Nepal reopens to tourists

Published on : Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nepal reopens to tourists2Nepal is back in business as its monuments that were damaged by the two earthquakes that hit the country on April 25 and May 12 killing almost 8,800 people has been fairly erected by the government.


In less than two months the country has managed to get itself back as tourism happens to be a major industry in Nepal. At least 743 monuments were damaged by the quakes. Centuries old monasteries and palaces listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO are again out on display for tourists to visit.


Nepal was badly stumped in the peak tourist season as the earthquake completely devastated the country leaving no alternative but to close down. Visitors were compelled to leave the country, hotels were left empty out of fear and trekking companies were left without customers as Everest was out of bounds for trekkers.


Soon as the quakes stuck, the monuments were sealed due to safety concerns to protect the thousands of intricately carved statues from being stolen from the rubble.


But the government is compelled to reopen visitation to these sites despite warnings from UNESCO as the quakes have made financial conditions very weak for the Nepal government. The monuments are still in a very precarious state. Government authorities have said that the structures are mostly safe however at some places visitors maybe required to wear helmets.


The government also said in a statement that geologists would be sent to the mountains to access their safety as all expeditions to the Everest have been stopped for the time being. Hundreds of climbers abandoned their attempt to climb the Everest after avalanches triggered by quakes killed as many as 18 people at the base camp on April 25.

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