The 'New York Times' newspaper has shared a list of 52 great places to travel to in 2024. Among them is Mustang in Nepal.
Last May, CNN also recommended Mustang, calling it one of the 23 must-visit places globally. CNN highlighted Mustang's famous ancient trail for mountain trekking.
The 'New York Times' described Mustang, an old Himalayan kingdom in northern Nepal, as a place that has kept its rural charm and culture for centuries.
Being featured in the New York Times list is expected to bring more foreign tourists, according to local representatives. Janakraj Pant, Mustang's Chief District Officer, believes this will boost overall tourism in Nepal.
Mustang is not just a tourist spot; it's also a religious and archaeological destination. The well-known religious site, Muktinath, attracts both locals and foreigners.
Lomanthang, another attraction in Mustang, is famous for its historic mud houses and villages. The Jyampa Monastery in Lomanthang is a valuable cultural heritage of Nepal.
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Chief District Officer Pant mentioned that many villages in Mustang are tourist attractions on their own, drawing visitors from around the world, including photographers.
Mustang's snowy landscapes in winter contribute to its appeal, attracting more tourists. In 2023, almost a hundred thousand foreign tourists visited Mustang, along with thousands of domestic tourists.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pant noted that Mustang still receives a substantial number of tourists. There are enough hotels to accommodate visitors, with houses even transforming into temporary hotels during peak seasons.
Tourism is growing in the region, and efforts are underway to promote trekking routes, including those leading to Kailash Mansarovar.
Tasi Nharvu Gurung, Chairman of Lomanthang Rural Municipality, emphasized the budget allocation for promoting tourism in Mustang. The recent opening of the Kora La border post-COVID-19 is expected to boost tourism and the local economy.
Mustang can be reached by flight or vehicle, with various transportation options available from Kathmandu, Pokhara, and other nearby locations.
Overall, Mustang's inclusion in the New York Times' list is seen as a significant recognition, and local authorities are working towards making the region even more accessible and appealing to tourists.