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Myanmar, India tour companies to start Mandalay-Imphal service

A local bus company and an Indian tour company will start offering bus service between Mandalay and Imphal city in India in April, a local company executive said.

U Nay Lin Oo, an executive of Shwe Mandalar Express Co Ltd, said the 14-hour trip is made possible by a partnership with India’s Seven Sister Holidays Co Ltd.

The agreement between the two companies was signed on Friday, he added, and the inaugural trip is set for April 7.

“We have been working on this route since 2018 when the border gate opened,” he said. “It took a long time to make this come true, as immigration and customs had to be negotiated.

“A memorandum of understanding was signed after visits by the presidents of both countries,” he added.

The opening of bus service between the two countries aims to promote tourism and visits between people of the two cities.

Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, is famous for the Bagan pagodas and natural attractions. Imphal, the capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, is an ancient city and the seat of the former Kingdom of Manipur.

U Nay Lin Oo said 27-seat first-class buses will be used for the inaugural trip.

Shwe Mandalar Express will provide service from Mandalay to the border town of Tamu in Chin State, and Seven Sister Holidays will provide service from Tamu to Moreh and Imphal.

“The bus will leave at 6pm. We haven’t fixed a price yet, as we are still negotiating travel insurance,” he said.

The journey from Mandalay to Tamu will take 11 hours, while Tamu to Imphal will take two hours, for a total 14-hour trip. U Nay Lin Oo said that once road repairs are completed in India and Myanmar, the trip from Mandalay to Imphal will take only five hours.

“Many are expected to travel from both sides. The Manipuri people usually visit Mandalay during festival season,” U Nay Lin Oo said, “and people from Myanmar go to India for medical treatment or for school.”

Seven states in India, including Assam, Manipur and Mizoram, are promoting their tourism sectors, and the Myanmar and Indian governments are cooperating on bilateral visits.

Myanmar people who want to go to Manipur can get visas at the Indian Consulate in Mandalay or Indian Embassy in Yangon. It takes only one day to get a free visa, which can be applied for online. – Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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