Nepal gears up to welcome Indian PM visiting from May 11 to 12

KATHMANDU: Preparations are on in full swing to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is arriving in Nepal on May 11.

Tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara are excited with the news about the Indian Prime Minister's upcoming visit to the touristic town as they hope that the visit would help boost up the tourism of entire province 4.

Pokhara Tourism Council Vice-Chair Bharatraj Parajuli said the upcoming visit of the prime minister of the world's largest democracy and emerging economic power to the town would keep a significant meaning in the world tourism market.

"It is a matter of happiness for us that the Indian Prime Minister is arriving here," Parajuli was quited in Rastriya Samachar Samiti as saying. He added that they were committed to leaving no stone unturned to make the visit a success.

Meanwhile, the preparations for Shodasi Upachar puja to be conducted by visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have started at Janakpur-based Janaki temple.

According to Mahantha Ramtapeshwor Das Baishnav of the temple, the puja will be conducted as per rituals and also keeping in view the time of the visiting Indian premier.

The Indian PM would stay at the temple for about half-an-hour. The visiting Indian prime minister is scheduled to land at Barahabigha via a chopper and then head to the temple.

According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Prime Minister Modi would start his two-day Nepal visit from Janakpur. Modi, who will depart from Patna on an Indian Air force helicopter, will land at Janakpur’s Baarhabigha, according to Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa.

According to sources at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, a senior cabinet minister and provincial chief minister will reach Baarhabigha to receive Modi. The Indian PM will then visit the Janaki temple, where he will offer puja. He will also attend a civic reception at Rangabhoomi Maidan in Baarhabigha.

Thapa had said Modi’s upcoming trip was a ‘religious visit’ and that no new agreements would be signed.

According to sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Modi will also visit Muktinath temple and the Indian Embassy’s pension camp in Pokhara. He will also call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun.

MoFA sources also said decisions would be taken for the effective implementation of agreements signed during Oli’s India visit. Oli had signed three agreements during his India trip —development of inland waterways, cross-border railway and farm modernisation.

During his state visit to India from April 6 to 8, Oli had extended an invitation to Modi to visit Nepal.