Welcome To Nepal

Dear Nepal Visitors,

Welcome to this wonderful and mystical land – the birthplace of Buddha and the home of Himalaya as Mt. Everest, the tallest peak on world.

Strategically located between China and India – two booming economies in the world, Nepal is a mountainous country offering myriad of adventure options. The country is home to eight of 14 tallest peaks on earth. But the richness of Nepal does not end with the mountains. The country is home to timeless cultures and traditions, colorful fiestas and festivals, ancient temples and monuments, diverse flora and fauna, and friendly and ever smiling dwellers.

Beginning with high mountains in the north and ending at the plains of Tarai in the south, Nepal’s diverse topography offers plethora of activities to the visitors. Nepal has more than 1300 mountain peaks which offer enough opportunities for mountaineers. Those who can’t go to mountain areas can also enjoy the mighty Himalayas through mountain flights. Trekking is another adventure activity that Nepal has been offering to visitors. Trekking in Nepal takes visitors to virgin areas where in visitors can cherish the beauty of the country and experience the lifestyle of different cultural groups living in far- flung settlements. Rafting down Nepal‘s fast flowing rivers can be another attraction for Nepal visitors. The jungle safari in lush green forests of Nepal is perhaps the best way to enjoy diverse flora and fauna scattered over the country. Jungle safari in Nepal can be rewarded with the closest possible views of on horned rhinos, Royal Bengal tigers and different other endangered species. Thrilling adventure activities in the like of bungee jumping, bungee swing, paragliding, ultra-light flights, zip flyer, rock climbing and canyoning promise visitors a memorable experience in Nepal. Likewise, the sightseeing trip to different world Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley provides opportunities to experience the grandeur of medieval culture and traditions. The hill stations in the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley: Namobuddha, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot and Kakani are the excellent locations to enjoy the view of majestic mountain peaks.

Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Area: 147,181sq km

Geography: Nepal is a landlocked country located between China in north, and India in East, west and south. Highest Mt. Everest (8848m) and lowest Kechana (60m asl).

Capital: Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a valley surrounded by four hills – Fulchowk, Chandragiri, Shivapuri, and Nagarjun. Kathmandu valley has four major cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan and Kirtipur. Situated at the altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level, Kathmandu is home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites. Before the unification of Nepal in the 18th century, the four cities were independent states ruled by the Malla Kings.

Total Population of Nepal: 26. 29 million (recording to the census of 2012)

Language: Nepali is the national language. However, people speak Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung, Newari, Magar and Bhojpuri among others as their mother tongue. People in the urban areas understand English quiet well.

Climate: Nepal has four seasons, namely, (1) Winter (Dec-Feb), (2) Spring (Mar- May), (3) Summer (June- Aug), (4) Autumn (Sep- Nov). Nepal can be visited round the year.

Political System: Federal Democratic Republic

People/ Religion: Nepal has more than 105 Ethnic groups with diverse culture, traditions and lifestyle. Nepal people can be divided into two distinct groups: Ind- Burman and Mongoloid. Nepal is a secular state with majority of people following Hinduism. However people practicing Buddhism, Christianity and Islam among others live in a good harmony.

Administrative Division: Though Nepal is a federal republic, federal states are yet to be carved. Nepal is divided into five development regions, 14 zones and 75 districts.

Geographical Division: Geographically, Nepal is divided into Hills, Mountain and Tarai regions.

Entry Procedures

All foreigners, except Indians, need to have a valid passport and a visa to enter Nepal. Visas can be availed from Nepal diplomatic mission and consular offices station abroad or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and other entry points.

Visa Information

Tourist visa:

The foreign tourist visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa.

  1. The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year ( visa years means January to December ).
  2. Tourist who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year.
  3. If any foreigner who has entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other visa year, he may use such facility.
  4. Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basic of the total period of his stay.

Transit Visa:

Foreigners, who have entered in Nepal to stay for a night in Nepal and willing to use Nepal’s Air port to visit another country with plane ticket or Foreigners, traveling in the accidentally force landed plane for any circumstances shall be issued transit visa for day.

Visa Fee:

  1. US $ 25 for Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 15 days.
  2. US $ 40 for Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 30 days.
  3. US $ 100 for Tourist Visa with multiple entries for 100 days.

Note:   Visa and Regulations are subjected to change.

Tourist Information

Foreign Exchange: Foreign currencies must be exchanged only at the bank or at the authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can also exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at TIA upon arrival.

Airport Tax: Airport tax for domestic departure is Rs. 200

Banks:  Banks are open between 10:00 AM and 3:00 Pm from Sunday to Friday. They are closed on Saturday and on public holidays. But some banks open on Saturday and on public holidays too.

Time:  Nepal Standard time is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes  ahead of Indian standard time.

Official Holidays:  Saturday is the weekend holidays in Nepal when most government offices are closed. Most business houses, however, remain open on Saturday as well.

Working hours:  Govt. offices open from 10 AM to 5 PM in summer and 10 AM to 4 PM in winter.

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