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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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Far-West Province has high potential: Minister Bhatta

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BAITADI— Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment of Far-West Province Maya Bhatta has said that Far-West Province has high potentials for development.

At an orientation programme for journalists in Baitadi on Saturday, Bhatta said that the Far-West Province has high chance for religious tourism.

On the occasion, Province Minister Bhatta feted Far-West Provincial Chairman of National Association of Tourism Journalists (NATOJ) Amar Raj Bhattarai and newly-elected Chairman of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Baitadi chapter Mahesh Prasad Awasthi.

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