In 2021, a large number of tourists visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.
When compared to the scenario in 2020, the tourism sector has seen a significant improvement in 2021.
In the first three months of 2020, a total of 45,329 foreign tourists visited Lumbini. After three months, however, the COVID-19-led lockdown began.
“In 2021, a total of 508,892 tourists, both foreign and domestic, visited Lumbini after the lockdown was released,” stated Gyanin Rai, chief administrative officer of the Lumbini Development Fund (LDF).
However, the tourism industry was still closed for three months in 2021 because to the pandemic — in May, June, and July.
Tourists visited Lumbini for nine months in 2021, according to Rai, with domestic tourists making up the majority.
463,963 Nepalis, 43,732 Indians, and 1,197 visitors from other countries were among the 508,892 tourists who visited Lumbini in 2021.
“Among the foreigners,” Rai claimed, “there were 140 Americans, 139 Chinese, 108 Germans, 81 Russians, and 55 Brazilians.”
Lumbini was also visited by tourists from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, South Korea, Ukraine, Japan, and Thailand.
“The key tourist attractions in Lumbini are Maya Devi Temple, Pushkarini Pond, Ashoka Pillar, Bishwo Shanti Deep, Nauka Yatra, central canal, and several domestic and foreign monasteries,” stated Rai.
Despite the presence of COVID-19 in the country, authorities at the LDF reported that the number of tourists visiting the region was encouraging.
Lumbini’s hotel and tourism entrepreneurs also reported that a large number of tourists visited the city in 2021.