The NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) joined forces with a local trail development committee in a bid to launch the country's first accessible-friendly trail dubbed as Deurali-Naudanda trail. Let's delve straight into the details.
The trail was introduced by Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, during a function that took place in Pokhara on Saturday, March 31st. The inauguration was part of a three-day international conference on Accessible Tourism, which was organized for the first time in the country.
"The trail offers a magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna, Fisthtail and Manaslu," NTB said in a statement on Saturday. According to the statement, the trail has been built in Pokhara in order to bring a substantial segment of accessible tourists’ population (via Nepali Sansar).
This 1.3-km trail is touted as the first of its kind in the entire Asian region. On top of that, it offers an awe-inspiring panoramic view of several mountains including Annapurna and Machhapuchhre, according to a report from The Hindu.
It is deemed accessible to not only people who use wheelchairs and senior citizen but also for individuals with prosthetic limbs. According to Minister Adhikari, the recently-inaugurated hiking trail adds a new element to the country's tourism industry.
The Deurali-Naudanda trail is a total of 1.3 kilometers in length. It forms an alluring region of hiking path in the ridge, spanning 14-kilometers-long and connecting Sarangkot to Naudanda.
Minister Adhikari noted that the government would leave no stone unturned in a bid to take it to the global market. He said the hiking trail will be developed as a model route. There's also a possibility that it will be extended up to three kilometers in near future.
“The concerned authorities have pledged more support in the coming fiscal year that will begin in mid-July this year to lay down all the standards and facilities to establish the trail as ‘probably the best’ and ‘leading trail’ in Asia,” the NBT added.
Furthermore, the trail will feature accessible washrooms and appropriate signage. And if that weren't enough, authorities have assured more support in the upcoming fiscal year to initiate the groundwork to make it one of Asia's best and leading trails
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