Indian 'Prime Pilgrim' returns after three-spot pilgrimage

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned to India today at 4:40 pm after a thirty-hour sojourn in Nepal.

Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali saw him off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

During his speech at the civic-reception ceremony in Janakpur, Modi had stated that he was visiting Nepal as a 'Prime Pilgrim' and not as a Prime Minister this time.

Modi visited the Janakpur based Janaki Temple and offered prayers at the Vivaha Mandap as soon as he arrived in Nepal on May 11. On May 12, he flew to the mountainous district of Mustang to perform pooja at Muktinath Temple.

In the afternoon, before being felicitated by the KMC, Modi visited Pashupatinath Temple to receive blessings and to perform a special pooja.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart on Friday had jointly inaugurated the Ramayan Circuit -- a bus route connecting Sita's birthplace Janakpur in Nepal to Ram's birthplace Ayodhya in India.

The duo had also laid the foundation stone for Arun III hydropower project on the same day during a joint-statement session.

During his stay, Modi was engaged in multiple political meetings.

He was felicitated by Janakpur Sub-Metropolitan City and Kathmandu Metropolitan City in two separate civic-reception functions.