to show that Kathmandu with other major cities was almost intact. The earthquake significantly affected the inflow of tourists in 2016 as the number of tourists halved compared with previous year.

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The year 2017 saw the inflow of tourists bounce back to the pre-earthquake numbers. The year 2017 saw 940,218 foreigners enter the country. Some came for recreational activities while some visited to support the people of affected areas and with the motive to help the country economically by visiting Nepal.

The year 2020 has been announced as "Tourism Year for Nepal" and to make #VisitNepal2020 successful, let every Nepali unite & promote the beauty of #Nepal 🇳🇵 #GoVisitNepal #Travel #hikingtrails #tourist #TourismWeek #VisitNepal #tourism — Visit Nepal 2020 (@visitsnepal2020) May 31, 2018

The Visit Nepal 2020 campaign was scheduled in 2018 to promote that Nepal was a safe place to travel and only 12 of 75 districts were affected by the earthquake. The crawling upgrading activity of Tribhuwan International Airport and delayed construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini and improper transportation infrastructure led the Tourism Board to postpone the campaign to 2020.

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Why should you visit Nepal?

Nepal is fifth among the Top 10 countries to visit in the world and number one in Best Valued Destination in the World. Why wouldn’t they be, Nepal boasts pristine natural beauty, sky-high Himalayas Range and endless culture and traditions spread out all over the country.

Trekking and Mountain Climbing

One of the reasons to visit Nepal is for trekking and climbing mountains. You can climb to the top of the World by scaling and conquering the Everest, the highest peak in the World. Trekking comes with viewing the natural beauty of Himalayas and knowing the lifestyle of people living in altitudes above 4000 meters.

Culture Tradition and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Nepal is also rich in culture and traditions. There are countless ethnic groups each following their distinct art and religions. This diverse traditions and lifestyle is a prominent feature of Nepalese people.

Nepal boasts in cultural diversity, and this vast tradition showcases in the heritage and temples. In Kathmandu alone, there are 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Squares.

Patan Durbar Square

BioDiversity of Birds and Watching endangered animals

Nepal is not only about trekking and mountain climbing. Nepal boasts a wide range of animals and plants, some found just in Nepal. Nepal has 852 species of birds and bird watching has evolved into a sought out activity of tourists. Nepal also homes several endangered species such as the Bengal Tiger, One Horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Fox, Red Panda and the elusive Snow Leopard.

A Royal Bengal Tiger in Chitwan National Park

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The objective of tourism campaign is to promote Nepal as a tourism destination and to improve the economic situation of the country.  

Is Nepal Safe to Travel after 2015 Earthquake

The earthquake of April 25, 2015, killed 8686 people leaving thousands injured and many more homeless. The rural parts of Nepal are still recovering from the damage caused by the incident. The resulting year saw tourists number all-time low in preceding six years. The Visit Nepal 2020 campaign can be the backbone to support the fragile economic conditions of numerous families in the rural areas.

Some media outlets reports of Nepal in the state of complete devastation and buried under heaps of pile is wrong. The earthquake mostly downed old buildings made of mud and some temples around the affected districts. The majority of Kathmandu remains intact which was not shown in the media, all a scheme to generate more TRP.

Nepal was affected majorly in about 5 districts and minorly in 7 other districts. All other destinations are entirely untouched. The repair and reconstruction of temples and heritage sites are underway and will finish come 2020.

Nepal, It’s People, Culture and the Beautiful Paradise Still Lives

The Tourism Board has checked every route and the damage sustained by the trail. Currently, all 35 main hiking routes are declared safe to travel, and national parks cleared for visits. The government sees transportation infrastructure and airlines service as a primary aspect that needs improvement to ensure smooth flow of tourists both internationally and domestically. The government is mending roads and constructing new roads where necessary.

After the earthquake, all the buildings, trekking routes, temples and other commercial buildings all over the affected districts were thoroughly checked by Government approved engineers. The buildings with a red stamp are dangerous and best left unventured. There are very few buildings with red marks as most of these are broken down and replaced by new buildings.

A yellow mark represents minimal damage while a green stamp on the front represents that the building is safe and has not sustained damage from the earthquake. Pillars support most of the affected buildings, and in cases, new buildings replaced old worn out buildings.

So, Nepal is as safe as any place in the world to travel in now and also in coming years.

Preparation for Visit Nepal 2020

The government of Nepal is working rigorously to ensure a successful tourism period till 2020. The Tourism Board set a target of 2 million tourist arrival in 2020. Currently, the country sees nearly one million tourist visitors yearly and expect to double this number promoting Visit Nepal Campaign aggressively. At the moment, the tourism board is running Visit Nepal Europe campaign supported by ambassadors and diplomats of Nepal in European countries.

By 2020, the government plan to operate two new International Airport, Pokhara, and Lumbini and introduce new Airbus 330-200 to provide airline services to a large number of tourists. The government also plans to run Tribhuwan International Airport for additional 3 hours from regular 18 hours to ensure availability of services to incoming and departing tourists.

The private hotel sector has planned to add 4000 new rooms in four and five-star category in Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. Many new international chain hotels, Hilton, DoubleTree, Marriott, are expected to operate in the coming years.

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Visit Nepal 2020: A New Campaign to Boost Tourism

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The following story is published in partnership with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.

The Visit Nepal 2020 edition of the Nepalese Tourism Year has been declared after the successive tourism years: Visit Nepal Year 1998 and Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

The Visit Nepal Campaign 2020 has been designed to welcome two million foreign tourists within the year.

The movement also targets better economic growth and making Nepal known as a beautiful and safe country to travel.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had announced this campaign in 2015 to be held in the year 2018, but later it was postponed until 2020 because of delayed construction of infrastructure and renovation of the heritage sites.

Visit Nepal Campaigns have been organized frequently to help promote Nepal globally and attract more tourists.

It is a matter of pride that Nepal is fifth among the top ten countries to visit in the world and the number one valued destination on the planet.

It is a mystical nation with an incredible blend of geography, culture, people, and more.

The devastating earthquake of 2015 reduced the inflow of the tourists by nearly half in comparison to the previous year.

Therefore, this campaign is a must to boost the slumping tourism industry and give a golden message to the world, “Nepal is Safe.”

There are multiple reasons to visit Nepal. Nepal boasts pristine natural beauty, a sky-high mountain range, endless culture and traditions to explore, and villages across the country.

Trekking, climbing, rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, touring, and bird watching can amuse anyone.

Here, I am highlighting the major attractions of Visit Nepal 2020.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

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Nepal is a mountainous country. It is also the home of eight out of the fourteen 8,000-meter tall mountains in the world.

It has introduced 35 safe hiking routes. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek are all time famous trekking destinations.

Visit Nepal Year 2020 also tends to promote lesser known hiking trails too.

The Nepal Government is also shining a light on the Manaslu Circuit Trek , Ganesh Himal Trek, and Langtang Gosaikunda Trek to make these destinations a dream destination for the future.

Mountaineering is an adventure you can enjoy in Nepal. There are over 1,300 peaks above 6,000m, and 238 of them are already opened for climbing.

After the first successful climb of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary, Nepal has become home to mountaineers.

Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Api, Saipal, Ama Dablam, Mera Peak are some of the major peaks.

High pass trekking is also possible if you are not sure about undertaking a bigger mountain expedition.

Durbar Square

Durbar Square (photo: Wolfgang Reindl)

Nepal is a culturally diverse country. It is rich in culture and traditions.

Every society has its distinct art, religion, and customs. You can find such harmony nowhere in the world. Unity in diversity is well maintained.

The brilliant medieval art and architecture in our heritage sites showcase the culture and our civilizations.

Nepal boasts ten national heritages being enlisted in the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO .

Sagarmatha National Park and Chitwan National Park are the natural heritages and rest of others are the cultural heritage.

Kathmandu Valley: the city of temples, alone offers seven cultural heritages named as:

  • Pashupatinath
  • Swyambhunath Stupa
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Changunarayan Temple

Lumbini: the birthplace of Lord Buddha is also a featured destination of this tourism year.

Our heritages are the peerless landmarks of the entire universe.

Nepal’s unique geography, with its remarkable changes in elevation and associated variety of eco-climatic conditions, has given rise to unique, rich biodiversity.

Nepal is an attraction for many travelers, thanks to its wide range of plants and animals.

A total of 118 ecosystems have been identified in Nepal. It’s a golden platform for researchers and wildlife explorers to study about them.

Eight hundred twenty-five species of birds, 284 species of flowering plants, 160 animal species, and 14 species of Herpetofauna are reportedly endemic to Nepal.

Besides that, 1,624 species of medicinal and aromatic herbs grow in Nepal.

Moreover, Nepal also preserves several endangered species such as the Bengal Tiger, one Horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Fox, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer Blue Sheep, etc.

Mount Ama Dablam

Mount Ama Dablam

In spite of being a small country, Nepal has a wide variety of landscapes.

The huge mountains of the north, the lush valleys, and hills of the middle and vast plains in the south have made this country too diverse.

This country has been gifted by Mother Nature. We can experience almost all types of climates though it lies in a sub-tropical climate region.

Beautiful valleys, river basins, natural fountains and hot springs, gorges, lakes, glaciers, pasture lands, and natural parks have enriched this country.

We have many natural superlatives such as the tallest mountain, the highest lake, the deepest gorge, the highest national park, etc.

Nepal is also the home of some of the most amazing and picturesque lakes in the world. Most of them are the glacial-fed high altitude lakes.

These lakes are worth visiting places in your Nepal Trip. Gokyo Lake , Tilicho Lake, Phoksundo, Gosaikunda, Rara, Paanch Pokhari, Tsho Rolpa, Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa lakes are all mesmerizing.

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Man working in Kathmandu (photo: wei zhu)

Nepal is a small yet warm-hearted country. It has a glorious history.

The exclusive art and architecture of our country, temples, monasteries, stupas, palaces, forts are just exotic.

Not only Kathmandu, but all parts of Nepal also have their own distinct featured historical and religious landmarks.

Muktinath, Lo-manthang, Swargadwari, Tilaurakot, Sinja Valley, Tansen, Resunga, Panauti, Gorkha Durbar, Manakamana, Janaki Temple, Rani Mahal, Seven Storey Palace, Halesi Temple, Pathivara, Baraha Kshetra are some of the representative ones.

Nepal is the second most prosperous country in the world in water resources.

Most of the rivers originate from the Himalayas. Nepal has over 6,000 rivers and rivulets.

Koshi, Gandaki, and Karnali are the major river systems in Nepal. We have so many water-related activities such as rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.

If you want to challenge yourself with water adventure, you shouldn’t miss visiting Nepal in 2020.

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Buddha statues in Nepal (photo: Rajesh Maharjan)

The Nepal government has been planning a wide range of tourism promotion and related developmental activities across the country and beyond.

The government of Nepal has decided to promote 100 new tourism destinations within the year 2019, with at least ten new destinations in each province.

