It was only in the late 1950s that Nepal opened its borders to outsiders. Since then, Nepal has been alluring travellers with its mystical charm and diverse landscapes. Home to world’s highest peak, the Mt. Everest, this small Himalayan kingdom is known for its incredible mountain, snowy peaks and some of the best trekking trails of the Himalayas. Mountains, jungles, quaint mountain villages, ancient cities and diverse and interesting culture makes Nepal one of the world’s greatest and most interesting travel destinations. Since you are here, a Nepal trip must be on your mind. Here is our comprehensive Nepal travel guide with all the important information to help your Nepal trip plan. And, even if it is not, we urge you to read on. Nepal might just creep into your heart and then to your travel plans!
- 1 Where is Nepal located?
- 2 Why should you visit Nepal?
- 3 How to get a Visa for Nepal?
- 4 Nepal Travel Guide | How to reach Nepal?
- 5 Nepal Travel Guide | Getting around in Nepal
- 6 Nepal Travel Guide | Travelling within the city – how to get around cities
- 7 What is the best time to visit Nepal?
- 8 Nepal Travel Guide | Places to visit in Nepal
- 9 Nepal Travel Guide | Adventure in Nepal
- 10 Nepal Travel Guide | Trekking in Nepal
- 11 Some Quick Information for your Nepal trip plan
- 12 Major Festivals of Nepal
- 13 Nepal Travel Guide | How much does it cost to travel to Nepal?
- 14 Books to read about Nepal
- 15 Is Nepal safe for travel?
Where is Nepal located?
Located in South Asia and home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, Nepal is a landlocked country sharing its borders with Tibet in the north and India in the east, west and south. Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world is located in the northern region, while the southern parts of the country have tropical lowlands.
Why should you visit Nepal?
Wedged between the mystical world of Tibet and the steamy jungles of India, Nepal is the land of snow peaks and Sherpas. Yaks and yetis rule the bedtime stories in Nepal. And those stories of yaks and yetis also crept into our bedtime stories. Being from the neighbouring country of Nepal, we heard a lot of interesting stories about yetis during our childhood days. It is a place where you can not only attain travel nirvana but also spiritual nirvana. Just as we mentioned before, let us give you a few reasons why you should visit Nepal.
Nepal is a trekkers’ paradise: Home to eight of the world’s highest peaks, there is no dearth of trekking options in Nepal. There are treks for beginners as well as experienced ones. And finally, the holy grail for mountaineers, Mt. Everest is also located in Nepal.
Adventure in Nepal: Apart from trekking, Nepal will make your heart skip a beat with its adventure activities. Paragliding, white water rafting, bungee jumping are some of the adrenaline rushing activities that you can do in Nepal.
Nepal has a rich wildlife: Visit the Chitwan National Park having a rich wildlife.
Nepal is culturally diverse and exciting: the cultural landscape of Nepal is as diverse as its natural. There are a number of ethnic groups in Nepal that has made the land culturally rich. From Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism to nature-worshipping shamanism, Nepali culture has integrated all in itself very well.
Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha: Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and is definitely one of the must-visit places in Nepal. This fact also makes Nepal culturally unique yet diverse.
How to get a Visa for Nepal?
Tourist Visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan Airport at Kathmandu as well as all land border crossings. A few countries are not given visa on arrival. You are advised to check the list before visiting.
You can also apply for online visa upto 15 days before your arrival and travel within 6 months of the visa being approved.
The visa fees are as follows:
15 Days (multiple entries) : USD 30
30 Days (multiple entries) : USD 50
90 Days (multiple entries) : USD 125
Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. The visa can be extended maximum upto 150 days in a calendar year, but you will have to visit the immigration office before the expiry of your current visa.
For obtaining a visa on arrival, you will need a passport size photo and 6 months validity on your passport.
The steps for obtaining a visa on arrival:
- Fill in the “Arrival Card”
- Fill in the online ‘Tourist Visa’ Form (you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting official website of Department of Immigration). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission receipt with barcode. Get a printout of it for getting the visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. Alternatively, you can fill the form at the kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport.
- Next, make payment at the counter to the right of your visa kiosk as per your visa requirement. You can pay with Debit card, but it is always good to keep some cash handy.
- Get the receipt.
- Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts and passport and hand in your documents to the immigration officer and get your visa done.
- If you are crossing the land border, only cash payment is accepted.
