DEEP MILAN PRADHAN, MIRIK, 13 Mar 2014: Jorpokhari, the once-famed tourist spot in the hills, has gradually lost all its charm and presently lies in a desolate state. The Jorpokhari tourist lodge, once known as Dakbangla, is vividly described in noted Nepali writer Shivkumar Rai’s celebrated novel of the same name. The entire Kanchenjunga range can be viewed in full splendour from the area, but the place by itself is failing to capture visitors’ attention.
Jorphokhari came into the limelight as a top tourist destination in 2000 following several initiatives taken by the then DGHC. The place also became famous as a base camp for Sandakphu-bound tourists.
Unfortunately, this tourist destination has been witnessing fewer visitor numbers over the past few years, more so due to the indifference being shown to it by the concerned department.
Spot manager Satya Prakash Chettri said several notices have been submitted to the authorities, but renovation works have been negligible. He said the two roads that connect Jorpokhari to Simana and Sukhaypokhari are in a deplorable state. Requests were put up several times requested to set up an amusement park and an observatory here to boost tourism, but they all fell on deaf ears. Chettri warned the spot will merge with the surrounding wilderness if renovation and beautification works are not begun immediately. He added there are plans to start wildlife night safaris too, but that seems a very far cry at the moment.
Area residents said the tourism department of the GTA must revive the lost glory of Jorphokhari. The region is also home to the endangered Salamander and the authorities must ensure that these rare reptiles are protected while promoting tourism, they noted.
CAPTION: A glimpse of Jorphokhari.
Text and Photo by: EOI
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