Tourism Minister highlights role of Padmasambhav Circuit in country's tourism development

31st Jul, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 31: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai has highlighted the role of Padmasambhav Circuit which could be a milestone for development of tourism in the country.

During a discussion with Barbara Foundation officials and stakeholders at the Ministry of Tourism on the development of the circuit, Minister Bhattarai expressed the belief that the circuit, which carries multidimensional importance of cultural tourism, would help increase the number of Tibetan and Chinese tourists in Nepal. Bhattarai expressed his confidence that the Circuit would help attract as many as Tibetan and Chinese religious tourists and would elongate their stay.

He shared that the government had allocated budget for the development of the Circuit in the new fiscal year. He instructed the concerned department under his Ministry to prepare a DPR for the same. Claiming that the Circuit would be developed as an international cultural hub, he said, “Padyasambhav, who is the key religious leader to propagate Buddhism, had travelled to various places across Nepal. Those places could be developed as cultural tourism hubs.”

Likewise, Director General of the Department of Archeology, Damodar Gautam shared that the Tibetan king had invited him to Tibet to preach Buddhism when he came to Nepal in the eighth century to perform penance. Also speaking in the discussion, Lumbini Buddhist University Prof Dr Ramesh Kumar Dhungel opined that the Padyasambhav Circuit would help in promotion of international cultural tourism.

Vice-Chairman of Lumbini Development Fund Awadhesh Tripathi, Chairman of Buddhist Philosophy and Gumba Development Committee Fupuchembe Sherpa Jikdol, campaigner of Buddhist Sartik Bikram Pandey Kazi and others have stressed on the need to develop the concept of footpath as an important tourist product.

Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, Chairman of the Foundation Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Former Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission Prada Govinda Raj Pokhrel, Director General of the Tourism Department Rudra Singh Tamang, Chief Executive Officer of the Nepal Tourism Board Dr. Dhananjay Regmi and others were present on the occasion.