Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a familiarization trip to the Timal region of on August 6 and 7.
The organization has unveiled plan to build Tourism Memorial Park there.
Altogether 16 journalists affiliated to different print, broadcast and online media participated in the fam trip.
Similarly, a representative of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), senior officer Santosh Ghimire, as well as executive members of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) were in the team.
The journey began from TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun and progressed along the Araniko Highway before stopping at Panchkhal and taking a right road to Thulo Parsel VDC via Hokse village of Kavre. Thulo Parsel VDC situated on the top of a hill above Sunkoshi River.
Local villages accorded a warm welcome to the participants at Thulo Parsel. Dressed in typical Tamang attire, locals sang their traditional songs amid beating of drums called Damphu. A panche baja group led the participants to the lunch point where the Thulo Parsel VDC and Timal Damphu Youth organized a cultural program in honor of all the participants. The main attraction of the program was the Shaman dance. Three shamans performed shamanic rituals amid beating of traditional drums and chanting of the sacred mantras.
After lunch, the participants embarked on a short hiking to the proposed site of ‘TAAN Tourism Memorial Park’ in Chanpkhori VDC. The participants also got to learn about Buddha chitta beads – one of the fastest growing exports of Kavre district in recent times – during the hiking.
A formal program was organized at the proposed site on the second day. Speaking at the program,
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung said that TAAN was committed to build the tourism memorial park. “We are holding discussion for the same with different government agencies. The park will materialize soon,” he added.
Likewise, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said that a monument will be erected in the park in memory of trekkers, mountaineers and Nepali support staff who lost their lives in course of trekking and mountaineering activities in Nepal. Lama further added that by building a monument in memory of the deceased trekkers, TAAN aims to convey the message to their family members that Nepal has not forgotten them. He further added that a museum, documenting Tamang history, culture and tradition, and tree plantation area will be the other major attractions of the park.
Similarly, TAAN Media Coordinator Surya Bahadur Ghimire said TAAN chose Timal to build the tourism memorial park as the place lies on the Great Buddhist Master Trail which the TAAN had explored some years before.
Despite having immense tourism potentials, the Timal region is yet to welcome desired number of foreign visitors. Rafting in Sunkoshir River, canyoning, caving, agro-tourism, pleasant weather conditions, ancient Tamang kingdom, Kot Timal, Rimpoche caves and the Narayansthan temple are the major attraction of the area. Similarly, the Buddhist Master Circuit Trail, which passes through the region, is the other attraction of the trek.
TAAN had explored two trekking trails in the region – Rhododendron Mahabharat Trail and The Great Buddhist Master Trail
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota, Secretary Mukti Pandey and Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha as well as Executive Members Sarita Lama, Wangchu Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa ‘Sangam’, Surya Bahadur Ghimire and Dawa Lama were in the fam trip.