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Prince Harry in Nepal

Britain's Prince Harry visited Kathmandu accompanied by British Minister of State for Foreign and Common Wealth Office Hugo Swire.

Prince Harry's tour included visiting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu and a disaster relief camp housing people made homeless by the 2015 earthquakes, visiting Bardia National Park, being welcomed as a guest into a Gurkha widow's home for the night, becoming 'Head Man' of the village of Leorani, celebrating the festival of Holi, supporting the Nepal Girl Summit, and paying his respects to Gurkha Soldiers and their families.

He did the perfect trip anyone would want to do in Nepal. It had all the essentials of a fantastic trip - going LOCAL with local food, and home stays, being ACTIVE with boating, trekking and a Tiger trail walk, being IMMERSED with festivals and immersion with locals in a remote village, and being INVOLVED with community action and involvement.

The Prince thanked the people of Nepal for their amazing hospitality and urged others to come and experience this remarkable country. He has truly fallen in love with the hospitality of Nepalese.


Kathmandu ranked World's 23rd best Tourism Destination

Trip Advisor has listed Kathmandu as one of the world's 25 best destinations under '2016 Travel' choice awards. Kathmandu ranked in the 23rd position ahead of Sydney (Australia) and Budapest (Hungary), Award winners were determined algorithm the quantity and quality of reviews and rating for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period a top 25 best destinations. Kathmandu is the only South Asian destination in the Trip Advisor's list feature London as the most favorite destination. Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo, among others, are other Asian destination in the list while Istanbul, Paris, Prague, Rome, New York City and Dubai are the other top destinations in the list.


Free Nepal Telecom SIM Cards for Tourists at TIA

Nepal has begun distributing free mobile SIM cards to newly arrived visitors in a bid to attract tourists and allay safety fears after last year's devastating earthquake and avalanches. Tourism Officials started handing out the pre-activated SIM cards loaded with 50 rupees (50 cents) to all tourists arriving at Kathmandu's International airport. Minister of information and Communication Mr. Sherdhan Rai launched it by providing free SIM card to a foreign couple at TIA of Nepal Telecom and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The cards will be helpful in tracking trekkers and carrying out rescue operations immediately latest measures designed to jump-start tourism after last year's quake that sparked a deadly avalanche at Everest base camp and destroyed the popular Lang tang trekking route.


Himalaya Airlines welcomes its first Airbus 320

Nepal-China joint venture first new Airbus 320-214 aircraft Himalaya airlines welcomed by a grand ceremony at traditional water cannon salute a Nepal Army band playing the auspicious 'Mangal Dhun' at Tribhuvan International Airport. Kathmandu from Chengdu China aircraft handover ceremony represent by Cheng Hui President of the company. Third Nepali carrier in service to served international sector after Nepali Airlines and Buddha Air. The new airlines A320 aircraft has 158 seats in two class configurations, eight for business and 150 for economy, ensuring high level of flying comfort. Himalaya Airlines will be sixth airline to operate on the Kathmandu – Delhi sector after Nepal Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India, Druk Air and IndiGo.



New arrival terminal at Paro operationalized

Travelers can now expect to complete arrival procedures quicker following the operationalization of Paro international airport's arrival terminal.

Despite a continuous flow of passengers de-boarding from four flights landing in quick succession in the morning, the arrival hall that can accommodate up to 500 passengers had space to spare.

This is a major real estate upgrade when compared to the former arrival terminal. During similar scenarios when two or more flights land around the same time, congestion would occur at the former terminal and the resulting passenger queue could occasionally even stretch onto the tarmac.



Nation plants 108,000 saplings for The Gyalsey

Exactly at 10:10 am on March 7th the nation began planting 108,000 saplings. Almost one in seven Bhutanese planted a sapling with prayers for His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.

Organized by the coordinators of the Tendrel Initiatives, the programme's news release read: "…just like a bountiful tree, may The Gyalsey also grow up healthy, strong, wise and compassionate."Tree planters held the saplings in their hands and prayed for HRH The Gyalsey before they placed them in the earth."May these trees grow up to stand as a testament of our prayers and wishes for His Royal Highness The Gyalsey: for His glory, health, happiness and well-being," said agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji. The event's turnout was overwhelming. In most of the dzongkhags, people who came out for plantation outnumbered saplings.

At Kuensel phodrang in Thimphu, some 6,000 people turned up to plant about 5,200 saplings. Those who did not get sapling watered the plants and engaged themselves in cleaning the beds of the saplings that were planted earlier.



Paro Tshechu 2016 (19th – 23rd March)

Paro Tshechu is held for five days annually. The highlight of the last day of Paro Tshechu is the unfurling of the Guru Thongdrol. It is exhibited for few hours at daybreak on the final day of the festival enabling people to obtain its blessing. Paro Tshechu started on Saturday.

This year an additional Thongdrol was unfurled from the Utse of Paro Dzong. It was unfurled to mark the significant events, the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, the 400th anniversary of Zhabdrung's arrival to Bhutan and the birth year of Guru Rinpoche. The Thongdrol is the largest in the country.

His Majesty joined the people to view the Tshechu, and met with thousands of people gathered there.