For better connectivity and accessibility, the government has initiated the development of new airports across the country, with at least one major airport in each province.

The government has identified 21 national pride projects on a priority basis.

Eight new international chain hotels are expected to be launched in 2019 for enhancing accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and other urban areas that includes Hilton, Marriot, and A-loft.

Tourism Publicity programs based on Neighbours First Strategy have been planned across the neighboring countries.

The Tourism Board Nepal has created more than 25 special tourism packages for tourists on the lines of Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign.

There are also six special activities on offer, including mountain flights, jungle safaris, river rafting, and bungy jumping, etc. as part of tourism promotion.

The Nepali Expedition Team climbed Argentina's Mt. Aconcagua (6,962m) to promote the Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign globally.

And the Nepal Tourism Board organized special roadshows in the UK in January 2019.

See also: Rafting Nepal's Kali Gandaki River

Streets of Nepal

Streets of Nepal (photo: travelphotographer, Pixabay)

What to Expect in Visit Nepal 2020?

Nepal experienced terrible devastation in the year 2015. A massive earthquake hit Kathmandu and surrounding districts and swept away much of the incredible, centuries’ old national heritages.

In the absence of these landmarks, the industry witnessed low tourism. The reconstruction of those heritage sites has been very slow.

But taking Visit Nepal Year 2020 into consideration, they are being restored more rapidly now. You will be able to see them restored to their old form next year.

Learning the lessons from the previous tourism years, Nepal has been focusing on the construction of roads in the rural areas and expansion of roads in the cities.

The construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa is in its final stage.

Similarly, upgrading of Tribhuvan International Airport has been already completed.

And Pokhara Regional International Airport is under construction.

The broad reach of the internet and flourishing hotels throughout the country will make your Nepal visit a different one this time.

In spite of having an overwhelming number of destinations and activities, the Tourism Board has been working day and night to explore new destinations and activities.

Kathmandu, Pokhara, Everest Base Camp, and Annapurna Base Camp are some of the most visited destinations.

The Khaptad and Dolpo regions have yet to be discovered. Exclusive packages featuring these destinations will be available.

The government has introduced 100 new destinations over the country for sustainable tourism development highlighting tourism in 2020.

With the beginning of the tourism year, hundreds of travel agencies will try to attract you with exclusive packages to the new destinations. This will be economical for you as well.

The aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2015 is almost over. However, many tourists still fear and feel unsafe traveling to Nepal.

The earthquake damaged the old and weak buildings made of clay.

Twelve districts of central Nepal (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Dolakha, etc.) were affected by the seismic events.

In addition to this, there was minor destruction in most of the affected districts. At the same time, other regions are intact and untouched.

Nevertheless, the impact of this calamity over the Nepalese Tourism industry is not over. This decline in visits has been significant.

However, the year 2017 showed positive symptoms with a remarkable flow of international tourists into Nepal.

To mitigate the fall in the tourism sector and to rise from the ashes following the devastating incident and to remove the fear from the eyes of the travelers, the Nepal Government has come up with Visit Nepal Year 2020.

Moreover, this campaign tends to give the message to the world that Nepal is a safe place to travel.

For the same, the tourism board has already checked all the trekking trails/ hiking routes and reported that there are 35 safe hiking routes.

Apart from that, the national parks are also cleared, and the damaged heritages and landmarks are being repaired at a rapid pace.

The buildings and temples over affected districts are examined thoroughly and approved by the engineer.

At present, there is nothing to worry about in Nepal. The armed insurgency of Maoist has been over almost a decade ago.

People are well educated about tourism and its importance. The hospitality industry has flourished quite considerably in comparison to the past few years.

The telecommunication and transportation facilities extend to every nook and corner.

People are friendly and hospitable. You don’t have to worry about cross-cultural understandings.

In sum, you can confidently choose Nepal for your upcoming vacation.

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Visit Nepal 2020: National Tourism Year of Nepal

While listing out one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit, Nepal doesn’t miss its place in the list. Enrich with more than 1,310 high and low Mountain , Hills and plain Terai, Nepal contains all these geographical lands within 147,181 km². Nepal’s cultural and historical heritage undoubtedly attracts the attention of visitors around the world, along with geographical diversity.

To let tourist from various country embrace the natural beauty of the country, the Nepal government launched “Visit Nepal Year” campaign to promote the tourism industry to the next level. As for now, the government has launched the project “Visit Nepal 2020” to bring around 2 million visitors to Nepal by the end of the year. The Tourism Board is also currently running Visit Nepal Europe campaign in European countries supported by Nepal’s ambassadors and diplomats to make Visit Nepal 2020 campaign successful.

History of Visit Nepal Campaign

Marred for more than a century by an autocratic, authoritarian regime, Nepal only opened its doors to tourists in the year 1950s, after the restoration of democracy. Since then, with its naturally beautiful environment, the country attracted international visitors.

Thanks to dreamy peaks, Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites, beautiful countryside and lush southern jungles, it didn’t take long for Nepal to carve a spot on the world map for itself. The government of Nepal has consistently made efforts to develop Nepal’s tourism due to the quick realization of its tourism potential and started Visit Nepal campaign. Altogether, the Nepal government already launched “Visit Nepal year 1998” and “Nepal Tourism Year 2011”.

Following the success of the former, “Visit Nepal Year 1998” and “Nepal Tourism Year 2011” Nepal’s Tourism Board decided to continue the trend with “Visit Nepal 2020” to make 2020 Nepal’s best tourism year. However, the campaign was set to be launched in 2015, and was initially scheduled to take place in 2018 to show everyone that Nepal is now a safe travelling location.

Reason Behind The Postpone of the Visit Nepal Campaign

The Visit Nepal campaign was initially planned for 2018 but was postponed to 2020 to complete the expansion of Tribhuwan International Airport and the construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini.

Is Tourist Visiting Nepal in the Same Ratio?

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The mainstream media revealed that the 2015 earthquake completely devastated Nepal. Nevertheless, the press failed to show that the devastating every quake suffered just 12 out of 75 districts. Tourist flow in Nepal was drastically affected by news coverage, and by the end of 2015, the number decrease in half.

In 2017, the tourist flow slowly began to bounce back to the pre-earthquake levels, and in the same year, about 940,218 tourists visited Nepal. Many came for recreational activities, while others came to participate briefly to support the economic condition of Nepal.

What is the Contribution of the Nepal Government to the success of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign?

The government decided to promote a new tourism industry with at least ten new destinations in each province to make the project more successful. The government has also begun spending on tourism to build infrastructures such as airports, hotels, transportation facilities etc.

The government plans to develop at least one airport in each province for the convenience of travel such as airways. Similarly, more hotels are in the process of construction for better lodging facilities in urban areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and so on. Homestays are also advertised during trekking for travellers looking for a homelike experience with authentic Nepali cuisine .

Visit Nepal 2020 Tourism Board major highlighted activities

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There are also plans to amend the Tourism Act during the Visit Nepal campaign. To further promote Visit Nepal 2020, Tourism Board is making convenient travel packages in the co-ordination with different travel companies. Activities such as 15th Elephant Festival, the 12th Chitwan festival also held locally.

The Major Highlighted Activities For “Visit Nepal 2020” Include:

  • Aerial Activities: Paragliding , Cable Car, Bungee Jumping, Sky diving
  • Terrestrial Activities: Mountaineering, Trekking / Hiking, Jungle Safari, Rock Climbing
  • Aquatic Activities: Rafting, Boating, Fishing, Kayaking
  • Niches Activities: Eco-tourism, Village tourism, Community-based tourism, Culture tourism

Visit Nepal Year 2020 Slogan “Lifetime Experiences”

Visit Nepal 2020 certainly has a slogan which is all set to promote the tourism sector of Nepal. The Slogan is a simple yet fulfilling “Lifetime Experience.”

As we all know, Nepal is a country full of diversified people and adventure places for recreation. Along with various activities, Visit Nepal 2020 also offers the following lifetime experience that is unforgettable. To which some of them are mentioned below:

Get To Dance With The Gods

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Well, while reading, the phrase dancing with the gods, it might sound weird, right? But wait as you get to know the stories of gods and goddesses as you walk through Nepal’s streets and alleys it seems more real and thrilling. There are numerous festivals throughout the year, where every day is a celebration of life, culture, and tradition. Among such celebration, Nepal has also been the home to the Living Goddess, Kumari, from ages.

Kumari is known as the embodiment of female divinity that devotees throughout the country who is adored and worshiped.

Adventurous Mountaineering, Mount Viewing & Many More

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Every year hundreds and thousands of trekkers and explorers search for the Himalayas from the highest mountains in the world for an incredible trekking trail. Nepal also offers some of the best adventures in white water – rafting and kayaking on exciting waters and gentle speeds. Likewise, Nepal also offers Dirt biking, skydiving, the second-highest bungee jump in Asia, the highest hotel in the world, and high-altitude races making the country one of the most sought-after destinations for a rush of adrenaline.

Explore Wilds in their Natural Habitat

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One of the significant attracting factors of Visit Nepal year 2020 is also the enrich wild animals available in the green jungles of Chitwan, Bardia, and Rara National Parks. Sightseeing on the backs of elephants or jeep safaris to spot wild rhinos, crocodiles along swampy rivers, and tigers on the prowl are worth all the money spent. You can follow the trail of the mountain goats, yaks, and the elusive snow leopard up in the Manang Mountains. Nothing is better than waking up to the forest sounds and sink with an incredible sunset into the night, right?

Food Expeditions

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From freshly caught river fish to dried smoky meats and yak cheese, from freshly grown garden vegetables to herbs to crunchy mountain apples, there are plenty of foods that are yet to be discovered. Not only freshly caught river fish and yak cheese, but momo is also another traditional dumpling that can be easily accessible in all the corners of the tea house in Nepal. Momos are indeed the most preferred dish in Nepal, which for sure, any tourist from any corner of the world would love to try at least once. Not to mention, Gundruk and dhido have always been the centre of attraction for foreigners.


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From handmade lokta paper to woven Dhaka shawls and pashmina, from imaginative silver and metalware to stone carvings, woodwork, and paintings, there is something special about handmade items that carry skills passed down through generations to preserve their authentic traditional origin. The Visit Nepal 2020 campaign has now given exposure to the Nepali handicraft to a whole new level.

Official Logo of Visit Nepal 2020

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Ever since the Visit Nepal year 2020 has been the centre of attraction, people have not stopped to talk about its logo. Truly, the Logo has nothing but all about the distinguishing factor that makes Nepal a better place to explore from all around the world.

The Logo has the snow-capped mountains reflecting upon all the 1,310 high and low mountains. Likewise, the logo also includes the man wearing a typical Nepali outfit and holding a traditional umbrella. Besides, there is a Flag of Nepal where the Logo gives the vibe of adventures and the cultural aspects of Nepal.

Final Thoughts,

So, to sum up, the “Visit Nepal 2020” campaign provides tourists with a safe and affordable travel experience around the beautiful and mesmerizing places of Nepal. You can contribute to us by making visit Nepal 2020 campaign a successful year in the history of Nepal.

