Nepal is a small yet mesmerizingly beautiful country nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The country has been a popular choice among international visitors for years, for it provides its explorers with heart-warming hospitality and a “once in a lifetime” experience in its enchanting landscape. From meditational retreats to adventure sports that leave your adrenaline rushing, one might never go out of things to do in Nepal. However, the country is most famous among the tourists for its enthralling treks in the foothills of the Himalayas. Most of these trekking routes allow one to gaze closely at the majestic mountains: Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek are just a few to name. Nepal tour package offers all trips in the Himalayas.
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Key facts for Nepal tour package
- Location: South-east Asia, sandwiched between China in the north and India in the south, east and west.
- Geography: Three distinct terrains–mountainous, hilly, and low-lying plains.
- Capital: Kathmandu
- Area: 147,181 square kilometers
- Population: 29,985,389 (on 22nd august 2019 according to worldometers.info)
- Political system: Federal Democratic Republic
- Major religion: Hinduism and Buddhism
- Time zone: GMT +5:45 minutes
- Official language: Nepali
- Working hours: According to the Labor Act (2017), 6 days a week, and 8 hours per day–48 hours per week.
- Electricity: Nepal uses electricity of voltage ranging from 220-240 and the frequency of 50 megahertz. Tourists might need to carry a voltage converter or adapter. As of 2017, 95.3% of Nepalese have access to electricity.
Visa Information for Nepal tour package
Nepal has a hassle-free visa procedure as it provides on-arrival visa for most of its visitors. After paying the fees, at the border entry points if travelling by road and at the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport if travelling by air, you will be provided with Nepalese Tourist Visa. The fees depend on how long you tend to stay in Nepal: 30 USD for 15 days, 50 USD for 30 days, and 125 USD for 90 days. The nationals of the SAARC countries and China do not have to pay visa fees. However, citizens of Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Nigeria, Liberia, Iraq, Ghana, Ethiopia, Eswatini, and Cameroon will have to apply for a visa beforehand at the Nepalese Embassy present in their country. You will need to have a valid passport with issued date 6 months before the visa application date.
How to reach Nepal
Nepal is a small landlocked country. There are only two ways of reaching the country: via road or air. While traveling from India, you can choose various means of land transportation, but you have no other options than flying down to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu while traveling to Nepal from other countries. The checkpoints to receive an on-arrival visa while coming from India are:
- Kakarbhitta (Far-east)
- Birgunj (East)
- Siddharthanagar (West)
- Nepalgunj (Mid-west)
- Bheemdutta (Far-west)
- Dhangadi (Far-west)
A popular destination to visit
This land of Buddha has countless beautiful places to show off to its explorers. Most visitors might not be lucky enough to witness all the glories of the country, yet there are few places tourists should certainly not miss out on. The capital city, Kathmandu, rich in its culture with traces of urbanization, the visitors will have plenty of sightseeing to do; from the historical palaces to cinema and shopping malls to botanical garden and meditational retreats, the city offers everything. Next on the list is Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Sacred to Buddhists throughout the world, this town has its charm. Lumbini brings peace to all those who visit. Nepal tour remains incomplete without visiting Pokhara, the city full of serene lakes like Begnas, Phewa and Rupa, and the majestic view of mountain ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. Many of the classic trekking routes begin from the periphery of Pokhara.
Weather and Climate
Influenced by the elevation, the three terrains of Nepal experience different types of climate during the annual seasonal cycle. The summers in terai are very hot with temperature exceeding 40 degrees; the middle region, hilly, is bearable with temperature exceeding 25 degrees; and the mountainous regions have cool summer. The summers are accompanied by monsoon rain, cooling down the increasing heat. The winters, however, are harsh in mountainous and terai regions, one receives heavy snowfall while the other is foggy throughout, respectively. The hills, however, have warm winters with cold mornings and nights.
Internet and Communication
In recent days, communication technology in Nepal is improving. There is the availability of free Wi-Fi at most of the hotel, guest houses, lodges, restaurants, and bars in major cities and towns. In Kathmandu, there is “Free Worldlink Wi-Fi” throughout the city, besides there are plenty of cyber-cafes where you may use Internet services after paying a certain fee.
However, the same cannot be assured in remote villages. Alternatively, you may use mobile-data; you can buy a Nepalese SIM card from authorized places using your passport. Two networks are providing easily accessible SIM cards: NTC and NCELL.
Local currency and foreign exchange
Foreign currencies like US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Yuan, Euro, and Pound can be easily converted to Nepalese rupees at banks or money exchange windows in the major cities. However, exchanging currency can be a little difficult in the smaller towns and villages, so it is preferred to have the money exchanged to Nepalese Rupee before leaving the city. Also, some banks like Himalayan, Standard Charter, Everest, and Nabil accept international debit cards with the withdrawal amount varying with the bank. ATMs might not always be available in the rural areas, so it is better to make the withdrawal of Nepalese Rupees in Kathmandu, just to be on the safer side.
People, culture, and festival
The common ground of people of four races and 36 ethnicities, Nepal has a rich cultural inheritance. The diverse cultural experience one gets increases the worth of the trip tenfold. One should not miss participating in the local festivals; the feeling of belonging one gets while participating in the Newa Jatras, dancing to the tune of Dhimey, or celebrating Lhosar with happiness are all once in a lifetime experiences. During October-November, the atmosphere of Nepal is merry with the Hindu festivals of Dashain, Tihar, and Chhat, while the Christians prepare for Christmas and New Year decorating the country beautifully in late winter. please contact us for Nepal tour package.