The house in Rangsi, Rolpa that was inhabited by Puspa Kamal Dahal during the Maoist People’s War as well as the surrounding area has now been declared a ‘war tourism center’.
Dahal, including his wife and son, had stayed in the house of a local Lal Bahadur Gharti from April 2004 to February 2005. Dahal moved to another village after receiving information that the army was about to attack the house. The army had attacked the house shortly after and the house still has bullet holes on its walls.
The house used by Dahal during war is currently in a dilapidated condition and is supported with iron bars to prevent it from crumbling.
According to Jitendra Pun, secretary of War Tourism Development Committee, the committee is planning to modernize the 70-meter-long tunnel under the house and lay stones in the courtyard. A helipad is also being constructed near the house.
Moreover, Dahal was staying in the same house when he had met then UML leaders Bamdev Gautam and Yuvraj Gyawali for the 12-point agreement that was signed between seven political parties and then Maoists.
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Barshaman Pun said that the beds, cooking utensils and clothes used at that time as well as the documents written there will be put on display for public at the house once it is turned into a war tourist center.
The state as well as local governments are planning to conserve and promote the site, Minister Pun said. He suggested that the house can also be turned into a home-stay facility for people who come to visit the war tourism center.