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Everything you need to know about visit nepal 2020.

If you are wondering what the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign is, then please keep on reading this article.

In 2018 Nepal Tourism Board launched ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ with a tagline of “Lifetime Experiences”. The government is aiming to attract 2 million tourists at the year 2020. Since, the increase of tourists by 24% in the year 2018, it was a perfect time to launch such campaign.

Nepal is one of the best countries for trekking in the world. According to Atlas and Boots it is the 4th best country for trekking and there are very few countries in the world that have diversity in culture, nature and geography. Nepal is a country of himalayas, with 8 of the 10 highest mountain peak is in Nepal.

What are the plans for Visit Nepal 2020?

Government is planning in developing a friendly and enjoyable environment for tourist from all around the world by providing the best cultural, religious, adventurous, leisure and natural experiences.

What are the plans for Visit Nepal 2020?

What are the main objectives of this campaign?

The main objective of this campaign are:

  • To improve livelihood of people across the country by improving tourism sector.
  • To expand and extend tourism services and product in new areas.
  • To publicize image of Nepal in international tourism market.
  • To enhance flight safety.
  • To attract new investment in creating new tourism activities.
  • To develop tourism as broad band sector.

What can you expect from ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign?

Experience culture.

Culture and tradition differ from one part of Nepal to another. There are many culture, religion and tradition in Nepal which coexist in harmony. There are many religion in the country which includes Hinduism, Buddhism,Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Bon and many more.

With this variation in religion, there are different culture and beliefs among the people of Nepal but the country is harmonious and believe in Unity in Diversity. 

In Nepal religion also depend on the geography, people living at higher altitudes are mostly Buddhist and as we come closer to lower altitudes we can find people of different religions like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and many more.

Experience Diversity

Nepal  is home for  diverse ethnicity, religion, language, culture and tradition. This diversity in almost every aspect of life is very important Nepali Heritage. Different language, religion creates a unique environment in the country where each and everyone respects others choice. This brings unity in diversity which is an important term in Nepal.

Experience Diversity

Experience Nature

Nepal is a land of nature, it have 12 National Parks, 1 Wild Life Reserve and 6 Conservation area . It is home for thousands of species of animal, birds and flora and fauna.

What are the goals for Visit Nepal 2020?

Experience Heritage

Experience Heritage

Nepal is rich in heritage sites. There are 10 UNESCO World  Heritage Sites in Nepal which are:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Swayambhunath
  • Pashupatinath
  • Changunarayan
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Sagarmatha National Park

Experience Himalaya

Nepal is home for 8 of the top 10 highest peaks in the world. These mountains are mesmerizing and can attract anyone from around the world. You can experience magical moments at the foot of himalayas. The most famous mountains in Nepal are:

  • Mount Everest ( Sagarmatha ) ( 8848 m)
  • Mount Annapurna (8,091 m)
  • Kanchenjunga ( 8586 m )
  • Lhotse ( 8516 m )

Experience Himalaya

Experience Wildlife

There are thousands of species of animals and birds in Nepal. You can visit wildlife reserves and National park to see some of the wonderful animals in their natural habitat.

Experience Wildlife

Experience Adventure

Apart from conquering huge mountains, you can experience various types of adventure sports like Bunjee Jumping, White River Rafting, Paragliding, Mountain Flights, Sky Diving and many more.

Experience Adventure

2020 is going to be an important year for Nepal’s tourism industry. You will be able to enjoy different culture and able to trek and tour in different part of the country including the remote areas. We can easily say that you will be able to enjoy culture, tradition and wildlife of Nepal.

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Visit Nepal 2020 – Complete Guide

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Visit Nepal 2020 was announced in 2015 with the aim of attracting 2 million tourists while branding Nepal as an ideal destination for vacationers. The event scheduled to be held in 2018 was later postponed to 2020 due to the delay in construction works. The campaign that is launched every ten years is lunched this time under the slogan ‘Lifetime Experiences’.

Following the massive success of ‘Visit Nepal 2011’, the Nepal government is looking forward to making ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ more effective offering a wide range of experiences to the local and foreign visitors throughout the year. To make the year eventful, a number of exciting activities like Kathmandu Triennale, The great Karnali quest, Otaku Jatra 2020, and many others will be held.

Though the multi-cultural and dynamic kingdom of Nepal has been attracting thousands of tourists every year, the number has to be increased and the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign can be a catalyst to it. Since the foundation of the country is its unique tradition, colorful culture, prideful   history accompanied by breathtaking natural wonders, undoubtedly tourism is one of the major sources of economy.

To improve the economic condition of Nepal, expanding the tourism sector is a must. Thus, every sector in Nepal is striving hard to provide visitors with the best experience. The major goal of the campaign is to unite all the stakeholders to work towards the common goal of enhancing the tourism sector of Nepal.

Interesting major events of 2020 in Nepal

Improved networks, well-connected roads, upgraded airports, wide internet coverage, well-equipped star hotels, and restaurants serving local and global cuisines are some of the sectors government has placed major focus to make the stay enjoyable. In addition to upgrading basic amenities, the concerned committee will be holding several events throughout the year.

Kathmandu Triennale

The biggest art festival, Kathmandu Triennale gives a platform to national and international artists to showcase their creations. The event provides foreign visitors with an opportunity to explore the arts of different countries under the same roof. The event will be held in December.

The great Karnali quest

An electrifying opportunity for avid rafters, the great Karnali quest will be held in November 2020. It will be the world’s largest rafting race. Since the river possesses some of the highest tides, the quest is sure to leave rafter thrilled.

Photo Kathmandu

The event will feature the photography showcasing the lifestyle in Nepal. Images of both young and old photographers will be showcased. The exhibition will take place in different places within the Kathmandu valley in October. Don’t miss to grab the opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes.

World Trails Conference and Sustainable Summits Conference

In September 2020, World Trails Conference will be conducted likewise in June Sustainable Summits Conference will be held.

Otaku Jatra 2020

It’s a grand event organized to offer tribute to anime fans. It provides a platform to YouTubers, gamers, artisans, artists, designers, cosplayers, gamers, dancers and musicians to showcase their talents. Enjoy the delicious Japanese delicacy while surfing the stall selling Japanese merchandise. The event will take place in May.

Everest Marathon

Marathon on the foot tail of the highest mountain in the world, Everest Marathon will certainly leave you ecstatic. The race follows the trail of Everest Base Camp giving you the opportunity to get a glimpse of breathtaking sceneries and vibrant mountain villages.

Mustang Trail Race

Mustang Trail Race is another major attraction of Visit Nepal 2020. The event will take place in April. It’s a 170 km long race covering the major places of the region. Enjoy the vistas of beautiful villages, dramatic landscapes, and Tibetan culture.

Kathmandu and Janakpur by night

The event will be organized throughout the year to facilitate the nightlife. Several late-night events and programs will be conducted. Itineraries and products will be planned accordingly.

Himalayan Travel Mart

The event will be held from 12 to 15 June in Kathmandu. The event provides a platform to travel bloggers, entrepreneurs, global buyers, Himalayan sellers, travel industry professionals, media, and influencers from around the globe to network and exchange ideas.

Nepal India China Expo

Come, visit and support the PATA Nepal Chapter’s concept of bringing the stakeholders of the tourism industry of three countries together to improve the industry.

Visit Nepal 2020’s Promotional Activities 

The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA )  postpone Visit Nepal 2018 to 2020. The event was postponed to get more time to reconstruct the structures that were damaged by the massive 2015 earthquake. The construction of Lumbini and Pokhara airports were not completed either. Thus, the government has escalated the pace of reconstruction work to complete unfinished projects by 2020. Tribhuvan airport along with domestic airports is upgraded. The number of night flights has increased to ensure the easy availability of air service.

The government has allocated NRs. 100 million budget to make the Visit Nepal 2020 a massive success. Around 100 new tourist areas such as Gorkha, Parbat, Tanahu Chitwan and Jhapa have been identified. To produce well-equipped manpower in the tourism industry, it proposed a plan to train over 10,000 people.

Translating the slogan into a different language was important to promote the campaign in the international market. Thus, the cabinet decided to translate it in ten different languages including Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic languages. To attract Chinese tourists, the policy of waving the Chinese visa fee was introduced.

The neighbor-first policy focuses on drawing tourists from India and China. Under this policy, a team of Nepali experts is working in India and China to promote Visit Nepal 2020.

With the motive of promoting Nepal as a cultural hub, not just a mountainous country, the MoCTCA has identified around 100 cultural heritages and ancient towns like Khaptad, Janakpur, Swargadwari, Muktinath, and Lumbini as a tourist destination.

To increase accommodation facilities, numerous new hotels are constructed. Moreover, Homestay in remote villages is also increasing. In June 2019, ‘Himalayan Travel Mart’ was conducted in Kathmandu with the hope of attracting UK tourists.

In 2018, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) attended Tourism Expo Event help in Japan where the tourist was informed about multiple tourist destinations. The committee is planning to participate in the upcoming event as well. To promote tourism at the local level, infrastructures are being developed in each province.

NTB is planning to explore a different type of tourism like shopping tourism, sports tourism, volunteer tourism, gastronomic tourism and more. It is focusing on offering tourists with more activities to make their stay period enthralling.

The MoCTCA will propose the air service agreement with New Zealand, Turkey and UAE to provide air service to a larger number of tourists. Additionally, it is planning to revisit the agreement with China, Egypt, Japan, and Thailand. In 2019, the direct flight between Japan and Nepal started.

Amending the Tourism Act and mountaineering Expedition Regulation, Travel and Trekking Regulation and Casino Regulation is another major move of MoCTCA. It is planning to launch the master plan to preserve the tourist sites and establish the Tourism University. MoCTCA is planning to work with NAC and add two narrow-body aircraft. The government aims to draw 2 million tourists in 2020.

History of Visit Nepal Campaign 

Visit Nepal 1998 : Visit Nepal campaign was conducted in 1998 for the first time to promote Nepal as a tourist destination in the global market. With the theme ‘A sustainable habitat through sustainable tourism and marketing slogan ‘Visit Nepal ’98 – A world of its own’ Nepal welcomed around 400,000 international visitors in 1998. His Majesty’s Government on April 12, 1996 announced the campaign. That year the country earned revenue of 152.500 USD mn from the tourism industry. The successful event established Nepal as a cultural hub among foreign visitors.

The government focused on offering the best quality services, delivering quality in product, and make the Nepali people the part of the great festive to attain higher yield from tourism. To make Visit Nepal 1998 engaging, several events were conducted. Some of them were International Folk Dance Festival, International Car Rally Championship, International Tiger Conservation Conference, International Marathon, Tharu Week, Classical Nepalese Dance and Music, The Great Kathmandu Rickshaw Race, Exhibition of Medicinal Plants & Ayurveda Literature Books, Kathmandu Drama Ensemble, International Paragliding & Hang Gliding Competition, International Ladies Motorbike Rally Competition, International Himalayan Book Exhibition, International Kayaking Championship, Painting Exhibition, Ropain Mahotsav (Paddy Festival), Snake Painting Competition, International Gulf Championship, Chef Competition, and Food Festival, Music Festival, Durbar Marga Street Festival, Himalayan International White Water Competition, Kite Festival, Wild Life Tourism, etc.

