Buddha Air is scheduled to start its Kathmandu-Varanasi service on 26 and 29 August for this year as part of the drive to the holy sector in its international network with its Franco-Italian aircraft named as ATR 72-212A.
Varanasi lies in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and is regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. “The objective of connecting Varanasi is the route’s prospects as it is a pilgrimage site and there are also businesses and education opportunities,” said Buddha Air’s Officials.
Buddha Air’s official Facebook page states that Pilgrimage tour packages to Varanasi, Sarnath and Bodhgaya are also available. Interested one can Call on Buddha Holidays at 01 5521015 ext 119,149 to for more information for this package.
Previously, Buddha Air had commenced this service on Kathmandu-Varanasi sector from 1st March, 2012. On Jan 7, 2011, the carrier had also operated flights to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, as its second international destination after Bhutan. The service has presently been suspended. It began commercial flights to Paro, Bhutan with an 18-seater Beechcraft 1900D on Aug 23, 2010. It is the first foreign private airline to serve Bhutan from Nepal.
*Photo Courtesy:- Nicolas Economou ATR 42-320 / Buddha Air