TOURISM Selling the Himalayas
Endowed with great natural beauty, Nepal suffers from a number of shortcomings that must be addressed before it can become a premier tourist destination.
Nepal has a long way to go before
it can become a tourism hub
Nepal, a small country cradled in the lap of the Himalayas, is diligently working to develop its tourism sector as a means to improve the living standards of its 29 million inhabitants.
Contributing more than four percent to the Gross Domestic Product, tourism is the only sector that brings the largest amount of foreign exchange into Nepal, employs the maximum number of the urban and rural population and helps travelers get a sense of Nepal’s distinct cultural values, deeply rooted traditions and picturesque scenery.
Unlike other countries that harbor a history of political turmoil, Nepal does not try to cover up its history of violence but rather exploits it to its benefit. The most intrepid adventurers traveling to this destination often trek to regions such as Thabang, the birthplace of the bloody Maoist revo-