Nepal Tourism Year 2011 : On 23rd October 2008 cabinet decided to observe NTY 2011, however, the event was officially launched on Feb 26, 2010. The theme of NTY 2011 was ‘Together for Tourism’. The year welcomed around eight hundred thousand tourists. That year the country earned revenue of 341.485 USD mn from the tourism industry.

To make the NTY 2011 eventful, several activities were conducted throughout the year. In many districts, ‘Mahotsav’ was held to promote the tourism year. The major agendas of these fetes were to promote homestay, culture tourism and eco-tourism. Soon after declaring 2011 as a tourism year, several promotion activities were conducted in cities and villages. Numerous campaigns were run in countries like the USA, Thailand, Dubai, Germany, and Denmark.

History of tourism 

The Nepali tourism industry that extended its wings in 1953 after Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary successfully summited the world’s tallest mountain, Mt Everest has been blooming since then. In the late 70s, Nepal was popular among the stoners as there was a free flow of high-quality marijuana and hashish throughout the country. However, in 1973, the sale of such substances became illegal. The end of that era brought new hope as the country welcomed tourists willing to explore new cultures and adventures.

To promote Nepal as a tourist destination in the global market, the Nepal Tourism Board was established in 1998. The same year, the first visit Nepal campaign was launched with the title “Visit Nepal 1998”. However, the tourism industry started to go downhill from 1999 and the massacre of the Royal family made the situation worse. These incidents sent a negative message to the world and Nepal barely received any tourists until 2006’s peace treaty between Maoist and Government. The year 2011 was celebrated as ‘Visit Nepal 2011’ to circulate the message to the world that Nepal is safe to visit. However, in 2015, Nepal faced another major setback in the form of an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. The devastating earthquake took the life of around 8000 people and damaged around 6 lakhs structures in and around Kathmandu. Several UNESCO Heritage Sites were badly affected and few trekking routes were damaged. The year saw a massive fall in the number of tourists. The earthquake hit Kathmandu and Gorkha, thus, other places Like Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan were completely safe to visit. So to circulate the message, the slogan ‘Nepal is Safe’ was formed.

Importance of the Tourism Industry in Nepal

The major economy driver of Nepal, tourism employed around 3.9% of the working population.   Each year, Nepal earns $471 million from tourism. The tourism sector contributes around 5% percent to the GDP .  Around 427,000 people are actively involved in this industry.

Pilgrimage sites and heritage sites of the country attract 14.4% of the tourist every year, whereas 60% visit Nepal for pleasure and holiday. Apart from this, tourist visits Nepal for mountaineering, and official works. As per the 2018 report, the average length of stay is 12.4 days.

In 2018, 1254 tourist standard hotels with 40,856-bed capacity per day were operated. The number of travel and trekking agencies has reached a new height. In 2018, 3,508 travel agencies and 2,649 trekking agencies were registered.

These data clearly shows how much our country’s economy depends on the tourism industry. Thus, it’s very important to improve the tourism industry, which can be done through Effective campaigning, a smart investment and strong branding. Stakeholders should focus on planning amicable strategies and policies. Tourism can be promoted through local products and skills as well.

A major source of income : With an increasing number of tourists every year, the country is earning a good amount of foreign currencies. Each year the tourism industry generates around $471 million and the amount is projected to be increased by 2028.

Employment : The number of hotels, travel agencies, and airports is increasing, which provides employment opportunities to millions of people. Better employment ultimately enhances the living standard by increasing their purchasing capacity. Moreover, tourists exploring remote areas have helped local people live a better life. Homestay has been a major and fun way of making money in remote areas.

Promotion of unexplored areas : When many tourist visits to the country, they continuously explore the hidden gems. Barely trodden paths become the mainstream thus the area develops.

Conservation of historic and cultural heritages : Since many tourists show deep interest in local history and culture, the government, even local people works on preserving the historic and cultural heritage. This does not just attract more tourists but also preserve our culture. It should be conserved for our future generation to witness our living history and culture.

Exchanging   culture : Tourism is the best way to expand our culture in the international market. Tourists visiting the country learn the new lifestyle, culture and vice versa. This creates acceptance and harmony between people and everyone learns something new.

Several countries have constructed different structures in Nepal, which have strengthened the relationship between the two countries. For example, different shrines in Lumbini.

Promoting local products : The demand for handicrafts increases as foreigners show great interest in the distinct local creations. Pashminas, Dhaka, etc. are gaining much popularity among the tourists. It boosts the local trade.

Development of physical infrastructure : To attract high-quality tourists, the country must possess the best facilities. It is important to make the tourism product enjoyable and sustainable. Proper roads, hotels, airports, hotels and recreational activities leave a good impact on tourists and help to promote tourism in the international market.

Why Visit Nepal?

A small Himalayan country, Nepal is filled with amazing natural and cultural wonders that make for a lifetime experience. From, a vibrant and colorful big city to the small distinct village, dramatic lowlands, arid high Himalayas, the world’s highest mountains to the deepest gorge, Nepal has everything anyone would ask for. Deep-rooted cultures, distinct traditions, and colorful customs are sure to leave everyone awe-inspired. Visiting Nepal is not just about exploring places but embracing love, peace and warmth while looking the life from a different perspective and understanding the world that has been hidden for centuries.

Nepal offers some astounding sceneries and credit goes to the sky-piercing mountains. Either you are conquering the mountains on foot or enjoying the skiing or just gazing the mountain from far, you are going to enjoy every bit of it. Among many other mountains, Mount Everest, and Annapurna welcomes a large number of climbers every year. Trekking in Nepal is once in a lifetime experience. You can find every type of hiking trail here.

No matter which corner of the country you are visiting, you will find something to marvel at; whether it’s a lush hill, terraced fields, cascading streams, beautiful waterfalls, and sparkling mountains. Since Nepal is a Himalayan country, waterfalls are common throughout the country. The few most prominent waterfalls include Sundarijal waterfalls, Rupse fall, Devi’s fall, Jalbire waterfall, etc.

Kathmandu holds 7 UNESCO Heritage sites including Pashupatinath, Bouddha, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Apart from this, you may explore Gorkha, Tanahu, Palpa etc. to get the taste of Nepali culture. Exploring the timeless durbars makes you feel like you are transported to a different era. These primeval palaces reflect the ancient architectures, arts, and history. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square are generally bustled with locals and foreign tourists all the time.

Nepal is a paradise for wild adventure lovers. No matter during which season you visit Nepal, you will always be showered with an ample number of outdoor activities. Skiing and snowboard are quite popular in winter while there are other adventurous sports that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Sports like white water rafting, paragliding, bungee jump, skydiving, jungle safari, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, zip-lining, mountaineering, trekking, short hiking, kayaking, ice climbing, and canyon swing is popular among adventure seekers. These bone-chilling adventures will test your adventure stamina. So, it’s important to know what you are getting into before undertaking any of these sports.

Around 40.36% land of Nepal is covered with forest. The country houses thousands of rare birds, flora, and fauna. With over 852 species of birds, bird watching is another major activity one can carry out in Nepal. Nepal houses some rare wild animals including Bengal Tiger, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Bengal Fox, and One-Horned Rhinoceros. Jungle safari adds a thrill to your holiday and spending a night in the forest cottage arm you with the experience of living a jungle life.

Each region has its own specialties when it comes to food. However, Dal Bhat, Tarkari, and tomato pickles are eaten throughout the country. Almost all the restaurants’ carter this national dish. Your Kathmandu visit would be incomplete without trying Newari Cuisines. Some of the must try Newari cuisines include yomari, chatamari, sadeko sukuti, Choyla, accompanied by homemade wine. However, these dishes are too spicy so find out if it suits your taste buds. In big cities, you can easily find global cuisines.

In Terai region, Maithili cuisine, Bhojpuri cuisine, and Awadhi cuisine are popular while people in the Himalayan region preferred hot soups, thukkpa, and butter tea. Thakali cuisine is gaining huge popularity in Kathmandu. Taste dhido with mutton curry, it tastes like heaven. Yak cheese is a treat to your taste bud.

Travel during the festive season to elevate your experience. Be part of Vibrant and colorful festivals and learn new cultures and traditions. Taste the cuisines prepared especially during those festivals. Festivals like Dashain, Loshar, Tiji, Mani Rimdu, Tihar, and holi will leave you astonished.

Whether you choose to spend your time in the bustling cities or the serene mountainous villages, you are going to get a lifetime experience. Big cities give you the taste of a mix of culture and modernity while living in small cities teaches you harmony, humanity, and to love. Well, the best part of traveling Nepal is that one should not travel very far from the major cities to get the experience of village life. Just 2 to 3 hours of the drive takes you to the remote areas.

Climate is another positive attribute of Nepal. Its mild climate makes the country the perfect holiday destination. The climate in Nepal is pleasant throughout the year. Thus, one can plan the vacation at any time of the year.

More than anything, you can visit Nepal to help those local trying to heal from the devastating 2015 earthquake by helping them boost their economy. You may contribute by visiting the earthquake affected places or donate. Flourishing tourism has become important more than ever. Those in need would be greatly benefited by your visit. Moreover, it does not cost you much to explore Nepal. Gain lifetime experience within your budget. You can explore Nepal spending $25 per day and get the full value of your money.

Recommended touring and hiking/trekking places for 2020

Just thought of embarking on a holiday can uplift your mood. You choose the country and surf the Internet for information, because it’s always wise to be prepared beforehand. So, to make your search easy, here we have listed some places you need to explore during Nepal tour in 2020.

