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Nepal, a mystical nation sandwiched between India and China, abode of more than 250 mountains above 6000 meters, including eight of the world’s highest: Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463), Cho-oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna (8091m), birthplace of the Buddha and a long time favorite destination of the trekking enthusiasts all over the world. Safeguarded by the Himalayas, many vast tracts through mountains and forests are still virgin and you will discover the vibrant ethnic cultures still unaltered by modernity. Trekking peaks, high hills, picturesque valleys, roaring rivers, shimmering lakes, dense rhododendron forests, ethnically and religiously harmonious villages, exotic flora and fauna and the unique culture of the Nepalese people have always captivated adventurers to visit this unique country again and again.
Nepal is quite unique that seven world heritage sites lie in the small radius of only 20 kilometers. These UNESCO world heritage sites are Pashupatinath temple, Baudhanath Stupa, Soyambhunath Stupa, Changunarayan Temple, Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square and Patan durbar square.
Nepal can be best explored on foot. Please see our trekking in Nepal and peak climbing programs. Besides trekking and climbing, Nepal also offers adventure activities like biking, white water rafting, paragliding, ultra-light craft, bungee jumping, etc. Nepal is equally good destination for cultural, natural, spiritual, luxury tours. Nepal, the home of deities and demons, popularized for its snowy Himalayas, the brave Gorkhalis is also known as the Shangri-la of the east. Its culture, traditions and religious views are thousand years old. Nepal exhibits the diverse festivals that are celebrated in traditional style reflecting the cultural glimpse of ancient time. Visit this elusive nation to trek through the dense virgin forests in the lap of Himalyas, to gaze the Himalayan range only a stone’s throw away, to raft in one of the roaring rivers, have an adventurous flight over the Himalayas, and to do many more things that will a life time memorable event for you.
In one word, YES, Nepal is not only safe it is the safest place to travel. As a matter of fact, while travelling around Nepal, you will feel safe than compared to while travelling in other countries. One of the major specialties of Nepal and Nepalese is that there are more than 100 ethnic groups living in peace and harmony without any cultural and religious differences and conflicts. Since the end of decade long civil war in the year 2006, tourism sector has been slowly flourishing. In present context, tourism is the major source of national economy. Various efforts from, national and international level have been put together to make this naturally blessed country Nepal even more touristic and heavenly. Many hotels have been built, highways have been constructed, airport projects are running and communication sector along internet facilities has reached to remote areas and farthest corners of the country. The strike, have come to halt and Maoists have now evolved as political party amalgamating with other political parties to write a constitution.
Regarding the security issues, there are tourist police navigating around major touristic areas not only to make them feel safe but also to help them in every possible ways. 100 is emergency hotline number in Nepal which directly connects to Nepal police. While concerning about transportation Tourist buses have 100% safety records in Nepal and domestic flights are considered as safest way to travel. Yes, Lukla airstrip is a challenging airport and known as most dangerous airstrip of world but this challenge is taken by safe hands of professional pilots. And there has only 5 crashes near Lukla Airport since its operation. Therefore, in short we can say that Nepal is the safest place to travel.
Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. There are a number of International Airlines with direct non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu. People interested in visiting Nepal from Europe or America have to adjust their flight to Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Bankok, Delhi, Mumbai , Culcutta, Banglore Dhaka, or Shanghai.
You can enter Nepal overland both Tibet and India. If you are in Tibet, you can enter Nepal by crossing the border at Kodari and then take a bus to Kathmandu. This will take you 7 to 10 hours depending on the road conditions. The easiest and hassle free overland route to Nepal from Gorakhpur, India is via Sunauli/Belahiya border post using train up to border post. The only direct buses from this route to Kathmandu run at night and take approximately 9 hours. Raxaul/Birgung border post can also be used to visit Nepal. But this may not leave you with a pleasant travelling experience. If you are in Darjeeling you can come to Nepal via Karkabhitta. There are also several border crossings in west Nepal.
For travelling around the country, there is good domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches. You can also hire private vehicles. Icicles Adventure can help you with all domestic air tickets booking, tourist coaches booking, and organizing private vehicles.
Nepal welcomes tourists and makes it easy to enter. One can get a visa at the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your country or at the Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival or other entry place. On-arrival tourist visa is a multiple visa and is available for 15 days, 30 days and 90 days. You can make the process easier by downloading the visa form and filling it ahead. You can pre-fill out the Department of Immigration visa form online up to 15 days before arrival. Then this form can be accessed by Immigration at the airport. The application system could hold your application for 15 days. Click Here for details. It is not compulsory to fill out this way, however. You can still fill out the standard printed forms upon arrival too . Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fees. Your passport must be valid for at least six months to apply for a visa. You will needUSD cash and two passport sized photographs to get a visa upon arrival.
Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following immigration offices in Nepal:
Indian nationals do not require a visa. But Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show on arrival at the entry point either a passport or voter’s card issued by the election commission of India or any identity card with the photograph issued by the central or state government of India. Temporary identity card with photograph issued by Nepal – based Indian diplomatic missions for the identification of Indian nationals will also be considered in case of exceptions. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.
At the airport there are several visa choices:
|Visa Facility||Duration||Fee (US$ or equivalent convertible Nepalese currency)|
|Multiple entry||48 hours||5|
|Multiple entry||15 days||25|
|Multiple entry||30 days||40|
|Multiple entry||90 days||100|
Payment by cash ONLY in any major currency (change is returned in rupees)
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.
Gratis (Free) Visa
Tourist Visa Extension
For further information, please contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu. Tel : 977 – 01 – 4433934 / 4429660/ 4438862 / 4438868 |Fax : 977 – 01 – 4433935|Email : firstname.lastname@example.org |Website :http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
Department of Immigration Office Hours
Sunday to Thursday:
10 a.m. – 17 p.m. in summer
10 a.m. – 16 p.m. in winter (Nov. to Jan.)
Friday: 10 a.m. -15 p.m.
Visa Application Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 15 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 13 p.m.
Nepal government does not provide arrival visa to nationalities from following countries:
Nepalese embassies and consulates abroad
Every electronic device is manufactured to comply with specific voltage system 220-240V / 50Hz or 110-120V / 60Hz. Connection to port of conflicting voltage system might permanently damage your electronic devices. Therefore you must know the voltage system of your device and the port you are connecting to. Other essential information on electricity system in Nepal are as follows:
Keep your electronics safe while visiting Nepal!