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Chitwan's Patihani Emerging as Tourist Hub

Chitwan National Park, Patihani offers a scenic view of different types of birds and endangered animals. Natural beauty with an opportunity for the visitors to observe the culture and tradition of local indigenous communities. Tourism is flourishing in Patihani as the National Park is quite near from here and the local hotels offer various entertaining activities like elephant ride as well as jungle safari. Similarly, home stay facility has been booming in the area with the local residents' involvement. Organic food, daily life of local people and homely environment are some of the special features of home stay service. Local Tharu and Bote communities showcase their culture traditional dance to the visitors.

Nepali Embassy in Switzerland Organizes Destination Promotion Programme

Nepal association with the NRNA, Switzerland held a destination promotion programme: 'Mountains connecting cultures and peoples. Nepal to Switzerland in the programme highlights positive development in Nepal, accomplishment of inclusive Nepali constitution. Nepal and Switzerland bear similar geographic features and cultures by the mountainous terrains, the Swiss experience and best practices in development could inspire the development course of Nepal.

In a programme presentation of a video featuring natural beauty, heritage sites and culture of Nepal, showcase of Nepali dances, distribution of tourism promotion materials, along with serving a Nepali dinner to the participants were other highlights of the programme.

Nepal Launches Chinese Language Classes to Boost Tourism

Nepal and China have launched a programme to offer free training to up to 200 tourism entrepreneurs in Mandarin to attract more foreign visitors from China. A group of 40 people, tour operator and tourism entrepreneurs, will be trained during the six month a new batch of tourism in the Chinese language in Kathmandu. Chinese tourists promote in Nepal it also strengthen people to people relations between Nepal and China.

Graceful Prinia Takes Bird Species to 722

A sighting of a Graceful Prinia (Prinia gracilis) near the riverbank of Maokhola in Gelephu on May 13 has brought the number of bird species in the country to 722.

The Graceful Prinia is found in lowlands in tall grasses and shrubs especially by the wetland. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa and southern Asia.

The 11-centimetre long Prinia falls under Cisticolidae under Genus of Prinia and species of Prinia Gracilis. It has a streak sandy grey-brown upper part, white under part and cross-barred tail.

Bhutan – 8th Mountain Echoes Literary Festival announced in Thimphu from 25th – 27th August

Bhutan is all set to host the 8th edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Thimphu, for three days from 25th to 27th August, 2017, with a special inaugural ceremony on 24th August. This festival was established under the patronage of Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wang chuck, and the eighth edition of the festival aims to provide a collaborative platform for cultural dialogue and encourage the exchange of ideas, stories and experiences. The festival is an initiative of India-Bhutan Foundation and will be held in association with India's literary consultancy, Siyahi.

The three-day festival will celebrate the Untouched Beauty, Unexplored Ideas and Unstoppable Voices from the heart of the happiest country in the world.Headline names set to appear at the festival this year include Markus Zusak, an Australian author known for his international best-sellers such as The Book Thief; Francesca Beard, a London-based writer and performance poet who is appreciated around the world; American television host and author Padma Lakshmi and India's national treasure, author Ashwin Sanghi.

The highlights from the Bhutanese contingent include His Eminence Kyabje Khedrup Rinpoche Ugyen Tenzin Thinley Lhendup, ace photographer and filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji, Khenpo Sonam Bumdhen of the Central Monastic Body, and front-runners of the Bhutanese fashion world, Chimmi Choden and Chandrika Tamang. Other well-known authors set to attend the 2017 edition of the festival include Prayaag Akbar, award winning journalist and author of the bestselling book Leila; leading mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, Sahitya Akademi Award winner Jerry into and Sharanya Manivannan, author of the critically acclaimed The High Priestess Never Marries: Stories of Love and Consequence among others.

The 2017 festival will embrace and explore globally relevant issues such as environmental conservation, natural history, spirituality, and the global evolution of textiles and design traditions, amongst others, thereby bringing together a range of expertise and perspectives on stage throughout the three days.