Kathmandu. Buddha Air has begun direct flights from Kathmandu to the Indian city of Varanasi.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Managing Director of Buddha Air Birendra Bahadur Basnet saw off the passengers of the first flight that began on Friday. Buddha Air will be providing the service twice a week on Monday and Friday.
Direct air service to link the two cities from the religious and touristic purpose will help Nepal’s preparation for observing 2020 as Visit Nepal Year, Minister Adhikari said on the occasion.
In Varanasi, the passengers were welcomed by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.
Along with the air service, Buddha Air has also introduced a tourist package for both Indian tourists coming to Kathmandu and for Nepali tourists visiting Varanasi.
The introductory fare for the 50-minute flight to Varanasi from Kathmandu has been fixed at Rs. 14,000 two-way