Nepal took the following six steps in March 2014 to promote tourism:
1. Free Internet to Promote Durbar Square
Kathmandu Metropolitan City (K.M.C.) would offer complimentary Wi-Fi to foreign travelers visiting Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square (Basantapur), an archeological and a historic landmark inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The foreign visitors therefore can instantly share the site photos on the Web. The free internet service is the first-ever effort of its kind in Nepal to promote the heritage site. About one hundred tourists can use the free internet service simultaneously. The government earmarked NPR 160,000 for the service. The Wi-Fi password would accompany the entrance ticket.
2. Ganesh Himal (Ruby Valley)-Manaslu Tourism Development Project
The UKAID/DFID funded SAMARTHA/Nepal Market Development Programme (N.M.P.D.) and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) signed an agreement and launched the six-month Ganesh Himal (Ruby Valley)-Manaslu Tourism Development Project. They would develop tourism infrastructure such as trekking routes, view points, bridges, porter shelters, caves, and tourist information centers in Gorkha and Dhading districts. SAMARTHA/NMDP would provide NPR 32 million for the project located in the vicinity of the Kathmandu Valley.
3. More Hotels in Areas with Tourism Potential
Hotel owners from Pokhara plan to build hotels in Mustang, Lumbini, and Chitwan to cash in on tourism potential of these areas. For example, Hotel Landmark (Pokhara) built a high-end resort, Hotel Landmark Forest Park, in Chitwan. The 3-star Hotel Baraji also constructed an up-end resort, Barahi Jungle Lodge, in Chitwan. It may construct a hotel in Lumbini too. A new hotel-cum-spa is coming up in Mustang.
Tourists would also get new accommodation choices for Pokhara, as more hotel projects are in pipeline for the lake city of the mountainous country.
4. A New Cave
In March 2014, Nepal found its deepest cave Patal Bhubaneshwar Cave in Baitadi district. The 160-meter deep cave is extremely thin beyond the explored 800 meters. The Nepal government would host a promotional event to draw tourist attention to the newly explored cave.
5. New Parks
The Ghalegaun Rural Tourism Committee planned to construct three new parks. Ghalegaun, a village in Lamjung district, is famous for the mountainscape, culture, and views of Annapurna, Himalchuli, Lamjung, Machhapuchre, and Manaslu peaks. The statues of the king who ruled the village for centuries would adorn the parks that may cost NPR 10 million. The parks would also have watch towers.
6. Rhododendron Festival
Ghumte Hill, a home to a variety of rhododendrons, would host a rhododendron festival for the conservation of the national flower of the country and tourism promotion in April. The 2014 has been declared as the Ghumte Study Year.