Pokhara—The six-day (11-16 July) long Chaliye Pokhara- Let’s go to Pokhara, campaign has concluded following the organization of three press meets and same number of B2B meetings in three Northern Indian cities called Patna, Varanasi and Lucknow, informed organizer Paschimanchal Hotel Association Pokhara (PHAP) Chairman Bikal Tulachan.
According to Tulachan, the campaign was organized under the border town sales mission and regional tourism promotion campaign which was supported and promoted by Nepal Tourism Board Gandaki Province. The campaign was first launched in 2012 during the tenure of Biplab Paudel who is the former Chairman of PHAP and central member of Hotel Association Nepal. Then two former chairmen Hari Sharma and Bharat Raj Parajuli also continued it.
During the recent Chaliye Pokhara campaign, tourism Packages between Nepali rupees 3000 to 13,000 were also disclosed for Indian visitors. The campaign was focused mainly in northern Indian cities where people are in suffocation due to scorching heat that could be skipped if they come to Pokhara in this season. The other thing is that the access to Pokhara from those cities is also not so far.
In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi asked her citizens to visit Pashupatinath Temple and Pokhara. She also claimed that Pokhara is more beautiful than Singapore and Thailand. At the same time Uttar Pradesh Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh urged Nepali side to upgrade the road condition and connectivity.
Banaras Hotel Association Chairman Devendra Narayan Singh, NTB Gandaki Province Chief Surya Thapaliya, PHAP immediate past president Bharat Raj Parajuli, PHAP General Secretary Ganesh Raj Pahari, Buddha Air Country Manager Uddhav Subedi, BJP Uttar Pradesh Spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi, All India Travel and Transport Association Chairman Indrajeet Singh, Patna tourism entrepreneur Gaurav Kumar and Lawmaker Rabindra Jaiswal also expressed their views during the programs.
The issues of direct flights from Patna to Pokhara, direct bus services from some Indian cities to Pokhara, easy security checking for Indian tourists and no hurdle and difficulty to Indian tourists in border points also were raised during the programs. Of total 940,000 tourists visited Nepal in 2017, 160,832 were Indians and the number of Indian tourists has gone up following the recent Muktinath visit of Indian PM Narendra Modi, informed entrepreneurs.