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Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign – A Drive for 2 Million Tourist Arrivals

One such South Asian nation that enjoys a rich tourism potential and often called as the ‘abode of tourism’ is ‘Nepal’.



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Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign – A Drive for 2 Million Tourist Arrivals

Tourism is the word that connects the world!

Be it exchange of knowledge, culture, people-people and government-government cooperation, and more, tourism has been instrumental in the overall development of many nations.

And, it is no exaggeration that there are a few countries solely dependent on tourism for revenue generation and overall development.


One such South Asian nation that enjoys a rich tourism potential and often called as the ‘abode of tourism’ is ‘Nepal’.

Nepal’s tourism is not something usual. Unlike many other places, a visit to the Himalayan nation keeps you awestruck, creating an emotional bonding.

We see that in many cases, where many foreigners who traveled to Nepal for a visit and decided to stay back forever, enjoying the country’s serene climate and natural living!

This makes Nepal a special tourism destination!

As said above, tourism has been instrumental in driving the Nepali economy and the nation’s overall development. It’s tourism that connected Nepal to the world, giving it back the needed financial and humanitarian support in many areas.

Giving a needed impetus to its key contributor, the Government of Nepal has been announcing special tourism campaigns in the form of ‘national tourism year’ campaign with the sole goal ‘Visit Nepal’.

2011 was the first dedicated ‘National Tourism Year’ for the country. Continuing the spirit, 2020 is now the dedicated ‘New Tourism Year’ for Federal Nepal, targeting 2 million tourist arrivals.

‘Visit Nepal 2020’ has its roots in the erstwhile government but has become popular as the brainchild of the ‘ex’ Tourism Minister late Rabindranath Adhikari.

Visit Nepal 2020 - Lifetime Experiences

Logo: Visit Nepal 2020 Lifetime Experiences

We don’t have Adhikari around, but his brainchild continues all along!

Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign – The Slogan All Across!

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) dedicated the Visit Nepal 2020 launch to Rabindra Adhikari in recognition of his efforts in finalizing the campaign and bringing it to the current level.

From the idea stage to official launch at ITB Berlin 2019 conference, Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign has left many milestone memories for Nepal tourism along with contributing to local-level development at all levels.

Read: Recalling Rabindra Adhikari: NTB Launches ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ During ITB 2019

Key Highlights and Developments on sidelines of the Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign:

  • In view of the campaign, the Nepal Government has been planning a wide range of tourism promotion and related developmental activities across the country and globally
  • In 2018, the government decided to promote 100 new tourism destinations starting 2019, with at least 10 new destinations in every province.
  • For improved air connectivity, the government has initiated development of new airports across the country, with at least one major airport in each province
  • Government has identified five national-pride projects on priority basis
  • 8 new hotels are expected to be launched in 2019 for enhancing accommodation to tourists visiting Kathmandu, Pokhara and other urban areas in Nepal
  • Tourism publicity programs under ‘Neighbor-First Strategy’ have been planned across neighboring countries
  • Nepal appointed famous Indian veteran actress Jaya Prada as the new ‘Goodwill Ambassador of Nepal to India’ to promote Nepal tourism in India
  • Nepal Tourism Board hosted special roadshows in UK during January 21-21, 2019
  • Pokhareli Forum UK and Brecon Nepali Society jointly organized a ‘Hike for Nepal’ program, with a call for scaling the height of Black Mountain in Wales, on August 04, 2018.
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter and Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) organized the 41st PATA Travel Mart 2018 (PTM2018) in Malaysia during September 12-14, 2018
  • Nepali expedition team scaled the world’s famous mountains including Mt Aconcagua (6,962 m) to promote Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, globally
  • Local events such as 12th Chitwan Festival, 15th Elephant Festival, among others were organized to popularize the campaign locally
  • Tourism Board has created more than 25 special tourism packages for tourists on the lines of Visit Nepal 2020 campaign
  • There are also around 6 special activities on offer including Mountain Flight in Nepal, Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bhote Koshi River Rafting, Bungy Jumping part of tourism promotion

Nepal Tourist Arrivals

Nepal is currently riding on confidence it received from nearly one million tourist arrivals in 2017 and more than one million arrivals in 2018. Continuing the pace, Nepal tourism is making positive moves even in 2019, showing 25 percent and 35 percent year-on-year growth rates in January and February 2019, respectively.

