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CALL OF THE MOUNTAINS Nepal
CALL OF THE MOUNTAINS Nepal

The Himalayan kingdom is all set to lure South Indian tourists

The majestic Mt. Everest, the deepest gorge in the world, quiet river valleys, ancient cities, towering pagoda temples, the entertainment and the friendly people - these are the assets of Nepal in a nutshell. Nepal is a destination best described as a mélange of adventure and culture.

A new market

Buoyant from increasing number of tourists from India, Nepal Tourism Board is now planning a focused marketing strategy to attract South Indian tourists to Nepal. "India is a very important market for us and we are currently visiting Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi and Chennai and intend to showcase Nepal to travel trade and corporates," said Ujjwala Dali, manager, Tourism Marketing and Promotion Department of Nepal Tourism Board.

Religious tourism

Encouraged by the interest shown by the public in Bangalore about Nepal, Dali said that the sales mission to Coimbatore is yet another step in joining hands with the travel trade industry here to promote Nepal. As religious tourism is of special interest to South Indian market, NTB is promoting special packages to Pashupatinath for the forthcoming Shivratri festival on February 26.Other areas of interest include leisure holidaymakers, adventure travel enthusiasts and honeymooners.

Something for everyone

History lovers can enjoy as many as seven World Heritages Sites located in the Kathmandu Valley within a radius of 20 kms. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Changunarayan, Lumbini, Swoyambhu and Boudhanath are placed in Cultural World Heritage Sites while Sagarmatha National Park and Royal Chitwan National Park are placed in Natural World Heritage Sites. Dali also urged the South Indian corporates to consider Nepal as a destination for Meetings and Incentive movements. "Himalayan Kingdom offers a complete MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) package at very attractive rates," she added. NTB's sales mission to Coimbatore includes delegates from Eco Trek, Fishtail Tours & Travels, Samrat Tours & Travel, Heritage Tours & Travels, Peak Promotion Tours and Explore Nepal Richa Tours & Travels.K. JESHI

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