Travel Guide To Nepal

Indian Embassy in Nepal

Embassy of India
336, Kapurdhana Marg
Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box No 292
Tel: +977-1-4410900, 4414990,4411699

Visa Process for Indians

Indian nationals travelling to Nepal do not require Visa. However, the following documents are required to establish proof of identity:

  • Valid Indian passport (if flying by air)
  • Voter ID issued by Government of India
  • Emergency certificate issued by Embassy of India in Nepal

About Nepal

Nepal – a landlocked country in South Asia, it is nestled in the mighty Himalayas and is the highest country on Earth. Also known as the ‘Roof of the World,’ Nepal is famous for its landscapes, snow-clad mountains, historical architecture, wildlife parks, and the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest. Nepal is also a famous pilgrimage site and is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is encircled by magnificent mountain ranges. Travelling to Nepal is one of the best things experiences and is highly recommended. Nepalese people are highly friendly and going anywhere in Nepal is highly rewarding all due to its pristine beauty.

Top Places to Visit in Nepal

There are uncountable places that one can visit in Nepal, and every one of them has its own unique vibe.

Pokhara
The ultimate destination for leisure – Pokhara is nestled beside the scenic Lake Phewa which makes it the ultimate place to lose yourself amidst nature. Pokhara is also a popular gateway to the ‘Annapurna Circuit’, a series of mountain peaks that are admired by the mountaineers across the globe. Adventurists can also find relief in the river Seti that is known for its white-water river rafting.

Nagarkot
For people who are looking to get closer to pristine views of the Himalayas, Nagarkot seems to fit fine. It’s the ultimate place to flock your senses all over the place. It’s a magical place, almost surreal when you look beyond the windows of your hotel rooms. Nagarkot in its entirety is surrounded by green landscapes – a gift of the Himalayan range. It is a lesser crowded place in Nepal and a perfect getaway for anyone who’s looking soak in the picturesque beauty of the Himalayas.

Kathmandu
The capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is an engaging place with lots of activities and places within to engage travellers of all kinds. It is also a start of many treks and is considered as the ideal base for all sorts of adventurists. Kathmandu is also the choicest place to buy all mountain climbing and trekking gear. For people on a spiritual retreat, the most revered Hindu temple – Pashupati Nath is situated in Kathmandu. It is also home to numerous Buddhist shrines including Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Also, anyone wanting to experience the highest peak in the world, there are flying tours conducted to the Mount Everest.

Sagarmatha National Park
If anyone wants to get close to Mount Everest without summiting, Sagarmatha National Park is as close as one can get. Sagarmatha is home to Mount Everest – the highest point on Earth. It is an ideal destination for undertaking treks in the Himalayan region and offers stunning views of the Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Pumori, Thamserku, Nuptse, Amadablam and other high peaks in the region.

Bhaktapur
People who have a close relationship with the history will find Bhaktapur truly enchanting. It is an art and architectural marvel with a plethora of Hindu temples in its vicinity. Even though the tragic 2015 earthquake was a disaster, many temples did survive and had since been restored. The carvings and architecture of the temple are some of the best to ever grace this Earth. It is also a great city to shop for artefacts, souvenirs, cultural handicrafts, puppets and such.

How to Reach Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country and hence can only be reached by air or road. All major cities in Nepal have an airport; however, there are only a few international airports. The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the preferred airport since it caters to a host of international commercial flights. Kathmandu is also the gateway to other places in Nepal including numerous treks. Also, the country is well-connected with various routes and is accessible from around the world from different flight carriers.

Best Time to Visit

Nepal can be visiting and explored throughout the year; however, every season offers something different to the travellers. October to December is usually considered the best time to visit Nepal as the views are spectacular due to clear skies. However, if you want to experience cold weather and be around fewer tourists, visit Nepal in January or February. March to May is unusually hot and humid and may not be an ideal time to be in the lap on the Himalayas unless you are climbing Everest.

