Bhaktapur Municipality collects 220 million in tourist entry fees

10th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

BHAKTAPUR, Jan 10: Bhaktapur Municipality has collected 220 million rupees in tourist entry fees in the 11 months of 2017.

The municipality collected a total of Rs. 219,988,000 in tourist entry fees from its various tourist entry checkpoints around its inner city. The city has been visited by a total of 201,092 tourists from January to November 2017, among which 119,442 tourists were from non-SAARC countries while 81,650 tourists were from SAARC countries and China.

The city charges Rs. 500 to visitors from SAARC countries and China to grant entry into its inner-city area, which is its main tourist destination. It charges Rs. 1500 or $15 to tourists from non-SAARC countries.

Bhaktapur Municipality started collecting tourist entry fees in 1993 raise development funds, and the tourism revenue is still one of the main sources of the municipal income. Bhaktapur’s inner city contains such attractions as the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Five-Storeyed Temple, and many other temples of historic significance, alongside an entire city preserved in its ancient historical style.