January 9: Once famous for sweet apples, Helambu, a tourist site, is waiting for domestic and foreign tourists in Sindhupalchowk.
Following the spread of the COVID-19, tourist arrival had dropped drastically.
With most of the countries opening their borders and restrictions, Helambu is waiting for the visitors to come.
Helambu has built attractive hotels and guesthouses with local resources. The tourist site is home to Langtang National Park, Melamchi khola’s water fall, topographical diversity, delicacies made from local products.
“Gumbas, Melmchi Great Trail, Palchowk Temple and Holmo Community’s cultures are major attractions of the Helambu”, said Chairman Nima Gyaljen Sherpa of Helambu Rural Municipality.
Captivating statute of Guru Renpoche constructed at the entrance of Helambu and Great Trail have started luring tourists, according to Sherpa.
Apples are not available in Helambu at the moment. “Apples have stopped growing at Sermanath, Chhimi, Nakate, and Tarkeghyang villages”, said a local Karma Tokpe Lama.