Homestay of Lamjung waiting for tourists

10th Jun, 2022 | Tourism Mail Crew

LAMJUNG, June 10: Homestays in Lamjung have been deserted for a long time. In the past, the number of tourists visiting the area has been around 100 to 200 per day.

Namuna Ghalegaun, Kaulepani, Siurung, Rainas, Bhalamchaur, Bhusme, Naruwal and other houses have hardly been visited by 10/15 people since last April 30. According to the organizers, the number of tourist arrivals has dropped sharply due to the local level election and the hailstorm. Before the election, between 150 and 200 tourists used to visit Ghalegaun Kharvas in Kwal Asothar-3 daily. Operator Dirgha Ghale said that only 30/40 people have been coming since then. He said, "Tourists have stopped coming again as the tourism sector in Corona is slowly recovering." Income has stopped due to non-arrival of tourists.

Homestay owners are worried about the rains. "There is little possibility of tourists coming to Bhadaura. There is no income. There is a problem in running the house," said Kashi Gurung, the manager of the house. There are currently 37 houses in operation in the area, which has been operating since 2057 BS. Along with the hospitality for the tourists, cultural dances are also presented along with the ethnic identity of those who are engaged in preserving their art, costumes and culture.

Ghalegaon is at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level. It is the birthplace of the indigenous Gurungs and the last village ruled by the Ghale king. From here, 8163 meters high Mt. Manaslu, 7835 meters Ngadi Chuli (Dr.Hark Mountain), 7935 meters high Mt.Annapurna (second), Mt.Annapurna(fourth), 6963 meters high Mt.Machhapuchhre, 7893 meters high. Himalchuli, 6986 meters high Mt.Lamjung and 6672 meters high Mt.Budva can be observed.

Here you can see the last of the Ghale kings, the statue of Jyalbu Ruja Clay. Tourists are treated to home-grown organic rice, maize, millet, soybeans, soybean greens, chisno's khloe, local chicken, and mutton. Cultural dances including Krishna Charitra, Lama, Sorathi, Ghabre, Pachchu, Zhaure, Chutka, Jhankri and Serga are presented to the tourists along with the hospitality.

The Kaulepani house near Lamjung Durbar in Besishahar Municipality-3 at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level is deserted due to lack of tourists. Dev Bahadur Gurung, chairman of Kaulepani Tourism Development Committee, said, "Tourists have not come for a long time. It has started raining even more. In the past, 400 to 500 tourists used to come here daily.

Housing has been provided to 15 houses in the area which have been in operation since 2011. Newar, Gurung and Bhujel communities live here. From Kaulepani, one can see Buddhist mountain, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna II to IV, Manaslu South, Manaslu, Annapurna South, Che, Dr. Harkpikal and other mountain ranges. The Lamjung Palace, considered to be the birthplace of the Shah dynasty kings, and the enchanting view of the sunrise can be seen. Kaulepani temple can be observed and visited. Here every tourist has to pay Rs. 1,050 per night.

There is a different tradition of feeding corn, soybean, kodo celery bread and gundruk pickle grown in the village. The locals do not entertain the tourists by performing local traditional songs and dances before dinner. It takes 45 minutes by car and two hours on foot to reach Kaulepani, seven kilometers southwest of Besishahar Bazaar. Stairs have been built for pedestrians. The road to reach here has been upgraded.