  • Kathmandu city : Kathmandu can leave you amused and exhausted at the same time. The city filled with people, sounds and smell will cast a spell on you and you will fall in love with its chaos unintentionally. The small city reflecting the ancient culture, tradition, art, and architecture has a lot to offer. You may spend a week exploring the city and still not cover everything. You may either explore the city on a rickshaw or navigate the alleys on foot. The timeless city houses ancient temples, monasteries, palaces, courtyards along with modern buildings and facilities.
  • Everest region : I know it’s a no brainer yet list of the places to visit in Nepal is incomplete without mentioning the Everest region. Whether you are exploring the low lands or trekking to high altitude, the region is a perfect getaway. The region includes medieval mountain villages, dramatic landscapes, cascading streams, raging rivers, waterfalls and some of the highest mountains in the world, such as Mount Everest. Everest Base Camp is the most popular trek among avid trekkers.
  • Mustang : Isolated from the rest of the world until recently, Mustang is popularly known as the lost kingdom or the forbidden kingdom. You need to acquire special permission to explore the Upper-Mustang. The arid landscapes, mysterious caves, river valley, and colorful culture make the area must visit. Muktinath temples, Jomsom, Human-made cave, Lo Manthang are some major attractions of this place.
  • Illam : A beautiful hill station far from the hustle-bustle of the city is a perfect place to relax. Breathing the fresh air while sipping one of the finest tea in the world will fill you with pleasure. You may explore the tea farm in Kanyam, or embark on Antu dada to enjoy vistas of sunrise, sunset, and Himalayans. Mai Pokhari is another major catch. The view of a pristine lake surrounded by thick fir forest is a sight to behold. Sadakpur, Fikkal, Siddhi Thumka, Chhintapu, Gajur Mukhi, Pathibhara, Sati Devi Temple, Singha Bahini, Bhimsensthan, Narayansthan, and Mai Beni are some other major attraction of Illam.
  • Chitwan : It takes five hours to reach Chitwan from Kathmandu by bus. The beautiful city is popular for its natural wonders; Chitwan National Park topping the chart. The national park includes a wide variety of flora and fauna. The place is popular for bird watching. However, the most loved activity is Jungle Safari. Exploring the deep jungle on the back of the elephant or jeep will leave you thrilled. Enjoy Tharu dance in the evening. You may spend nights in Jungle resort to get the experience of jungle life.
  • Nuwakot : Nuwakot is a small Newari museum reflecting Newari architecture and culture through every structure standing in this area. Call it a hidden gem; the place is replete with history, natural wonders, and cultural delights. One can never get enough of the heavenly piece. Not much far from the big city, yet the place holds the ancient charm. The devastating earthquake of 2015 hit Nuwakot hard. Almost all the structures were damaged. However, the construction work is going on, hopefully, the place will stand tall again very soon. Some major attraction of Nuwakot includes Saat Tale Durbar, Taleju Temple, Bhairabi Temple, Suryachaur, Kakani, Devighat, Nuwakot Palace, terraced farms and ancient fortress.
  • Janakpur : Birthplace of goddess Sita, Janakpur is 224.5 km away from Kathmandu. The Ram-Janaki temple built by the Indian princess in 1911 has a great cultural significance. This emerging tourist destination welcomes thousands of Nepal and Indian devotees every year. In a weeklong religious fair, Bibaha Panchami (marriage of Lord Ram and Sita) is celebrated with a great enthusiasm. The marriage ceremony is enacted in a grand ceremony. Rolwaling Calley, Jaleshwar, Ram Sita Vivah Mandap, Dolakha Bhimsen Mandir, Dhanush Sagar, Ganga Sagar, and Ratna Sagar Temple are the major attraction of Janakpur. Get a glimpse of culturally and religiously rich Mithili civilization while exploring Janakpur.
  • Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve : A paradise for wildlife lovers, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve houses 200 species of fish, 31 species of mammals, and 485 species of birds. Village walk, jungle walk, gentle wildlife rafting, jeep safari, bird watching, are some activities you can enjoy in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Several resorts are built in the natural setting offering an amazing view and a deep sense of peace.
  • Pach Pokhari : Beautiful lakes sitting on the lap of gigantic Jugal Mountain, Pach Pokhari is a treat to the eyes. The view of the serene lakes reflecting the blue sky is enchanting. Located in Sindhupalchok district, it is barely 5 h 3 min away from Kathmandu. Marvel at beautiful sceneries, delve into the peace and snap the pictures. An hour would be enough to explore the place.
  • Badimalika (Bajura) : Emerging trekking tail, Grassland-Badimalik features breathtaking landscapes, mountains, and streams. Breath in the fresh mountain air, walk on the green meadows decorated by beautiful flowers and bask in the sun. The major attraction, Badimalik temple sits on the hillock at an altitude of 4,200 meters. In the month of Bhadra, a fair is celebrated in the temple where hundreds of pilgrims offer their prayers. Ganga Dashara and Janai Purnima are celebrated with great enthusiasm. You can explore the place at any time of the year however, summer and spring season boast amazing vistas.
  • Gorkha: Epicenter of 2015 devastating Earthquake, Gorkha is a major tourist destination in Nepal as it possesses natural beauty, diverse culture, historical and religious heritages. It is only 5 hours away from Kathmandu. A panoramic hill-town Gorkha is rich in history. Colorful rhododendron and pine forest, vistas of snow-capped mountains and glaciers accompanied by hospitable and welcoming locals, the stay will make for a lifetime memory. Enjoy traditional customs, dance, music, and festivals. Manaslu Conservation Area is another major attraction in Gorkha. The conservation area houses a wide range of flora and fauna. Gorkha needs the visitors more than ever as they are trying to stand strong after being completely devastated by the 2015 earthquake. You may help local by buying their products or donating.
  • Palpa: Palpa, a small town 317 km away from Kathmandu is popular for its history, custom, architecture, and handicrafts. Ridi, Srinagar Danda, Palpa Durbar, Vairabsthan temple, and Rani Mahal are some major attractions of this district. Ranimahal has great architectural significance. The palace is built on the bank of Kali Gandaki River and is also known as the Taj Mahal of Nepal. You can get an amazing view from the tower above the Kali Gandaki River. It is equally popular for products like Dhaka fabric, water jug, Dhaka shawls, and Dhaka purse. Tansen, a beautiful town rich in history is a Headquarter of Palpa district.
  • Bandipur: A small settlement boasting the timeless art and architecture, sitting on the lap of a hillock, Bandipur is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. You can call it a living Newari museum. Explore the biggest cave of Nepal ‘The Siddha Cave’. The round trip to the cave from Bandipur on foot takes around 6 hours. From Bimalnagar, it only takes 45 minutes of walk to reach the cave. From this small village, you may get a glimpse of several sky-piercing mountains including Kanjirowa, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal. The 24 species of Sungabha flower add color to this medieval town. These flowers blossom in June.
  • Pathibhara, Taplejung : A journey to Pathibhara, Taplejung itself is a treat. Enjoy a long drive on a well-maintained road dotted by beautiful forests, boasting the vistas of high Himalayans, terraced fields, small villages, enchanting waterfalls, and rivers. However, if a long drive is not your cup of tea, you make take a flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu then Biratnagar to Suketar. Taplejung is a small hill-station with several well-equipped hotels catering visitors. The journey to Pathibhara begins in Suketar. Here onward there is no transportation facility. To reach Pathibhara, you will have to walk through Deurali, Ramitedada, Chhatendunga, Sano Phedi, Bhalugauda, and thulo Phedi. A round trip will take around 6 to 8 hours. On a clear day, you can get an up-close vista of Mt. Kanchanjunga from the top of the hill.
  • Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake : Mesmerizing glacier lake, Tasho Rolpa sits at an altitude of 4,183 meters. It is located in the Rolwaling Valley. The trail leading to the lake features beautiful terraced fields, thick forests, raging rivers, and sparkling mountains. Tamang, Sherpa, Brahmin, and Chhetri dominate most of the villages in these areas. Walk on the path dotted with mani stones, prayer flags, and gompas. The vistas of mountains like Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar make the hike interesting.

Why choose us for visit Nepal 2020? `

Reliance Trekking is committed to cater its clients with personalized services, authentic experiences and make a difference. We strive for our client’s satisfaction thus believe in delivering better, reliable and quicker service. We are always eager to listen to feedback so that we can amplify our service delivery experience.

Visit Nepal 2020 is a great initiative by the government of Nepal to unveil the hidden natural beauty of Nepal. It is an exciting opportunity for the tourists to explore and discover the blessing of nature and experience an unforgettable journey. With our top-notch service, view the world inside Nepal conveniently. We, as travel agency in Nepal, are devoted to cooperate with your demands and services to make your trip to Nepal exceptional.

With a team of highly qualified and certified professionals, we are capable of providing you with a unique experience that makes for a lifetime memory. Our attentively planned holidays, personally crafted itinerary and flexible activities let you enjoy your holiday to the fullest. We have the means and thoughtfulness to make your 2020 vacation stand out.

Pack your bags and get ready for an amazing journey to the lap of Himalayas!

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The national tourism campaign, Visit Nepal 2020, was inaugurated on January 1 in the presence of national and international delegates at Dasharath Stadium. Amidst the support and criticism that the government has received it has claimed that the campaign will be successful in meeting the target of bringing two million tourists, which many consider a highly ambitious target. The government is also being criticised for lack of infrastructure and pouring money into trivial events. Against this backdrop, Arpana Ale Magar of The Himalayan Times caught up with Suraj Vaidya , coordinator of the campaign secretariat, to talk about the campaign’s targets and upcoming plans. Excerpts:

The inauguration ceremony of VN 2020, as per some people, was not as grand as envisaged earlier. Do you agree?

For me personally it was a grand success. There were inauguration events held across all seven provinces and not only in Kathmandu. This shows that the people have taken ownership of the campaign. And that for me is success as it shows that we are on the right track.

Participation of foreign delegates was not as expected, isn’t it?

It was wishful thinking on our part to expect as many foreign delegates as we had initially expected at that time of the year. Since people across the world celebrate Christmas and New Year at that time it is obvious that participation of foreigners would be low. However, the important aspect here is that the tourism ministers of India and China were present. This is significant because these countries have the largest outbound tourists. Tourism ministers from Myanmar and Jamaica also participated in the event. Myanmar is equally important for us as we are preparing to have a grand event for Buddha Jayanti this year and we are trying to get , a prominent leader of the country, here for the celebrations. Moreover, we also had 19 other senior delegates from foreign countries.

Some major announcements such as free visa for tourists were expected during the inauguration but that did not happen. Why is it so?

I have been informed that the government will soon launch some packages and I hope they do it soon. Meanwhile, the

private sector has introduced some discount packages for the duration of the campaign. All the tourism organisations including Hotel Association Nepal, Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal and Homestay Association of Nepal, among others have offered different discount packages for tourists.

What is the secretariat focusing on now that the campaign has been launched?

We will be focusing on marketing the campaign in the domestic and international market for the next three months. There are seven major lifetime experiences going to be held in all seven provinces. For instance, we will have events related to climate change with focus on Mount Everest in Province 1 and in Province 2 we will be hosting Vivah Panchami in Janakpur. Likewise, in Province 3 we will focus on spiritual tourism and in Gandaki Province we will be organising mountain biking along Kaligandaki, the world’s deepest gorge. In Lumbini Province we will be celebrating Buddha Jayanti and in Karnali Province we will be promoting the Rara Lake. Finally, in Sudurpaschim Province we will be hosting the world’s longest rafting along Karnali River.

It has been reported that the campaign is being promoted in the international market only through regular programmes of tourism associations and the secretariat has not done anything substantial. Is this true?