Nepal Tourist Visa for Indians
Indians do not require a Visa for Nepal. As per recent agreement between the 2 countries, your Adhaar Card is sufficient for getting an entry into Nepal. If you are crossing through the land border, you just have to show your Adhaar card and gain an entry into Nepal. As easy as that! But to get a SIM Card in Nepal, you will need a copy of your passport and a passport size photograph. So it is always good to keep your passport handy.
Nepal Travel Guide | How to reach Nepal?
Nepal has only one international airport in Kathmandu. So if you are flying in, you will arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport. The flight fares depend on the seasons. Expect high costs especially during the Christmas time and autumn, which is a peak season in Nepal. Also, the rate of flight cost depends on where you are coming from.
Do expect long queues at the immigration lines if you are getting Visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan Airport.
Prepaid taxis are available at the airport terminal to take you to your hotel. Sometimes, a few hotels also provide free pick-up and drop from the airport.
Getting into Nepal from neighbouring countries by border crossing
Many travellers often combine a trip to Nepal with that of India. Those in India can also consider getting into Nepal by crossing the road borders. There are a number of border crossings between India and Nepal and an overland route can be easily planned. The most common border crossing between India and Nepal includes the following:
- Raxaul (India side) – Birgunj (Nepal side): The nearest main town is Patna (6 hours). From Birgunj, buses are available to Kathmandu (136 km).
- Panitanki (India side) – Kakarbhitta (Nepal side) : The nearest main town is SIliguri. Those who are coming from Darjeeling can take this border crossing route. From Kakarbhitta, you will get buses to Kathmandu (458 km) and Pokhara (600 km)
- Sunauli (India side)- Belahiya (Nepal side) : The nearest main town is Varanasi. Belahiya is nearest to Lumbini (30 km). So if you are entering by this route, consider stopping at Lumbini first and then carry on your journey to Nepal. Like all the other border towns, buses to Kathmandu and Pokhara are available from here.
- Jogbani (India side) – Biratnagar (Nepal side) : The nearest main town is Katihar (3 hours). From Biratnagar, you will get a bus to Kathmandu. The distance is 240 km. Biratnagar also has an airport and you will get flights to Kathmandu and Pokhara from Biratnagar airport.
Nepal Travel Guide | Getting around in Nepal
Well, getting around in Nepal is a bit tricky. Distances between cities are not that great, but the roads are poor, travelling is slow and the buses are not in the best of conditions. Some of the roads are pretty decent, but there are few that do not deserve to be called roads! Air travel in Nepal is said to be a bit risky. For moving from one town to another, you have tourist buses, local buses, minibuses and jeeps for remote places. There are flights connecting Kathmandu, Pokhara, Jomson and Lukla as well.
Tourist buses in Nepal
Tourist buses are the most common way of travelling across Nepal. There are AC buses with reclining seats, as well as non-AC buses. These buses connect the border town like Kakkarbhitta, Sunauli, Birgunj and Biratnagar with Kathmandu and Pokhara. They also run between all the major towns like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Sauraha (Chitwan National Park), Lumbini, Jomson etc. These vehicles are generally in better conditions than the local buses. In high seasons, it is better to get the tickets to these buses a day in advance, as they tend to get filled. You can get the tickets from the bus stations or bus parks. But all the travel agencies and hotels also can book the ticket for you. They usually charge a 10% commission on the price of the tickets.
We had taken a tourist bus from Kakkarbhitta to Kathmandu. The distance of 458 km was covered in 15 hours. The bus did not have an AC but had reclining seats. Though we would not say that we had a great bus journey, but it was also not uncomfortable altogether. 2 tickets costed us NPR 1600.
Also, we would recommend you to have a look at the bus before booking your tickets.
Express Bus/ Deluxe Bus
These days, a few buses run between the major towns of Nepal that are faster and more comfortable. These deluxe buses have AC and reclining seats with cushions and are quite comfortable. These buses usually run between Kathmandu and Pokhara and also between Kathmandu/Pokhara and Chitwan National Park or Lumbini. These buses usually run during 2 times – day and night. The day buses usually start in the morning and reach the destination by afternoon while the night buses starts in the evening and reach the destination the next morning.
We had taken a deluxe bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The bus was quite a comfortable one and the tickets cost us NPR 1200 per head. Yes, these buses are comparatively costlier, but you will have a comfortable journey.
Minibuses travel on all the routes as the tourist buses and also on other routes. They are generally a bit faster, cheaper and a little less comfortable. Unlike the tourist buses, the minibuses run throughout the day. If you plan to go by minibus, then there is no need to get a ticket beforehand. Infact, you should get the tickets directly from the bus conductor and not from any vendors who might try to sell you a ticket at an inflated price.
