Nepal possesses rich cultural and historical assets and holds the prospect of a rapid economic development and prosperity if these resources are exploited efficiently. The capital city is popularly known as the city of temples among the foreigners, while the other parts are not far behind as far as cultural resources are concerned. All these cultural heritages ranging from Pathivara Devi in Taplejung, BarahaKshetra in Sunsari, Chhinamasta in Saptari, Ram-Janaki Temple in Janakpur all the way to Manakamana in Gorkha, Swargadwari in Pyuthan, Bageshwori in Banke, Muktinath in Jumla are popular not only among the Hindu pilgrims but also people of other communities, including foreign tourists. It is widely believed, even beyond Nepal’s borders, that tourism can take a big leap in this country if Nepal can develop all the existing cultural heritages and places of historical importance into attractive tourist destinations. There is good news in this regard in this daily; the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) and Kamalamai Municipality in Sindhuli district have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to prepare a master plan in the next six months for the renovation and reconstruction of the Sindhuligadhi For
Sindhuligadhi is a historical monument of great importance as Prithvi Narayan Shah's army had used it as a military base to fight against the invading British Army in the 1760s. The British India government had sent its troops to Nepal in response to a request of Jaya PrakashMalla, the king of Kantipur, to check Prithvi Narayan's unification campaign when he was about to declare war on Kantipur, Patan and Bhaktapur. However, the Gorkha Army led by SardarBanshuGurung, Kaji Shree Harsha Pant, Bansha Raj Pandey and BirbhadraUpadhyaya not only crushed Captain Kinloch-led British Army and confiscated about 500 guns and other ammunitions from them but also foiled British India government's attempt to gain control over entire Nepal. However, in the subsequent period of history, the government and other concerned authorities failed to give due importance to this historical site and over time it was reduced to a poor state, though every year the locals marked Nepal Army's victory with a festival. Now that the NRNA and Kamalamai Municipality have geared up to devise the master plan for its reconstruction, we can safely say that it will be restored to its original state.
Besides agreeing to bear the cost of preparing the master plan, the NRNA has also pledged to mobilise its network to raise funds for the reconstruction, while Kamalamai Municipality will take it as the basic document for the task. At a time when the Kathmandu Durbar Square and many other historical and cultural monuments that suffered total or partial damage during the April 2015 earthquake remain in a state of total neglect, Kamalamai Municipality and NRNA's move to reconstruct the historic Sindhuligadhi Fort is indeed commendable. The reconstruction of the Fort taking its historical importance and originality into account will surely boost tourism in the district and help generate more employment and market the agricultural and other products of the district.