An interactive discussion was held for the possible steps to be taken in the development and expansion of the tourism sector at the pandemic situation at the Nepalgunj region. Organized by Banke National Park on 28th August 2021 in collaboration with Banke Tourism Forum, NATTA Banke Chapter and other associates, it had the participation of local government officials, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board, President of NATTA Central, officials of local administration, representatives of political parties and tourism stakeholders.
NATTA President Mr. Achyut Guragain suggested that attention should be given to the ‘branding’ of the National park and tourist facilities along with the need to connect the famous religious sites and rafting in the area, adding that the government should facilitate private sector for the investment in the development of tourism.
During the interaction, mostly the invited guests urged that the environment should be favorable for Indian tourists to enter Nepal easily with the need for an integrated check post at the border and also there is need of publicity for the wildlife, natural beauty, elephant, jeep safaris, rafting, local culture, and taste of various dishes of the region.
To review the prospect of Rafting in Rapti River at Banke, a delegation visited Rapti Sonari village on the next day.
The youngest Banke National Park prepared the structure required for tourists. Forest trails, lakes and ponds have been constructed for safaris at various places in the park. Government had established the National park on July 12, 2008 with the objective of conserving the habitat Patebagh.