Embassy Organised Visit Lumbini Year 2012
The embassy of Nepal, in cooperation with the Nepalese community in Aberdeen Scotland, organised Nepal’s Tourism Promotion Programme on 15 September 2012, in Aberdeen. The programme, which was coordinated by Nepalese Himalayan Association, The Nepal Trust, Centre for Sustainable International Development (University of Aberdeen), and The Organisation for Nepalese Culture and Welfare, Aberdeen, Scotland, was well attended by the local and business community, Charity organisations working in Nepal including Nilupul, Nepal trust, Nepalese Diaspora; also included Lord Provost of Aberdeen.
The ambassador of Nepal to UK Dr. Suresh C. Chalise and Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adam jointly inaugurated the function by illuminating the lamp in a traditional Nepalese Pala.
In his keynote speech, ambassador dwelt on the historic yet special relations with Scotland. Ambassador Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise highlighted on the various aspects of the Nepalese tourism and said that Nepal was a pristine tourist destination in the world from various aspects since Nepal had been blessed with unparallel scenic beauty, rich flora and fauna, majestic Himalayas and stupendous trekking routes out of them, and sites of spiritual and archaeological importance such as the birth places of Lord Buddha.
He informed the audience that Nepal had a privilege to be one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world and proffered a Compact and Comprehensive Tourism to the world tourists. He also talked about the various facets of adventure and Pleasure tourism.
He said “Nepal offers all facets of tourism and her tourist destinations, which are well connected by airs and roads; are easily accessible from the capital city of Kathmandu and yet within short span of time, which is most suitable for European and North American tourists who generally go for holidays for five to seven days.” He also remarked The Nepalese Gurkhas had been the cornerstone of the UK-Nepal relationship.
At the end of his speech, ambassador Chalise appreciated the cooperation and gracious presence of the Provost of city Lord George Adam and thanked him on behalf of Nepalese government.
On the occasion, the Lord Provost welcomed the Nepalese ambassador to the city of Aberdeen and applauded the Scotland-Nepal relations. He highlighted the similarities between two countries in terms of social characteristics and mountainous landscapes.
In His speech, Lord Provost remarked the Nepalese community as a hard working, friendly and very welcoming one and commended their presence and contribution to the economic growth in the Aberdeen as well. He expected strong relationship in trade and tourism in coming days as well. Lord Provost also expressed his desire to pay visit to Nepal in future.
Dr. Prasunna Gautam of Nepalese community and Dr. Hilary Homans of Aberdeen University welcomed the Lord Provost, Ambassador and the guests and participants in the programme. During the function, gleeful Nepalese cultural dances and songs were also performed. Besides, Tony Sharp of The Help Nepal, Lama Jiga of Nilupul Foundation and Prakash Bhatta of Nepalese Himalayan association also presented slide shows pertaining to the tourist destinations in Nepal.
The famous Nepali music band KUTUMBA also performed live music show during the program.On the occasion, stall was set up to demonstrate various facts of Nepal and Nepalese handicrafts made in Nepal.
The event, aimed to highlight various facets of Nepal’s tourism, fundamentally focused on the archaeological significance of Lord Buddha’s birthplace Kapilbastu in Lumbini and the Great Himalaya Trail.
Prior to this Ambassador met with Nepalese community living in Aberdeen and enquired and discussed about on their problem. His spouse Dr. Milan Adhikary, Deputy Chief of mission and Councillor Tej Bahadur Chhetri and Hari Bahadur Hadkhale of the embassy accompanied ambassador during the visit to Aberdeen.
Embassy of Nepal
15 September 2012