Kathmandu, Feb 5 . In the remote northwestern tip of Nepal is Humla, the last district that isn’t yet linked to the road network. At 2,900m elevation, Simkot is the highest placed district capital and has a busy airport that services Indian pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar across the border in Tibet. After the earthquake destroyed the main Nepal-China border post at Kodari, the number of Indians on Kailash pilgrimage crossing the tiny border settlement of Hilsa grew three-fold to 10,000 last year.
Emerging Nepal Limited, a Public Private Partnership (PPP) investment company established mainly to foster and help grow the key enabling infrastructure frameworks, industrial promotion and management oriented business to build a better Nepal is constructing a Hotel in Simikot, Humla in partnership with the local promoters.
Hotel Alice is being established mainly to address the undressed segment of tourism attraction destination in Nepal, create employment opportunities, foster economic prosperity and development at local level, serve tourists visiting Kailash Mansharowar (a holy place for Hindus, Buddhist and Jain pilgrims), serve domestic tourist visiting Humla for recreation or official purpose and a well facilitated modern conference hall for trainings and conferences. Being largest and first earthquake resistant RCC structure property in Simikot, the Hotel would be differentiating its services than the already existing hotels in the locality in terms of quality and customer services. The Hotel’s estimated project cost till completion is Rs. 8 crore and it will have 42 rooms and a modern conference hall.
Subarna Paudel, Director, Hotel Alice The Wonder Inn Ltd. said: “Humla has huge potential for religious and domestic tourism. If all goes according to plan, we will be opening our Hotel by May 2018. We are committed to adding value to the community and the region.”