You need to be really adventurous if you try to travel across Nepal in local buses. Travelling within the city is all fine, but we would not recommend you to travel between cities on a local bus. These buses are definitely much cheaper but are old, slow and uncomfortable and prone to breakdown. Also, the buses will be cramped with passengers and you might find it hard to travel with all your luggage.
Jeep or 4WD
You might not need to ride a jeep or 4WD unless you are off to the remote places. Jeeps are the only mode of transport in the remote places where the roads are mere mud tracks. On the roughest routes you might even find a tractor! These jeeps are usually used to carry local supplies along with people, so you might find yourself huddled with groceries and goods! The price of a jeep ride depends on the place and region of your travel and the season.
Just like any other place, you will get taxis to take you from one city to another. Do bargain with the driver before deciding on the price.
Air travel is an essential part of Nepal transport network. But air safety record is worse than the road safety record. A flight over the Himalayas can be a visual treat to the eyes and exhilarating, but it can also be quite scary. You might have to take flights in Nepal from Kathmandu to Lukla (for Everest Base Camp trek) or Pokhara to Jomson (For Annapurna Circuit Trek). If you are a part of a package tour or hike, then the flight cost is usually included. But if you are looking for flight tickets yourself, you can look into Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Sita Air.
Be prepared for bad weather and delays when you are flying in Nepal. Cancellations are also quite common. Also, book your tickets well in advance during the peak trekking seasons.
Nepal Travel Guide | Travelling within the city – how to get around cities
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, going around by car is a great option. They are quicker and much more comfortable than the local buses. Also, they will take you to the exact location of your destination. Although these taxis have a meter, they always refuse to go by meter and will quote a price. You do have to bargain with the driver. And yes, there are no Ubers here!
Local buses are super cheap but are often crowded and packed to the brim. In most of the cities, the standard fare is NPR 20-25 for a ride within the city. Well, if you are okay with the crowd, then a bus ride is a fun way to observe the local Nepali people and their culture.
Motorcycles and cycles
You will get motorcycles and cycles on rent on per day basis. For renting a motorcycle, you need to have a valid driving license. You might have to leave your passport or return ticket as a deposit for renting a 2-wheeler. Motorcycles can be rented at NPR 700-800 per day based on the type. This rate is excluding fuel. Keep in mind that there is a shortage of fuel in Nepal. So if you are visiting the offbeat tracks, then get your tanks full.
Bicycles will cost you around NPR 200-300 per day.
Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Indians will probably not face many problems because road rules are just like that in India. Tourists from the West might face a problem with the traffic, road conditions and vehicles or people jumping in front of yours while driving.
What is the best time to visit Nepal?
The best time to visit Nepal depends on the where you want to visit and what you want to do. Nepal has a temperate climate with four main seasons centred around the summer and monsoon. Before your Nepal trip plan, decide when you want to visit the country.
Autumn (late September to late November)
Autumn is the peak season in Nepal when the weather is clear and dry. It is neither too cold in the higher altitudes, not too hot in the Terai region. The rains have already cleared away the pollution and dust and you will get a clear view of the mountain peaks. This is also the best time for trekking. Thousands of trekkers hit the Everest and Annapurna region during this time. Prices at Kathmandu are also at their peak.
Winter (December and January)
The weather is most stable and clear during this time. During this time, the trekking trails are relatively less crowded as the temperature becomes quite low at those places. If you can bear the cold, then it is an excellent time to be near the mountains. Otherwise, the Terai region or the plains have a fantastic climate. This is a good time to explore the cities of Nepal.
Spring (February to mid-April)
This is the second-best time to visit Nepal. The weather is warmer and the days are longer. Rhododendrons bloom in the higher altitude areas. This is the best time for viewing the wildlife. This is also a good time for the trekkers. However, during April and May, a haze sits over most of Nepal due to crop burn. So visibility can be low especially in Kathmandu valley and Pokhara.
Monsoon (June to September)
This is the lean season for trekkers in Nepal. Monsoon brings heavy rains, landslides and clouds obscure the mountain views. The countryside though takes a fresh green look. July and August is also the best time to visit the Mustang Valley that falls in the rain shadow area.