I wouldn’t agree with that statement. We are, in fact, coordinating with all stakeholders to promote the campaign. We are also working with a lot of international media and we will soon sign agreements with seven of the leading media houses in India to promote the campaign. We are coordinating with as many programmes as possible that are being held within the country and in the international market for VN 2020. We are also working with influencers and collaborating with large companies for MICE business. We have also been requesting the United Nations, World Bank and World Wildlife Fund to host their international conferences in Nepal. If that does materialise then we will have substantial number of visitors as around 500 to 600 people participate in each such conference and they are high spenders. Promotion is not only about offering services. It also includes appreciating those who have helped us in times of need and requesting them to visit again. We have already conducted such programmes in the UK, South Korea, India, China and Canada and will be organising more such events. We have also held meetings with our ambassadors posted in various countries across Asia and requested them to promote the campaign through their respective embassies. In fact, we will be holding the inauguration of VN 2020 in all our embassies on January 7. We also plan to conduct bigger marketing events in those destinations with whom we have direct flight connectivity.

Some are sceptical about the target of bringing in two million tourists in 2020. Is it achievable?

The ‘number’ is not the only priority of the campaign. There are other areas too we are focusing on. The campaign is not only for today but for tomorrow too. If we can attract 1.2 million tourists by promoting only Mt Everest, Annapurna region, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini then imagine the number of travellers we can bring in by showcasing other destinations. It will be a futile exercise if we can bring in two million tourists in 2020 and the number drops immediately the next year. So, this campaign is actually like a platform to promote sustainable tourism in the country that will benefit the tourism sector in the long term. We are also looking at attracting sustainable investments in the tourism industry as this will not only benefit the industry but will have a wider social impact by generating more employment opportunities.

Rather than just increasing the inflow of visitors, should we not be focusing on increasing their length of stay and spending?

Nature has been kind to us and bestowed one of the most stunning landscapes in the country and we need to not only appreciate that but also make the best use of it. So, we need to promote more destinations that have not been highlighted till date. Moreover, we also need to improve the products and services that we are providing. Once, we are able to do so it will automatically help us in increasing the length of stay and spending of foreign guests. New products and destinations are of utmost importance as people will not want to visit the country for the same experience all the time.

Infrastructure continues to be a major hurdle in tourism promotion of the country. What is your take on this and do you think it will affect the campaign?

It is true that the country lacks proper infrastructure for tourism and we need to drastically improve on that front. Meanwhile, the government has realised that and has started adopting various steps to improve infrastructure. For instance, even during the tenure of late tourism minister Rabindra Adhikari we would visit Tribhuvan International Airport quite often to take stock of the condition there. And I believe the TIA has gone through some good changes. From the runway to the terminal building and the waiting room at the airport everything has witnessed major changes. We are also putting pressure on the government to make sure that the Gautam Buddha International Airport and Pokhara Regional International Airport start operations in the first quarter of 2020. The road conditions in the country too are not so good but when we compare the roads to the situation they were in five years ago I think there have been vast improvements. We need to be more focused on improving our infrastructure because at the end of the day that is what always plays a crucial role in making a tourist’s stay comfortable.

The campaign seems to be more focused on foreign visitors than on domestic tourists. Don’t you think domestic tourism is also important?

We are trying to promote domestic tourism as much as we can. However, we are not just focused on making people travel to various destinations but also in making them aware that we need to preserve what we have. There is a lot that Nepal can offer but we as citizens need to make sure they are promoted in a sustainable manner. And for this purpose we have coordinated with the ‘Aafno Gaun Aafai Banaun’ project. And in the last six months the VN 2020 secretariat has worked with organisations that have involvement of youths who are trying to show the world what Nepal has. A lot of companies organise corporate retreat programmes and team-building events. So, we are requesting them to explore new destinations in the country to host such events. That’s why NTB has also launched ‘Pahile Desh ani Bidesh’ campaign. That simply translates into first visiting destinations within the country and then only planning a foreign trip. We are also working with schools and colleges to make youngsters aware about the potential that the country has and to tap into that potential.

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Mountain located on Solukhumbu district of Nepal with elevation of 6476m, Mera peak is also classified as a trekking peak.


This campaign Visit Nepal 2020 should affect and promote all parts of the nation. Not only the Everest , Annapurna and Langtang Region , there are various regions in Nepal that are accessible for tourism activities. Various destinations are also suitable for Nepal tour   trekking , overland tour , peak climbing and various other activities but still there is no proper promotion of those destinations. Mountain flights, Everest Helicopter tour , Spiritual tourism , Photography tourism and many other forms of tourism and adventurous activities should be promoted with the promotion of Visit Nepal 2020. The Nepal government, all concerned parties as well as every Nepalese citizen should support Visit Nepal 2020 campaign from their side realizing the old slogan “ Atithi Devo Bhawa ”.

Visit Nepal 2020 Inauguration Ceremony

The government of Nepal organized a grand inauguration ceremony of Visit Nepal 2020 campaign on January 1st, 2020 with a strong support of Nepal Army, Nepal scout, PATA, various other national and international agencies, educational institutes, tourism entrepreneur and stakeholders. The inauguration ceremony was to promote the grand campaign of Visit Nepal 2020 with slogan of “lifetime experience” and an aim of 2 million tourists in the country. Respective chiefs of seven provinces also launched the campaign in all seven provinces at the same time.

The ceremony was started with National Anthem performed by Nepal Army. Everyone stood up and showed their respect towards the National anthem along with the president, Ms. Vidhya Devi Bhandari and Tourism minister, Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai. Superstar Rajesh Hamal began the program with his opening speech on Visit Nepal 2020 and wished for its grand success. Then, the mega tourism campaign started when Kutumba band performed their instrumental performance with hundreds of other musicians. March pass from supporters of various institutes, college, organizations, groups were held during the instrumental performance along with the participants of the ceremony. People from various culture march passed wearing their own customs. People chanted mantras of seven religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Kiratism, Christianity, Jainism, and Sikhism during the March pass. Various other groups of different caste and culture like Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Newar, Rai, Limbu, Chhetri, Brahmins, etc. supported the march pass from their side.

After March pass, the tourism minister of Nepal, Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai continued the show with his short speech and vision towards Visit Nepal 2020. He claimed that Nepal was a unique creation of nature and invoked all the visitors to come Nepal for lifetime experience. Then, president of Nepal, Ms. Vidhya Devi Bhandari lighted the flame of unity to inaugurate the Visit Nepal 2020 and kept her speech about Visit Nepal 2020. She mentioned that tourism is the main backbone of the country’s economy and development. She requested all Nepali (in and outside the country) to be a part of the campaign and make it successful. Tourism minister of India – Prahlad Singh Patel, China – Wang Xiaofeng, Myanmar – U Ohn Mauug and Jamaica – Edmund Bartlett also spend their valuable time to participate in the inauguration ceremony. They thanked for the invitation and wished for the grand success of the campaign Visit Nepal 2020 individually during their speech.

Visit Nepal 2020 Inauguration Ceremony

The inauguration ceremony program ended successfully with a great supports of the Nepal government, Nepal army, participants, entrepreneur and all the tourism stakeholders. Just like the opening ceremony of Visit Nepal 2020, hope to accomplish the target of 2 million tourist in Nepal. We hope that each and every governmental as well as non-governmental tourism stakeholder of Nepal will be conscious about their duty and responsibilities. Every Nepali people should realize the importance of tourism and also realize the old Nepali slogan of Atithi Devo vawa: Guest is god.

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Visit Nepal Year 2020: Tourist Arrivals Drop to 230,085, the Lowest in 34 Years!

Visit Nepal Year 2020: Tourist Arrivals Drop to 230,085, the Lowest in 34 Years!

The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the Nepali tourism sector , especially when the government has planned to boost tourism through the ‘ Visit Nepal 2020 ‘ campaign. The Himalayan country, which sees heavy footfall throughout the year, has navigated a bleak year in terms of revenue and livelihood.

As the new COVID-19 infection cases have declined steadily in the last two months, the Nepali tourism sector has started gaining traction lately.

According to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the number of foreign visitors to the country dropped by more than 80% in 2020 , the lowest in 34 years.

Nepal Tourist Arrivals 2020

A total of 230,085 international tourists visited Nepal in 2020 , as the coronavirus pandemic restricted global travel.

“The arrival figure is far worse than the downturn during the Maoist insurgency (1996-2006) and the 2015 earthquakes combined,” said Dhananjaya Regmi, NEB CEO.

“But we hope to rebound by mid-2021,” he added.

Though April, May, and June witnessed the lowest footfall, the number of visitors has increased gradually to around 10,000 in December, giving the much-needed hope for the Nepali tourism sector .

Visit Nepal 2020 Tourist Arrivals

With the resurgence of foreign visitors, the NTB has started preparing strategic plans to attract more tourists to the country. Meanwhile, the Nepali Government has issued some relief funds to revive the tourism sector.

Nepal Tourist Arrivals 2017 Vs 2018 Vs 2019

While the Nepali Government has planned to celebrate the year 2020 as the Nepal Tourism Year (Visit Nepal 2020) to attract at least 2 million tourists , the pandemic has halted global travel, tourism, and leisure.

According to the Department of Immigration, as many as 200,000 foreign tourists visited Nepal in the last eight months, a significant drop from 739,000 in the same period last year.

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Only 199,903 foreigners have visited Nepal from January to August this year.

Moreover, the number of foreign tourists leaving Nepal is higher than the number visiting the country in the last eight months. As per DoI, 232,082 foreigners left Nepal through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in the mentioned period.

The Nepali Tourism Board has around ten months in the current fiscal year 2020-21 to revive the tourism sector.

However, the Nepali Government has significantly slashed the budget for the current FY compared to the last fiscal.

The NTB has released a budget worth NPR 807 million for the current fiscal against NPR 1.63 billion allocated last fiscal.

“We have prepared a budget for the current fiscal year by slashing several expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Except for essential matters, we have not allocated budget for any other purpose,” said Dhananjay Regmi, CEO of NTB.

In 2019, Nepal received a total of 1.17 million foreign tourists , with the highest 209,611 from India, followed by 169,543 from China.

The tourists from the US stood at 93,196; UK 61,139; Sri Lanka 55,869; France 30,644; South Korea 29,679 and Spain 19,057.

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Visit Nepal 2020 Tourist Arrivals: 2% Drop in January

The Nepali government has inaugurated the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020’ campaign amid much fanfare on January 1, 2020, with an aim to attract 2 million foreign tourists.

Despite promoting the campaign on the global stage, Nepal has witnessed a 2% drop in tourist arrivals in the first month of the tourism year 2020.

January 2020 Tourist Arrivals:

According to the report by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the total tourist arrivals decreased from 81,273 in January 2019 to 79,686 in January 2020, down by 2%. This number includes tourists who traveled to Nepal by air and land routes.

“Of the total tourists, 65,983 entered the country by air whereas remaining 13,703 by land routes,” NTB said.

Global Overview:

  • SAARC countries – 26.9%
  • European countries – 13%
  • USA – 9.2%
  • Asian countries (except SAARC) – 9.1%
  • Oceania region – 4.1%

Global Overview - Jan 2020 Tourists to Nepal

Top 5 Countries:

  • India – 16,882
  • China – 13,303
  • USA – 6,386
  • Myanmar – 4,447
  • Thailand – 4,010

Top 5 Countries Tourists to Nepal January 2020

“The fall in the tourist arrivals in Nepal is primarily due to the decline in visitors from China”, said Ram Chandra Regmi, an information officer at the Department of Immigration.

