New tourist destination in Butwal
The State 5 identified a new tourism spot in Baithauliya Kaparkatti Lake at Butwal Sub-metropolitan City-16. State 5 Chief Minister Shankar Pokhrel inaugurated boating service in the lake on Thursday.
Minister Pokhrel said, “We should develop and promote culture, tourism and tourist places in the State. Besides foreign tourists, we must promote domestic tourism to boost up Nepali tourism industry.” He added, “Although the unique Nepali culture is on the wane in city areas, it is still alive in rural hinterlands. This could draw a large number of visitors.”
Butwal Sub-metropolitan City Mayor Shiva Raj Subedi informed about a plan to develop and promote Kaparkatti Lake by linking it with other touristic and historical places around the area. He said, “The government has allocated Rs 4 million in the current fiscal year for this purpose. The lake that covers 24 bighas area has been cleaned up and turned into a beautiful spot. The development of other infrastructures would also be prioritised.”
The lake is nearly 2 kilometere long, 300 metre wide and 5 metre deep. It is also known as Neel Daha and is believed to be 100 years old. The lake, which had been neglected before, has been a place where the indigenous Tharu community people come for recreation.
It has been given a face-lift and revived after the election of local people’s representatives. The Sub-metropolis has recognised it as a valuable heritage of Butwal and has devised a master plan for its development. Further, it has forwarded plans related to integrated tourism development connecting Kaparkatti lake along with other touristic sites as Jeetgadhi Fort area, Mani Mukunda Sen Palace, Hill Park, Peace Park, Milan Park and Narainapur.