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Nepal country information

Nepal map
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Area: 147,181sq km
Population: 29,519,114
Population density: 184 per sq km
Capital: Kathmandu
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes

Passports

Valid passport required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft on the same day provided holding valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Visa Note

(a) All nationals referred to in the chart above may obtain tourist visas on arrival at the airport or (note tour.tk) at any land border. (b) Business can be conducted on a Tourist visa for up to 30 days. (c) Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Types of Visa and Cost

Tourist: 20 (single-entry); 15 (multiple-entry valid for 15 days); 25 (multiple-entry valid for 30 days);  60 (multiple-entry valid for 90 days). Business: applications can be made on arrival which need to be approved by the Ministry of Industry.

Validity

Visas are valid for up to six months from date of issue. Visas are valid for 60 days on first visit to Nepal in a visa year (1 January - 31 December), but only valid for 30 days when national is visiting Nepal for the second or more time in a visa year. Visas may be extended in Nepal at the Department of Immigration, Kathmandu (tel: 494 273 or 337), or the Immigration Office, Pokhara. Maximum stay in Nepal is 150 days in any calendar year. For full conditions on visa extension (including charges and conditions), contact the consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Applications to:

Consulate (or consular section at embassy). Visas can also be obtained on arrival from the Immigration authorities at all entry points (with fees payable in US Dollars) provided travellers are in possession of valid travel documents, two passport photos and the relevant fee. Applications for business visas must be made to the Department of Immigration (see above under Validity for contact details).

Working Days Required

Minimum 24 hours if applying in person; two weeks if applying by post.

Note tour.tk: Visa obtainable at any land border at the cost of $30. Valid for 90 days.
If you leave Nepal after a stay of longer than 15 days in a Nepalese visa year (January to December), you can re-enter the country and get a 30 day visa free of charge. Valid as of January 2008

Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Royal Nepal Airlines (RA) (website: www.royalnepal.com ).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Kathmandu 11 hours.

Main Airports

Kathmandu (KTM) (Tribhuvan) (website: www.tiairport.com.np ) is 5.5km (3.5 miles) east of the city (journey time - 20 minutes). To/from the airport: Buses and taxis to the city are available. Facilities: Bank/bureau de change, duty-free shop, post office, refreshments and tourist information.
Departure Tax
Rs791 for international flights to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; Rs1,695 for flights to all other countries. Children under two years are exempt.

Getting There by Rail

Two stretches of the Indian Railway (website: www.indianrail.gov.in ) line run to the border with Nepal, but only one is serviced with a passenger train. Tourists can't cross the border by train, but cycle-rickshaws are available for onward journeys.

Getting There by Road

Kathmandu is connected with India and Tibet by several picturesque highways.

Note tour.tk: many roads in Nepal are in a state of disrepair, especially around Kathmandu.

Bus:
A great number of services operate from all border points to Kathmandu and can be booked locally. However, during the monsoon season, landslides can often make border points impassable. Visitors are permitted to drive their own cars provided they are in possession of an international carnet. For information on how to obtain an international carnet, visitors should contact their national Automobile Association.
Note
All visitors entering Nepal by land must use one of the following entry points. From India - Sunauli, between Raxaul Bazaar and Birgan, Kakarbhitta and Mahendranagar. From China - Kodari. If entering overland by car, an international carnet is required (enquire at embassy for details).
Cycling & Maps

Nepal Map
by Nelles Maps
scale 1::1 500 000

Himalaya: Tibet Kashmir Nepal Sikim Bhutan
by Nelles Maps
scale 1:1 500 000
Cost of living
Nepal: all prices in Nepalese Rupees(NPR)
drinks and snacks food: local markets; restaurants; and stores

water
juice
juice
soft drink (can)
soft drink (bottle)

1 litre
1 litre
200ml
600ml
1.5 litre
15- 20
110
16
32
72
bread loaf-white
bread loaf-whole grain
600g
750g
40
50

chowmein / fried rice
vegetable momos
south indian dosa
dish
curry
dahl bhat (non-tourist)

per serve
per 12
per meal
per serve
per serve
per serve

25-35
20-40
40-50


50-80
beer
wine
650ml bottle
750ml bottle
110-160
350+
tea (chai)
tea (chai)
coffee
filter coffee
Nescafe instant
cup
pot
cup
500g
125g jar


20
400
250
rice
pasta
eggs
tinned tomatoes

kg
500g
per 10
250g

100
50
milk
yoghurt / curd
cheese
Magnum Icecream
1 litre
each
40 potatoes
onions
tomatoes
green beans
kg
kg
kg
kg


cornflakes
chips
samosa
roasted peanuts
56-65g packet
each
sm/med/large


3-6
5 / 10 / 15
apples
oranges
mandarins
bananas (big)
bananas (small)
kg
kg
kg
per dozen
per dozen


25-40
20-25
10-15
donuts
chocolate

biscuits (simple)
biscuits (cream)
each
100g block

packet
packet
5
pineapple (can)
oil (corn)
500g
500ml
 
peanut paste
honey
500g jar
360g
 
 
accommodation personal
budget city hostel
budget city hotel
100 per dorm bed
350 double with ensuite
deodorant roll-on
soap
shampoo
toothbrush
toothpaste
disposable razor

toilet paper
50ml
150g
200ml
each
100ml
5 pack

small roll
160
30


120
45

30
camping possible but accomodation is really cheap, especially outside of major cities
internet-Kathmandu
internet-tourist resort
25 per hour
100 per hour