Dhananjay Regmi, CEO at NTB, said that the coronavirus outbreak in China , the second-largest source market for Nepal, has directly impacted the tourism arrivals in Nepal.

Many Chinese tourists have already canceled their trips to Nepal amid massive countrywide lockdown in China.

The coronavirus outbreak has not only impeded the tourists from China, but it has also hindered the tourists from India and Europe.

The tourists from countries outside China are cancelling their trips to Nepal as the country shares most of its border with coronavirus-hit China .

The NTB further added that the tourist arrivals drop could be even harsh in February.

Meanwhile, the Nepali Government is taking necessary initiations to fill the gap created by drop in tourist arrivals.

Nepal is continuously launching promotional events and products in countries including Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the Middle East, among others.

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The government is planning to double the tourist arrivals from the countries outside China.

Earlier in 2019 , Nepal has witnessed 1.17 million tourist arrivals via air and land routes.

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Visit Nepal 2020 called off, finally

Visit Nepal 2020 called off, finally

Sangam Prasain

The government has formally cancelled the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, a month after its major promotional activities in the overseas markets were halted, in the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Nepal itself is currently under lockdown starting March 24, and it has been extended until April 7 midnight.

Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, secretary at the Tourism Ministry, told the Post that last Sunday's (March 22) cabinet meeting decided to call off the campaign that aimed to draw 2 million tourists in the country this year.

"Similarly, the meeting also decided to dissolve the Visit Nepal Secretariat with effect from April 13," he said.

On March 1, despite Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s instruction to the Tourism Ministry to postpone the Visit Nepal 2020 , the high-level committee for the control and prevention of Covid-19, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokhrel, decided to halt the campaign until April.

The decision had led to the confusion among tourism entrepreneurs hi, as the government did not officially announce whether the tourism campaign was cancelled, postponed or continued.

The Visit Nepal 2020 campaign was planned to revitalise Nepal’s tourism industry after the earthquakes of 2015. The Post-Disaster Needs Assessment report had urged the government to announce 2017 and 2018 as Visit Nepal years to reassure visitors that reconstruction and rehabilitation would be completed by then.

The comprehensive report prepared by the National Planning Commission had said there was a need to rebuild and re-brand the image of tourism, and significant efforts and resources would be required to do so. Subsequently, the Policy and Programmes for 2016-17 announced the launch of Visit Nepal Year 2018.

However, the Tourism Ministry was forced to postpone the 2018 campaign to 2020 due to the slow pace of road and airport upgradation, and reconstruction of historical monuments and cultural heritage sites.

But the 2020 campaign was embroiled in controversy from the very beginning with entrepreneurs saying the campaign was bound to fail. The position of chief of the Tourism Board remained vacant for much of January, even after the campaign was launched with much fanfare on the first of the month. But things had started going downhill much earlier.

The website for Visit Nepal 2020 did not have any promotional content until at least mid-September, for instance. The Finance Ministry did not release the budget to carry out promotional activities on time. The coronavirus epidemic put the final nail on the coffin of Visit Nepal.

And then in late December, a new strain of coronavirus was detected in Wuhan of China, one of the major source countries for Nepal’s tourism. Over the months, the virus started to invade various countries, taking the shape of the pandemic. The first case of the virus was reported in Nepal in January. But it was declared recovered. While counties across the world struggled to cope with the virus, the Nepal government largely remained complacent with the tourism minister bent on promoting the campaign, much to the chagrin of the stakeholders.

"Now, it's cancelled," said Adhikari. “The government, however, has not announced whether this campaign will be held in the coming years ahead.” 

Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak

UPDATED as of September 22, 2020

What is Covid-19? Covid-19, short for coronavirus disease, is an illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, short for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Common symptoms of the disease include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

How contagious is Covid-19? Covid-19 can spread easily from person to person, especially in enclosed spaces. The virus can travel through the air in respiratory droplets produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. As the virus can also survive on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours, any contact with such surfaces can also spread the virus. Symptoms take between two to 14 days to appear, during which time the carrier is believed to be contagious.

Where did the virus come from? The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December. The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that is responsible for everything from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). After an initial outbreak in Wuhan that spread across Hubei province, eventually infecting over 80,000 and killing more than 3,000, new infection rates in mainland China have dropped. However, the disease has since spread across the world at an alarming rate.   

What is the current status of Covid-19?

The World Health Organisation has called the ongoing outbreak a “pandemic” and urged countries across the world to take precautionary measures. Covid-19 has  spread to 213 countries and territories   around the world  and infected more than 31,405,983  people with 967,505 deaths and 22,990,260  recoveries. In  South Asia , India has reported the highest number of infections at 5,557,573 with 88,943  deaths. While Pakistan has reported 306,304  confirmed cases with 6,420 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 65,276 cases with 427 deaths.

How dangerous is the disease?

The mortality rate for Covid-19 is estimated to be 3.6 percent, but new studies have put the rate slightly higher at 5.7 percent. Although Covid-19 is not too dangerous to young healthy people, older individuals and those with immune-compromised systems are at greater risk of death. People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, or those who’ve recently undergone serious medical procedures, are also at risk. 

How do I keep myself safe? The WHO advises that the most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces like your computers and phones. Avoid large crowds of people. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist for longer than a few days.

Is it time to panic?

No. Th e government has imposed a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus. T here is no need to begin stockpiling food, cooking gas or hand sanitizers. However, it is always prudent to take sensible precautions like the ones identified above.

Sangam Prasain Sangam Prasain is Business Editor at The Kathmandu Post, covering tourism, agriculture, mountaineering, aviation, infrastructure and other economic affairs. He joined The Kathmandu Post in October 2009.

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Nepal is a beautiful naturally gifted country that has great potential for the tourism industry. After a glorious success of past Tourism Year Visit Nepal 2011 and Visit Nepal 1998, a new tourism campaign was announced. The objectives of Visit Nepal 2020 is to promote Nepal as a Tourism Destination. Hence,  named the upcoming Nepal tourism year 2020 to “Visit Nepal 2020”.

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is responsible for introducing this campaign.  Visit Nepal 2020 moto is to attract 2 million tourists in Nepal by the year 2020. Thus, Visit Nepal 2020 is going to be a major event in the field of tourism.

For the overall success of this campaign, the Nepal Government separated 5 sectors to equally promote and develop this area. It includes People & Heritages, Nature & Wildlife, Culture Cities & leisure, Religion & Pilgrimage, and lastly Adventure and Outdoor. Visitors from across the world can experience the ancient temples and buildings to beautiful scenic Himalayas to various adventurous sports and activities to religious pilgrimages all within the same year.

For the Tourists, Nepal Government started constructing two international airports at Bhairahawa and Pokhara which is on the verge of completion. Besides that, few reconstructions and repairing processes going on at Tribhuvan International Airport. Also, linking important destinations with roadways for the  Visit Nepal 2020 campaign.

Traveling Nepal during Nepal Tourism Year 2020 results very fruitful as the rates for tour or trekking packages are lower and affordable compared to other years. Visitors can have wonderful tour and trekking packages at the costs which they have not imagined. Several educational institutions related to tourism and hotel management are upgrading day by day to serve and welcome nation guests with proper hospitality and services.

Among the top 10 most visited places on earth and best-valued destination in the world, Nepal comes at 5th and 1st position which is one of the main reasons behind this campaign “ Visit Nepal 2020 ”. The pristine beauty of Nepal is enough to hypnotize millions of travelers all around the world.

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Where is nepal.

As for those travelers who do not have any idea Where is Nepal? For them, Nepal is a small South Asian landlocked country where India borders from the south, east and west whereas China in the north. Most part of Nepal resides in the Himalayas rest of them lie at Indus-Ganga Plain.

Why visit Nepal?

Travelers do not have only one reason to visit Nepal but have a lot. Traveling to Nepal is the dream of a million people from all around the world for various reasons. Those who love trekking for them Everest, Annapurna and Langtang region are the best which offers challenging routes to the Himalayas with panoramic scenery of mountain peaks.

People who love to explore the historical city then Kathmandu city tour is suitable for them. This package takes you to historical and ancient places of Kathmandu valley and Bhaktapur where you can experience the ancient Nepalese art, culture, architecture, history, and lifestyle, etc.

People ask “ Does heaven exist or not? For Nepalese it does exist in the form of a beautiful city Pokhara. Also, known as the city of lakes. Pokhara is truly the gift of nature which incorporates breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt. Fishtail, beautiful Phewa, Begnas and Rupa lake, naturally formed caves, high hillocks, temples and monasteries in overall Pokhara City Tour is a full package for travelers to enjoy nature and historical as well as religious places.

To experience the wildlife of the forest, there are wonderful places like Bardia National park, Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National park and so on. These national parks provide residence to many endangered animals and birds which includes one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, and fox, red panda, etc. These areas are full of beautiful forest cottages where you can enjoy the forest lifestyle. Among most jungle safaris, Chitwan Jungle Safari is the most popular.

Nepal possesses numerous famous villages that reside mostly on a hillock that includes Ghandruk, Bandipur, Namche Bazaar and many more which are one of the highly visited places in Nepal. These are famous for their immense natural beauty, scenery, culture, and hospitality. Authentic foods and cultural events are their main specialty.

Traveling in Nepal is a lifetime experience in itself that offers trek to the highest point on earth i.e. Mt.Everest to the deepest gorge of Nepal, Kali Gandaki to the sacred birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha to the ancient city of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur and so on. Nepal is home to numerous festivals and traveling during these periods of time allows tourists to enjoy and experience Nepalese festivals also learn many things related to their culture and traditions.

  • What to Expect from Visit Nepal 2020 ( Tourism Year 2020 )
  • Trek to World Highest Mountain Peak i.e. Mount Everest (8,848m).
  • Explore the historical places of Kathmandu valley.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Nepal.
  • Experience the religious and spiritual vibes of Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath temple, and Pashupatinath temple.
  • Adventurous activities like Bungee jumping, rafting, paragliding, zip climbing and many more.
  • Jungle Safari at Chitwan National park.
  • Explore the beautiful lake city of Nepal, Pokhara.
  • Very much affordable.
  • Rich in culture, traditions, religions, ethnicity, etc.
  • Authentic Nepali cuisine.
  • Remote village’s lifestyle
  • Birthplace of Gautam Buddha “ the enlightenment of Asia”.
  • Peaceful and Safe for traveling.
  • Possess one of the best trekking routes in the World.

Best Recommended Touring/Hiking Package for Visit Nepal 2020

Everest base camp helicopter tour .

Everest base camp helicopter tour is one of the best alternative ways to Everest base camp. It presents four hours tour through helicopters and your dream makes true. This helicopter tour starts from Kathmandu to Kathmandu so this is the best tour for senior citizenship, and small child too. There was not any age or other limits to do this tour. 

