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Nepal and Tibet Reach 16-point Tourism Promotion Agreement

Tourism Coordination Committee joint between Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of the People's Republic of China signed a 16 point memorandum of understanding along with commitment of collaboration for bilateral tourism. Nepal tourism promote among Chinese people through Chinese Tourism Authority. The 10th meeting of the joint Tourism Coordination Committee will be held in Tibet autonomous region (TAR) of China in 2017.

Nepal Government Sets New Rules for Mountaineers

Mountaineering Expedition Regulation under the Tourism Act, which has been prepared by the Department of Tourism individual climber attempting to scale Mt Everest least mountain guide. Nepal considering banning lone mountaineers from climbing peaks, including Mt Everest. A successfully summitted at least a peak above 7000 meters' in Nepal shall be allowed to apply for a permit to climb mountains above 8000 meters' including Mt Everest the draft reads. The Government over restricting people with complete blindness, double amputation as well as those above 75 years of age, from attempting to scale mountains. Nepali climber can apply for a climbing permit after successfully completing a basic mountaineering training of at least 30 working days.

Daily flights launch of China Southern Airlines:

China Southern Airlines will launch daily flight from Guangzhou to Kathmandu effective from 01 September 2016 due to the increase in passenger load and market demands will operate 14 flights a week effective from 30 October 2016.

New species of Bird discovered

As birdwatching gains popularity among Bhutanese, new birds are being recorded every few months, and the latest being the Temminck's tragopan (Tragopan temminckii).

Considered one of the most beautiful pheasants in the world by many, Temminck's tragopan was recorded from Larjab in Lauri gewog of Samdrupjongkhar. A forester of Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS), Tashi, sighted the Temminck's tragopan in a photograph captured by a camera trap during the national tiger survey in 2014.

Though Tashi had the photograph of the bird since 2014, it was confirmed as a new sighting only a week back. The Temminck's tragopan is found across the eastern Himalayas that covers eastern India, Myanmar, Vietnam and Bhutan.

Bhutan Celebrated Haa Summer Festival (5th – 6th July 2016)

Set among pristine lakes and high alpine valleys, the Haa summer festival is a lively and uplifting celebration of traditional living-culture, nomadic lifestyles, unique Bhutanese cuisine, traditional sports and religious performances. At the Haa Summer festival you may also see the rare White Poppy (Meconopsis superba). This flower typically grows to 1-1.5m in height at high altitudes around 4000m. The White Poppy is endemic to Haa and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The festival was celebrated for two days in order to give tourists a peek into the Bhutanese culture and experience the Bhutanese way of life. In addition to the mask dances and traditional Bhutanese folks songs and dances, alpine flowers were displayed. Traditional sports like archery and darts were played and tourists also experienced the unique cuisine of Haa, which is different from food from other parts of the country.