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Bhutan King concludes maiden visit to state

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GUWAHATI, Nov 5: Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk completed his three-day inaugural visit to Assam and departed for Delhi from the Rowriah airport in Jorhat on Sunday.

The royal visitor received a warm send-off at the airport by Assam Finance Minister Ajanta Neog, Jorhat MLA Hitendranath Goswami, and senior state and district officials.

During his visit, the King engaged in various activities, including a visit to the Kamakhya Temple, interactions with the Bhutanese diaspora in Guwahati, attending a cultural program, and a dinner hosted by Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria.

He spent Saturday at Kaziranga, where he was given a farewell at his hotel by Forest and Environment Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, and officials.

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King Wangchuk also had a rendezvous with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at both Guwahati and Kaziranga. His visit to the Kaziranga National Park included an evening jeep safari in the central Kohora range, visiting various points, observing wildlife, elephant bathing, and enjoying the sunset amidst the park’s scenic beauty.

Moreover, the King graced a cultural program that showcased Assam’s rich musical and dance traditions, followed by a dinner hosted by the Chief Minister.

The 43-year-old monarch was accompanied by the Royal Bhutan Ambassador Major General Vetsop Namgyel and other senior members of the royal office throughout his visit to the state. (With inputs from PTI)


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