Everest base camp trek 

Everest base camp trek is one of the dream destinations for every visitor. Most of the people make their dreams to visit Mount Everest base camp in their life. Join Nepal Everest base camp trekking company and make your trip lifetime memorable. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp trek is one of the short and easy high altitude treks than other trekking. This offers you an excellent view of the Mount Annapurna range and other high mountains of Annapurna regions. Annapurna base camp trekking duration will be depended on the traveler's choice it takes to the final destination from 6 to 10 days which had been helped to fit in many kinds of visitors. 

Ghorepani Poonhill trek 

Ghorepani Poonhill trek is one of the most popular short trekking routes in Nepal. It takes 2 days trekking itinerary to 6 days trekking itinerary. Ghorepani Poonhill trek presents a magnificent view from the Ghorepani and Poonhill. Poonhill is the best sunrise/sunset viewpoint of Nepal. You can see the best view of the Mount Annapurna mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Fishtail and other high mountains of Annapurna regions. 

Khopra Danda Trek

A newly opened trail in Annapurna region which is a trending trail in Nepal. Which gives you one of the different types of experience to visit the Annapurna region. It presents a Ghorepani route and then chooses differently to Khopra danda so you have more optional view destinations to this route. We heartily recommended this route for Nepal visitors in 2020 with our experienced travel specialist and trekking guide/potters.

EBC Chola Pass Gokyo Lake Trek

EBC Chola passes Gokyo trek presents Everest base camp experience with one of the most popular high pass Chola pass and then Gokyo Lake of the Everest. This is the best trekking trail of Everest do take the best view of the high mountains including Mount Everest, mount Amadamlam, Pumori and other mountains.

Annapurna Circuit trek

Annapurna base camp trek is a popular trekking trail in Nepal because this trekking route goes through the highest pass in the world. So this route gives you an extra best experience with mountains lifestyle and environment. 

Trekking Package for 2020

  • Everest high pass trekking
  • Langtang valley trek
  • Mardi Himal Trek
  • Upper mustang trek
  • Gosainkunda pass trek 

Tour package for 2020

  • Kathmandu Nagarkot package.
  • Pokhara Chitwan tour 
  • Upper Mustang Jeep tour 
  • Lumbini tour 
  • Buddhist heritage tour

To book your any kind of customize the tour just contact us through email to [email protected] or Direct Call +9779851087391 ( WhatsApp , Viber, Wechat). 

Why Choose Us for Visit Nepal 2020

We, Nepal Everest base camp is a specialized travel company for indoor and outdoor adventurous trips in Nepal. The team of experienced trekking experts who have a decade of experience, to provide you with detailed information and facts about the tours, treks, adventure sports and activities of a particular region. We offer an experienced guide to lead you while traveling. Our main motive is to make our guest’s journey memorable and also to be a part of such a great campaign “ Nepal Tourism year 2020 ”. We provide all the fun activities mentioned above at an affordable cost and with great sincerity. for more activities package then Everest regions visit our joint company" Nepal Hiking Adventure Company "

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Sanjay Lamsal

Hello, Namaste from Nepal. I am Sanjay Lamsal and I was born in Nilkantha-11, Dhading, Nepal. I have been in since I finished high schooling at age of 18, I have been working in travel and tourism, since 2015, in the beginning, worked as a trekking porter, trekking Guide, and City Tourist guide. I did all of the major trekking and tour trail all over the Nepal Himalayas. I often remember my past days and think about future. Whenever I remember past events of my life it gives me power to work a hard. I will be working on this in my future. I do challenging with if any problems in the mountains/Himalayas. After long years working with different guests from different countries, I have good experiences about traveling. I completed a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies.

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  • Langtang Valley Trek 7 Days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek 5 Days
  • Annapurna Circuit Short Trek
  • Gokyo Lake Trek with Heli Back
  • Muldai View Point Trek
  • Everest Luxury Trek for Senior Citizen
  • Annapruna Base Camp Trek 7 Days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek 9 Days
  • Pikey Peak Trek
  • Langtang Trek Kyanjin Ri With Cherkhuri Ri Hike
  • Mardi Himal Trek 5 Days
  • Annapurna Base Camp Heli Trek
  • Ghandruk Cultural Trek
  • Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trekking
  • Jomsom Trek
  • Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Everest Mini Trek
  • Everest Panorama Trek
  • Everest High Passes Trekking
  • Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Everest Circuit Trekking
  • Arun Valley Trek
  • Rolwaling Valley Trek
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek
  • Dudh Pokhari Trek
  • Ganesh Himal Trek
  • Mera Peak Climbing
  • Khopra Danda Trek
  • Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek 14 days
  • Everest Base Camp Short Trek 10 days
  • Mardi Himal Helicopter Tour
  • 3 Night 4 Days Kathmandu Pokhara Tour
  • Bhaktapur Day Tour
  • Muktinath Helicopter Tour
  • Everest Panoramic Flight
  • 6 night 7 Days Bhutan tour
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  • Bhutan Sightseeing Tour 4 Nights 5 Days from Kathmandu
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  • Maha Shivaratri Festival Tour
  • Grand Dashain Festival Tour
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  • Langtang Trek 6 days
  • Langtang Gosainkunda Pass Helambu trek
  • Helambu Trek
  • Gosaikunda Trek 5 days
  • Gosaikunda Lake Trek
  • Upper Mustang Trek
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Manaslu Circuit Short Trek
  • Tsum Valley Trek
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Visit Nepal 2020 | Main Attractions of Visit Nepal 2020

Visit Nepal 2020 is a successful outcome of Nepal Tourism Year 1998 and 2011. The Tourism Board of Nepal has announced Nepal Tourism Year 2018 in 2015. But postponed due to the devastating Nepal Earthquake 2015. 

Thus, Nepal Tourism Council introduced a new tourism campaign “Visit Nepal 2020”; to promote rich natural resources, culture, traditions, arts, festivals, and adventure with the rest of the world. 

The main objective of this campaign is to attract 2 million tourists by the end of the year 2020. Thus, promoting Nepal on such a large scale offers job opportunities to local people; as Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal. Also, it is the largest source of foreign exchange and revenue. 

Visit Nepal 2020 is a successful outcome of Nepal

Visit Nepal 2020

This campaign categorized into 5 groups based on the activities and experiences gained from it. They are Culture and City, People and Heritages, Outdoor Adventure, Religious and Spiritual, Nature and Wildlife. So, to promote and develop these sectors, the Government of Nepal has boosted these places; with additional hotels, resorts, cafes, homestays for better accommodations. 

Similarly, for the arrival of tourists from all over the world; the Nepal Government constructed extra two International Airports in Bhairahawa and Pokhara. Along with maintenance and reconstruction of Tribhuvan International Airport. For the tourists visiting Nepal via land, there is road construction; which connects to major places in Nepal. 

Even most of the popular travel websites, magazines, and association ranks Nepal as one of the best countries to travel. As Nepal is a diverse country in terms of nature, geography, culture, traditions, wildlife and more. Therefore, Nepal has some of the best scenic and virgin places in the world; which can fulfill the expectation of the traveler’s dreams.

  Why visit Nepal then?

Nepal is a south-Asian country border by China and India from all sides. It is a country of great Himalayas, a brave Gurkha Army, a rich culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. 

We believe Nepal is one of the most gifted countries in the world in terms of natural resources and beauty.

Nepal has 8 out of 10th World’s Highest Peak including Mount Everest, the highest one. Others are Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna.  

Three geographical regions of Nepal exhibit a wide range of biodiversity and ecosystem. 

Nepal ranks in the 25th position in terms of World Biodiversity. 

Because of strange landscapes, mountainous rivers, dense tropical forests, and scenic places provide high scope for adventurous and fun activities for tourists. 

Things to do during Visit Nepal 2020

Trekking and expedition to the himalayas.

Being a country with several high mountains makes Nepal a perfect destination for trekking and expedition. The trails to the base camp of these high mountains offer one of the most challenging and thrilling experiences; which you won’t find elsewhere. We recommend Trekking in Nepal offers you great panoramic views of Himalayan Ranges; along with cultural experiences of this region. In this Visit Nepal 2020; Some of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal are:

  • Everest Base Camp Trek

 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Exploration

On this world heritage tour, you will traverse around the 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu. Experience the ancient history of these sites; while appreciating the unique architectural skills of Nepalese people. Throughout the tour, you visit Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath temple, Patan, Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changu Narayan Temple. 

Cultural Tour in Nepal

Nepal is a country which is a wonderful blend of rich ethnic groups and cultural activities. For centuries, Kathmandu valley acts as a cultural capital of Nepal; whose imprints you can see in their arts, festivals, folk music, and dances, lifestyle, rituals, etc. On this cultural tour, you get a chance to explore remote and cultural villages of Nepal; which includes Bhaktapur, Ghandruk, Bandipur, Tharu villages, etc. This cultural tour provides you to learn more about Nepalese culture and tradition. 

Jungle Safari Tour

The Terai region of Nepal covers 20% of forestland, where 17% is a protected region. The dense forest of Terai provides shelters to numerous flora and fauna; among some of them are rare in nature. Due to the rich wildlife ecosystem, the Terai Region of Nepal is a perfect site for Jungle Safari Tour. This Safari tour offers you elephant safari, birds watching, elephant bathing, tharu village tour, camping and more. Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Tour are famous places for the Jungle Safari tour.

Adventurous Activities in Nepal

Because of the variation in geographical location, Nepal has become one of the best destinations for adventure sports. Adventurous Activities that Nepal can offer you are:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • White river rafting
  • Bunjee Jump
  • Peak Climbing
  • Mountain ride
  • Cave exploration.

Religious Tour in Nepal

Nepal is a religious country. Hinduism and Buddhism is the major religions in Nepal. There are several temples and monasteries in Nepal that date back centuries; they also have high religious values. Also known as a pilgrimage tour. It is a very popular tour among pilgrims and religious people. Some of the most popular religious sites are:

  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Halesi darshan
  • Muktinath Temple Darshan
  • Manakamana Temple Darshan
  • Pathivara Darshan
  • Gosaikunda Lake Darshan

Helicopter Tours in Nepal

Among all the tours mentioned above, Helicopter Tours is a new and fresh tour in Nepal. Helicopter Tours in Nepal offers you remarkable aerial tours around great Himalayas; including valleys, forested hills, remote villages, rivers, lakes, etc. With a couple of hours, you can reach the destination. This Heli Tour is perfect for those who want to experience the Himalayas but has limited holidays. Some of the most popular Helicopter Tours in Nepal are as follows:

  • Everest Helicopter Tour
  • Annapurna Helicopter Tour
  • Mustang Helicopter Tour
  • Gosaikunda Helicopter Tour

In Conclusion

Visit Nepal 2020 offers you every aspect of adventure, excitement, and peacefulness of life. Thus, visit Nepal at least once as it will result in one of your best travel experiences. 

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