Welcome to Nepal
Nepal, renowned as Heaven on Earth, is itself a wonder amid the Himalayas. It is thus, the elusive Shangri-La, a living cultural Museum, the roof of the world, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and the country of living Goddess. Nepal offers an immense variety of sights, attractions and adventure opportunities. Nepal is a converging land of Hinduism & Buddhism offering non-stop festivals throughout the year.
Having China at its Northern border and India to the south, Nepal is a land-locked country with steep altitudinal variation. Therefore, it ranges from 65m above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848m, all within a short span of 150 kilometers. As a result, we experience varying climatic conditions.
UpHimalayas with its carefully developed tour/trek programs; let the people explore the highlights of this country.
Nepal Travel Information
- A passport with at least six months validity.
- To fill up a visa application form.
- 2 passport size photos.
You can submit your application form to the respective Nepalese Embassy or to the Nepalese Consulate. Likewise, you can also get a visa upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport or at any entry points if you prefer.
- Gratis visa is available upon arrival, which is provided free of cost and is valid for 72 hours ( 3 nights stay).
- Single entry
A US Dollar 30 (valid for 60 days i.e. single entry) is levied upon which the central immigration office in Kathmandu can extend the Validity.
- Double / Multiple entries
US Dollar 50, valid for 150 days in that calendar year.
Nepal Standard Time (N.S.T.) is 5 hours, 45 minutes ahead of G.M.T.
A vaccination certificate is not a must. Though, it is advised to take precautions against Hepatitis, Typhus, etc. and Malaria for Terai as well.
Most of the medicines are available in Kathmandu.
Value-added Govt. Tax, Service Charge & Tips:
Services like – restaurant/bar, hotel accommodation etc. attract 2 % Tourism Tax, 10-15% Govt. Tax plus 13% VAT. In general, the prices do not include service charges; therefore, some tipping is always advisable.
Tap water is not at all drinkable, good hotels and restaurants provide boiled and filtered water (same for ice). Mineral water is also available at stores around Kathmandu and major towns any way.
General photographic material like – cameras, lenses, batteries, etc. are available in Kathmandu. Moreover, digital prints can be developed at almost every print shop around town.
During the monsoon (June-Sept.) we recommend an umbrella or raincoats whereas, light clothes for the summer months (March-Oct.) and warm clothes for winter (Nov. – Feb.) is advised.
A great variety of artifacts like metal statues, wood carving, scroll paintings (Thangka), woolen carpets, garments, Gurkha knives, prayer wheels, silver jewelry, precious stones, etc. are available in Kathmandu.
There are 5 visible seasons in Nepal:
Spring – mid. February – mid. May
Summer – mid. May – mid. June
Monsoon or rainy season – mid. June – September end
Autumn – October – November
Winter – December – mid. February
In Nepal, all major international currencies are accepted. One can exchange money at the airport or at any commercial banks.
Nepalese Money is in the denominations of:
Coins (Paisa): .01, .02, .05, .10, .25, .50, 100
Notes (Rupees): 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 10.00, 20.00, 25.00, 50.00, 100.00, 500.00, 1000.00