Am I Wise Planning a Travel Now?

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Every time we try to impress the outside world about Nepal's tourism potential and our on tap natural magnificence, we fail in fundamental preparations and our strategy is shy and flat to the basics.

My close acquaintances went for a trip to two different destinations as Dashain ended just a couple of weeks ago. One went to Mustang by himself in his motorbike and another group pursued Rara Lake. I was, and still am in regular contact with both of them since I am about to plan a subsequent trip after a week to a rural destination somewhere in the midwest.

They were apparently cheerful and excited to have a complete trip not only about their destination but also curiously awaiting the en route sightseeing. But at the same time, weather played an adverse move to encumber. He, who smoothly drove past Beni and Tatopani towards Mustang, got stuck in his motorbike a few miles north of Myagdi, around Ghasa. He sent me pictures and videos of ruthless mud and debris-mix left out of a rather minor landslide that is hindering other hundreds of travelers. Still drizzles are pouring to push their bad luck off limits. Similarly, the Rara travelers landed in Talcha Airport, Mugu. After I saw them posting pictures online in horseback with slippers, I asked to get a response that wearing shoes is almost impossible even while riding horses as there are terrains where they have to walk and damps are too quick that wearing shoes will ruin the walk.

These two visible experiences about making trips in the most sought out destinations completely discouraged me from kicking off my imminent trip. We are recently open for travel after two years of pandemic hit as well canceling Visit Nepal 2020. Enthusiasts, regular and occasional travelers are having their bad days at least somewhere middle in the travel route. Every one of us, including travelers and tourism policy makers, is historically aware about our geographical position and its looming adversities. Moreover, the above mentioned travel destinations are not newly discovered tourism spots but have decades long popular travel histories embedding travelers' miseries.

Every time we try to impress the outside world about Nepal's tourism potential and our on tap natural magnificence, we fail in fundamental preparations and our strategy is shy and flat to the basics.

Wholesome scenario of any travel treatise appears like compound story posing a created new adventure. Though there are various excuses to validate the lack of ideal tracks and motor roads linking rural destinations, we are in fact plainly languid even in attempting to make minor improvements. We are vividly aware about the climatic conditions and changing weather patterns in diverse geo-locations of Nepal. Government agencies routinely receive complaints about evergreen hardships faced by trekkers and travelers as well local habitants regarding actual circumstances. Unfortunately, zero grounds still suffer the same.

Actually, this is a synopsis of the full picture. As an individual I am not able to gather reporting from every nook and corners of the country. Evidently, it's not as if every destination is likewise with horror stories in the back. There are many tourism spots with average to excellent access roads and foot trails in Nepal. Irony lies where accessible destinations turn out extremely adventurous. Bikers and hikers excruciatingly complete the routes to return back with brutal messages and suggestions to discourage new goers and that kills enthusiasm big time as I am asking myself if I look wise planning a trip in this scenario.

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