Kathmandu, Nov. 9 -- Foreign tourist arrivals in Nepal grew 8 percent to 975,557 individuals in the first ten months of this year, helped by a sharp rise in arrivals from China, according to the latest statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board.

Of the total arrivals, 820,499 international visitors came by air and 155,058 came overland.

The figure shows that in October alone, Nepal welcomed 143,870 foreign tourists, up 10 percent as compared to the same month last year.

Arrivals from India increased 9.1 percent to 12,906 individuals in October. Overall, the statistics show that Nepal received 169,952 Indian visitors in the January-October period, up 4.9 percent year-on-year.

Likewise, arrivals from China grew 11.5 percent to 15,037 in...