The Joint Working Group (JWG) recently held its second meeting of tourism between India and Nepal in Kathmandu and agreed to set up the Indo Nepal Tourism Forum with representation from government and the private sector from both sides for mutual consultation and promotion of tourism in both countries. The JWG also decided to officially recognise two circuits, Ramayana Circuit and Buddhist Circuit by both governments for joint promotions through common branding and marketing exercises.
The Bharatmala Pariyojana (approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs in October 2017), includes the development of 5,300 km border and international connectivity roads including some National Highways stretches leading to Nepal Border. Out of this, 2,000 km of National Highways for international connectivity has been provided with an outlay of INR 25,000 crore in phase I (2017-18 to 2021-22) of the program. The National Highway infrastructure developed under the above program would also provide connectivity for tourism-related activities.