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Nepal Travel Tips

Visa

New rules
-> Foreigners wanting non-tourist visa except diplomatic and official must apply online.
-> Tourist willing to extend their visa should also apply online.
-> Tourist departing the country from Tribhuvan International airport must pay tourism service fee of Rs 1,000.

Visa can be obtained either on arrival in Nepal or from Nepalese Embassy or Consulates or other Mission offices abroad.

Visa Fees are as follows:
Multiple entry - 15 Days - US $ 25 or equivalent
Multiple entry - 30 Days - US $ 40 or equivalent
Multiple entry - 100 Days - US $ 100 or equivalent
Tourist with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fees for 30 days.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal but needs to bring strong identity card like citizenship card, Pan card etc.

Transit Visa:Transit Visa can be received for a day for US $ 5.

Note: One passport size photo is necessary for getting or renewing visa
Indian National Travelling to Nepal must posses any identity card issued by Government of India

Access to Nepal

By Air: Nepal Airlines is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flights to from Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangkok and Hong Kong. For other International airlines operating from / to Kathmandu : Nepal Flights

By Land:
All visitors coming to Nepal by land must enter only through one of these entry pints (1) Kakarbhitta (2) Birjung (3) Belhiya, Bhairahawa (4) Nepalgunj (5) Bhangadi and (6) Mahendranagar in the Nepal-India border and (7) Kodari in the Nepal-China border.

Foreign Exchange
Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through the Bank or authorized foreign exchange dealers. There is exchange counter at the airport as well. Indian currency Rs. 500 and Rs 1,000 notes are not allowed to be brought into Nepal.

Custom Formalities
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Visitors can export souvenirs to their respective countries. The export of antiques, however requirs special permission from the Department of Archeology.

Traveling within Nepal
Domestic Airlines
There are more than 18 domestic airlines operating flights to various destinations.
Cheap Flights booking online

Private Transportation
Vehicle with driver service is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other major cities. You can rent comfortable car, van, jeep etc to drive to Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini or sightseeing within cities.
Rent A Car

Tourist Bus
Tourist buses are available between Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini.
Tourist bus >

Accommodation
Nepal has every category of accommodation facility, ranging from international standard start hotels and resorts to budget lodges. To ensure safety and quality service, it is adviseable to use the services of Government registered hotels, lodges, travel agencies, licensed tour guides and hire only authorized trekking guides or porters.
World Heritage Sites
There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nepal. Among them 7 are in Kathmandu, within the radius of 20 km. You can vsit these sites while you are in Kathmandu. (About Kathmandu).

Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park are Natural Heritage sites. Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha is also a Cultural Heritage Site.

Photography
You can photograph outside of temples, stupas and monasteries. Seek permission to take picture of inside. Some men at work (like pottery), beggars and Sadhus pose for pictures to make money. Negotiate before taking picture.

Respect local custom
Take off your shoes before entering Nepalese house, temple or monasteries. Do not touch people participating in the rituals. Always circumnavigate religious object in a clockwise direction. Don't show affection in public, especially in religious sites.