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Himalayan Airlines Expands Arm to Qatar

A Nepal - China joint venture to Himalayan Airlines has expanded its commercial flights to Doha. The Airlines will operate three times a week schedule Airbus 320 flight for Kathmandu-Doha-Kathmandu. A successfully launched inaugural scheduled flight to Doha on May with 158 passengers on board. Nepal reestablished the direct air link with Sri Lanka after more than three decades, with the Himalaya Airlines making commercial flight to Colombo on April 13.


Mt Everest Record for 456 South Summits

Nepal world highest mountain recorded for least 456 climbers, including 199 foreigners stood atop Mt Everest also recorded five deaths this closure the climbing season. Department of Tourism (DoT) states that 199 foreigners from 29 countries and 257 Nepali climbers' successfully scaled Mt Everest after nine ropes fixing Sherpa's first stood on May 11. DoT issued climbing permits to 289 expedition members, along with 457 high-altitude workers representing 34 teams in the season.


Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita receives Nat Geo's award

Nepali mountaineer Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita has received National Geographic 2016 Choice Adventurer of the year award in Washington DC. Sherpa was named the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2016 earlier on February. She had born on Khumjung village in Solukhumbu. She is always been related with trekking and mountaineering eventually developed interest to travel and explore new places. National Geographic an interview, she is currently working on a foundation to provide opportunities to attain education to women and girls.


Argentine devotes Everest victory to promotion of Nepal tourism:

Mt Everest a Latin America actor team came to Nepal this spring to give the world a message the Himalayan country was all safe travel in the aftermath of devastating earthquake. Speaking a press meet in Kathmandu, Argentine actor and musician Facundo, Arana Tagle said overwhelmed by the support Nepali communities; especially Sherpa's who helped team to reach the top of the world from the northern side. Nepal is safe for travellers and the country's flora and fauna are awesome," he added. Facundo was a part of an 18 member expedition team managed by TAG Nepal Treks & Expedition successfully stood atop the summit.


Sweden Royal visit 08 – 11th June

The King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia left the country on June 11 after a three-day state visits to the country. The King said he was impressed with the way Bhutanese have preserved tradition and culture. He said the capital has been growing a lot since their last visit in 1993. The King, who was accompanied by the minister for social security of Sweden and a business delegation, said that it was a fruitful visit.



Second flower exhibition held 4th June

Against the scenic backdrop of Paro Rinpung Dzong and the iconic Ta Dzong, the second Royal Bhutan Flower exhibition began on June 4.

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition is spread over 18 acres of the palace grounds. The exhibition displays the country's rich indigenous plants and herbs, as well as a large variety of ornamental flowers and vegetables from around the world. Seeds, seedlings, gardening tools, cut flowers and souvenirs are available for purchase with experts providing useful gardening tips. The exhibition's newest attractions are the bonsai displays from the citizens of Miharu, Japan and displays of organic vegetables, temperate fruits and exotic flowers from the Royal Project Foundation of Thailand.



Seventh edition of Mountain Echoes to begin August 26

The seventh edition of the literary festival Mountain Echoes begins on August 26 in Thimphu. An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation in association with Siyahi, the three-day literary festival is a confluence of art, music, literature and new media of both countries, serving as the ideal platform for debate, discussion, and cultural exchange.

The festival will open with a conversation on 'climate change and its impact' presented by author Amitav Ghosh and introduced by Indian Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar. Besides exploring contemporary issues facing Bhutan today, the festival will span the country's full history, with a conversation on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in Bhutan. Kuenga Wangmo, Neyphug Trulku and Dasho Sangay Khandu will discuss his journey as undoubtedly one of the greatest figures in the history of Bhutan. 'Bonfire Tales': a cultural journey that travels via motorcycle to the Phobjikha valley in the impressive Black Mountains of Bhutan and then onto the warm climes of Punakha would be inaugurated this year.



Bhutan's forests the last Himalayan biodiversity refugia

Wildlife conservation in the region is proving increasingly difficult mainly due to loss of forest to various activities, forest officials said. The country lies at the intersection of the Palae-artic and Indo-Malayan bio-geographic realms and is incredibly bio-diverse, forest officials said. Scientists have found rich and diverse snails in the country during a recent study. Snail species prevalent in Europe to Malaysia were found in the country. The four different vegetation zones allow forests to thrive and allow wildlife to thrive. Unlike elsewhere in the world, Bhutanese wildlife and humans are surviving together as unique set of factors come together presenting a favourable environment. About 20 percent of the Bhutanese live in the protected areas.

More than 51.44 percent of the country is protected areas with 10 national parks boasting about 200 mammal species, 700 species of birds, 5,603 flowering plants, 470 orchids, and 350 mushroom species.