Nestled amid the highest range of mountainsin the world, Nepal is a popular travel destination in the Sub Continent. Besides the view of the Mt Everest, the country lures tourists with picturesque views, heritage sites, sacred shrines, trekking and other delights. To assist travellers with all required information, here is a complete travel guide.
Nepal is spread over the mountains, foothills and the Terai regionof the Himalayas and enjoys salubrious weather all through the year. For travellers planning to visit Nepal is the important to know about the best time to visit and the season to absolutely avoid.
The best time to visit are from April to June and October to November. Monsoon is the time to avoid all travel plans. The season begins around the end of June and lasts until the end of September. Summer and late spring temperatures range in pleasant range. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations.
Lightweight clothes with a coat for evenings and warm clothing for the mountains. When trekking in the mountains, high quality trekking gear for the low temperatures is recommended all year round.
Tourist travelling to Nepal must obtain tourist visas on arrival at the airport and some land borders. You must pay in cash. Visas are valid for 15, 30 or 90 days. Visas obtained from the embassy must be used within six months of the date of issue.
Visas can also be obtained on arrival from the immigration authorities at all entry points (with fees payable in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling) provided travellers are in possession of valid travel documents, two passport photos and the relevant fee. You can extend tourist visas at the Department of Immigration and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. Over the course of a calendar year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal for more than 150 days altogether.
While there are domestic flights in Nepal it is not recommended until you are very short on time. The best way to travel within Nepal is hired cab or taxis as not only can you comfortably travel with your own convenience, you can enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the mountains.
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is an essential for planning a trip to Nepal. Insurance should cover personal accident, medical expenses, baggage loss, and cancellation or postponement of your holiday. An adequate insurance cover is required in the event of a medical problem while travelling.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We recommend carrying a combination of Nepalese Rupee and USD at any time. You can find ATMs just about anywhere in most cities and larger towns, however you may struggle in rural areas. Most ATMs have a maximum withdrawal limit of 10,000Rs, however some NABIL machines have a35,000Rs limit.Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly accepted amongst Credit / Charge cards.
Nepalese food is must-try. The delicious cuisine is among the highlights of the Indian Subcontinent. Our tour representatives will be happy to give you a list of recommended restaurants in each city. Daily breakfast is included on most of our tours and is usually a buffet with both Western and Indian dishes.
Drinking local tap water is NOT recommended. Bottled water is cheap and readily available. In fact we recommend you use that for brushing as well.You can also use purification tablets to purify water for daily use while trekking or in case on non-availability of bottled water.
Travel information on safety and security is the most essential while making travel plans. Nepal is generally a safe country with people generally happy to see tourists as there are millions depending on tourism. However petty street crime does occur and one must be careful to be safe at all times.
Only take essentials out with you on the streets. Leave valuables (passport, credit cards, excess cash, jewellery) in hotel safety deposit boxes where available.It would also be advisable to make photocopies of your passport, credit card numbers, and airline tickets, and keep a record of your travellers’ cheques. These documents should be kept in a safe place separate from the originals.
We recommend you exercise some extra caution, and only use transport organized either via a Trans India Holidays office, or, a reputable hotel. While trekking in Nepal it is best that you stick to groups and be cautious to not go on your own. Gear up properly in the mountains to avoid mishasp.
International direct dial is available from most hotels but it is rather expensive. Cheap international calls can be made from local shops with an STD/PCO/ISD sign outside. Most hotels also offer internet services which are convenient.
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