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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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Over 500,000 tourists visit Nepal in first 6 months

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KATHMANDU — As many as 520,000 tourists visited the country in the first six months of the year 2018.

This is 13 per cent increment in tourist arrivals compared to the number of tourists visiting the country during the corresponding period last year, according to the Department of Immigration.

During the same period last year, a total of 460,304 foreign tourists had visited the country. The data shows that tourist arrivals were encouraging even during the rainy season. It may be noted that Nepal Tourism Board held tourism promotional programs aimed at attracting more tourists to Nepal.

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NTB Chief Executive Officer Deepak Raj Joshi said increase in the number of foreigners even during off season was good news for tourism entrepreneurs. The contribution of the private sector to the country’s tourism cannot be ignored, he added.

The latest data shows that 96,372 Indian tourists visited Nepal in the period while the number of Chinese was 71,379. The number of tourists from the United States of America was 43,816, while the number Japanese tourists stood at 13, 851.

Nepal welcomed tourists especially from South Asia and European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, among others.

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