Nepal sees increase in number of Indian tourists
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 23:25
Kathmandu: Indicating a surge in Indian tourist arrivals in Nepal, new data published by tourism authorities here shows over six lakh Indians visited the country in 2010, a jump of over 70 per cent.

The data also showed that the number of Indian tourists visiting Nepal by land is three to four times more than the number arriving by air.

While over five lakh Indian tourists arrived in Nepal last year by land, over one lakh arrived by air, a data published by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) showed.

Using a mean data on the basis of number of Indian vehicles entering Nepal, NTB said that 520,522 Indian tourists visited Nepal in 2010 by land, which is a 74.43 per cent increase over last year's estimated arrival of 298,415.

Besides, a total number of 120,898 Indian tourists arrived in Nepal by air which is an increase of 28.8 per cent over the previous year's figure, of 93,884, according to the NTB.

Altogether 96,928 vehicles including tourist buses, mini-buses, jeeps, cars and bikes with Indian number plates were registered in eight main entry points connecting Nepal and India through land route, a senior official at NTB said.

Out of eight entry points, the Behiliya?Bhairahawa entry point accounts for 50 per cent of the total passenger traffic between Nepal and India, the report states.

Indian tourists coming to Nepal via land route contribute significantly to Nepalese economy, the NTB official said.

Nepal government has launched Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign with an objective of attracting one million tourists from foreign countries.


First Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 23:25

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