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Nepal is known for its trekking and is home to eight of the ten highest peaks found in the world, including Mount Everest. It is also the birthplace of Buddhism and popular with those looking for a spiritual journey. Whatever the reason for travelling to Nepal, there are a number of considerations.

Tourist visas are required when entering Nepal. These can be purchased at designated land borders by citizens of most countries and are valid for a maximum of 150 days in a year. Citizens of some countries such as Nigeria, Afghanistan and Cameroon are required to have a visa in advance of travel.

One of the most popular ways of entering Nepal is by plane and there has been an increase in the number of routes and airlines operating in the area recently. Nepal`s Tribhuvan International Airport has flights that serve Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Delhi and European cities such as London via Middle Eastern stopovers in places such as Abu Dhabi or Bahrain.

Tribhuvan Airport is situated just outside Kathmandu. Tourist visas are available at the Airport, as are money changing services, although these are only available directly after arrivals. When you have passed through immigration and exited the terminal building you will find a number of people offering to be your guide or luggage carrier as well as taxis and hotel representatives.

These people offering their services are required to stay at least 10 metres from the door of the building, however, they will enthusiastically try and engage your attention. It can be a good idea to arrange your first night`s accommodation before commencing your trip and ask the guest house or hotel to arrange to pick you up from the Airport. If you need to make your own arrangements for the transfer then it can be wise to arrange a fixed price taxi before you exit the building if you are unwilling to haggle over price.

If you are visiting India first then you may also wish to consider travelling to Nepal by bus. Tourists are able to enter Nepal via five border crossings: Sunauli-Bhairawa, Raxaul-Birganj, Sigiguri-Kakarbhitta, Banbassa-Mahendrenagar and Bahraich-Nepalganj. Additionally, there is a crossing at Kodari between Nepal and Tibet that is open to those entering Nepal. If you are travelling independently then you cannot enter Tibet from this crossing.

Whilst there are trains, including passenger ones that operate between Raxaul in India and Sirsiya in Nepal foreigners, other than Indians, are not able to cross the border this way. Travelling by train is not, therefore, an option for most travelling to Nepal.

Many travellers opt to enter Nepal by motorcycle, although you should be aware that customs payments are due at the border. There can be problems with fuel supply so this should be borne in mind. It is also important to ensure that you undertake a thorough examination of the condition of the bike before and after the hire to ensure that you are not charged a damage payment.

For those travelling to Nepal, flying is, therefore, often considered the safest route. Sites such as  can help travellers to find their best flight options when flying from the UK and start the process of arranging an amazing adventure in Nepal.


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