Dolpa Festival from September 8

With the objective of promoting Dolpa district as a fascinating tourist destination in Mid-Western Nepal, Dolpa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) is organising a five-day long Dolpa Festival 2065 from September 8 to 12 in district headquarters Dunai.

The festival will showcase cultural procession, exhibition of local products, exhibition of local cuisines, volleyball competition, exhibition of native sports and cultural performances by popular artistes. Likewise, trekking to different parts of the district, rafting in Bhairavi River, Tripura Marathon, photo and book exhibition on Dolpa, and documentary show are the other attractions of the festival. More than 25 stalls will showcase handicraft items, rare herbs and other local products of the district.

Mr. Laliman Budha, coordinator of the festival, said that the festival aimed to promote tourism richness of the district. \'Earlier editions of the festival were focused on the exploration of tourism products. Now is the time for promotion of explored products,\' Mr. Budha added. He also informed that people of Dolpa were taking tourism as an alternative profession after herb farming.

Dolpa came to limelight after the success of movie \'Caravan\' that portrayed fascinating landscapes of the district. Phoksundo Lake, Shey Monastery and Shey Phoksundo National Park are the major tourist attractions of the district. Likewise, Bon religion, which is on the verge of extinction, is also practiced in Dolpa. Dolpa is accessible only through air service. Yeti Airlines is adding extra flights to Dolpa from Nepalgunj during the festival.

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