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Rafting on Kaligandaki River being popular among tourists

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POKHARA — Kaligandaki River is becoming the destination of domestic and foreign tourists wishing to enjoy adventurous tourism.

The river is gradually stealing hearts of tourists arriving here for rafting.

According to tourism entrepreneur Tek Bahadur Magar, the river continues to welcome an increasing number of tourists since the past few years. Tourist flow has increased here in the recent years.

Season for rafting in the river begins from the second week of March.

Two to 12 groups arrive here daily to take the experience of water rafting. The flow of tourists increases during holidays.

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Tourism entrepreneur Milan Tiwari said rafting in the river has been included in the package programmes of tourism business here.

Rafting routes beginning from two points Beni and Lasti of Myagdi get an end near the reservoir of the Kaligandaki Hydro Power Project ‘A’ via situating at the trijunction of Syangja, Parbat and Gulmi districts going through Nayapul and Maldhunga of Kushma.

It takes three days to complete rafting along this route while the route from Lasti to Nayapul is quite shorter and it is the choice of tourists who want to enjoy a daylong trip.

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Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The inflow of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in arrivals in September, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The country has received 91,820 foreign visitors in September,thanks to strong growth from India and China, according to a press statement issued by NTB.

Nepal has four main seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn, which falls between September an November, is the best season to visit the Himalayan nation as the skies are clear giving stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September in comparison to the same period in 2017 while visitor arrivals from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

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Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 52.8 per cent over the same month last year.

Likewise, arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 per cent. The number of visitors from Japan and South Korea has also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.

The European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France swelled 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively.

However, New Zealand and Australia witnessed a decline of 9 percent and 4 percent compared to the 2017 figure. The number of visitors from the US and Canada also dropped 9 percent and 2 percent respectively in September.

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