Nepal Travel Guide

Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
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Nepal Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration: 7-10 days for trekking and cultural exploration; 2 weeks for a broader experience

Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)

Best Time: October to December (Autumn) Read More

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD): Dorm bed: $5-15
Budget: $15-30
Mid-range: $40-80
Luxury: $100 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD): Budget: $5-10
Mid-range: $15-30

Visa Policy for Indians: Visa on Arrival

Visa Policy for Other Nationals: Visa on Arrival or E-visa for many countries

Getting In Nepal: Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu Read More

Getting Around Nepal: Buses, microbuses, taxis, and domestic flights for longer distances Read More

"On Top of the World"

Nepal Tourism

A hub for adventure lovers and home to Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak, Nepal is a Himalayan country sandwiched between India and China. Often referred to as the roof of the world, it is a land of unparalleled natural beauty and diverse landscapes. From the towering peaks of the Himalayas to lush valleys, ancient temples, and vibrant cities, Nepal offers an array of experiences that appeal to travelers seeking adventure, spirituality, and cultural immersion.

The mighty snow-capped mountains here such as Annapurna, Mount Everest, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga, draw mountaineers and trekkers from across the globe. The trekking trails, such as the famous Everest Base Camp trek or the Annapurna Circuit, provide breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, picturesque villages, and serene landscapes, offering the adventure of a lifetime.

Nepal's cultural heritage is rich and diverse, evident in its historic cities like Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, where ancient temples, palaces, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites stand as testaments to the country's glorious past. Nepal is also a major religious hub with many pilgrimage sites for followers of Buddhism and Hinduism, such as the Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa.

The country's spiritual ambiance is further enhanced by its tranquil monasteries and meditation retreats nestled in the serene Himalayan foothills. Visitors seeking solace and enlightenment often visit places like Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, to explore Buddhist heritage and find inner peace. Nepal's warmth extends beyond its landscapes and heritage; the Nepalese people are known for their hospitality and vibrant culture. Travelers can immerse themselves in local festivals, traditional dance, and authentic Nepali cuisine, offering a delightful fusion of flavors and cultural experiences.

Must Know Before You Travel to Nepal

  • TIMS Card for Trekking: For certain  Protected Areas of Nepal, trekkers should be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide and carry a TIMS card issued by government-registered trekking agencies. It costs NPR 1,000 for SAARC country residents and NPR 2,000 for others.
  • Special Trekking Permit: The Department of Immigration in Kalikasthan, Kathmandu issues special trekking permit for visiting areas under the Restricted Zone.
  • Tourist Police: Nepal has a special unit of tourist police that ensures the safety of tourists. They are available 24/7 inside Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara.
  • Weekend in Nepal: Saturday is off in Nepal, and there is just 1 day weekend. Most offices and some restaurants and shops close on Saturday but remain open on Sunday.

Best time to visit Nepal

The best time to visit Nepal is from October to December. The autumn months of October and November are touted as the best time for trekkers who are rewarded with clear skies and breathtaking views. During this season, the weather is typically dry, offering excellent visibility o... (Read More)

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Nepal

What's Great about Travelling to Nepal?

Amazing climate at all times 
Picturesque surroundings
Rich cultural history

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Nepal?

Poor roads and transport infrastructure.
The threat of natural hazards.

Who should Travel to Nepal?

Nature lovers.
Adventure junkies.
People fascinated by cultural history.

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Exchanging Money in Nepal

The rates for exchanging to NPR overseas are poor and it is illegal to take the Nepalese currency outside Nepal. The currency can be exchanged at any of the numerous foreign exchange conversion units in Nepal, including at the airport. ATMs can be found in abundance There are ATMs available easily and most of them accept cards from major banks.

Nightlife in Nepal

Nightlife in Nepal comprises mainly of drive-in theatres, bars, pubs and discotheques. However, recently, concerts and DJ nights are gaining popularity in Kathmandu. Club OMG in Kathmandu is one that houses the concept of a live DJ night. Cafes and some restaurants are also open after hours, barring which most of the night clubs and pubs are closed by 10:00 PM.

Shopping in Nepal

There are a lot of things that can be bought from Nepal. The list of 'must buy' things includes Cashmere/Pashmina Shawls and Scarves (NPR 200), rice paper items (NPR 120), handicraft items (NPR 200 - 300), tea & spices (NPR 50 - 150), thangka paintings (NPR 1500), singing bowls (NPR 300) and trekking gear.

Festivals of Nepal

Nepal celebrates a lot of Hindu and Buddhist festivals. The major festivals celebrated here are Holi, Jatra, Dashain, Diwali, Mani Rimdu and the Kathmandu Film Festival. The Jatras are basically for the deities that they worship.

Hygiene in Nepal

There are no specific vaccinations that would be pre-requisites to visiting Nepal. However, hepatitis, meningitis, and typhoid shots are recommended. Since unbottled water is generally not treated, it is always advised to buy bottled and sealed water. Always carry a first aid kit containing over-the-counter medicines along with a mosquito repellent. Marijuana is commonly found along the hill sides - but it has its side effects and it is advisable to not consume it.

Customs of Nepal

The culture in Nepal is a blend of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan-Mongolian traditions. Auspicious signs, such as the trident or the swastika are considered pious and often displayed in homes, cars and workplaces to attract positive energy. The customary greeting is joining palms, bowing down and saying 'Namaste'. Hospitality is a key feature of their customs. Display of affection between people of different sexes publicly is not well received and may even be a taboo in certain parts of the country.

Tips for visiting Nepal

Be careful about exchanging all of the NPR before leaving, since it is a federal crime to take the currency beyond borders. Avoid buying or consuming water that is not bottled. Have a flashlight handy at all times.

Food of Nepal

The Nepali national meal is daal bhaat tarkaari. It is essentially spiced lentils poured over boiled rice, and served with tarkari. Locally-grown tropical fruits are sold alongside subtropical and temperate crops from the hills. Jackfruit is a local delicacy. Some popular dishes include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling (similar to Chinese pot-stickers) often served with beer, and Tibetan Bread and Honey - a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey that's great for breakfast.

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How to reach Nepal from India?

Reaching Nepal from India is very easy, as the two countries share a common border. One can reach Nepal by road, rail or air. Indian residents can travel to Nepal on the basis of valid ID card issued by the Government of India such as Passport or any other valid document.


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