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Tourist numbers boost in Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Trekking Circuit of domestic as well as foreign tourists has increased the beginning of the tourist season. Daily basis during the peak tourist season on Annapurna circuits around the 200 international tourists reach in the trekking route. International tourists from such as Israel, Germany, France, Australia, the UK and America, among others the world come for Annapurna trekking every year.


Himalayan Airlines to launch flight to Colombo:

Himalayan Airlines announced direct flight from Kathmandu to Sri Lankan capital Colombo launching on October 1 scheduled commercial flights between Kathmandu and Colombo re-establishing direct air links with Sri Lanka after more than three decades. The newly established carrier, a China - Nepal joint venture, will operate three weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays using 158 Seater Airbus A320 aircraft. It flights will depart from Tribhuvan International Airport at 11:30am and land at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo at 15:15Pm local time, return flight will leave at 16:15pm local time and arrive in Kathmandu at 20:15pm.



Zhabdrung's Relics Exhibited on 22nd September

A visit to the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) will give visitors a rare glimpse of sacred relics that once belonged to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and some of his reincarnations.

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, the Royal Patron, graced the opening ceremony of the exhibition titled "Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel – The Founder of Bhutan," at RTA yesterday.

Her Majesty said that Drinchen Gi Pham – Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel – is highly revered in Bhutan and is regarded as the founder of the country. Her Majesty said that 1616 is a most important year in Bhutan's history as it was in that year Zhabdrung embarked on his historic journey from Tibet to Bhutan.

Bhutan commemorates the 400th year of Zhabdrung's arrival in Bhutan this year.



Bhutan-Japan Friendship Offer Sees Sharp Rise in Japanese Visitors

More than 3,300 Japanese tourists visited Bhutan under the offer

A total of 3,348 Japanese tourists visited Bhutan during the three months of June, July and August, this year, according to the preliminary report compiled by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) on the Bhutan-Japan friendship offer.

This was five times higher than that of the months of June, July and August in 2015, with just 625 Japanese visiting the country.

The three-month special offer was provided in celebration of the 30th year of diplomatic relations between the two countries and to celebrate the Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. The offer was also made to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel's arrival in Bhutan and to celebrate the birth year of Guru Rinpoche.