Nepal invades India
FROM ISSUE #41 (04 MAY 2001 - 10 MAY 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Nepal Tourism Board began its long-awaited offensive in India last week, luring Indian tourists with everything from ?Priority Puja? at Pashupati to discounted shopping, free casino coupons and bungee jumping. The message: Nepal is scenic, full of fun, and holy. Indian tourist arrivals have been down since the IC 814 hijacking in December 1999, Indian media portrayal of Nepal as a hotbed of Pakistani shenanigans, and the new rule requiring air travellers from India to carry passports or voter IDs. ?At the moment the passport rule is the biggest hindrance,? said an Indian travel agent. NTB officials hope their India blitz will make Indians want to get a passport and hop on the next plane to Kathmandu.