Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the direct bus service from Janakpur to Ayodhya.
The direct bus service – announced by Modi while he visited Nepal in 2014 – comes under the ‘Ramayan Circuit’, that they both jointly announced from the premises of the Janaki Temple in Janakpur.
The ‘Ramayan Circuit’ and direct bus service is expected to help promote the religious tourism between the two neighbours.
The Ramayana Circuit is one among the 13 tourist circuits under the Indian government promoted Swadesh Darshan scheme. Indian Ministry of Tourism has linked 15 destinations – from where Lord Ram is believed to have travelled – in the Ramayana Circuit.
Mod – on his two-day State visit to Nepal – has arrived in Janakpur on Friday. He will return on Saturday.
5T key in Nepal-India relation
Modi, while addressing the crowd in the Barhabigha ground, also said that 5T – Tradition, Trade, Tourism, Technology and Transportation – has important role in the relation between Nepal and India. Though, he talked about connectivity, he didnot mention increasing air connectivity between the two countries. On the occasion, he also announced Rs 1 billion for the development of Janakpur and surrounding areas. “The aid will be spent in the coordination between the centre government and province,” he said, referring Kathmandu and Janakpur, the capital of province 2.