Tree-houses attracting tourists in State-1
1-Bigha-area, an unknown corner of a known city, is now becoming a new travelling hotspot of Dharan. Located at a sloppy hill of Dharan, the beautiful tree-houses in Subha Gantabya Resort draw around 1000 footfalls a day.
Owner Gyandip Limbu said, “People are thronging our resort because of the tree-houses that we built for the first time. Besides Dharan, people from Itahari, Biratnagar and surrounding cities are frequently visiting these innovative dining spaces.” “Even people from bordering areas of Bihar in India come here on a daily basis,” Limbu added.
Constructed at an estimated budget of 5 million rupees, Dharan’s pioneering tree-houses brought tourists even before its formal inaugural. “We were of the mood to formally launch our tourism package on the eve of New Year 2018. But, visitors started crowding as soon as we accomplished our preliminary construction phase of tree-houses,” said Limbu.
In August 2018, Yalambar Community Forest of Dharan-8 built another treehouse in the memory of deceased counsellor Parsuram Rai. According to the Community Forest Management, the tree-house can accommodate 20 people at a go. It has been welcoming more visitors after the construction of a tree-house.
In Ilam, a local Community Forest Users’ Group has made two tree-houses. Together with local support, the group has constructed beautiful tree-houses at Ilam Municipality-4, Bhaludhunga. These two tree houses have raised the number and frequency of visitors on a daily basis.
Hari Gurung, the campaigner of the tree-house at Bhaludhunga said, “The influx of tourists has already recovered Rs. 1.2 million invested in the tree-houses. At least 250 visitors visit the tree-houses every day.”
Similar is the story of the Dhankuta District. Local youth duo Prem Limbu and Hemkumar Limbu followed the tree-house trend. They inaugurated the first tree-house package in the district in October 2019. Located at Chhathar Horpati Rural Municipality-5 Chumlung, the tree-house has been a magnet of visitors.
“We serve various hotel and restaurant cuisines in our menu like any other normal restaurant. Still, visitors prefer us for this new tree-house concept,” said Prem Limbu.