How to enter into Nepal?
You can enter into Nepal in two ways – either through airways or through roadways. You can take a direct or connecting flight to Nepal or enter into Nepal through Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Belhiya, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and Mahendranagar entry points.
Passport and visa information
You can obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival at the entry points. However, you should have a valid passport and two passport-sized photos accompanied by the visa fees. A valid passport refers to the passport with at least six months’ validity. The visa fee for 15 days is USD 30, for 30days is USD 50 and for 90 days is USD 125.
Travel insurance with coverage against theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended there are multiple policies offers by different insurance companies. Choose the one that covers emergency repatriation, helicopter evacuation, and general medical evacuation.
Traveling around Nepal
For traveling around Nepal, there are some domestic air networks to some main cities over Nepal. You can also travel through comfortable deluxe coaches or private cars. Local buses are also available as per your budget level. You can inform your travel operator who will arrange for the trip accordingly.
Flight delays and cancellation due to unexpected weather conditions
Flight delays and cancellation are very common during the monsoon season. The weather might unexpectedly get worse and you may not be able to go as per your itinerary. Hence, it is a wise decision to put some extra days for contingency in Nepal.
Best time to visit
March to May and September to November are considered the best time to visit Nepal. During this time, the weather is good, the sky is blue and visibility is clear. In monsoon, the weather is wet, the path gets slippery, visibility is poor and clouds form patches in the sky. And in winter, there is heavy snowfall making the weather extreme cold and path unlikely to walk. Hence, winter and monsoon are not so recommended for visiting Nepal.
The accommodation in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara is in a three-star category hotel. In the trekking trail, the accommodation is generally in guesthouses or teahouses. The guesthouses and teahouses are simple and on a twin sharing basis. However, they are comfortable and clean. Toilets are also on a sharing basis. If you need hot water for the bath, you can get it in a bucket after paying an extra amount. Even laundry is available but you need to pay an extra amount.
Food and water
There is a limited menu available in the guesthouses and teahouses on the way. You can select the food of your preferences from that selected menu. The main course meal of Nepalese – Dal, Bhat and Tarkari are widely and freshly available. It is recommended to go for Nepalese cuisine. Apart, from that, while on the trek, it is suggested to opt for vegetarian dishes than the non-vegetarian items.
For water, mineral water is highly recommended which can be bought in the shops on the way. You can even get boiled water in the guesthouses. You can add purifiers in the boiled water and use it for drinking.
A Nepalese rupee (NRs) is the currency of Nepal. Nepali notes of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 10 and 5 can be found. Even the coin of 1 and 2 rupees is available.
Banking and Exchange
The payments to hotels, travel agencies and airlines can be made in a foreign currency using the prevalent exchange rate. The majority of them accept payment through credit cards as well. The cash machines and ATMs in Nepal accept cards issued by international banking networks (plus, Cirrus, etc). However, the withdrawal limit is NRs. 10,000 only.
There is a risk of a few diseases like Covid-19,typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis in Nepal. It is recommended to get some vaccinations prior to visiting Nepal.
Some must-know facts
- Placing your palms together in a prayer style and saying “Namaste” is the traditional manner of greeting in Nepal
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of the country
- Do not hurt the sentiments of people especially associated with their culture, tradition, and religion.
- Do not drink direct water from taps
- For the telephone, SIM cards are easily available in the market. You can recharge and use it for calls and data
- Avoid the children and women who come after you in the streets asking for money.
- Avoid priest like people offering “tika” in the streets