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NAC starts Kathmandu - Nepalgunj Flight

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) started Kathmandu - Nepalgunj flights with China made 56 seater Modern Ark (MA) 60 aircraft on Tuesday, 11 Nov, 2014. According to an NAC official, the aircraft took off from the capital to Nepalgunj at 7 in the morning. The flights has been scheduled three times per week on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 pm. Now the MA 60 aircraft will make weekly 14 flights in the country.

Nepal Airlines to Resumes Mountain Flights

After a 17-year hiatus, the Nepal Airlines Corporation is set to operate mountain flights. The national flag carrier plans to resume mountain flights with the Chinese-made MA60 plane whose test flight was conducted on Saturday. Government officials including Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, NAC officials, and journalists boarded the plane from Kathmandu to Mt Everest, sightseeing along the Himalayan range. "Following test flights, we and our technical team concluded that mountain flights are feasible with the Chinese-made plane," said Madan Kharel, managing director of the NAC. "We will start commercial flights in four months when another MA 60 plane arrives [from China]. The NAC is buying five other Chinese-made planes and two Airbus planes.

Bharatpur Garden Resort starts operation

Bharatpur Garden Resort has formally started its operation. A group of businessmen, politicians and industrialists has invested Rs 170 million to open a luxurious resort in Bharatpur of Chitwan district. The resort, which is spread over 22 katthas, has 40 rooms and a conference hall. Of the 40 rooms, 22 are deluxe, 16 are super deluxe and 2 are suite rooms. According to the promoters, swimming pool and well-maintained garden are the major attractions of the resort. The resort has a big conference hall where people can organize meetings, seminars and private parties. It has six seminar halls for small gatherings.

Visit Bhutan 2015
'Visit Bhutan 2015' campaign has recently been launched to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty, the 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The campaign will feature itineraries from local tour operators, highlights for 2015 and event calendar for anyone to view.

Le Meridien in Bhutan
Le Meridian, a high-end, design focused hotel owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has come to Bhutan as well. Currently there are 2 properties in Thimphu and Paro each. A blend of contemporary and traditional/ local design, the hotel in Thimphu is located 0 minutes from town and the frequently visited Memorial Chorten/stupa.

The Thimphu hotel has 72 stylish guest rooms and suites. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambiance for you to experience and enjoy. It is a complete fresh approach with all rooms smoke-free.

Experience a variety of amenities at the Le Meridian, Thimphu – from bell boys to valet services and escorts to the guest rooms. Three restaurant venues that serve different types of cuisines – Latest Recipes (7 AM – 11 AM) which serves exotic gourmands with contemporary dishes and seasonal specialties with regional and international dishes, unlocking the senses with a buffet and à la carte selection. Sese Shamu – named after the golden mushrooms of Bhutan. This venue serves Pan Asian cuisine, and finally the Latitude 27 which is a café serving fresh illy coffee and a variety of eclairs during the day and a chic lounge bar.

The Le Meridian in Thimphu will kick start operations this December while the property in Paro is on it's way!

Special Discount from Aman Resorts and Uma Resorts
During the off-season, Aman Resorts and Uma Resorts are offering a special discount for off season travelers. For further information you may contact your TWX representative.

National Day of Bhutan – 17th December
The National Day of Bhutan is 17th December. The date marks the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first Druk Gyalpo of modern Bhutan. Celebrations are held at Changlimithang Stadium, and include a public address by the Druk Gyalpo and a procession including a statue of Ugyen Wangchuck to honor the first Druk Gyalpo and the independent Bhutanese nation. A huge crowd gathers at the stadium to witness and celebrate this occasion. Many officials, dignitaries and sometimes the King with the royal family attend the ceremony.