November 14, 2020/Dhorpatan-
Flow of domestic tourists has increased in the Dhorpatan region, the world’s famous hunting reserve.
The Covid-19 pandamic situation has not hampered the flow of people visiting the naturally beautiful sites of Dhorpatan valley.
Tourists from Rukum(both), Kaski, Baglung, Myagdi, Rolpa, Gulmi and other districts are thronging the place.
“Each day over 90 people visit the place even during the present condition. If more efforts are put into this beautiful place to develop the physical infrastructure and train the locals, the people’s livelihood would drastically increase,” says Birendra Kandel, the Chief Conservation Officer of Hunting Reserve Office.
“The first thing that came to my mind after I came to the place was that of ‘village safari’.
The region has different indigenous culture of Magar, Tibet etc. There are beautiful stone roof houses, which add to the beauty,” Kandel added.
According to him the region is also a famous religious site as it homes the Uttarganga. A fair is held here on the occasion of Janaipurnima.
The Buddhist attraction site of Chhyantung gumba is also located in the region.
There is only one community homestay-Pakhathar homestay, which involves 5 people for the same. Though there are many individual other homestays, they need to be systematically managed.
The entry fee for Nepalese is only 100 rupees and for foreign tourists it is 1500.
People from Burtibang, Bobang, Nisi and others have their seasonal farm houses in the area.
The locals live a nomadic life and seasonally migrate the places.
There’s another famous place called Jaljala which has the breathtaking beautiful sites of snowcapped mountains. People feel relaxed and joyful upon coming the place, which gives the scenic view of Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt.Dhaulagiri 1,2,3 and 4, Mt. Putha, Mt. Gurja along other peaks.
Dhorpatan stretches along 1,325 km and encompasses some part of Rukum East, Myagdi and Baglung.