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Top Ten Tips to Travel Nepal

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Nepal is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer in terms of history, art, natural beauty and biodiversity. Albeit being a rather small nation, it is filled with many wonders that span back centuries. It is as rich in culture as it is in its abundance of the cerulean Himalayas and natural quintessence. Nepal is home to many of the world’s tallest mountain peaks- including Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet.

Traveling to Nepal is a experiencing a fascinating culture, a wonderful trip that thousands of people from all over the world pursue every year. From trekking through the mighty Himalayas to enjoying leisurely cultural tours or pursuing adventurous activities like rafting or paragliding, Nepal is an ideal vacation destination for all people. If you haven’t yet traveled to Nepal, then you are seriously missing out! Here are top ten tips to travel Nepal to make your Nepal Trip easier and convenient.Nepal - Evening lights at Bhaktapur

  1. Planning

While there are many travelers who like to visit Nepal with no particular place or plan in mind as they decide to free-style their visit- there are many others who like to plan their Nepal Travel ahead in time. The most famous adventure to do in Nepal is trekking, especially the Everest Base Camp Trek thus, planning your trip helps to reduce troubles or uncertainties. Planning your trip with the travel agency is the best way to make sure that you enjoy your Nepal travel to the fullest at its most convenient.

  1. Carry Nepali Currency

While travelling to Nepal, it is far more convenient to carry Nepali currency. The case is truer while you are travelling to remote parts of the country for treks or hikes. As you arrive in Nepal, it is advised to exchange the currency to Nepali Rupees to use throughout your stay, as it lessens the troubles of having to deal with not having the currency to use in areas where money-exchange centers are not easily available. The capital of the country- Kathmandu has many money-exchange centers where the currency can be exchanged easily. Doing so allows you to buy things more easily and conveniently.High Dynamic Peace - Swayambhunath (स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप), Nepal

  1. Pack Lightly

It comes as no new revelation that packing as light as possible for any travel is the best way to go. The same rings true for Nepal Travel as well. Only packing the absolutely necessary things for Nepal travel lets you enjoy the trip without having to worry about the excess luggage all the time. Moreover, if you are planning to travel to the Himalayas of Nepal (which are the most famous part of the country frequently visited by tourists throughout the year), it is best to carry as light a luggage as possible. There are no developed roads or air transport facilities in the Himalayas of Nepal; trekkers and hikers backpacks or extra luggage are carried by porters or yaks/donkeys on the Himalayas. Thus, packing lightly greatly reduces the troubles of tagging your large baggage everywhere you go.

  1. Nepali Visa

You can acquire Nepali Visa upon your arrival at the airport. It can be purchased according to the duration of your stay. Currently, Nepali Visas are available on multiple options- valid for 15, 30 or 90 days. A valid passport and passport sized photograph along with the visa fee are required for acquiring the visa at the airport. Credit cards are not accepted, thus it is best to carry USD, Pound, Euro or any other valid currency to pay for the visa.Sarangkot Sunrise, Pokhara, Nepal

  1. Electricity

Electricity facility is available at all parts of the guesthouses and lodges in the Nepali Himalayas while trekking/hiking. In the cities as well, the hotels do provide electricity facility, sometimes with free WiFi as well. Nevertheless, it is best to carry a universal adapter with you wherever you go, as most of the sockets and power outlets in Nepal are designed this way.

  1. Safety and Insurance

It is best to be insured while travelling anywhere, and Nepal is no exception. Nepal is a safe place to travel for the most part, but still- group trekking is advised for solo female travelers. It is also a safety precaution to register with your local embassy while in Kathmandu. Having travel insurance is a reassurance, and it is also mandatory to have it while partnering up with most major travel agencies of the country as well. It is also important to make sure that the travel insurance covers all of the options, like Helicopter rescue and emergency evacuation while you are trekking/hiking in Nepal.  Nepalese children

  1. Festivals and Celebrations

Nepal is a country where many different people of different ethnicities and religions live together in harmony. As such, Nepal experiences many festivals and celebrations all year round. The nation experiences well over 50 festivals during the entire year. The Nepali people celebrate the festivals with vigor and enthusiasm, thus significant places of worship and religious places are swarmed with pilgrims and devotees. Some of the major festivals that Nepal celebrates are the Nepali New Year and the Festivals of Colors- Holi. Cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara are great places to be during the festivals as the cities come alive with merry-making.

  1. Rough Budget

Nepal is a relatively cheap country to travel to. You can travel Nepal comfortably at even $25 to 30 a day, but of course it varies according to the place, the services and on the traveler himself. Expenses while traveling to Nepal mostly include the accommodations, food, transport or tours, extra fees like TIMS or park entries and other daily miscellaneous.Patan, Nepal

  1. Food and Drinking Water

The major staple food of Nepal is considered Rice and lentils. It is found everywhere, and is the most convenient form of nutrition while trekking at remote locations in the Himalayas. At most parts during Nepal Travel, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available. The tap water is not advised to be drunk directly. Bottled or boiled water are advised to be drunk. You can use water-purifying tablets as well while trekking.

  1. Reliable Travel Agency

And lastly, it is most important to choose a Reliable travel agency for a good Nepal Travel experience. Make sure that the travel agency is a genuine company registered with all the important government organizations- like Nepal Tourism Board and TAAN. Using the services of an unregistered travel agency can cause troubles and bring unnecessary hassles.Phulbari, Nepal

Photo Credit: Lead image via Pixelbay; thanks to Delmee. All other images used via Flickr’s Creative Commons Licensing. (1) Bhaktapur by Dilung Kirat; (2) High Dynamic Peace – Swayambhunath by Dilung Kirat; (3) Sarangkot Sunrise, Pokhara, by Dilung Kirat; (4) Nepalese Children by Eric Montfort; (5) Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) in Patan by Juan Antonio Segal; (6) Phulbari, Nepal by Stig Berge

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  1. actually you can get a 5 month visa on arrival. If you overstay you are charged 200 – 500 rupee a day depending on the length of your overstay…

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