According to Tek Bahadur Gurung, chief of Annapurna Conservation Area Project check post in Muktinath, there were good number of tourist before 25 April but after earthquake there are only handful of tourist coming to Nepal. “Around 40 Indian tourists used to come to Muktinath on a daily basis before the earthquake. Now, we getting only two or three Indian tourists,” Ram Prasad Subedi, the priest of Muktinath Temple said.
Many tourists who have travel to Nepal has found Nepal situation different from what they had seen in International media.
Paul Patrick of Iran who arrived in Jomson after trekking said, “I did not face any problem during my trek from Lamjung to Jomson via Manang.” He urged tourist to come to visit Nepal without any hesitation.
Gopal Krishna, a pilgrimage to Muktinath Temple from India said, “Rumors doing round in media that Nepal is not safe to visit is not true. Everyone can come here and enjoy without anything to worry about.” He also added that some infrastructures have been damaged but Nepal is still safe to visit.
Andrew Jones a vice-chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) said that after April 25 his impression towards Nepal has been devastated as international media reports showed that everything has been destroyed. After arrival, he found that Nepal was much better that he had anticipated and to be honest, there was not any problems visiting Nepal and did not found Nepal unsafe to visit. There are many places in Nepal that have escaped the disaster and there are many places to visit.
Us trekker Michelle James was happy to complete Annapurna Circuit even after the devastating earthquake. She said, “We cannot say Nepal is unsafe. I did not feel any insecurity here and I am very glad that I chose this country for my vacation.”
Millions of people around the world have been bombarded with the images of broken down houses, temples, building and terrifying living conditions of people in Nepal after earthquake. The images portrayed in media turn beautiful tourist destination look like a rubble zone. The image of Nepal to entire world need to change.