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Minister jumps from 160 metre height to promote tourism

world Updated: Apr 15, 2009 16:10 IST

Nepal's tourism minister Hisila Yami on Wednesday jumped from the 160 metre high suspension bridge over Bhotekoshi river, in order to promote Nepal as a prime adventure tourism destination as part of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign.

Nepal aims to bring in one million tourists, more than double of the current 400,000 visitors by 2011. "It was exciting and thrilling experience for me, but I am not scared as I have jumped many times in the forest during the decade long armed conflict, said Yami Maoist activist turned minister after participating in the bungee jumping event on Tuesday at the Bungee Nepal, a natural bungee site situated near Tatopani border area.

She was accompanied by over a dozen other jumpers including first Nepalese woman sky-diver Maya Gurung and women Everest summiteers Pujan Acharya, Asha Singh and Ngawang Phuti Sherpa.

The Bungee Nepal established in 1998 is the Nepal's only bungee jumping venue, which is also the world's third highest bungee site.

Yami, wife of Finance Minister and senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai, said she has been involved in sports since her college years in Delhi School of Architecture in 1980s where she was honoured as the best sports woman.