The tourism sector, which has been deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years, has started booming in Kailali and Kanchanpur.
With the decline of COVID-19 infections in the country, the number of tourists visiting tourist destinations has increased. Meanwhile, domestic tourists have started arriving in the main tourist sites of the Kailali and Kanchanpur districts.
With the onset of winter, domestic tourists have started flocking to Karnali Bridge in Chisapani, Tikapur Park in Tikapur Municipality, Ghodaghodi Lake in Ghodaghodi Municipality, Koilahi Lake in Kailari Rural Municipality and Jakhor Lake in Dhangadhi.
According to local residents of Tikapur Municipality people who were forced to stay indoors due to the COVID-19 restrictions are now interested in moving around. “I also like to walk and I came to visit Karnali Bridge with my friends,” said Dolma Tshering while visiting Chisapani last Saturday. Lately, the number of people visiting the Karnali Bridge has increased.
There is also a crowd of picnick goers in the tourist area during this period. Youths, students, women’s groups and members of cultural groups of the club, who have raised money by performing cultural dance during the festivals, are reaching the area to organise a picnic.
According to Bhakta Bahadur Chalaune, Ward Chairman of Lamkichuha Municipality-3, the crowd has started increasing after most of the people from the picnic group started coming to the tourist areas for sightseeing.
“Our Chisapani is still very crowded on Saturdays,” he said, adding there was no movement for almost two years due for fear of coronavirus infection, “but now the flow of people has increased.” Despite the increase in the number of people in Chisapani, business is still insufficient, Chairman Chalaune said. “There have been a lot of negative rumours about the area due to some recent criminal incidents in Tikapur, Lamki,” he pointed out.