Month-long training program started for tour guides in Bhaktapur

16th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: A one-month training has been started for local tour guides in Bhaktapur city. The training has been conducted jointly by Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee, and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM).

The course has been designed by combining Bhaktapur's unique culture and history with the tour guide course of NATHM College, and was inaugurated by Bhaktapur Municipality Chief Sunil Prajapati on Tuesday. The municipality also conducted name registration and tests for participating guides. Of the 114 people who took the text, 80 passed the text while 10 were placed in the waiting list. These 90 people were included in the month-long training program.

Municipality Chief Prajapati said that the training program was initiated in order to develop Bhaktapur as a tourist destination and to develop the skills and capacity of the tour guides in the city. According to him, 65 individuals have been admitted to the course. "The guides will sit for a four-hour class every day," he said, "after the training concludes, a set of guidelines will also be developed for local tour guides."

"We are seeking to promote Bhaktapur worldwide by the means of these tour guides," said Prajapati, "they must be able to give full information on Bhaktapur's history, art, culture." He urged the participants to conduct sufficient study and research for this end.