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Pokhara on World's Best "Spring Trips 2017" List

National Geographic travel magazine has recommended 12 destinations around the world to visit in this spring. Pokhara listed of destination not to be missing in the spring of 2017. The Pokhara soaring over adrenaline-junkie Himalaya views without the hiking, Pokhara gateway to Nepal's Annapurna region, is considered one of the world's top spots for paragliding due, in part, to jaw-dropping views of glaciers, lakes, and snow covered peaks. The relatively tame Cloud Buster (20-30 minute) scenic flight, a longer (45-60 minute) cross country tour and the spinning and spiraling acrobatic flight. Before launching from Sarangkot (2,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley) snap a pic of Pokhara majestic mountain Triple Crown 26,795 foot Dhaulagiri, 26,040-foot Annapurna II, and 26,781 foot Manaslu.


Number of Trekkers rise in Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Conservation Area is famous for its circuit treks and Annapurna and Machhapuchhre base camps. The conservation area covering the area of Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung district in the Annapurna range of the Himalaya is Nepal's largest protected area. Trekkers reached the area last year whereas the number of trekkers from the Saarc region stood at 18,554 but also the 2016 trekker numbers are still 39.10 percent below the 2014 figure.



Nepal's Tourism Promoted in Sri Lanka

A tourism promotional program with slogan Nepal Embassy in Colombo has organized event was Hotel in Colombo. A large number of outbound travel agents tour operators and representatives of government agencies of Sri Lanka, federation of chambers of commerce and industry of Sri Lanka Nepal Business Council, Sri Lanka Nepal chambers of Commerce and Industries, Chamber of tourism and industry of Sri Lanka, prominent media houses and country manager of Himalaya Airlines, among others, were present in the program. Nepal in Sri Lanka, the program was conducted Embassy in Colombo which was also covered by some prominent media houses based in Colombo.

Nepal to Strap Everest Climbers with GPS Device

Mount Everest during the upcoming spring climbing season will be strapped with a GPS device to locate them in case they are in trouble and to prevent claims of reaching the summit. The World's Highest Peak in April and May, of climbers are expected to attempt to climb only a few will be fitted with the devices as an experiment. The device will also track the movement of the climbers on Everest. The data will be checked after they get back from the mountain to determine whether they reached the summit and should be issued a climber's certificate. The 2017 spring climbing season is expected to busy on Everest to scale the peak last year following two years of disasters on the mountain.




National flower, Blue Poppy is a new species

It has been discovered that the national flower, the Blue Poppy is a new species to science with the discovery of two more new species of the Meconopsis : Meconopsis elongata and Meconopsis merakensis. Meconopsis elongata is also endemic to Bhutan.

The national flower has been renamed as Meconopsis gakyidiana from Meconopsis grandis before. The blue poppy now has been upgraded to a species. Earlier, the national flower was misidentified as a subspecies to Meconopsis grandis.

The Maconopsis gakyidiana was named after the country's guiding development philosophy Gross National Happiness. Gakyid stands for "Happiness" and diana is the nomenclature term for the flower.



Exhibition Centre for Made and Grown in Bhutan Products Inaugurated

An exhibition centre that will display local products was inaugurated in Changzamtog, Thimphu, on 27th March.

The centre is expected to promote construction materials, plumbing, electrical, handicraft items and agro products, that have been manufactured or grown in Bhutan, according to an economic affairs ministry press release. It is also expected to help local producers market their goods and produce for both the local and international market.

One of the main objectives is to reduce imports of goods that are already produced locally. The centre will invite producers and manufacturers to give talks and presentations to promote their products. Workshops and other kinds of gatherings will also be arranged at the exhibition centre.



Punakha Drubchen Celebrated from 4th to 6th March 2017

The Punakha drubchen was held in Punakha Dzong from 4-6th March for 3 Days. Both tourists and locals witnessed the festival.

Punakha Drubchen is a unique festival because it hosts a dramatic recreations of the scene from the 17th century battle with Tibetan army. The Pazaps or local militia men dress in traditional battle gear and reenact the ancient battle scene. This reenactment harkens back to the time when in the absence of a standing army. Men from the eight Tshogchens or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the invidaing forces from the country. Their victory ushered a period of new-found internal peace and stabili