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
ukairports.org.uk 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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