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Visiting foreign guests visit Chandragiri Hills, Swayambhunath

KATHMANDU: Foreign guests who are in Kathmandu to observe Indra Jatra festival were given a tour of Chandragiri Hills and Swayambhunath Temple in the Kathmandu Valley on Saturday.
Around 50 foreign guests from various countries toured these tourist spots in the Valley that was facilitated by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and Chandragiri Municipality.
The guests were informed of topographical features of the areas as well as about arts, cultures and heritages of these places, said KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya, who also was a part of the visit.
As part of the tour, the guests worshipped at Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple in Chandragiri.
On the occasion, Kinley Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan, who was a part of the tour, praised Nepal’s culture as the best one in the world and expressed his happiness over Nepal’s effort to conserve original art and culture.
“In general, development comes with destruction of culture. But, Nepal is exceptional in this regard,” asserted the Thimphu Mayor who was all praises for Indra Jatra.
“Since most of the population of Bhutan are of Buddhist faith, as many as Bhutanese people were keen in visiting Nepal and its Buddhist shrines on Visit Nepal Year2020,”he claimed.
Similarly, Avtar Singh, Mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, India, lauded geographical environment and art and culture of Nepal.
Likewise, Ghana Shyam Giri, Mayor of Chandragiri Municipality, briefed the visiting guests about the historical significance of Chandragiri. The Municipality organised a cultural programme for the amusement of the foreign guests.
Over 50 officials from the countries having sister relations with Nepal such as India, China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Japan and the USA and five mayors of various foreign cities have been here at the invitation of the KMC to observe the eight-day Indra Jatra that concluded on Saturday.
The visiting guests are scheduled to visit Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares on Sunday, said the KMC.

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