President Mukherjee leaves for Janakpur, Pokhara

Kathmandu, Nov 4 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday left for Janakpur, a city in south Nepal, where he will visit the revered Ram-Janaki temple and offer prayers.

According to the itinerary, he will take a mountain flight of Buddha Air to Janakpur. Besides offering worship in the Ram-Janaki temple, he will attend a civic reception by the Janakpur Municipality.

A special aircraft of Buddha Air will take Mukherjee across the Himalaya — popularly known as mountain flight. Two ATR-42 twin-turboprop, short-haul aircraft will carry the Indian delegation and senior Nepal government officials to Janakpur and Pokhara.

After the Janakpur function, the President will leave for Pokhara, another famous tourist city of Nepal, also known as City of Lake. Here Mukherjee will address over 10,000 Indian ex-Gurkhas at the Pension Paying Office and interact with them.

He is then scheduled to return to Kathmandu on Friday afternoon and leave for New Delhi straight from the airport.

Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will see off her Indian guest at Tribhuvan International Airport.

All national and international flights landing and taking off in Kathmandu will be affected during Mukherjee’s departure by a special Indian Air Force aircraft.

–IANS

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