October 19: The hotels and lodges in Myagdi district are full of domestic tourists who have arrived for visiting various tourism destinations in Myagdi as well as Mustang districts. The arrival of tourists has surged immediately after the Dashain festival.
"The hotels and lodges here are full of tourists. Visitors in such big numbers have arrived after two years," said Baburam Acharya, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association, Myagdi.
According to Acharya, the hotels and lodges in Beni, Galeshwor, Pokharebagar, Bhurung-Tatopani, Dana, Ghorepani and Singa are filled with domestic tourists.
The Association's Mygadi chapter said that 50 hotels in Beni have the capacity to accommodate 1,000 tourists. The hoteliers have said they had to send some guests to Baglung and Kusma for lack of rooms in Beni.
Large number of visitors from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Biratnagar, Rupandehi, among other places arrived here after October 15, the main day of Bada Dashain festival. The tourists are reportedly on their way to Mustang via Myagdi.
Chief of the District Traffic Police Office, Indra Bahadur Nepali said the number of tourists travelling to and from Mustang in motorcycles and private cars has suddenly surged. According to him, more than 500 vehicles are travelling on the Beni-Jomsom road daily since the last two days. Before this, 100 to 150 vehicles used to ply on this road daily.
The surge in tourists has elated the hotel and restaurant operators here in the district. They are hopeful of their business picking up pace after suffering a blow for about two years due to COVID-19 pandemic. -- RSS