Nepal Travel Guide | Places to visit in Nepal
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is an electrifying mix of medieval alleys, Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas and vibrant city life. There is an entire list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu city itself. Kathmandu is crowded, noisy and dusty, but is also unique in its diversity. While in Kathmandu, do not miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kathmandu Durbar Square. After the earthquake in 2015, many of the ancient buildings were thoroughly damaged, but now the majority of the buildings are being restored gradually, mainly with the help of China. You will see bid signboards saying the donation and help of China in restoring these ancient monuments. Well, China seems to have reached everywhere.
The other places of attraction in Kathmandu city are Pashupatinath Temple, the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa, the two Buddhist sites. The Narayanhiti Palace, Garden of Dreams are 2 other interesting places to visit in Kathmandu. And of course, do not miss to visit the Thamel market. Thamel is definitely your one-stop solution for all your trekking and hiking needs.
After you have explored Kathmandu city, visit the 2 other UNESCO Heritage sites Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares. Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur were the 3 ancient kingdoms of Nepal. All the 3 Durbar Squares are beautiful and magnificent in their own rights.
While many have complained Kathmandu to be crowded and noisy (which I agree completely), I found Kathmandu totally fascinating. Infact, there is a sense of calm amidst all the chaos in the city. It is something just as we felt when we were in Varanasi. Interestingly, there is a Nepali temple in one of the Ghats of Varanasi built by a Nepali King.
If you do not at all prefer the chaos of Kathmandu, you can visit he rural landscape of Kathmandu valley. A visit to Nagarkot will take you close to the mountains and give you a sense of serenity. Although Nagarkot has now become quite commercialized with many hotels cropping out here and there and is no longer offbeat, still the place is much more serene than Kathmandu.
Pokhara is perhaps the next most visited place in Nepal. While Pokhara downtown can be quite crowded and noisy, the lakeside Pokhara is the epitome of tranquillity. Located around the Fewa Lake with the Macchapucchre Peak (Fishtail Peak) at the backdrop, Pokhara is a paradise for the laidback travellers, backpackers, trekkers and the adventure enthusiasts. Afterall, treks to the Annapurna circuit, Langtang Valley, Mustang valley all starts from Pokhara. You can also indulge in various adventure activities like paragliding and a helicopter ride over the Everest from Pokhara. There are few other touristy things to do in Pokhara as well. The best place, however, is the Peace Pagoda located high up on a hill. It was definitely one of our favourite places.
Evening in Pokhara lakeside is completely chilled. There are shacks and restaurants lining the lake where you can simply sit down, enjoy the sunset and have a beer. Pokhara is the perfect antidote to the crowded Kathmandu.
The ancient Newari village of Bandipur is often overlooked by tourists due to its slight offbeat route, but the place is worth visiting. Bandipur is the living open-air museum of the ancient Newari culture of Nepal. The town was once the stopping point on the Indo-Tibet trade route.
The village has beautifully preserved traditional Newari houses having intricate woodwork (Newari houses are known for their elaborate woodworks. You can also see a few of them in the old alleys of Kathmandu). The town has a distinctly European feel to it with quaint houses and vehicle-free streets. You can also visit the nearby peak to get a great view of the surrounding valleys.
When you are Nepal, you will see quite a few graffiti on walls, buses saying “Buddha was born in Nepal”. Well, Lumbini is the place where Gautam Buddha was born. We thought that our Nepal Travel Guide can never be completed unless we mention about Lumbini. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of immense global significance, Lumbini is visited by thousands of Buddhists every year. The Maya Devi Temple is the most significant place in Lumbini. The place also has a number of monasteries, stupas and temples constructed by the Buddhist community.
Didn’t we tell you before that Nepal is an incredible mix of cultures?
Chitwan National Park
Located in the lowlands of Nepal bordering India, Chitwan National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks of Nepal. It once served as the royal hunting ground, but presently it had achieved the distinction of being a zero poaching place in 2015. You can see the one-horned rhino, sloth bear, crocodile, gharial and monkeys on a game safari. Having said that, try to avoid doing an elephant safari. We had done it once and decided to do it never again!
Nepal Travel Guide | Adventure in Nepal
Nepal is a heaven for the adventure enthusiast. Being the home to the world’s highest mountain ranges, trekking is no doubt one of the main reasons that people visit Nepal. Apart from trekking, Nepal also offers numerous activities for the adventure junkies. Nepal is surely a Disneyland for the adventure enthusiasts. Here is a list of the best adventure in Nepal:
- Bungee Jumping and canyon swing
- White water Rafting
- Mountain flight over Everest
- Jungle safari
Nepal Travel Guide | Trekking in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal is perhaps the greatest thing to do. We believe that all the mountaineers and trekking enthusiasts visit Nepal at least once in their lifetime. There is something about trekking in Nepal that gives you a sense of accomplishment. It might be the majestic Himalayas that makes trekking so memorable and enriching experience.
