Nepal out of the ruins of 2015 earthquake
NEPAL has been included in National Geographic Traveller magazine's Ten Places That Deserve More Travellers, in what
could be a major boost for the country's faltering tourism industry following
the devastating earthquake last year.
The Britain-based popular travel publication
has placed Nepal in the third spot among
"Although Kathmandu and Nepal
have long attracted adventurous travellers,
the country's April 2015 earthquake,
which killed 8,000 and wrought about
US$10 billion (S$13.5 billion), half of the country's GDP, in damage, decimated the country's tourism industry," it said.
The devastating earthquake on
April 25 last year had largely wiped out
tourism infrastructure, heritage sites
and trekking trails in the country.
"While the earthquake has damaged Nepal's man-made structures, its mountain trails, including the legendary Annapurna Circuit through the snow-capped shadow
of the Himalaya, remain accessible,"
added National Geographic.
Only two of Nepal's 35 listed trails
have been amended as a result of
earthquake damage. Last summer, all
the Annapurna trail's bridges were
successfully tested for safety, it noted.
The list also highlighted trekking
activities in the Himalayan wilderness
and more spiritual activities like learning
how to play the Himalayan singing bowls, which are rung before, during or after periods of Buddhist meditation.
It also emphasised the current safety
and accessibility of travel locations.
THE KATHMANDU POST/
ASIA NEWS NETWORK