December 7: The Ghodepani and Poonhill areas along the Annapurna Circuit now feature new tourism infrastructures constructed in collaboration between the government and the local community. The Ghodepani-Poonhill route is one of the 100 new tourist destinations identified by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for infrastructure development. The local communities too are attracted to invest for the development of physical infrastructures along this renowned trekking route as the tourist arrival here is encouraging these days.
Twenty-three solar lamps have been fixed along the route to illuminate it during the night time. A three-room concrete building has been built at Poonhil to provide a safe resting place for visitors during rain and snowfall. Moreover, an RCC building has been constructed for the Magar Museum at Ghodepani.
The cleanliness of community and a courtesy to visitors have been the priorities of locals. A newly constructed trekking route of around two kilometers stretches from Poonnhil to Ghandruk via Mohare, Ghodepani, Chitre and Khiwang. It seems that investors of Ghodepani are competing to attract tourists through better accommodation facility.
According to Ghodepani Hotel Management Committee, the hotels here had capacity to accommodate 500 people daily six year ago while the capacity of these hotels has now increased to accommodate 1,000 people.
Vice-Chairperson of Hotel Management Sub-Committee, Mina Pun, said that a four-kilometer road connecting Ghodepani via Chitre has been graveled. Gandaki Provincial government invested Rs 270 million to blacktop the 18-kilometer road linking Pokharebagar to Chitre.
A hotel to accommodate 40 people has been brought into operation at Khopara under a new concept of taking tourism benefit to community for the first time in Nepal. -- RSS