Read about our complete guide on Trekking in Nepal along with 14 Best Treks in Nepal.
The best thing about trekking in Nepal is that it has trails for everyone. Of course, Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the ultimate experiences, but in Nepal, there are smaller trails like Poon Hill Trek for all those who do not have much time.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes about 16 days and goes through the picturesque Nepali mountain hamlets and gives you a glimpse of the local life in Nepal. However, we feel that Mustang Valley bordering Tibet is one of the ultimate experiences in trekking. The Upper Mustang valley is not frequented by many trekkers because of the high permit fees (USD 500 for 10 days) but it is worth all of it.
Some Quick Information for your Nepal trip plan
The currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NPR).
You can convert all the major currencies at Kathmandu and Pokhara. You will find many currency exchange shops there. You can also exchange currencies at the airport and near the land borders.
ATMs in Nepal
Debit cards and credit cards are accepted in most of the hotels and restaurants these days. ATMs are widely available in all the major cities of Nepal. Most ATMs have a maximum withdrawal limit of NPR 10,000; however, some NABIL machines have an NPR 35,000 limit. But if you are travelling to interior places, then it is advisable to carry cash.
You can exchange Indian Rupee to Nepalese rupee near the border. But do inquire about the exchange rate beforehand. We had exchanged INR to NPR near Panitanki-Kakarbhitta border and got quite a good rate.
You can also withdraw money from the ATMs. Usually, NPR 400 per withdrawal is charged. If you have a State Bank of India Debit Card, then you can withdraw money from State Bank of Nepal at a nominal rate. Usually, Indian rupees of smaller denomination (Rs50 & 100) are accepted in Nepal. Do not carry high denomination currency (Rs500 & 2000) to Nepal. You will find it difficult to exchange them.
Power cuts are quite normal in Nepal. While most of the bigger hotels will have generator facilities for power backup, it is always better to keep your mobiles and cameras charged. Do keep a power bank with you.
Electricity Socket: The power outlets are compatible with European plugs (three prongs). Do carry a universal travel adapter with you so that you can use your electronic gadgets.
What is the language of Nepal?
Nepali and Newari is the main language of Nepal. Hindi is also spoken widely, and so is English. Since Nepal receives a lot of foreign tourists, most of the trek operators and sherpas understand and speaks English.
What to eat in Nepal?
Food in Nepal has a lot of Indian influence. Indian travellers will probably feel at home in Nepal. The food in Nepal is extremely good having both Indian and Tibetan influence. A few of the must try dishes in Nepal are:
Yes, Dah Bhat is the staple food in Nepal. You will get it all over Nepal and you will also see people wearing tee-shirts with the slogan written on it “Dal Bhat Power, 24 hour”! Dal Bhat is a set meal consisting of rice, curry and veggies and dal (soup-like serving of lentils). You can also add some non-veg items with you if you want. Dal Bhat is stomach filling and a serving of Dal Bhat is enough to carry you through the day. Personally, we both are also fond of the Dal Bhat power!
As Indians, we are all familiarized with momos. They are the Nepali version of dumplings filled with veggies or meat and served with spicy chutney. Steamed or fried, momos are the best snacks that you can get in Nepal. It was also our comfort food there.
Where to stay in Nepal?
Tourism has been on the rise in Nepal and so there are a number of hotels, hostels, guesthouses and homestays in Nepal. There are tree-houses in the trekking areas for accommodation.
You will find stays catering to almost all kind of budgets in all the major cities and towns in Nepal. During the peak season, you can pre-book your accommodation. But in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will probably get a place to stay at all the time. We usually do not pre book hotels and prefer looking for deals once we arrive at the place. If we have to do a booking online, we prefer booking.com
Major Festivals of Nepal
Hindus are known for their many festivals. Nepal, being a Hindu nation has a number of festivals celebrated all around the year. Also, Buddhist festivals are celebrated with lots of vigor and enthusiasm. Nepal is such a place where the Hindu and Buddhist culture has been inexorably mixed. Both the communities have borrowed practices, traditions from each other and they coexist seamlessly.
