Kapasebhanjyang :Despite being an attractive destination, the number of foreign tourists visiting Kapasebhanjyang has become almost zero due to lack of publicity. Though sporadic tourists visit Kapasebhanjyang on the border of Khotehang Gaonpalika-2, Vaplukha of Khotang and Temke Mayung Gaonpalika-9, Lekharka of Bhojpur, the traffic of foreign tourists has become almost zero due to lack of publicity.
In recent times, the construction of physical infrastructure has been expedited for the promotion of tourism. Khotehang Municipality of Khotang and Temke Mayung Municipality of Bhojpur have jointly formulated a master plan to develop Kapasebhanjyang as a tourist destination. The state and federal governments have also invested in the construction of the necessary physical infrastructure.
A nine-member committee has been formed under the leadership of Sane Bishwakarma of Khotang for the overall development of Kapasebhanjyang, a natural tourist destination. Named ‘Selme-Kapase-Halhale Tourism Promotion Committee’, the committee has now intensified the construction of physical infrastructure.
An integrated settlement of 87 households is under construction in Kapasebhanjyang, where the Kiranti community’s Sakela Chad Udhauli / Ubholi and Ranke Mela will be held on the day after Saune Sankranti. Rupen Rai, a local engineer, said that the construction of physical infrastructure has been expedited with the objective of making Kapasebhanjyang the choice of domestic tourists and attracting foreign tourists as a means of earning money.
Last year, the Ministry of Tourism and the number one state government had allocated Rs. 2 million for the construction of a multi-purpose tourism park in Kapasebhanjyang. Khotehang Municipality and Temke Mayung Municipality had allocated budget for road construction, drinking water, market management, playground and pond construction last year.
According to the Tourism Promotion Committee, the construction of the park will be C-shaped to house statues of 16 national dignitaries of Nepal. Abhiyanta Rai said that a ‘Paruhang Park’ is being constructed in Sumni with the investment of Temke Mayung village in the place which is also known as Tindhare by the locals. A ginger processing center and a potato storage house are under construction on a public land covering an area of about 3,000 ropanis. It is stated that the work of the potato storage house is being carried out in coordination with the Agriculture Knowledge Center Khotang through the budget received from the state government under the multi-year plan.
About 15,000 tea plants have been planted in the area this year in collaboration with TTS Cooperative Society of Bhojpur. The tea plant provided free of cost by TTS Cooperative Society has been planted on 25 ropanis of vacant land with the active participation of the locals.
Chairman of Temke Mayung Village Municipality, Dhruv Kumar Rai, said that the municipality has planned to connect Kapasebhanjya with Mundhum Trail, one of the 100 destinations designated by the Government of Nepal. “Kapasebhanjyang, which is a natural tourist destination, has been the choice of domestic and foreign tourists since the past,” he said. “We plan to build a footpath from Bhojpur to Everest by connecting Kapasebhanjyang with Mundhum Trail in the coming days.”
Chairman of Khotehang Village Municipality, Pradip Rai, said that work is underway to develop Kapasebhanjyang as a major tourist destination and also to promote religious and tourist sites in the surrounding areas. “We have made it a point to develop Kapasebhanjyang as a multi-purpose area,” he said.
“The natural resources here cannot be used as a source of income,” said Chairman Pradip Rai. “The main problem here is lack of publicity and physical infrastructure,” he said. “In order to attract foreign and domestic tourists, special attention should be paid to publicity here.” He said that the living standard of the locals could be raised if the tourism sector could be developed here.
Even the locals are happy after the government of all three levels showed interest in the promotion of Kapasebhanjyang, a tourist destination in the southeastern region from Diktel Bazaar, the main business center of the district. The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, various green fields of the Terai, and the headquarters of Khotang and Bhojpur can be clearly seen from the naturally beautiful Kapasebhanjyang. Kapasebhanjyang, also known as Gurans Park, has Buddhist shrines. The Tourism Promotion Committee has stated that work is underway to upgrade the natural structure of the tourist spot without damaging it.
Other local levels of Khotang district, which has ten local levels, have also given priority to tourism promotion programs. One local level is constructing footpaths and roads in coordination with other local level religious and tourist sites