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Pranab takes majestic mountain flight to Nepal’s Janakpur

world Updated: Nov 04, 2016 21:44 IST
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The Buddha Air ATR-42 plane’s picturesque route is known as the “mountain flight”. (

A flight from Nepalese capital Kathmandu to Janakpur, a southern city famous for its ancient Ram-Janaki temple, usually takes 25 minutes.

But when President Pranab Mukherjee visited Janakpur on Friday morning, his special aircraft took an additional 25 minutes to give him an aerial view of the majestic Himalayan peaks to the east and north of Kathmandu.

Mukherjee was in Nepal for a three-day visit to Nepal, the first by an Indian president in 18 years. Mukherjee flew in a Buddha Air ATR-42 aircraft, its picturesque route known as the “mountain flight”, along with top officials of the Indian delegation and the Nepal government.

He had a front-row seat on the left side of the plane to get the best view, an airline source said. Another ATR-42, carrying members of his delegation, including security personnel and journalists, flew directly to Janakpur.

After attending a function at Janakpur, Mukherjee returned to Kathmandu and then flew back to New Delhi.