SNV, a non-profit international development organisation with headquarters in the Netherlands is supporting Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), and other stakeholders to implement the Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) in Dolpo, Gorkha, Humla, Solukhumbu and Taplejung. The programme is expected to accelerate tourism development in these areas by providing vocational training to local communities and offering support for local businesses to stimulate job creation and income generating as well as infrastructure development and improved health services for local people through tourism sector.
The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) was launched in the Solukhumbu district on 29th May, 2011 on the occasion of International Sagarmatha (Everest) Day and Solukhumbu Tourism Festival 2011.
For the success of Nepal Tourism year 2011, tourism entrepreneurs and officials are busy building up infrastructure and planning new tours and packages for tourists. That the trekkers may get to explore some f the least explored places, Gorkha Tourism Board in collaboration with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is working to establish a new trekking route from Manakamana to Gorkha. Gorkha was the royal seat of the erstwhile Shah dynasty, which ruled Nepal till 2008, when a popular people’s movement overthrew monarchy and declared Nepal a republic.
Gorkha Durbar: The Old Palace of the Shah Kings in Gorkha
The trail, covering a distance of 25 km from Manakamana to Gorkha winds through traditional Magar villages, historical and religious sites and dense forests filled with Himalayan flora and fauna.The Board will be introducing two packages for the trail: a two nights/three days package and a three nights-four days package.
The Gorkha Tourism Board is also planning to revive the ancient Lig Lig Kot race during Chaite Dassein festival(celebrated in March/April). The race will be open to locals and visitors alike, and the winner will be declared the tourism ambassador of Gorkha. According to legend it was by winning in this particular race in the 14th century, that Dravya Shah became the king of Gorkha. However, after his win, he discontinued this race and started the reign of Shah dynasty in Gorkha.