LAMJUNG: The 20th Ghalegaun festival kicked off in Nepal’s popular Annapurna Circuit route on Monday.
In a bid to push the agenda of economic prosperity, preserve the indigenous folk culture and make publicity of Ghalegun as a smart village, the festival was organised, shared Prem Bahadur Ghale, chairperson of Tourism Management Committee, Rural Tourism Ghalegaun.
Ghalegaun lies in the lap of Lamjung Mountain and Annapurna Mountain in the northern part of Lampung. The festival has started with a slogan ‘Preservation and promotion of indigenous folk culture; base for the development of rural tourism’.
Among the key attractions of the festival are sigh-seeing of panoramic view, exhibition of mythological handicraft products, exhibition of local agro product, observation of sun shine and sunset.
“We wnt to execute the national campaign of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ by strengthening rural economy through the promotion of rural tourism”, Gurung added.
He further said they have been engaged in the campaign of making publicity of entire rural municipality being not limited to Ghalegaun.
It may be noted that the foreign minister level SAARC meeting had declared Ghalegaun as a model rural tourism village of the SAARC region. The joint government formed after the success of the People’s Movement in 2006.
The effort for the promotion of rural tourism since 1999 now has pushed an agenda of making it a first smart city of Nepal.
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