Nepal Bicycle Festival has been started from today (2nd November 2020) to promote and revive the tourism sector of our country which has been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism entrepreneurs and various tourism umbrella organizations have joined hands in the event. The main organizers of the event are Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA) whereas the event is being promoted by the tourism body of the government of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The team is led by the legendary cyclist and successful Everest Sumitter Mr. Pushkar Shah along with Mr. Rajendra Sapkota, Mr. Sankar Adhikari, Mr. Subash KC, Mr. Expansion Dahal, Mr. Samrat Pandey, Mr. Mahendra Adhikari, Mr. Him Gurung, Mr. Madhav Nepal, Mr. Mukti Pandey, Mr. C.N Pandey, Ms. Laxmi Shrestha, Journalist Ashok Silwal and others.
The cycling is commenced from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) office at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. The team will be cycling Mahendranagar which is in the western part of the country to Pashupatinagar in the East. They will be cycling through Thakurdwara, Nepalgunj, Birendranagar, Ghorahi, Swagadwari, Tauhihawa, Bhairahawa, Butwal, Tansen, Pokhara, Narayanghat, Hetauda, Birgunj, Lalbandi, Janakpur, Gaighat, Dharan, Biratnagar and Kakadvitta covering the total distance of 1,624 kilometers in their three weeks long tour. The aim of the tour is to give back a life to the tourism of the country which has been paralysed by the COVID-19 pandemic and also to spread a positive message to the people all around the country by promoting and lifting up the domestic tourism and the tourism industry as a whole. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) bid a farewell to the team at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). President of the association Mr. Santa Bir Lama,General Secretary Mr. Kul Bahadur Gurung and Treasurer, Mr.Sudarshan Neupane were present to see off the team. They offered Khada to the team and wished for their victorious journey.