Destination Nepal
Nestled between the two giants, China & India, Nepal is a small & very beautiful country, rich in its exceptional cultural and natural heritage. The altitude variation of the country ranges from 60 m at sea level to the rooftop of the earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, within a distance of 150 km resulting into climatic conditions from Sub-tropical to Arctic. It is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the enlightened one who lived and taught in this part of the world during the sixth century BC.

Nepal at a Glance

  • Area : 147,181 sq. km
  • Geography : Situated between China in the north and India in the south.
  • Capital : Kathmandu
  • Population : 26.6 Million
  • Language : Nepali is the national language. However travel-trade people understand and speak English as well.
  • People : Nepal has more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages.
  • Currency : Nepalese Rupees
  • Climate : Nepal has four major seasons. Winter (December – February), Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August), Autumn (September – November)
  • Nepal can be visited whole year round
  • What to wear : Lightweight clothing is recommended for May through October. Warm garments are required in October-March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season i.e. June-September.
  • Time : Nepal Standard Time is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+5:45 GMT)

Access to Nepal

By Air

The Nepal Airlines (RA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flights to/from Bangkok, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur. Other airlines operating from/to Kathmandu are Air Arabia (Sharjah), Air China (Lhasa, Chengdu), Bahrain Air (Baharain), Biman Bangladesh (Dhaka), Buddha Air (Paro), China Eastern Airlines (Kunming), China Southern Air (Guangzhau), Dragon Air (Hongkong), Druk Air (Paro), Etihad Air (Abu Dhabi), Fly Dubai (Dubai), GMG Airlines (Dhaka), Gulf Air (Bahrain, Riyad, Damman), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Kolkatta, Varanasi), Jet Airways (Delhi, Mumbai), Jetlite (Delhi), Korean Air (Seoul), Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi, Islamabad), Qatar Airways (Doha), Silk Air (Singapore), Thai Airways (Bangkok), United Air (Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur) and so on.

By Land

All visitors entering Nepal by land must use no other entry points other than (1) Kakarbhitta (2) Birgunj (3) Belhiya, Bhairahawa (4) Nepalgunj (5) Dhangadi and (6) Mahendra Nagar in the Nepal-India border and (7) Kodari in the Nepal-China border. The overland tourists entering the Kingdom with their vehicles must possess an international carnet.

Entry Procedure

All visitors except Indian Nationals must hold valid passport and visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese Diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not to pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with 2 passport photographs. For updated information regarding the immigration please go through the website www.immi.gov.np

Indian Nationals do not require visa. However, Indians traveling to Nepal by air have to show upon arrival at entry point either a passport, Voter’s Identity card issued by Election Commission of India, or an identity card with photograph issued by the Central or State Government of India. Temporary identity card with photograph issued by Nepal-based Indian diplomatic mission for identification of Indian nationals will also be considered in case of exceptions. Children under 10 years need not show any identification.

Visitors who are entering into Nepal first time in a visa year (Jan-Dec);

Facilities Duration Fee
Multiple Entry  — 15 days from the date of entry  — US $25 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepalese Currency
Multiple Entry  — 30 days from the date of entry  — US $40 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepalese Currency
Multiple Entry  — 90 days from the date of entry  — US $100 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepalese Currency

Custom Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotics, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited.

Airport Tax

Domestic airport tax is Rs.170 for all Nationals.

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