• Rupak Baniya
4. term, Tourism, Master (Master Programme)
Tourism is a vital component of Nepal's economy, with a particular emphasis on eco-tourism. The diverse natural landscapes and rich biodiversity of Nepal, make it a popular destination for tourists seeking sustainable and nature-focused experiences. This thesis examines the socio-cultural, environmental, and economic dimensions of eco-tourism using a case study conducted in Nagthali, Rasuwa. Nagthali, a rural community in Nepal's Rasuwa district, has evolved as an emerging eco-tourism destination due to its unique natural and cultural heritage. The research investigates the effects of eco-tourism on the local community, economy, and environment, as well as the perspectives and experiences of the stakeholders involved.

Using qualitative research approaches such as semi-structured interviews and participant observation, the findings shed light on the prospects and challenges associated with eco-tourism development in Nagthali. The findings indicated that the implementation of ecotourism in the Nagthali area of the Rasuwa district had both favorable and unfavorable effects on various aspects such as local livelihoods, environmental conditions, economic factors, and socio-cultural elements. The findings also underline the importance of community involvement, cultural heritage preservation, advertising, and environmentally friendly tourism practices in the future development of Nagthali, Rasuwa as a prominent eco-tourism destination. This study contributes to the current body of knowledge on eco-tourism and makes practical recommendations for policymakers, local communities, researchers, and tourism professionals.

Publication date31 May 2023
Number of pages65
ID: 532347591