Tourist tariff increased as a fundraising bid for restoration of monuments

The Hanumandhoka Durbar Area Conservation Committee has established a trust for reconstruction and restoration of the historic and cultural monuments that suffered partial, extensive and full damages during the massive earthquake which struck on April 25.

State news agency RSS reports, the Committee has also hiked the fee charged on tourists visiting the Durbar Square from existing Rs 750 to Rs 1,000. The tourists visiting from countries other than the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) were being charged Rs 750 before the introduction of the new tariff. The Committee plans to collect the additional charge of Rs 250 into the new fund.

The fee charged on the tourists from SAARC member states has remained unchanged at Rs 150. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) had taken the decision to hike the price recently which is now being implemented, said Committee Programme Chief Narendra Bilash Bajracharya.

Around 400 tourists in average used to visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square on a day during this season before the quake struck. The number has now declined to 250.

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