The Swayambhu Management and Conservation General Committee is providing free entry to foreign tourists coming to visit the Swoyambhunath Stupa area on the occasion of the 2560th Buddha Jayanti on May 21. Tourists from SAARC member countries are charged Rs. 50 while those from other countries are charged Rs 200 per person on normal days.
Vice-president of the General Committee Gyanu Lama said that tourists would be benefited from the entry fee waiver, a special offer to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Buddha. The General Committee collects approximately more than 100 thousand rupees per day on an average from entry fee from foreign tourists during the peak tourism season and around Rs 50 thousand on normal days.
Swayambunath is a major Buddhist holy site renowned worldwide. The stupa suffered significant damage due to the devastating earthquake last year. The inflow of tourists to this temple had gone down since the earthquake last year.