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Pokhara-Delhi direct bus service begins

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KASKI — A direct bus service from Pokhara to New Delhi in India has begun from Monday.

Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet and Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Ranjit Rae jointly launched the bus service on Monday.

The bus service is a joint initiative of the Modern Era Tours and Travels Pvt Ltd of Nepal and Uttar Pradesh Parivahan Nigam, Ghaziabad depot, of India.

On the occasion, Minister Basnet said it was very significant for Pokhara to have direct bus service to Delhi and help to boost the two country relations.

Likewise, Ambassador Rae said with the facility of bus service between Pokhara and Delhi, the tourists visiting Pokhara would also extend their travel to other places as Muktinath and the Annupurna region which would augment tourism in Nepal.

Total eight deluxe buses, four from each side, have started the operation.

The bus fare has been fixed at NRs 3,500 (IRs 2,200), informed Keshav Adhikari at the Pokhara-based travel company.

Nepal’s the then Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 had signed an agreement to launch such joint bus services.

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NAC aims to bring more tourists

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KATHMANDU — Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier which bought two wide-body aircrafts — is exploring new destinations in Europe, North America and South East Asia to bring in more tourists to the country.

The NAC, with the new destinations, expects to increase its business and carry 400,000 tourists on board the NAC planes to Nepal every year.

The NAC’s move is expected to serve largely for the government’s announcement to mark 2020 as Nepal Visit Year.

The NAC is also planning to procure narrow-body planes that would make regional flights while the wide-body planes would fly to the new international destinations.

For the new destinations, the NAC has appointed issue manager.

With the agreement, the NAC planes would make flights to 14 destinations in a week. If things go as planned, the NAC planes would fly to Narita and Tokyo in Japan, easing the tourists visiting Nepal from there.

After getting approval from Japan and South Korea for flights, the inclusion in the significant safety concern list by the EU to Nepal would remove automatically while the flights to South Korea shall open up the golden door for Nepal Airlines.

South Korea is regarded as the safest country in the world in terms of civil aviation. Likewise, the ICAO has already removed Nepal from its blacklist.

Furthermore, the NAC is preparing to operate flights to bring in tourists from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Similarly, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has directed the NAC for announcing new business plans by targeting the Indian and Chinese tourists, realizing the crucial role of the national flag carrier to make the Nepal Visit Year 2020 a success.

“Top priority has been given to the NAC as it is the major basis to bring in tourists,” Minister Adhikari shared.

Likewise, Minister Adhikari shared that expansion of services and facilities of the Tribhuvan International Airport has been prioritized.

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