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Nepal placed on the top of 10 must see countries

Nepal has been placed at the number one spot in the list of 10 countries to visit this year by UK based Rough Guides, one of the leading travel publishers in the world. Nepal travels in 2016 its top holiday's destinations for this year on its website from the Himalayas to jungle inhabited by tigers, elephants and rhinos. Colombia, Cuba, Jordan, Albania, Romania, El Salvador, Wales, Kenya and Sri Lanka follow Nepal in the top ten countries. Another UK- based popular travel publication National Geographic Traveler had placed Nepal in the sixth spot among 16 cool locations to visit in 2016.

Nepal wins Best Decoration Award at Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF):

Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) held at Bangalore, India from January 15 to 17 Nepal's stall has received Best Decoration Award. The NTB stall was decorated highlighting pilgrimage along with culture and adventure attractions for three big banners of Pashupatinath, Pokhara and the Mt Everest placed at the entrance attracted visitors.

Everest Skydive in Forbes 11 places to skydive in 2016 list

The Mt Everest has been include in the list of 11 places to skydive in 2016, American business magazine Forbes has published. "If dropping out of a helicopter at 23,000 feet is always something that you've wanted to do, well then, Everest Skydive has you covered, the Ama Base Camp, a base camp that sits 15, 000 feet above sea leavel, or the Syangboche Airport, which sits 12,340 feet above sea level, "Breanna Wilson wrote for Forbes.

Nepal, Bhutan agrees on six-point Agenda to boost Air Connectivity & Tourism:

Nepal and Bhutan agreed on a six point agenda to boost Air connectivity and Tourism. Nepal has also agreed to Bhutan's proposal of granting two more traffic frequency on Paro-Kathmandu - Delhi and Delhi - Kathmandu - from existing four per week under the fifth freedom rights. Air service agreement (ASA) signed and revised in different periods of two countries. To sign a separate MOU between Tourism authorities to boost tourism by simplifying immigration procedures increase the air connectivity to and between SAARC countries.

Prince William and Duchess to visit Bhutan

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton are expected to visit Bhutan sometime in April.

According to a report by the BBC, Kensington Palace in the United Kingdom announced the visit yesterday via social media.

In their first visit to Bhutan, the royal couple is expected to meet His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. The trip coincides with their previously announced official tour to India in April, the BBC reported.

The announcement made via twitter by Kensington Palace read, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Bhutan this spring", reported the British national daily tabloid, the Mirror.

"Bhutan has previously been visited by The Prince of Wales in 1998 and The Duke of York in 2010", it added.

Taktshang to remain closed every Tuesdays

Officials of Paro Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) reiterated that the closure timing for Taktshang Monastery should be implemented as endorsed during the eighth session of DT.
The tshogdu on December 30 wrote to the Taktshang Lam, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and the Dzongkhag Administration asking them to implement the closure timing from January 1, 2016 as decided during the DT.

The Dzongkhag Administration submitted the proposal saying that cleaning, repair and renovation works will be done on the days when the Monastery remains closed. The decision was to be implemented after informing TCB and other stakeholders. However, during a meeting between TCB, the Dzongkhag Administration of Paro, and Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) on December 23, it was agreed that the proposed timing would be deferred for three months.

ABTO and TCB have been asked to come up with a "workable solution", failing which, the proposed closure as endorsed by the DT will be implemented.

Taktshang gets more than 1,000 pilgrims a day, including tourists. Due to rise in the number of visitors, keeping the trail clean has become an issue.

Bhutan-Japan friendship offer launched on 20.01.2016

Japanese tourists visiting Bhutan will not have to pay the mandatory minimum daily package rate. They will only pay the daily royalty.
This is the highlight of Bhutan-Japan Friendship offer that was launched simultaneously in Thimphu and Tokyo, Japan yesterday to commemorate 30 years of close diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The offer is for the months of June, July and August, which includes 50 percent discount on airfare besides discount of up to 50 percent on the hotels. There will also be flexibility of choices in other services.

All Japanese tourists are required to book their trip to Bhutan through a licensed tour operator.

TCB officials said that Japan has been an important development partner since formal relations started between Japan and Bhutan, especially in the area of agriculture sector where late Dasho Nishioka played an important role in promoting agriculture in Bhutan.