Nepali New Year celebration is one of the major festivals of the country. This usually occurs in the 2nd week of April and New Year is a time for week-long celebration all over Nepal. We happened to visit Nepal during this time and witnessed the interesting and visually stunning festivals like Bisket Jatra and Sindur Jatra.
Indra Jatra is another important festival in Nepal when the Kumari, Living Goddess of Nepal comes out in front of the common people. Indra Jatra is celebrated usually in the month of September. Dasain or Dussehra and Holi are also celebrated with great pomp.
Nepal Travel Guide | How much does it cost to travel to Nepal?
Nepal can be as cheap and as expensive as you want it to be. But yes, Nepal is an extremely affordable country to visit. Nepal caters to all types of tourists – budget to luxury.
Being a tourist in Nepal can be cheap, but cost of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal can be quite high depending on the type of the trek you choose and what comfort level you want. Trekking permits come at a high cost in Nepal.
The typical cost of travelling in Nepal is given:
- Dorms in a hostel with shared bathroom: NPR 500-800
- Budget hotels (with DBR) & homestays : NPR 1200 – 2000
- Mid-range hotels: NPR 2000 – 4000
- Luxury hotels: NPR 5000 onwards (available only in main cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara)
- Tea houses/ trekking lodges: NPR 500 – 2500
Cost of food
- Local meal in guesthouses and small eateries: NPR 150 – 250
- Snacks: NPR 50 – 200
- Three-course meal in fancy restaurants : NPR 600+
- Water bottle (1 litre) : NPR 20-25
Remember, the cost of food and things will increase as you go higher up the altitude. Be prepared to pay almost 10 times the price at higher altitudes than you would pay at Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Cost of transport in Nepal
- Local buses within city : NPR 25-50
- Taxi: NPR 150 onwards depending on the distance
- Tourist buses: NPR 800 – 2200
- Everest Experience Flight cost: USD 180-195
Cost of Hiking in Nepal:
- Porter /guide: NPR 800 – 1500 per day
- Organised Trek: NPR 4000 – 600 per day
- Trekking permit:
TIMS Card: NPR 1000 for Group trekker and NPR 2000 for free individual trekker per trekking route per person per entry.
For SAARC countries TIMS Card fees are as follows – Group trekker: NPR 300; FITs: NPR 600, per trekking route per person per entry.
Books to read about Nepal
Sometimes a book you read can inspire you to visit the place. I love reading and I first read about Kathmandu in a Bengali detective novel “Joto Kando Kathmandu te” by Satyajit Ray. I first read about the vibrancy of Kathmandu in the book which tells the story about Bengali’s most famous sleuth Feluda. So if you are the one who loves to read before travelling a place, here are a few books about Nepal that you might want to read.
Into the Thin Air by John Krakauer
Into the Thin Air is the personal account of Krakauer about his Everest expedition which turned out into a disaster. The book is a fantastic read about the incredible power of mother nature. You can buy the book from here.
Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhyay
Arresting God in Kathmandu by Samrat Upadhaya is the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West. The book explores the nature of desire and spirituality in the changing society.
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard is an account of Matthiessen and naturalist George Schaller’s search of the elusive snow leopard in the Dolpo region of Nepal.
From Goddess to Mortal by Rashmila Shakya
The Royal Kumari of Nepal is a fascinating aspect of Nepal and its religious beliefs. In this book, From Goddess to Mortal by Rashmila Shakya, the erstwhile Kumari recounts her days as the living Goddess in the temple at Kathmandu and her life after post-Kumari status.
Is Nepal safe for travel?
Nepal is quite safe to travel.
After a period of political turmoil and Maoist insurgencies, Nepal has now relatively stable and making strides towards peace. Although demonstrations and strikes (known as Banda in Nepal) can occur anytime anywhere. We were stuck in one such strike during our trip. But overall, tourism is not usually affected. The locals are also quite friendly and warm and will help you. There are no issues about personal safety as such.
Problems might occur during trekking in the Himalayas, but that is also related to unforeseen natural disasters. So while trekking, be in groups, adhere to all the safety precautions and listen to whatever your guide instructs. They know the place well and will give you better advice.
For women travellers, Nepal is quite safe. We would recommend you not to trek alone or walk alone at night. Also, dress conservatively. Infact, these tips go for all the places you visit, not only Nepal!
We have tried to cover all the major questions that had cropped in our mind before travelling to Nepal. Hope you find this Nepal travel Guide useful and it will help you in Nepal trip plan. If you have any other questions about Nepal, ask us in the comments below and send us a mail. Also if you liked the post, share it with others. Pin it for a later read!