Nepal is one of the chains of the small Shangri-La countries which stretches from the west to the east, along the Himalayan range, starting with Kashmir, crossing a narrow strip of upper India, through Nepal, and on to Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam in the east.
What to wear:Lightweight clothing is recommended for May through October. Warm garments are required in October – March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.
How to enter:
By Air:Kathmandu - the capital of Nepal is air linked with Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Varanasi of India, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dhaka, paro, Karachi, Dubai, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow, Lhasa and Osaka
Visitors can enter Nepal from Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Jogbani, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Mahendra Nagar, Janakpur and Belhiya (Bhairawa) in Nepal-India Border and Kodari in Nepal - China border. The overland visitors entering Nepal with their vehicles must possess an international permit.
Passport & Visa:
All visitors to Nepal except for the Indian nationals must hold valid passports and visa which can be obtained from Nepalese Immigration Offices, Consulates and Embassies abroad or at the point of entry to Nepal.
Rs. 1395 Per person for departure to SAARC countries and Rs.1795 For departure to other international destinations.
Nepal has a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from 5-star Hotels to Budget Hotels and Lodges.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, almost every type of Cuisine like Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Indian, Nepalese and Continental are available for visitors at their choice.
Nepal is a trekker’s paradise. One can trek along the beaten trails or the virgin tracks. Some of the recommended treks are; Everest trek, Annapurna round, Kanchenjunga, Helambu, Gosainkunda, Langtang, Jumla-Rara, Mustang, Dolpa, Manaslu,Khaptad and Ramaroshan.
Rafting:There are numerous rivers in Nepal, offering excellent rafting or canoeing avenues. Some of the rivers opened for river runners are; Arun, Bheri, Karnali, Kaligandaki, Seti, Tamakoshi, Trisuli and Sunkoshi.. Nepal is one of the most popular destinations for rafters and Kayakers.
BUNGY JUMP:The ultimate thrill of a bungy jump can be experienced at one of the best sites in the world. Nepal’s bungy jumping site is located at 160 meters over the wild river of Bhote Kosi. The site is located close to the Nepal – Tibet border at Barabishe and is a 3hour bus ride from Kathmandu. A package deal includes the jump, bus ride to the site and meals. Nepalese are entitled to enjoy 30% discount. Accommodation and other facilities are available at Barabishe.
OUTDOOR COUNTRY:Nepal represents a blend of ancient history, vibrant cultures and scenic grandeur. Located between China and India; Nepal’s main geographical features include snow-capped peaks, lower mountains, mid hills and fertile plains of the tropical jungles. Nearly one-third of the total length of the Himalayas and 8 of the world’s 14 highest peaks lie in Nepal. The landlocked country covers an area 147,181 sq. kilometers ranging from 70 meters to the highest point at 8,848 meters above sea level. Nepal’s popularity as a tourist destination has increased vastly over the years. While trekking and mountaineering have long been popular, entire ranges of other activities are also being carried out.
JUNGLE SAFARI:The tropical jungles of Nepal’s Terai preserve some of the best wildlife habitat in the sub-continent. Jungle safaris on Elephant Back or Jeep Rides are offered at the Parsa Wildlife Reserve, Bardia National Park, Chitwan National Park and Shukla Pantha Wildlife Reserve, all located in the Terais. The best time to pay a visit to the Terai is during the winters when the climate is more temperate. Wide ranges of tourist facilities are available in and around the areas.
BOATING:Nepal provides excellent opportunities for Boating, from Glacier-fed lakes up north down to where the rivers ease into the Terai plains. With famous lakes like Phewa Begnas and Rupa; Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations for Boating. In the Terai, one can go Canoeing on the Narayani or Rapti rivers near Chitwan National Park. Boats and Canoes can also be rented from local dealers on hourly basis. Pokhara and Chitwan are accessible both by Air and Road from Kathmandu. A wide variety of accommodation and other facilities are easily available in both the places.
MOUNTAIN FLIGHTS:Mountain flights offer the passengers a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks. The one – hour experience takes within camera range of some of the highest peaks of the world such as the Gosaithan, Dorje Lakpa, Phurbi Chyachu, Choba Bhamare, Mt. Gaurishanker, Melungtse, Chugimago, Mt. Number, Karyolung, Cho – Oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse and finally the mighty Mt. Everest. Mountain flights are offered by several Airlines especially in the morning from the Domestic Airport in Kathmandu.
ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT:Ultra light aircrafts offer a soaring experience of a bird’s eye view of the Pokhara Valley and the surrounding Mountains. Best season starts from October until April. Flights take place from sunrise to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. , to sunset everyday during these months. In the half-an-hour flight, one can fly over Pokhara city, Sarangot hill and get close to Mt. Everest Another option is the exploration of the Annapurna range from 12,000 feet or higher in an hour. Pokhara ia accessible from Kathmandu , Chitwan and other major towns.
MOUNTAINEERING:Mountaineering is another feat of Nepal tourism. In real sense tourism in Nepal started with mountain tourism. History takes us back to 1951 when two French Nationals, Louis Lachenal and Maurice Herzog made a successful ascent of Mt. Annapurna 1- the first ascent of any Nepali Mountain. Two years later the victory over Mt.Everest introduced Nepal all over the world. Mountaineering can range from climbing the highest peak of the world to climbing the lower peaks. Although by Himalayan standards 33 ‘trekking peaks’ are considered minor peaks , they nonetheless provide snow and ice climbing opportunities and technically quite challenging. Mountaineering teams can apply for permit at the mountaineering section of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. For further information please log on to – www.tourism.gov.np or www.nepalmountaineering.org Climbing gears can be bought or rented in Kathamandu or Pokhara. Many of the mountaineering and trekking companies also offer packages, where they provide gear, food, transportation, guides and porter services and also arrange for insurance coverage. Knowledge of altitude sickness and acclimatization is a must for every mountaineer. The fatal sickness also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be dangerous for climbers ascending 3,000 meters and above. Symptoms include headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. Immediate descent or evacuation to lower altitudes is the best cure. For further details please log on to:www.himalayanrescue.org