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Great Himalayan Trails and Tara Air Launch new promotional partnership

The Great Himalaya Trails (GHT) and Tara Air have firm to partner to promote quality trekking tourism in the Nepal Himalaya. The GHT is an east-west network of trails across Nepal's northern region which offers a cross-section of Nepal's natural and cultural diversity. It stretches from the base of Mt Kanchenjunga to the Api-Saipal Range and is 1,700km long, taking up to 120 days to traverse 10 high passes in the Himalaya. GHT is reflection of improve quality and diversity of Nepal's tourism product Tara Air is a subsidiary of Yeti Airlines and operates short takeoff and landing (STOL) flights to most gateways along the Great Himalaya Trails including Taplejung, Lukla, Phaplu, Manang, Jomsom, Dolpo, Rara, Jumla and Simikot. It's part will be the official airline of the Great Himalaya Trails and will carry the GHT logo on all new DHC-6 Twin otter aircraft.

Air Pact signed with New Zealand & Vietnam

Nepal has signed new air service agreements (ASA) with New Zealand and Vietnam. The agreement signed with New Zealand provides for 14 weekly flights with any type of aircraft and third-party code share policy on a reciprocal basis. Likewise, Nepal and Vietnam signed an ASA which permits 14 weekly flights between the two countries. Vietnamese officials have indicated that they plan to operate Vietnam-Bangkok-Kathmandu flights under a code share agreement with Nepal Airlines.

Foot Trail to Langtang Valley Open

A major tourist destination in the country Langtang has finally been reopened keeping in mind the tourist season after almost six month in Rasuwa district. The Foot trail has been constructed from Khamjing, Sherpagaun, Rimche, Chandham, Riverside, Ghodatabela, and Thangsyap and up to Langtang. The constructed trail is a bit longer than the shorter one along Syaphru, Doman, Pahiro and Bembo to Rimche. Still the way from Syaphru to Rimche has beenswept away after heavy rainfall. Some local of langtang have reached their village via helicopters, and tourists have also increased in the area from September.

Ghodepani – Ghandruk Trekking Route Construction Begins

Myagdi construction of trekking main route from Ghodepani to Ghandruk of Kaski has begun. Individuals of Ghodepani have started constructing a well- managed trekking route by placing slates and pebbles on the path between Steep Mountain and forest area. The construction of trekking route stretching 600 meters from Ghodepani has been completed in the first phase.

Tourism in Khumbu Region Rebound

Khumbu region in the roads damaged by the earthquake is presently complete the reconstruction work soon. This will make it easier for climbers to visit the area. According to the Khumbu region around 250 tourists visit on a daily basis. The situation getting better, Lukla airport has started witnessing 20-25 flights per day.

Everest Marathon

The world's highest marathon was rescheduled after the devastating earthquake on April 25th. The 13th Edition of the Tenzing- Hillary Everest Marathon has successfully accomplished on 5th October 2015. This year the event was done for the recovery of tourism and to give continuation to this event. A total of 30 international participants competed against local athletes in the race which was dividing into four categories open, women, Foreigners and half- marathon.

Centre for happiness opens in Bumthang 18th Oct

As a tribute to the father of Gross National Happiness (GNH), the Dewaling in Dhingdhima, Chokhortoe, Bumthang was inaugurated on 18th as an western phase for GNH. Dewaling will serve as the mother centre for the world to serve those in search of purpose of life and The western phase will serve as space for the centre's activities until the chief centre on the right bank of Chamkharchhu is ready in over three years' time.The western phase has meditation and conference halls, dining and living rooms, kitchen for teaching faculty and guests visiting the centre until the chief centre is readied.The chief centre however is still under plan, which will be sprawling on 58 acres of land. The centre besides raising funds for construction of its chief centre is also in pursuit to open similar centres across the world.Dewaling symbolizes the pledge of Bhutanese people to GNH wisdom, a wisdom that concerns the spiritual, physical, health of its citizenry and environment uniting people of all age, race, sex, walks of life and nations to reflect the purpose of existence according to the minister.

Four new birds discovered in Bhutan

Bhutan is now home to 699 birds with the recent discovery of four birds, Jacobin Cuckoo (clamatorjacobinus), Stork-billed Kingfisher (pelargopsiscapensis), Greater Sand Plover (charadriusleschenaultii) and Little Owl (athenenoctua).The discovery of these four new specimens comes two months after Bhutan listed to its record the Beautiful Sibia (heterophasiapulchella) and Brown Accentor (prunellafulvescens) in August. Bhutan also recorded Common Moorhen (gallinulachloropus) and Burmese Shrike (laniusCollurioides) in January and April respectively.The total number of birds in Bhutan has reached 700 as per the database.

60th Birth Anniversary celebrations from November 9-11

The entire country will observe three days of celebrations and festivities beginning November 9 and culminating on the 11th for the 60th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, it was announced at a press conference. In line with this overarching theme, the focus of the celebrations will be on reflecting the achievements of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, taking stock of the current status of initiatives and achievements, and to plan for the future based on the vision, wisdom, and direction of His Majesty.

His Majesty the King will be addressing the nation on November 11.Some of the highlights during the three day celebrations include His Majesty The King presenting one statue of Chenrizig to each of the 205 gewogs enabling the people to pay homage to His Majesty the Fourth DrukGyalpo. Each statue is to be placed in a temple that is mutually agreed upon by the people of the gewog. However, if there is disagreement, throw of dice will determine which temple is chosen.The Queen's Project Office in collaboration with the 60th Birth Anniversary Celebration Coordination Unit will launch 60 different products from various dzongkhags under the One Gewog, One Product programme. The products shall be displayed in tents and sold to the public.

Shows will be organized at the Centenary Park, Dechenchholing, Changjiji, Clock Tower square, Mothithang Park, and on Norzin lam. A treasure hunt is planned for November 9 to be held at Mothithang, Dechencholing, and Nazhoen Pelri. On November 10, a marathon for the elderly, above age 60, will begin and end at the Clock Tower square, besides various other entertainment programmes. On November 11, a cake cutting ceremony will be held in three locations.Separate avenues may be created to stage all traditional sports of Bhutan.