Location and Geography – Land locked Nepal between India in the east, west and south and autonomous region of Tibet on the north. Her 147000 sq. Kms of land is divided in three regions parallel to each other, the snowy Himalayas, in the north, the mid mountain ranges in the middle and the fertile plains in the south.
Link – The capital, Kathmandu is linked by air with Delhi, Kolkata, Vanarasi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Dhaka (Bangladesh), Paro (Bhutan) Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, China, Lhasa, Abu Dhabi, Baharain, Qatar. Surface entry points are Birgunj, Kakarbhitta, Sunauli, Banbasa from India and Kodari from Tibet.
Time – Nepal standard time is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT
Climate – The climate of Nepal varies from area to area depending on the altitude of the place. Visit to Nepal is possible all the year round. But activities like jungle safari,, rafting and trekking are best from mid September till May.
Clothing – Warm clothing are required from November till February and tropical wear from March till October.
Water – In major cities and even on the trekking routes, boiled and filtered water as well as mineral water is available in the hotels / guesthouses and restaurants. Elsewhere, it is advisable to use water sterilization tablets or stick to tea / coffee and soft drinks.
Credit cards – Most of the international credit cards are widely accepted by hotels and leading agents. However, you need to carry cash while going on trekking.
Language – Nepali is the official language of Nepal. However, English and Hindi is understood and spoken by majority of people.
Religion – In Nepal about 70% people are Hindus, 25% are Buddhist and rest are Muslims and Christians. All religions even in minority have coexisted amicably in Nepal for ages.
Photography – Except in some places, photography is genarelly allowed every where.
Entry requirement – Indians do not need visa for Nepal. However, for identification, they must carry valid passport or voter’s ID. For rest of the nationals, visa for Nepal can be obtained from Nepalese Embassies and mission / consulate. It is also available on arrival at any entry point upon presenting of a valid passport, visa fee and 2 passport size photos.
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency|
Tourist Visa Extension
Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee 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).
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries. Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
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 convertible currency.
Entry points –
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Customs – All baggages must be identified and have to pass through customs inspection at the entry and exit. Personal effects and camera, one bottle of liquor, 200 cigarettes, one tent and camping equipment per person is allowed in free of custom duty.
Airport tax – Airport tax for international flights is already included in the air tickets. For domestic flight, the airport tax is Nepalese rupees 170.00 (US $ 2.50) per person.
Electricity – 220 Volts AC – 50 Cycles throughout the country.
Official Weekend – Saturday is the official weekly holiday when most of the shops are closed.
Travel Insurance – It is advisable to acquire insurance policy to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, cancellation and in the unlikely event that you need emergency evacuation by plane of helicopter due to illness or accident.
Currency – “Nepalese Rupees” is local currency available in paper notes in denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins are of 1 and 2 rupees. When exchanging money at the bank or the hotel counter always ensure that you are given an exchange receipt as this is essential for converting your rupees to hard currency on your departure. A maximum of 15% can be converted to hard currency on your departure.
Liability – Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd and Heritage Trekking Pvt. Ltd put every effort to make your journey smooth and pleasant as much as possible. However, we act as intermediary between the concerned carriers, transportation companies, hotels, and local tourist offices providing the services. Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd and Heritage Trekking Pvt. are therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by the tourists including those occurring outside the touring programs. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political action and unrest must be borne by the tourists. Programs, prices, costs, services and conditions are based on those valid at the of printing and are therefore subject to change with or without advance notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control. We also reserve the right to change the itinerary with or without notice in the best interest of all concerned.
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