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Pun Hill Listed as Top 10 Destinations in Nepal

The largest travel guide book, Lonely Planet, has listed Pun Hill among the top 10 tourist destinations in Nepal as a part of annual publications of best tourist destinations in the world. The foothills of the majestic Annapurna mountain range has been selected as one of the must see tourists destination the local tourism entrepreneurs with an inexplicable joy. Pun Hill standing 3210 meters above the sea level, offers panoramic view of dozens of mountains of the Great Himalayan Range. A different trek routes including the Pokhare Bagar-Ghar- Ghorepani, Ghandruk- Ghorepani and Nagi - Ghorepani. Nepal has been listed as the top five destinations to visit in year 2017 by the Lonely Planet.

New "Century Trekking Trail' Announced for Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Dhaulagiri trekking region as one of the adventures and challenging trekking trip in Nepal lies in the western part of Nepal with Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) the seventh highest mountain in the world. A new 'Dhaulagiri Century trekking trail' with trekking duration of 7 days has been explored in southern side of Dhaulagiri base camp. The trekking trails will attract more number of tourists in Dhaulagiri area.

Langtang Region Featured in the 52 Places to go in 2017 by The New York Times

Langtang Region, Nepal placed on the list of the 52 places to go in 2017 by The New York Times. US based popular media group in January has placed Langtang among the 52 Places. The newly opened portion of Langtang National Park called the Tamang Heritage Trail affords an opportunity to meet the Tamang people, originally Tibetan horse traders. Visitors to this hinterland 40 miles north Kathmandu dwindled following the 2015.

Bhutan-Korea Friendship Offer Launched : 19th Jan, 2017

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) launched the Bhutan-Korea friendship offer to mark three decades of diplomatic relations between the two nations, according to a TCB press release. As part of the offer, all Korean nationals visiting Bhutan this year from June 1 to the end of August may choose not to pay the all-inclusive mandatory minimum daily package rate of USD 200 a person per night. Instead, they will pay only the government royalty of USD 65 per person per night. Visitors can also avail a 30 percent discount fare on Drukair and Bhutan Airlines and up to a 50 percent discounts in hotels. Visitors also have the flexibility or choice of services and they need not pay the surcharge of USD 40 a person per night and USD 30 each for two persons. The first group of Koreans visiting Bhutan will have a special airport reception on arrival by the Korean ambassador to Bhutan. Visitors should book their trip through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.

Some of the highlights of the events in June, July and August this year are the Royal Bhutan flower exhibition in June, the Haa summer festival in July and the Matsutake festival in August.

Yonphula Domestic Airport Opening Deferred to March 2017

The deadline for the completion of the Yonphula domestic airport in Kanglung, Trashigang has been deferred until March this year. The airport is expected to be operational starting April 2017 according to Department of Air Transport (DAT). Due to some technical issues the Yonphula airport, which was supposed to be completed by October this year, was delayed. Heavy rainfall in the month of July at the location also added to the deferral.

Bhutan To Adopt Conservation Assured Tiger Standards

Bhutan announced yesterday that it is adopting the Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS), reaffirming its commitment to secure the long-term future of the country's wild tigers. CA|TS is currently adopted by Bangladesh China, India, Nepal, Russia and now Bhutan, covering 25 key sites where tigers are known to roam and discussion is underway with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The national tiger survey in 2015 found an estimated 103 tigers living in the country's pristine forests, including some that roam as high as 4,000 metres above sea level. Bhutan is one of the thirteen countries working towards Tx2 – a global goal to double wild tiger numbers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. Three of Bhutan's protected areas are known to harbour tigers, all of which have been registered for CA|TS' independent assessment. The Royal Manas National Park is a key tiger landscape. It forms part of the larger Transboundary Manas Conservation Area that shares border with India and is home to more than 1,500 species, including endangered tigers, elephants and rhinos.