BHIMDUTTANAGAR, Sept 27: The first six tourists from different countries entering Nepal from the Gaddachauki checkpoint received a warm welcome marked by fanfare. Gaddachauki is a transit point on Nepal-India border in the far-west.
They were welcomed by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Kanchanpur branch at Gaddachauki on the occasion of the World Tourism Day that falls today.
The welcomed tourists are Swedish national Medaline Tegeletla, German Maria Gaizeller and Eranast Est Genestewer and David Sibiyak, Australian Jack Cameron and Japanese Fuya Ejiyama, according to the NTB, Kanchanpur branch.
On the occasion, Chief of District Coordination Committee Fairu Tamang and Bhimduttanagar Municipality Mayor Surendra Bista among others feted the first six tourists with traditional Nepali cap Dhaka Topi , shawl and vermilion.
The NTB's Kanchanpur section which is the major checkpoint for the tourists coming Nepal in from province no 7 has been run by an office assistant Thaneshwor Lekhak for the past five years.
Lekhak alone prepares pamphlets as well as other promotion materials and have been giving briefing the tourists about the tourist spots in the province no 7.
According to his observation, the number of tourists visiting Nepal through this checkpoint is increasing. He shared, "So far 183 foreign tourists have entered Nepal via this checkpoint as of now in 2018 while 200 have exited through this checkpoint."
NTB Kanchanpur Branch Chief Padam Raj Bhatta informed that American tourists have entered in highest number through this checkpoint followed by Germany, France and the UK.
A total of 1,745 tourists had entered Nepal through this checkpoint in 2017, according to NTB, Kanchanpur branch.