6 May 2016
2015 was a very bad year for Nepali tourism. The country saw a sharp decline in the number of tourists after the Great April 25th Earthquake. The situation was further compounded by the Indian blockade and protests in the Terai-region. About 50 percent tourists were estimated to have cancelled their trips to Nepal after the natural disaster and political conflict.
As a landlocked nation, Nepal imports all of its petroleum supply and other important stuff from India. Shortage of fuel, medicine, and other supplies crippled the normal lives of people. Inability to get gas supplies for cooking compelled people to starve for many days and forced many businesses to shutdown.
However, the situation has normalized now. Reconstruction of heritage sites has started, even at a very slow pace. Tourism activities are growing and we are receiving more reservations from local and foreign travel agencies, and individual tourists through online booking sites like expedia, agoda, and booking.com etc.