SURKHET: Surkhet district is to start quite different new programmes, paragliding and rafting, from this year.
Paragliding is a very new adventurous sport in the district though some tourists already enjoyed rafting in Bheri River. The Surkhet Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has taken initiative to bring both services in a commercial manner.
Rakam-Tatopani-Ghatgaun section of the Bheri River in the district is considered to be good for rafting and foreigners though fewer in number arrive here for the sport. The SCCI is hopeful of bringing more tourists when other necessary services are arranged to give satisfactory lodging and food services. It could be a contributing factor for local tourism industry.
As per the new campaign to promote tourism industry in the district, the SCCI has planned to bring a new action plan with new vision within the end of this year.
Besides Bheri, Karnali River has also been considered to be an excellent destination for rafting in the district, said chairman of SCCI, Padam Bahadur Shahi.
Similarly, paragliding services will be operated in Surkhet valley starting from Gothikanda, the old district headquarters, within the end of this year. The entrepreneurs held discussions for sharing experiences with the entrepreneurs from Chitwan and Pokhara in the first round.
The SCCI would make deals with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, District Development Committee and other stakeholders for starting the service, said Shahi.