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AWESOME VIEW Mt. Everest
AWESOME VIEW Mt. Everest

The Himalayan kingdom is all set to lure South Indian tourists

The majestic Mt. Everest, the deepest gorge in the world, river valleys, ancient cities, towering pagodas, plenty of entertainment and the friendly people - that's the magic of Nepal in a nutshell. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is now planning a focussed marketing strategy to attract tourists from South India. As religious tourism is of special interest to many South Indians, the NTB is offering special packages to Pashupatinath for the forthcoming Shivratri festival on February 26. History lovers can explore as many as seven World Heritage sites located in the Kathmandu Valley within a radius of 20 km. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Changunarayan, Lumbini, Swoyambhu and Boudhanath are among the Cultural World Heritage Sites. The Sagarmatha National Park and Royal Chitwan National Park are part of the Natural World Heritage Sites. There has been a spurt in the number of tourists in recent months. In fact, the number of visitors who arrived in December 2005 increased by 18.5 per cent. During the month, both the market segments - Indians and non-Indians - increased by 13.4 per cent and 22.1 per cent respectively, as per the latest figures released by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation quoting Immigration Office; Tribhuvan International Airport.K. JESHI

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