Modi offers prayers at iconic Muktinath temple

Modi offers prayers at iconic Muktinath temple

"The Ramayan Circuit has huge potential".

"India wants to connect Nepal through connectivity projects like railways, land and waterways".

On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Modi will be heading for Muktinath temple in Mustang District followed by prayers at Pashupatinath Temple in the capital.

Modi also read out a small paragraph of "Ramcharitmanas" to describe the relations between Nepal and India. "Without Nepal, our Ram is incomplete", Modi said while inaugurating the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, emphasising the mythological connect between the two countries. New Delhi also announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur.

The Nepal government will receive benefits worth Nepali Rupees 348 billion from the project as royalty, income tax, customs tariff and free energy in the concession period of 25 years.

He first began by commending Nepal for successfully holding elections at all three levels: federal, provincial and local levels.

Modi expressed a commitment to help realise Oli's vision to turn a landlocked Nepal into a water-linked country.

Although China's influence is considered to be increasing in Nepal, analysts opine that the Himalayan nation has a special relationship with India that no other country can replicate. This project manifests the strong bond between India and Nepal. "It is more like a family", said Modi reiterating what he stressed at a public reception in Janakpur. "Neighbourhood constitutes top priority in our foreign policy", he said.

Earlier, in the day Modi was conferred with the guard of honour at a ceremonial function at Nepal Army Pavilion.

Modi also met a delegation of the Rastriya Janata Party - Nepal, which was led by Mahanta Thakur and held "fruitful and extensive" discussions, Kumar tweeted. Modi thanked Oli for coming all the way from Kathmandu to welcome him, adding that tourism has seen significant growth in Nepal. Hoardings were placed in the temples, hailing Indo-Nepal friendship.

After his stump-speech-like address, Modi moved to Kathmandu for the official leg of his two-day visit.

Both sides also agreed to dispatch a joint technical team to resolve the recurrent inundation problem along the Nepal-India border.

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