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Nepal's protected areas attract 7 lakh tourists

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Nepal's national parks and conservation areas witnessed a whopping 700,000 tourists in the last 12 months, authorities said today.

Nepal, which has 12 national parks, is home to dozens of rare and endangered species including one-horned rhino, royal bengal tiger, snow leopard and red panda.

The nation is known for its rich bio-diversity and genetic resources.

Sagarmatha National Park and Chitawan National Park are the most popular protected areas of the country.

Of the 700,000 tourists, 325,856 were foreigners, the said in a statement.

These conservation areas collected Rs 646 million in revenue in the year 2017/18, officials said.

"At least 60 per cent of all foreign tourists in explore parks and conservation areas," said the

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 20:35 IST