ASTS to promote cross-border adventure tourism



Acting DG of Department of Tourism Durga Dutta Dhakal felicitates Dharmshaktu as ASTS President Rabi Thapa (left) and ASTS Patron Bikram Pandey (right) look on.

Adventure Sports Tourism Society (ASTS) has appointed Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu – the first Indian national to climb Mt Everest – as its goodwill ambassador for the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Acting Director General of the Department of Tourism Durga Dutta Dhakal handed over a certificate of ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ to Dharmshaktu amid a program organized in Lalitpur on Thursday. He also put a special tiara made of Bodhi leaves on Dharmshaktu’s head on behalf of the ASTS.

Speaking at the program, director general Dhakal congratulated Dharmshaktu and said he was hopeful that appointment of Dharmshaktu as goodwill ambassador of ASTS would help in promotion of adventure tourism in both Nepal and India.

Similarly, ASTS patron Bikram Pandey Kaji said the new partnership would help to promote adventure tourism in this part of the Himalayas. “Nepal and India have many things in common. One of them is the Himalayas. Appointing Dharmshaktu as ASTS’s goodwill ambassador is a part of our effort to promote adventure sports tourism across the Himalayas. It will also help to promote cross-border tourism,” he added.

Likewise, Dharmshaktu said that he was touched by the gesture showed by the Nepali adventure tourism fraternity. “I express commitment to work for development and expansion of adventure sports tourism in India,” he added. “Despite living on the other side of border, I love Nepal. Nepal is like a second home to me.”

On the occasion, ASTS also unveiled its new working committee with Rabi Thapa as president. Uttam Manandhar, Dipesh Shrestha, and a representatives of each from canyoning, are the vice presidents, while Deepak Rai is the general secretary.

Speaking at the program, President Thapa said he would forge synergy among all those involved in adventure sports tourism and work for the development and expansion of adventure sports tourism.

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