Things to Pack

When visiting the Himalayas, there are many things a traveller would need to pack. Apart from the essentials such as winter clothing, footwear and such, the following items are also a must:

  • Umbrella
  • Hiking shoes
  • First-aid kit
  • Travel insurance (medical emergencies can pop up anytime)
  • Universal power adaptor

Top Delicacies

Nepal has many lip-smacking delicacies that you should try while visiting the place:

Daal Bhat Tarkari
A favourite Nepalese dish, Daal Bhat is a mixture of Daal (lentil soup) and Bhaat (boiled grains). Tarkari is a curry made from different vegetables and mixed with spices. Everything is mixed together and eaten at least two times a day – making it a staple diet of Nepalese people.

Momo (Dumplings)
Momo is an incredibly favourite food in Nepal. It is made from dough and is mixed with vegetables, minced chicken or pork. It is available in both fried and steamed variation and is mainly eaten as an appetiser.

Aloo Tama
Aloo means ‘potato’, and Tama means ‘bamboo shoots’, makes this curry incredibly unique. It is a part of the Newari culture and is made better by adding beans and buff meat.

Chatamari
Another dish from the Newari cuisine, Chatamari is an appetiser that resembles a pizza. Rice flour is used to prepare it, and minced meat along with various vegetables added to the top of it.

Sel Roti
Sel Roti is a dessert that is prepared by deep frying sweetened rice flour in the shape of a ring during Tihar. It is easily available throughout the country, even departmental stores.

Shopping List Essentials

Any holiday is incomplete without shopping. Each place in Nepal has its speciality. For instance, if you want to buy pottery, Bhaktapur is the place to explore. Nepalese handicraft is best found in the Traditional Craftsman’s Colony in Patan. For fashion lovers, Durbar Marg is the place to let your hair down. New Road in Kathmandu is the best option for budget shoppers.

Here are some of the best things one can shop for when in Nepal.

Thangka Paintings
If you are looking for souvenirs, Thangka paintings are your best bet. It is a painting on silk or cotton applique depicting a scene, mandala or Buddhist deity.

Pashmina
Pashmina is an alternative name for cashmere in Asian regions. These warm and artful pieces of clothing make up for a wonderful gift too. However, make sure you buy authentic and skip away from anything second copies such as Chinese remakes.

Khukuri
Often called as the world’s most popular knife, Khukuri has a rich history attached to it when it was first used as a war knife in the 1800s. It can be a great souvenir; however, a little difficult to transport so it is advised to check out the transportation laws before flying one overseas.

Handicrafts
Unique handicrafts such as prayer wheels, puppets, pottery items and wooden sculptures are extremely popular in Nepal. These handicrafts are one of a kind pieces that will find a worthy place in your collection.

Tea
If you need to carry something edible from Nepal, it has to be tea or spices. During your visit to Nepal, you will have tea at numerous instances which might push you to buy a pack for yourself back at home. There is a vast variety of tea shops from where you can shop.

Top Indian Restaurants in Nepal

  • Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop
    Location: Thamel Marga, Kathmandu 44600
    Contact: +977 1-4267554

  • Gaia Restaurant & Coffee Shop
    Location: Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
    Contact: +977 1-4261633

  • The Maya Pub and Restaurant
    Location: Lakeside, Pokhara 10500, Nepal
    Contact: +977 61-463372

Healthcare Centers

While travelling in Nepal, you must be aware of some of the major healthcare centres to get medical health quickly in the event of an emergency. Here is the list of some hospitals you can contact in need:

Moreover, every traveller is advised to buy a travel insurance policy before visiting Nepal. A travel insurance policy will help trace the best hospitals in Nepal and provide appropriate treatment on time without any hassles.

  • Civil Service Hospital of Nepal
    Location: Minbhawan Marg Min Bhawan, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
    Contact: +977 1-4107000

  • Green Pastures Hospital
    Location: Nayagaun, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
    Contact: +977 61-430548

  • Iwamura Memorial Hospital
    Location: Nagarkot Road, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal
    Contact: +977 1-6612705

Currency

The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee.

Basis of Local Communication

The official language of Nepal is Nepali, which is spoken by more than 90% of the population. There are other (over a dozen) languages excluding 30 major dialects that are spoken in Nepal. However, communication will not be an issue as many people both understand and speak English, especially people in government and business.

English Nepali
Good morning Subha - prabhāta
My name is… Mērō nāma…
Where is…? Kahām cha…?
Yes
No Hō'ina
Please Krpayā
Sorry Māpha garnuhōs
How Much is This for? Yō katikō lāgi hō?

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