Every foreign nationals visiting Nepal is required to obtain Nepalese visa either at the airport on arrival or from the Embassy / Consulate of Nepal abroad. A tourist visa will be valid for a period of maximum 150 days in a visa year (Jan - Dec).
The present visa fees are as follows:
15 days valid visa = US$ 30.00. After 15 days 2 US Dollar per days (extension of the tourist visa, the fees chargeable for 15 days shall be levied if the period is less than 15 days in every extension.
1. Extra US$ 20/- for Multiple entry. Additional for multiple entry visa = US$ 20.00.
2. Late fee to be charged Extra 3 US Dollar per day
3. Free of Cost in case of minor below 10 years of age.
Note: Visa fees are subject to change. It will be useful to have at least six passport-sized photographs with you, in case they are required. There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for travelling to Nepal.
Nepal is a small landlocked country sharing it's border with India on three sides and China's Tibet autonomous region to the north. We can enter into Nepal driving overland or by air.
If we are getting into Nepal via Tibet we drive along Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu with Kodari which will take about 7 to 12 hours depending upon the road conditions. Nepal has several borders linked up with India. Travelers coming to Nepal from India have the entry points at : Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern), Birgunj, Parsa (Central), Belhia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western), Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid-Western), Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western) and Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western).
There are several International airlines with direct flights connecting to Kathmandu. Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dhaka in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.
Nepal, the land of Himalayas, the birth place of Lord Buddha and the homeland for the world’s highest mountain, its tale dates back to the time when Gods and Goddesses communicated with mortals. It is the land of legendary Sherpas – the sturdy mountain people well known for their mountaineering skills and the mighty Gorkha soldiers, renowned worldwide for their bravery and honesty.
Nepal is a small landlocked country with tremendous geographic diversity and heights of amazing extremes. The land rises abruptly from the planes in the south to the freezing Himalayan peaks in the north many of which are above 8000m.The varied landscapes offers a fascinating array of cultural experience, sightseeing, adventure opportunity and many more.
Things to do in Nepal:
White water Rafting
Nepal lies at a steep incline on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. And the rivers that thunder down from the mountains foaming with glacial melt churn with extra ferocity to offer one of the best white waters in the world. Rafting in Nepal is usually a 'wilderness' experience. There is a wide range of rafting rivers suitable for both professionals and amateurs looking for an exciting holiday. Rivers are graded on a scale of one to six, with Class 1 being a scenic float and anything above Class 4+ a professional's delight. Grades of the rapids will vary according to the volume of water flowing in the river at the time of the trip.
Besides mountains, spectacular monuments and a rich, diverse culture, Nepal also has one of the most fascinating bungee sites in the world. Located near the Nepal – Tibet border, a three hours drive from Kathmandu, the jump site is a suspension bridge that sits 160m(500ft.) above a gorge through which Nepal’s one of the wildest river Bhote Koshi rushes down. Standing on the bridge and jumping off towards the river far below, is the ultimate experience for any thrill seeking adventurer.
Those who have trekked through Nepal have definitely been up close to the mountains but not yet seen rows and rows of snowy peaks. Take a mountain flight to catch the astounding spectacle of range after range of mountains stretching to the horizon that seems to end with a chain of mountains-- all this from a comfort seat of an aircraft. The pilot takes you close to and over the world’s highest mountains providing an enchanting view of the majestic Himalayas. This spectacular flight takes off from TIA airport in Kathmandu and brings you back in about an hour.
Paragliding is yet another adventure sport that is gaining popularity in Nepal. The thrill of flying off a hilltop can be exhilarating and a wonderful way to get a birds' eye-view. Flying next to the eagles, kites and vultures can be an experience of a lifetime. The view of course can be unbelievable as you look down on temple tops, villages, terraced farmland, the beautiful Fewa Lake and the shining white peaks of the Himalayas. Pokhara, the lake valley is one of the most popular place in the world for paragliding that offers you beautiful views of the lakes and the glorious Annapurna range.
The zip line in Pokhara is one of the world’s tallest, longest and fastest Zip-Line with 100 miles per hour speed stretching 6070ft. (1850 m) long and about 2000 ft. (600 m) vertical down. The ride is about 2 minutes as you sweep over forests offering you a breathtaking view of the Himalayan Ranges and the raging Seti River.
The trip starts from Sarankot height (1592 meters) which is a superb vantage point for the surrounding Annapurna Ranges and Pokhara Valley.
Mountain biking is a challenging and at the same time fun way to explore and discover the hidden treasures of Nepal. It can take you to areas that see little tourists, where traditional rural lifestyle has remained unchanged for centuries.
Throughout any biking trip whether in Kathmandu valley or anywhere else in Nepal, the fabulous view of the snow capped mountains and emerald valleys, lakes and terraced fields will not fail to amaze you. It also takes you on a rewarding journey of discovery where the lifestyle and culture of different ethnic groups of Nepal (there are over 60 ethnic groups) will fascinate you. Further more, you can interact with the ever smiling and friendly people.
Wild Life Safari
Nepal is diversified in wildlife because of the geographic and climatic variance. There are nine national parks, three wild life reserves, three conservation areas and one hunting reserve all over Nepal. Among them Royal Chitwan National Park is most popular holding a status in World Heritage Site since 1984 which is spread over an area of 967 square kilometer of dense subtropical forest. Activities available here are elephant safaris, guided nature walks, canoe trips, jeep safaris in search of one horned rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, deer, crocodiles and birds.
The climate in Nepal varies significantly with it's topography and altitude ranging form lower than 100 meters in the Southern Planes to more than 8000 meters in the northern Himalayas. Climate in the Terai belt that lies in the southernmost part of the county is quite hot and humid whereas the middle hills above the river valley has most prevalent climate through out the year although cold in morning and nights during winter. The northern part above 3300 meters has an alpine climate.
Particularly climatic season in Nepal are classified into 4 types:
Spring (March - May): Warm in low lands while moderate in higher elevations.
Summer (June - August): Extremely hot in the lower part and moderate in remaining part of the country. Humidity of air is also high due to monsoon.
Autumn (September - November): Highly pleasant weather with the summer gone by and winter to set in.
Winter (December -February): The weather is quite cold all over the country. Temperature is below freezing point at higher elevations above 3000 meters
Nepalese currency unit is denoted as NPR and it can be exchanged only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers and the receipts from such transaction must be retained. Traveller’s can also exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also.
American Express, Visa Card and Master Card are accepted in all star hotels and departmental stores. Currencies convertible into NPR are: Dollar (U.S., Australian, Hong Kong, Canadian, and Singapore); Euro (Swiss, French, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy); Pound (U.K.); Yen (Japan). Indian currency of Rs.500 and Rs. 1000 are not acceptable for any kind of transaction.
Cash Machines are installed in most of the major cities in Nepal that operates 24 hours a day. Local currency can be withdrawn directly through cash machines.