Travelling in Nepal is probably going to make you realise that life is more than just looking for a desk job and making money to fulfil your dreams.
This experience will instil the desire to explore more of the world, to know more people, to live a simple, happy and normal life, to talk to people from a different culture and learn different languages.
It will teach you to be happy no matter what adversity you face in your life. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world but the way people feel about their lives does not even give you the slightest hint about that.
Despite being so much deprived of the basic facilities, they party like crazy, they are fun loving and adventurous. The infrastructure is very poor buy they seek adventure in that. Medical facilities are not as required but they are fighting fit and active.
To put in the simplest words, “Traveling Nepal will teach you how to stay happy and satisfied with whatever you have”. It’s one of the must-visit places in the world. However, to experience this lifestyle of Nepali people, you need to be willing to relinquish your comfortable mores.
For this, I’ve made a list of most important FAQs about travelling to Nepal
1. How much money to carry?
The first question that pops up whenever someone thinks of travelling to some other countries is probably How Expensive would that place be? As long as you are budget planning for Nepal, its good news for you.
Nepal is not expensive at all. If you do some quick and dirty research, you’ll find that you can get a good meal under USD 5.00 a decent bedroom for USD 15.00 and you can finish a day of travel in less than 25.00. Save a little for emergencies too and you are good to go. I must warn you to be aware of the travel insurance scam though.
2. What are the Visa Processes and Fees?
Indians are not required to have a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens from the following countries need to apply and acquire a visa in their home country.
Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
People from elsewhere can get a visa on arrival at the airport. If you are travelling by land via India, these are the entry points where you can obtain a visa on arrival.
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa
- Birgunj, Parsa
- Belhia, Bhairahawa, Rupandehi.
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj, Banke.
- Mohana, Dhangadi, Kailali.
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur
If you are taking the land route via China, you can get a visa on Kodari, Sindhupalchowk.
Please check this link for information on the process to get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
Visa Fee: On arrival, you need to pay
- USD 25.00 for 15 Days
- USD 40.00 for 30 Days
- USD 100.00 for 90 Days
3. Do people speak English?
Most of them do. You might as well be surprised with the acquired English accent (British or American) of the people who are in the tourism industry, mostly the Sherpas. Almost all young people in Nepal communicate well in English barring some from rural areas.
4. What food do I get to eat? What should I avoid (if any)?
There are not much of international fast food restaurants like McDonald’s or Domino’s but you can find KFC and Pizza Hut in the capital city of Kathmandu. It’s recommended trying local food. In restaurants in tourist areas, you can find all kinds of foods.
The daily Nepali meal, Dal-Bhat (Rice and Lentil soup) is high in calories and very nutritious, just the right food if you are in for the treacherous Himalayan treks.
For all-day hikes and treks, it’s usually good to avoid street food.
5. Is Nepal safe for female travellers?
Nepal is pretty much safer than so many places in the world. A trend has developed in the recent past where young women go for solo travel to adventure destinations.
Conventionally, Nepal used to be a country with cultural values that tend to restrain women from going out or speak for themselves and raise voice for their rights. Gone are those days now. Families have become more permissive and open to outdoor activities which is why Nepal is proving itself to be a safe destination for women as well.
6. What is the mode of transportation in Nepal? How good is the facility?
Nepal is, as known popularly, a mountainous country. The Himalayan range runs throughout the country and roadway is the most widespread modes of transportation.
Though, you get to fly in and out of major cities but have to travel by road to explore the Himalayan grandeur and experience the natural vistas.
There are OKish bus services linking major cities but the best way to travel Nepal is by hiring a car, though it might add up to your initial budget.
7. How important is getting travel insurance?
As mentioned earlier, Nepal is a safe country to travel but accidents are inevitable and you are better off having one before you land. Make sure you have it all done before you start your journey in your country.
When in Nepal make sure to use your insurance only when it’s absolutely necessary because there have been instances where tourists are deliberately necessitated at times by the travel companies to use your insurance in minor injuries and accidents which otherwise would not require it to be used.
A travel enthusiast and blogger.