25 MAY 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal
Some heritage sites of Kathmandu valley to open for Tourists from June 15, 2015. The meeting of officials and the TRC including Joint Secretaries of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Director General of the Department of Tourism, Immediate and past Director Generals of Department of Archaeology, Archeological experts, Presidents of the Tourism Organizations, Executive Committee members of Nepal Tourism Board and Administrative Chief of Nepal Tourism Board, headed by the Secretary of Tourism, Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha was held on 25 May 2015 at Nepal Tourism Board. Discussions were made to mark June 15, 2015 as the day to open the heritage sites to the tourists.
Mr. Bhesh Narayan Dahal, Director General of the Department of Archaeology positively confirmed that they will open Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square for the tourists officially on June 15, 2015. He further added that Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha and Pashupatinath were safe enough to take the tourists for sightseeing even today.
Mr. Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation emphasized on the necessity for international media marketing and FAM trips for celebrities, tour operators and travel writers to Nepal. He said this would provide a clear picture of what we still have to offer after 25/04. HAN has committed on providing complimentary accommodation and NATO will be handling the ground transportation and guide for the group.
Discussions were made on the best practice to restore and rebuild the heritage sites maintaining the sensibility and authenticity of the nation’s cultural history.