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Airbus A330 Museum; An Aviation World in Itself

The man behind this museum is Mr. Bed Upreti – a former member of Nepalese Army, an instructor pilot, an aviation writer, an aerial photographer in overall an aviation enthusiast. After the successful commencement of the 1st ever aviation museum in Nepal i.e. Dhangadi Aircraft Museum. The gigantic sized aircraft museum constructed with a retired Airbus A330 of Turkish Airlines is situated in the heart of Kathmandu- Sinamangal. The museum is built in a land area of approximately 8,000 sqm.

Thai Royalty Pays Homage to Buddha's Birthplace Lumbini

Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, which is named after Queen Maha Maya, the Lord Buddha's mother. Dating back to 623 B.C., this temple housed the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. The 62-year-old princess flew into Lumbini on a chartered flight via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepalese Capital Kathmandu. The princess attended various cultural and religious ceremonies organized in Lumbini. She inaugurated the Royal Thai Monastery constructed with the assistance of the Thai government, the report said. On the occasion, more than 2,000 monks, Buddhism followers as well as Thai government officials were present, Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) Project Manager Saroj Bhattarai told the media.

Tiger Tops Hotel Brings Innovation to Jungle Safari

Tourists staying at Tiger Tops Hotel at Gochhada of Kawasoti Municipality in Nawalparasi will no longer have to go for jungle safari riding an elephant rather they will now be walking behind an elephant to enjoy jungle safari. Tiger Tops Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Nepal, has started this venture in wildlife tourism. In Nepal, majority of tourists enjoy wildlife riding elephants, using jeeps or boats. Most of the tourists'' first choice is elephant ride as it is considered safe and secure. The hotel, however, has stopped elephant ride and started this new concept in wildlife tourism.

Char Narayan Temple to be Restored

Restoration of Char Narayan temple, the oldest temple in Patan Durbar Square, which had collapsed during the 2015 earthquakes, was inaugurated amidst a function today.Director General of the Department of Archaeology Bhesh Narayan Dahal and US ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz jointly inaugurated the restoration project. The Embassy of United States in Kathmandu has provided $100,000 through the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation to Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust for restoration of the temple.

Domestic flights to Gelephu and Yonphula to commence November

Drukair will resume domestic flights to Gelephu and Yonphula starting November 11.

Drukair will operate the flights at a promotional rate at both the airports.

Drukair's CEO, Tandi Wangchuk, said that the airlines would operate three flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at both the domestic airports. However, he said that the number of flights would decrease during the 'wind curfew period', during which all operations must be completed by 12 noon. "We expect to fly at least two flights every week during this period." Wind curfew period in Bhutan starts from February and lasts until mid of May. During this period, the velocity of the wind is generally high with wind shears, restricting the flights from operation for safety reasons. Given the load penalty from the challenges, the ATR will be able to carry around 25 passengers. However, the load penalty is dependent on temperature. Lower the temperature, the higher the carrying capacity. During ideal temperature, the maximum passenger the ATR can carry out of Paro international airport is around 35.

Royal Highland Festival Celebrated in Bhutan - Reminds Nomads to Preserve Their Cultures

The two-day Royal Highland Festival in Langothang, Laya that happened between October 23 and 24 saw highlanders from nine dzongkhags exhibit their unique traditions, lifestyle, and cultures.

Festival also gave the highlander some ideas of how they could prevent their traditions and cultures from vanishing. There were veterinary clinics to help the locals understand the sustained methods of livestock rearing and the fodder treatment. Langothang was filled with dome and local tents called Bja. Bja might look hollow and transparent, but it is cold and rain proof.

The festival is a good opportunity for the highlanders to sell their livestock products.

One of the main attractions of this year's festival was horse racing. It is the only time where the locals and spectators get to witness a horse race. Believed to be one of the most ancient sports of the nomadic people, horse racing culture had almost vanished in the highlands.