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Back in 1950, Nepal first opened its door to the outside world, and since then, this beautiful country of the Himalayas has been luring thousands of travelers every year. Home to Everest, the highest mountain in the world, and several 8000m peaks, Nepal is a trekker’s paradise. Mountains, remote villages, ancient cities, enticing culture, and diverse landscape makes Nepal one of the world’s greatest travel destinations. If you’re reading this blog, the Nepal trip must be in your mind. Here is our comprehensive Nepal travel guide with all the important information to help your Nepal trip plan.

Where is Nepal located?

Tucked between two giant countries-China and India-Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. Nepal is perched in the Himalayas and includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, bordering Tibet of China to the north, and India in the south, east, and west.

How to get a Visa for Nepal?

Tourists of most countries can obtain tourist visas upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. If you’re entering via land, you can acquire an “on-arrival visa” at the Entry and Exit points established at the border regions. The visa-on-arrival procedure is quick and easy. Indians do not require a visa to enter Nepal.

You can get Tourist Visa on Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport following these simple three steps:

Step 1:Fill in Arrival Card and Online’ Tourist Visa’ form using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport. You can fill it out online before your arrival by visiting the official website of the Department of Immigration:

If you fill it out online, you will get a submission Receipt with a barcode. Please print it out and bring it along to acquire a visa.

Step 2:Pay for the visa and get the receipt.

Step 3: Present the online form, payment receipts, and your passport with at least six months of validity at the Immigration Desk at the airport for processing. If everything’s okay, the officer will issue you the visa.

You can also apply online here and get a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad.

The cost for a Nepal visa is at the given rate:

  • $30 – 15-day multiple entry visa
  • $50 – 30-day multiple entry visa
  • $125 – 90-day multiple entry visa

How to reach Nepal?

Nepal has only one international airport as of 2022, Tribhuvan International Airport. You will have to fly to this airport to travel into the country. As the country’s only international airport, it connects Nepal to over 40 destinations in 17 countries. Do expect long queues at the immigration lines if you are getting an on-arrival visa.

If you want to enter Nepal via land, you can do that by crossing the road borders. Many travelers often make Nepal and India trips and enter Nepal via the Nepal-India border. Raxaul (India side) – Birgunj (Nepal side), Panitanki (India side) – Kakarbhitta (Nepal side), and Sunauli (India side)- Belahiya (Nepal side) are the three main border crossings between India and Nepal.

Getting around in Nepal

Arguably, the roads in Nepal are poor, and it can be daunting to figure out how to get around in Nepal. However, some roads are in good condition. Traveling between cities is not that hard; you can opt for tourist buses, local buses, or minibusses. For remote areas, Jeep consider the best option. And for major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar, Jomson, and Lukla, there are flights connecting them. It takes less than an hour or a few minutes to reach there.

For foreign travelers, tourist buses are the most common means of transportation

Tourist buses are far better and in good condition than local buses. Similarly, deluxe buses have AC and reclining seats with cushions, usually connecting major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. Minibusses, on the other side, are cheaper and faster, traveling on all the routes.

There are local buses as an option for travelers as well. Local buses are definitely cheaper but are slow and uncomfortable. Please be informed that if you are planning to travel by local bus in Nepal, the bus is mostly crammed with passengers. Taxis are way too expensive in comparison to local buses.

What is the Best Time to Visit Nepal

You can visit Nepal all year round, but for the best travel experience, spring and autumn are considered the best time of the year to travel to Nepal. Autumn and spring are peak seasons for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Thousands of travelers flock to Nepal to trek, mostly to Everest Base Camp,Manaslu Trek, Annapuran Base Camp and climb some of the highest peaks in Nepal like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Annapurna.

Winter consider off-season to explore the beauty of Nepal. During winter, trekking trails are less-crowded with the lowest numbers of trekkers. And monsoon is not recommended to travel to Nepal, not even for a day hike or day tour around Kathmandu. Heavy rain, landslides, and less visibility in the mountains are some of the major reasons why traveling in the monsoon not recommend.

Best Places to Visit in Nepal

There are many beautiful places to visit in Nepal. There are 7 UNESCO world heritage sites scattered around Nepal. Kathmandu valley, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Lumbini are some of the best places in Nepal, attracting hundreds of travelers every year. If you love to hike, there are many hiking trails on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley and even in Pokhara. If you love day tours, you can walk around Kathmandu valley, exploring UNESCO world heritage sites.

Bandipur, Pokhara, Chitwan, Ghandruk, and Lumbini are only a few hours away from Kathmandu. You can explore them in just a few days. Apart from these, you can explore Jomsom, Muktinath, Upper Mustang, and many other places. Similarly, there are many trekking trails to explore in the Himalayas of Nepal. You can trek to the base camp of some of the highest mountains in the world or embark on a journey to the remote part of Nepal.

Travel Cost in Nepal

Nepal is one of the most affordable countries in South Asia, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is also cheaper than most countries in the world. Your travel cost to Nepal depends on your preference. If we’re talking about trekking in Nepal, you can choose from three trek packages, and the cost varies accordingly.

Budget treks are a lot cheaper than standard treks and luxury treks. For backpackers, the budget for Nepal travel can estimate to be 30-50 USD per day. And for a luxury travel experience, you can expect to spend around 100 USD per day.

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