2018 Nepal Tourist Arrivals Reaches Magical 1 Million Mark

The country has a rich tourism potential in the form of globally-registered UNESCO heritage sites, beautiful cities, highly-revered pilgrimage sites, religious structures, among others that can take ahead the Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign.

Nepal Heritage Sites Entry Fees

Stay enchanted as you walk past the timeless structures of ancient Nepal. Stand eye-to-eye with the glory of the Ranas, the devotion of the Buddhists, the fine craftsmanship of the Newars and much more. The mighty land of heritage sites will never cease to surprise you. Planning to make a trip? Nepali Sansar brings together some of the most famous Nepali heritage sites’ entry fees.

Please note: All prices are mentioned in Nepali Rupees (NPR)

Nepal Tourist Site Non-SAARC Countries SAARC Countries China Nepal Fee Exceptions Remarks
Bauddhanath Stupa NPR 400 NPR 100 NPR 400 Free Free for children below 10 years
Bhaktapur Durbar Square NPR 1,500 NPR 500 NPR 500 Free Free for children below 10 years (groups from 11-20)
Changunarayan Temple NPR 300 NPR 100 NPR 300 Free
Central Zoo NPR 250
NPR 150 for children between 4-12 years
NPR 250
NPR 150 for children 4-12 years
NPR 250
NPR 150 for children 4-12 years
NPR. 50
NPR. 25 for children 4-12 years
For Nepali Students NPR 30
Chitwan National Park NPR 1,500
13% VAT
NPR 750
13% VAT
NPR 1,500
13% VAT
NPR 100
13% VAT
Price Per Day Per Entry
Chitwan Elephant Breeding Camp NPR 50 NPR 25 NPR 50 NPR 10 Elephant ride fare – Foreigner: NPR.. 2,500; SAARC: NPR.. 1,500; Nepali NPR. 500
Ethnographic Museum NPR 200 NPR 100 NPR 100 For students NPR 15
Others NPR 35
Garden of Dreams NPR 200 NPR 200 NPR 200 NPR 100 Free for children below 5 years
For children between 5-11 years NPR 50
25% discount for a group of 10
International Mountain Museum NPR 400 NPR 200 NPR 400 NPR 80
Kapilvastu Museum NPR 10 NPR 5 NPR 10 NPR 2 Closed on Tuesdays
Kathmandu Durbar Square NPR 1,000 NPR 150 NPR 1,000 Free Free for children below 10 years Includes trip Tribhuvan Museum Visit
Lumbini NPR 200 NPR 100 NPR 200 Free For Indians
NPR 16
Lumbini Museum NPR 50 NPR 50 NPR 50 NPR 10 Closed on Tuesdays
National Art Museum, Bhaktapur NPR 150
NPR 100 for cameraNPR 200 for video camera
NPR 50
NPR 50 for cameraNPR 150 for video camera
NPR 150
NPR 100 for cameraNPR 200 for video camera
For Students NPR 10

NPR 25
NPR 50 for camera

NPR 100 for video camera

Closed on Tuesdays.

The fee includes wood carving and brass and bronze museum in Dattrareya Square

Pashupatinath Temple NPR  1,000 NPR 1,000 NPR 1,000 Free Per Day Per Entry

* Free for Indian Nationals

Tourists can view the temple from the back premises

Patan Durbar Square NPR 1,000 NPR 250 NPR 1,000 Students with letter from school NPR 10

Student Card Discount NPR 20

Others NPR 30

This includes Patan Museum visit

* Entry fees for Nepalese are applicable only for Patan Museum

Patan Golden Temple NPR 50 NPR 20 NPR 50 Free Closed on Buddha Jayanti
Swayambhunath Stupa NPR 200 NPR 50 NPR 200 Free Free for children below 10 years
Tharu Cultural Museum NPR 25 NPR 15 NPR 25 NPR  10 Free for children below 10 years

Source: Nepal Tourism Board

The Conclusion

Hope the existing potential and ongoing efforts towards tourism promotion would make the ‘Visit Nepal Year 2020 Campaign‘ a grand success!  All the Best Nepal!

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