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Kathmandu: In order to promote the Himalayan region, tourism experts in Nepal mooted a cross-border tourism route, the media reported on Thursday.

At a forum here on Wednesday, tourism entrepreneurs proposed the cross-border tourism route – including Nepal, Tibet’s capital Lhasa, India’s north-eastern state of Sikkim and Bhutan, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The symbolic route within four different countries can be a major attraction for foreign tourists,” Bikram Pandey, president of Himalayan Expedition Nepal, said addressing the event.

Tourism entrepreneurs here have mulled over two separate Buddhist and Hindu circuits in the region. They have devised a guided tour route, including Kathmandu and Mustang of Nepal; Lhasa, Saga and Mount Kailash of Tibet; Gorakhpur, Varanasi and Sikkim of India and Paro of Bhutan.

They believe that the cross-border connectivity will narrow down the existing gap in the tourism sector across the Himalayan region. However, the experts also pointed to the challenges of this new initiative.

“Transportation, tourism facilitation and government policies can be difficult for cross-border tourism in the initial phase,” said Prachanda Man Shrestha, chairman of National Tourism Foundation.

Nepali tourism entrepreneurs have already received the green light from the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation of India.

However, they are yet to hold formal talks with tourism entrepreneurs of China and Bhutan.(IANS)(Picture Courtesy:indiasamvad.co.in)

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India, Nepal Review New Developments in Ties

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning more towards China than India

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Recent developments in India-Nepal ties across various sectors came up for discussion during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Thursday.

“The two ministers reviewed recent developments in bilateral ties across diverse sectors, including progress achieved on the three transformative initiatives launched in 2018 in the areas of agriculture, railways and inland waterways as well as pace of implementation of ongoing bilateral development and connectivity projects,”the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“They expressed satisfaction at the significant progress made in different sectors of cooperation as a result of intensified bilateral exchanges at all levels in recent months,” it said.

According to the statement, the two leaders reiterated their commitment to maintain the new momentum and to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties between the two countries.

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India, Nepal review new developments in ties.

India reset its ties with Nepal last year through a visit by Prime Minister Modi, his first after K.P. Sharma Oli became the Prime Minister.

During the visit, both sides agreed to boost trade and economic links, connectivity via air, land and water, people-to-people ties, with Modi declaring that India will work like a sherpa in the Himalayan nation’s development endeavours.

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This happened after there was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning more towards China than India. (IANS)