RUPANDEHI, April 15 -- There has been a surge in number of internal tourists visit different areas of Rupandehi in the past few days.

Lumbini -- the birthplace of the Buddha and a destination popular among international tourists -- welcomed around 100,000 visitors on New Year day. Not only during special occasions like New Year, Lumbini has been seeing internal tourists almost throughout the year.

Rajan Basnet of Information Section of Lumbini Development Trust said that over 100,000 visited Lumbini on Sunday alone. LDT started levying fee on international tourists from August last year. However, they get free entry during festivals like Buddha Jayanti, Chaitra Poornima and New Year, among others.

Mani Mukunda Sen Udhyan, which is also k...