Nepal General Information
Nepal (officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia being the 41st most populous country. It is located in the beauty of Himalyas& bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, to the east, west & south by India. The world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth; Mount Everest , called Sagarmatha in Nepali &Chomolungma in Tibetan & Sherpa languge. Its contains more than 240 peaks which is over 20,000 ft (6,096m) above sea level. The southern region ‘Terai’ is fertile & humid. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, is located in this region. It is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religion‘Buddhism’ & it contains important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC.
Buddhism is an universally adapted religion & can be found in Nepal widely. If you want to see the Tibetan Buddhist culture &practises then you can visit Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal which will let you explore the differnt cultures & religions of Nepal.
Travelling around Nepal or the activities to do while in Nepal can be quite confusing as potentially there are so many things to do here in this Himalayan nation. Also the prospective tourists do not have much spare time as they plan their Nepal trip for a short duration, and hence it is even more important to have a detailed plan about the excursion trip in Nepal and of course the information about travel and tourism in Nepal. There are plenty of activities that can be done in Nepal, while also enjoying the unparallel natural beauty of Nepal. Most often, tourists come to Nepal for travel or trekking expedition. The most preferred trekking destinations for the tourists are Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley, Muktinath temple and many other such trekking routes. Other popular travel destinations within Nepal include Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Lumbini etc.
Many of the adventure lovers also come here for adventure-related activities and adventure sports. Bunjee Jumping over Bhotekoshi River is not just popular in Nepal, or South Asia, but all over the world. As it is situated near from Kathmandu, the capital city, many foreigners teem Bhotekoshi for Bunjee jump to experience the breathtaking and exhilarating free fall from a suspension bridge at over 160 feet height. Besides that, Paragliding in Pokhara is also very famous and popular. Pokhara city also has other adventure related activities like Ultra light and the recently launched Zip flying.
And the itineraries for the prospective trekkers or travelers needs to be planned in such a way that the tourists can maximum utilize their Nepal sojourn. Many travels and tourism-related agencies are available in Nepal which can help the tourists in planning their travel itinerary. The right choice of the travel agency with modest and affordable choice always helps the travel and adventure seekers with ultimate satisfaction.
Getting into Nepal
There are 12 major international airlines linking to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi and Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong and Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in UAE; and Singapore. Well, the other international airlines connecting Kathmandu to other parts of the world are Biman Bangladesh to Dacca in Bangladesh; China Airlines to Lhasa in Tibet; Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan and New Delhi in India; Gulf Air to Abu Dhabi in UAE; Indian Airlines to Delhi, Kolkata and Vanarasi in India; Qatar Airways to Doha in Qatar; Thai International to Bangkok in Thailand.And the Kodari Pass in Nepal-China border is the only entry point to Nepal from China. Tourists entering Nepal by land must hold an international passport. And for getting around the country, there is an excellent domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches. Coldfeet Adventure Nepal will help you with all domestic air ticketing and tourist couch booking for you.
All your baggage must be affirmed and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Forex and Banking
Foreign currencies must be exchanges only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also.
Credit cards like American Express, Master and Visa Card are accepted. Convertible currencies are as follows: Dollar (US, Australian, Hong Kong, Canadian, and Singapore); Euro (Swiss, French, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy); Pound (UK); Yen (Japan).
The mainstream banks in Kathmandu and Pokhara all have a cash machine where you fill your wallet 24 hours a day using normal bankcard or Master Card/Visa Electron. Banks have cash machines, though we would recommend only using these machines during bank opening tours so as not to run the risk of your card if the system crashes.
Well, the banks in Kathmandu Valley are open between 9:30 am to 2:30 pm from Sunday to Friday. They are closed on Saturdays and other public holidays. In other places, banks are open from 10 am to 2:30 from Sunday to Friday and are closed on Saturdays and government holidays. ATM machines are located in many banks in the capital. Money can be transferred from other parts of the world from the numerous transfer agencies in the capital.
It is just easy to attain your Nepalese Visa on arrival in entry place. So, make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs. You will need additional two PP-sized photographs for trekking permits and TIMS card.
Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa. However, effective from October 2000, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point a valid photo entity like a passport, voter’s identity or an identity card issued by the Indian Government. Temporary identity Card with photographs issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic missions is considered in case of exception. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.
Other non-Nepali visitors do not need visa to be in Nepal for three days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Free visa is to be given to tourists for re-entry to Nepal provided they stay at least 15 days in the country in that visa year.
a) Tourist Visa
Visa Facility Duration Fee
- Multiple Entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali Currency
- Multiple Entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali Currency
- Multiple Entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali Currency
c) Tourist Visa Extension
- Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US$ 30 or equivalent Nepali currency and visa extension for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
- Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January-December)
d) Gratis (Free) Visa
- Gratis visa for 30 days available for tourists for SAARC countries.
- Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal
e) Transit Visa
Transit Visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal’s immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal by paying US$ 5 or equivalent Nepali currency.
(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and website: www.immi.gov.np )