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2018 to be observed as "Visit Nepal Year":

Government has announced the observe 2018 as "Visit Nepal Year" with a target of welcoming on million tourists to the country. The program for 2016/17 state will launch different promotional program prior to the Visit Nepal Year 2018. Government observed similar campaign in 2011 with a target of bringing one million tourists in 2011 as well. Tourist destination and infrastructure development in new areas as well as marketing of new destinations are other plan has announced for the development of tourism sector. Tourism plan while introducing promotional programs for attracting tourists form neighboring countries.

Nepal records 1st successful mountain summit of the year:

In the spring season of this year, the first ascent of 8000m has been successful. The first time this season, 8091m high Annapurna and Dhaulagiri two different groups (Tim) of 14 foreign climbers have been successful ascent. Annapurna Mountain is the youngest of the eight thousand meter high mountains. The highest peak (8,848 m high) is considered the first. Earlier this season Tukuche (6,920) and amadablama (6,814) meters high, climbing the mountain of success, from the Department of Mountaineering branch until this season

Pokhara tops Forbes "List for" the 20 best value cities for budget travelers:

American business magazine Forbes has published for list "The 20 best value cities for budget travelers" a placing Pokhara, a popular tourist destination in western Nepal at the top. Pokhara was followed by Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with daily budgets of $17.13 and $18.30 respectively. According to report state that Pokhara was cheapest with a daily total of $15.84 as per price of travel, a database of global travel costs. South America is calling name, check out Quito, Ecuador ($22.20 per day) or La Paz, Bolivia ($25 per day). For those looking to avoid tropical places, Kiev, Ukraine and Bucharest, Romania have more temperate climates

Over 400 climbers scale Mt. Everest:

The world highest peak fair weather allowed to move up for more than 400 mountaineers scaled the higher camps. A total mountaineers of various 34 expeditions team to scale more than 400 have made it to the top of Mount Everest according to the Department of Tourism (DoT). Mountaineering in Nepal forced closure for two years due to the twin avalanches in 2014 and 2015 was opened since May 11 this year. A total of 1432 mountaineers from various 97 teams had obtained permit to climb several mountains in the country measuring above 8,000 meters including the Everest or Sagarmatha standing at 8,848 meters'. The total 10 highest mountain across the world, Nepal is home to eight of them. Altogether 100 mountaineers have reached the summit of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Makalu among others peaks. The teams have started returning back from today details of the successful climber set out to scale shorter peaks.

King and Queen of Sweden to visit Bhutan

Another Royal Couple, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will pay a three-day state visit to Bhutan beginning June 8, at the invitation of His Majesty The King.

A press release from the foreign ministry stated that the Swedish monarchs will be accompanied by representatives from the government and number of Swedish companies. This will be the first state visit from Sweden to Bhutan.

“The state visit is an opportunity to strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between Bhutan and Sweden,” the press release stated.

Environment, sustainable development and combating climate change are some areas of common interest between the two countries.

Bhutanese birders participate in global big day (14 May 2016)

Birders from Bhutan participated in the Global Big Day for the first time on May 14 listing 165 bird species in a span of a daylong birdwatching.

“Total of 20 birders across the country, covering 12 dzongkhags participated in the Global Big Day. Initiated in 2015, the event is observed on May 14 every year. The first Global Big Day recorded 6,085 species from 44,173 checklists submitted by 13,664 participants across 135 countries.

The Asia region has submitted a record of 1,334 species of birds spotted by 394 birders from countries such as Nepal, India and China, among others.

Ugyen Pelri Palace to host second floral exhibition

The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition will be held at Ugyen Pelri Palace in Paro yet again from June 4 to 8 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen.

The first Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was held in April last year upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King as a landmark community event to promote and inspire appreciation for beautiful spaces, foster community vitality, and to encourage the growth of a vibrant entrepreneurship in floriculture across the nation.

The exhibition this year will be held on an 18-acre area and will include world-renowned bonsai experts. The thematic gardens will be prepared by participants including the armed forces, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Natural Resources Development Corporation, private florists and representatives from Japan and Thailand.

The gardens will display Bhutan’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 will be available for purchase. Experts will provide useful information and share gardening tips.