* tba = price to be announced
* January 2009: at time of writing 1.00 USD = 79.20 NPR
all prices have been taken from internet resources such as wikitravel, hostel world, leading supermarket chains, travel blogs, forums and of course our own travel experiences and purchases of everyday products in food markets, bazaars and local shopping facilities. They are only an indication and designed to give you a general impression of the cost of living in Nepal. Items are geared towards the budget conscious traveller with an occasional craving for a bit of luxury.
Accommodation
Acommodation we used while in Nepal (January 2008): (prices based on two people sharing)
Star system explained: from 0 to ***** where 0 is a total disaster and ***** is luxurious (and out of our price range)
         
City / town: Name accommodation: Our experience: Price: Stars:
         
Bartung Hotel Deepak beautiful people, very basic NPR 150 **
Bhalubang Hotel Hamro standard NPR 250
Butwal Hotel Royal better than nothing NPR 400 *
Daman Gakri Shankar Hotel & Lodge lovely people NPR 200 **
Hetauda Hotel Avocado overpriced NPR 400 *
Kathamndu Yellow House nice & warm (not the rooms) NPR 300 ***
Kohalpur Hotel Danfe basic room, good food NPR 200
Kusum home stay a table as a bed NPR 100 ½
Mahendranagar Hotel Sweet Dream big basic clean & airy room NPR 500 ***
Mugling Hotel Matchapuchare hot shower NPR 300 **½
Naubise Heera Hotel & Lodge grotty room, ok food NPR 200 *
Pokhara Giri Guesthouse 13 in a dozen NPR 325
Sauraha Nature Safari Camp basic bungalow NPR 150
Sukhad Navaratana Lodge grotty box, but friendly people NPR 100 *
Thakurdwara Bardia Jungle Cottage beautiful setting near Bardia NP NPR 200 **½
Waling Staff Hotel & Lodge great find, good restaurant NPR 300 ***

Useful links:
www.kathmandu-overland.com Katmandu resources
www.ktmgh.com Kathmandu Guest House
www.hotelhorizon.com Hotel Horizon
www.encounternepal.com Hotel Encounter Nepal
Food & drink
Bike shops
   
Kathmandu Dawn Till Dusk **
Thamel Mall, Jyatha
Shop no. 42/43
PO Box 19375
Kathmandu, Nepal
tel. 4252446 / 4279062
mob. 9841531117
website: www.nepalbiking.com
 
Our experience: first off: GREAT. very good prices, good customer service and lots of parts. We had our bikes serviced here for the first time in three years... Had all our wheels done, new crank set, cassette and seat for Son, new pedals for us both, brakes, wires etc, etc. And a very thorough clean as well! But: the wheel building was not that good... we found out later. Almost all our spokes broke when we were in South-East and East-Asia and we had the redo the back wheels when we were in Canada and the US. I just think the shop didn't have the right tools (spokes) for that particular job (cycling around the world with a heavy load). But we would still recommend Dawn till Dusk for all the other work.
   
Climate
climate chart Kathmandu Nepal
Road distances
Detailed distance chart from our trip through Nepal 2008    
       

Mahendra- Siddharta- Prithvi- Tribhuvan Highway
Mahendranagar - Butwal / Butwal - Pokhara
Pokhara - Mugling / Mugling - Hetauda
Hetauda - Naubise / Naubise - Kathmandu

as cycled by us (altitude in brackets)
km
total km
       
Gaddachauki (border with India, Banbasa) Mahendranagar
5
5
Mahendranagar Atariya
42
47
Atariya Sukhad
46
93
Sukhad Lamki
20
113
Lamki Chisapani
14
127
Chisapani Bardia NP turn-off
18
145
Bardia NP turn-off Thakurdwara
13
158
Thakurdwara Mahendra Highway Bardia NP turn-off
13
171
Mahendra Highway Bardia NP turn-off Kohalpur
60
231
Kohalpur Kusum
59
290
Kusum Ryar
33
323
Ryar Lamahi
21
344
Lamahi Bhalubang
26
380
Bhalubang Saddle Point (595)
14
394
Saddle Point Chanauta
21
415
Chanauta Gorusinge
18
433
Gorusinge Butwal
48
481
   
Butwal (326) Bartung (1209)
35
Bartung Ramdi (497)
26
61
Ramdi Galyan (829)
15
76
Galyan Waling (856)
18
94
Waling Syangja (940)
26
120
Syangja Pass (1284)
21
141
Pass Pokhara (860)
17
158
   
Pokhara Duleguanda (590)
27
Duleguanda Dumauli (422)
26
53
Dumauli Pass (748)
11
64
Pass Dumre (515)
7
71
Dumre Khaireni (415)
16
87
Khaireni Mugling (385)
8
95
   
Mugling Naryangath
37
Naryangath Tandi
13
50
Tandi Sauraha (289)
7
57
Sauraha Tandi
7
64
Tandi Manahari (400)
35
99
Manahari Hetauda (595)
30
129
   
Hetauda Bhainse (731)
11
Bhainse Chuniya (1257)
12
23
Chuniya Lamidanda (1469)
6
29
Lamidanda Lover's Chair (1896)
8
37
Lover's Chair Aghor (2078)
6
43
Aghor Simbhanjyan (2488)
10
53
Simbhanjyan Daman (2293)
3
56
Daman Palung (1819)
9
65
Palung yellow bridge (lowest point @ 1743)
2
67
yellow bridge Tistung pass (2030)
9
76
Tistung pass Naubise (959)
31
107
       
Naubise Thankot pass (1505)
13
Thankot pass Thankot (1450)
2
15
Thankot Kathmandu (1331)
12
27
   
All above mentioned towns have some sort of accommodation (except the ones in Italic (or we didn't see any in that particular town), be it a 100Rs room in somebody's house (Kusum), or a 300Rs hotel room with attached bathroom and cable tv (Staff Hotel & Lodge, Waling)
       
other distances (not travelled by us) from a Nepalese road sign (reliable!)    
       
Naubise Mugling 83  
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