Dashain festival and its impact on Nepal Tourism 

Damodar Dhakal

The festivals have always been a detrimental factor that has had a major impact on the development of cultural tourism in Nepal. Having said so Dashain is no different in the context of the value it carries for the host communities. These kinds of events have the potential to generate a vast amount of tourism when they cater to out-of-region visitors, grants, or sponsorships, of direct or indirect intent of any form or kind.

The key tourism goal for events is to attract more tourists (especially in off-peak seasons). The event of Dashain acts as a catalyst for urban renewal and to increase the infrastructure and tourism capacity of the destination.  What the festival does is attracts tourism, improving the place’s image and supporting the local community. Hence the festival of Dashain is a great anchor for attracting tourism.

Dashain is like a carnival. Everyone is in a happy mood. Regardless of age, ethnicity, all of the citizens celebrate in a most delightful way. From worshipping Durga at temples to flying kites, receiving tika on forehead with blessings from elder ones, relatives, it’s the time for celebration. And this is the wonderful opportunity to witness, learn and experience local cultures, values; lifestyle for foreigners. However, the reopening of trekking/tours is delayed by a month for the resumption of domestic flights, transportation, and hotels. The government has eased down the lockdown in Kathmandu Valley. With this relaxation of lockdown, shops now are operational with time bound limitations and restrictions. 

This news is a welcoming sign for trekking companies after a long pause. Though the chances of gaining profits are grim the company owners look forward to starting its operations. They will be running their companies in compliance with all the health and safety guidelines established by the government. Domestic airlines would have to follow strict safety guidelines for check-in, ramp buses, and on-board aircraft. Flights will initially only fly from countries that have been less affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The government did not elaborate on which countries would be first, but did say that more countries will be added gradually. This could mean that all nations are welcome in Nepal that too during the biggest festival bonanza time of Dashain.

Observing the biggest Nepali festival of Dashain during peak trekking season at favorable weather conditions gives every travel lover an exclusive opportunity to experience nature, culture and festivals at its best. Either you are a first time trekking in Nepal or an experienced hiker who has been here before, visiting Nepal during Dashain offers something new and exciting for everyone. Either you choose Everest, Annapurna, Langtang or any other region treks. Dashain is a national festival celebrated with joy, happiness and blessings all over Nepal for ten long days.

You will get the best of adventure and a chance to create beautiful moments to treasure. While local inhabitants of Nepal will get a chance to welcome, offer every travel essentials and prosper. The good thing about Dashain for tourists! The biggest plus about being in Nepal for Dashain for tourists is that the city roads, Kathmandu city in particular, are virtually empty. It’s one of the best times of the year to explore the city’s old heritage sites without the usual motorbikes and little cars tearing through them. Likewise the usual hustle and bustle of Kathmandu vanishes. The touts, hawkers and street sellers have all gone home. You can wander around Kathmandu Durbar Square, the old city and the ghats in relative peace.

The introduction of tourists to sensitive areas can be detrimental, cause a loss of culture, or, alternatively, contribute to the preservation of culture and cultural sites through increased resources. Economic impacts are usually seen as positive, contributing to employment, better services, and social stability. One of the biggest benefits of tourism is the ability to make money through foreign exchange earnings. Tourism expenditures generate income to the host economy. The money that the country makes from tourism can then be reinvested in the economy.

Eventually it boils down to the planning process and its execution capacity so as to have the maximum positive effect on Nepal tourism. The responsible who’s who provides the information that the top management needs to make effective decisions. Similarly it’s all about how to allocate the resources in a way that will enable the organization to reach its objectives. Productivity is maximized and resources are not wasted on projects with little chance of success. If all these travel ingredients are channelized appropriately during festival seasons. Then the festival of immense magnitude such as Dashain will emboss its positive impact on Tourism in Nepal for its sustenance and longevity.

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