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In view of the Nepal Visit Year-2020, the Restaurant and Bar Association (REBAN) Pokhara is organizing 21st street festival at Pokhara's popular tourism hub, Lakeside, from 28 December 2019 to 1 January 2020.
At a press conference, REBAN shared the event has been organized with a slogan 'Let us enjoy street food and festival of Pokhara'. This year's street festival is to be organized coinciding with the government-announced Nepal Visit Year-2020. The REBAN team has reached Chitwan via Itahari and Janakpur for wider publicity of Pokhara street festival. According to Festival Co-convener Naresh Bhattarai, the festival has been organized with an estimated cost of Rs 7 million while it is expected to draw an income of Rs 8.5 million.
Main attractions of the festival would be national and international cultural programme, Nepal's disappearing cultural programme, stage show in the area stretched over 3-km street and sale of national and international varieties of street foods.
Likewise, exhibition of handicrafts, entertaining sports programme, adventurous tourism events, documentary screening, children's park and performance of various artists would also feature in the festival. Visitors from Chitwan, Kathmandu, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Janakpur and Lumbini among other parts of the country and Lakhnau and Gorakhpur of India are expected to visit the festival, the organizer shared.
The street would have over 2,000 stalls of nine different kinds. The Gandaki State and tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara are jointly organizing the street festival for tourism promotion, shared Surya Bahadur Bhujel, coordinator of REBAN Pokhara Festival Promotion Committee.
REBAN Sauraha Chair Deepndra Khatiwada said collaboration is being made to promote tourism in Pokhara and bring the tourists to Chitwan as well.