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Youths open Resort in eastern Nepal


Bahundangi (Jhapa), December 28, 2016: Local youths in Jhapa have established Elephant View Resort, nestled along Indo-Nepal border of eastern Nepal’s Bahundangi village. The resort will be inaugurated on Friday by eminent personalities of India and Nepal.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by the board of directors during a press meet with Indian and Nepalese media persons.

The initiative was started a decade back to alleviate ‘Human Elephant Conflict’ along the eastern Nepal villages of Indo-Nepal border by an NGO Nature Conservation Society.

The area is perfect for the domestic and international tourists to view wild elephants crossing the Mechi River from India into farmlands in Nepal to graze on seasonal crops.

The Elephant Resort was earlier built on a shoe-string budget, lack of financial support from the government and improper management forced its closure.

However, this year with the initiative of local social workers Arjun Karki, Rajkumar Oli, Niraj Bogati and Rajesh Baskota the resort was rebuilt into concrete huts on a large space. Guests coming to the resort can stay in the comfort of four beautiful cottages. The cottage has several facilities including a large meeting hall, spacious dining hall and several huts on the resort premises for family dinners have made the resort an attractive option for tourists.

Arjun Karki, a director of the resort, said, “The resort has been built not only for the sole purpose of making profits, but also for providing jobs for local youths who are migrating abroad seeking jobs. It is unfortunate several of them become victims of human trafficking. Indian tourists visiting Nepal do not get a chance to see a large herd of wild elephants crossing the Indian territory into Nepal to satiate their hunger.”

“We provide Nepali, Chinese, Thakali, Continental, Tandoori and a variety of delicious dishes cooked from organic vegetables bought directly from local farmers. Our aim is also to promote rural tourism,” said Elephant View Resort Director Rajkumar Oli.

The nearest tourist spots from the resort are Mini Mountain Picnic Spot, Krishna Thumki (a large stone with the footstep of Lord Krishna and a cow), a humongous Banyan Tree spread over 10 Cottahs of land, tea gardens, river crossing at Mechi River, horse riding, trekking, mountain biking and a visit to the orange orchid at Salakpur village are sure to make the trip memorable for tourists visiting the Elephant View Resort at Bahundangi in Eastern Nepal.

By Prashant Acharya

Source: siliguritimes.com