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Tourism Concept
Tourism has been an industry of vast dimensions and ultimately supports economic growth and social development. For the constant development of the Nepalese tourism, it has been commonly decided to give equal priority to some other factors, which do also affect the tourism sector directly. Such as development and expansion of tourism sites, necessary infrastructure for tourism, promotion of tourism market, improvement in civil aviation protection of environment and involvement of private sector in the promotion of Nepalese tourism. (The People's Review 2001).

Destination, as the central object in tourism, exerts a pull on the tourists from different areas. It is the one that motivates travel. Therefore the secret of destination is of prime importance that should never be undermined. In a tourist destination, tourism resource inventory including what could a visitor see in this area which might be of interest? what are the different types of attractions they could visit?; what types of services would they require?; what different activities could they do during their stay?; if staying overnight, what accommodations are available? etc. needs to be prepared.

Bhaktapur, a place of historical importance and the home of medieval art and architecture, is world renowned for its colorful festivals, traditional dances and the typical indigenous Newar lifestyle. It has emerged as Nepal’s Cultural Capital displaying traditional music and ritual dances. For its majestic monuments and the native Newars best known for their long history of craftsmanship, the ancient city is also known as the ‘Living heritage’.

Being one of the historical cities in the Kathmandu valley, most of Nepal’s annual foreign visitors enjoy Bhaktapur during their visit to Nepal. Bhaktapur is involved in the half-day sightseeing tour package. Though, many tourists stay overnights in Bhaktapur with their own purposes and during some specific occasions. Also, being the intermediate point to Nagarkot, Changu Narayan and Dhulikhel, many tourists visit Bhaktapur.

Cultural and living heritage dating back 14th century has remained relatively well preserved. The Taleju Shrine, 55 Windowed Palace at the Durbar Square, 5 Storied Temple, Bhairav Temple at the Taumadhi Square, the Dattatraya Square with many small and big temples as well as the priest houses have remained the master pieces not only to Bhaktapur but also of the country.

 

Basudev Lamichhane
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