The year 2011 is being celebrated in Nepal as the Year of Tourism. Why, you wonder, is it this year? What makes this year so special? Tourists have come to the country since the 1950’s. Of course, their number is increasing each year, except for the decline in tourist arrivals during the the civil war.
The goal for 2011 is to bring a million tourists and promote the tourism sector which can mean the beginning of a bright future of Nepal. The rich natural resources in the country hold out the promise that tourism can be the solution for reducing poverty and increasing employment.
As a tourist myself, I cannot consider myself anything near an insider. I have quite a different point of view when it comes to seeing Nepal and examining tourism, which is one of the key motors of the nation.
I notice people, demeanors, architecture, culture and relationships that are unseen for the Nepalese because they live in them and we tend to get narrow-minded when it comes to things that we see each and every day. So this is where my job begins, of describing what a foreigner may receive as an impression of Nepal.
My first glimpse consisted of an extremely hectic, dusty Kathmandu that seems to live by no rules. Chaos is reverberated on the narrow streets; people’s rapid walking, honks of the cars, the micro-buses that have a never ending capacity of absorbing people and tremendous amount of motor bikes mixed with a frequently taken big gulp of smog, pollution and the reeking of the trash. But people are used to it, we get used to it and start to live by the apparent no rules, which will become our actual rules.
Despite all these, the Nepalese people live by a much stricter system that we, Western people, should admire and take as an example on how to change for the better. The fact that they know how to preserve and store essential things such as water and food is something we should learn from them. They are hard-working and religious people with huge hearts. They aren’t helping in the hope of some money, although some money would come in quite handy, but out of mere generosity which makes them extraordinary. This is the biggest charm of Nepal. This is why tourists are visiting over and over again. Not to talk about the incredible beauty the Nepalese land has to offer for the curious eyes. It’s got everything that one could ask for. If one is into visiting the lavish Hindu temples, or one that would like to see a breath-taking view, I guarantee, they will not be disappointed.