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Traveling 101 to Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Traveling 101 to Nepal, Tibet & BhutanLike0

NEPAL

Nepal has some most beautiful trekking routes on Earth. With its rich, beautiful scenary and cultural treasures with a strong historic tradition having population of more than 29 million people of different religion and Culture.

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HOW TO ENTER NEPAL?

Nepal is a small Himalayan and landlocked country surrounded by two big and powerful nations in either sides. Some people get in to Nepal by road from India and China and many people get in to Nepal by Air. There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal/Indian borders. If you are traveling overland with your own vehicle, you must have an international driver’s license. Some of the major international airlines operate scheduled services to Nepal directly or by connecting via some nearest country such as Thailand, India, Qatar, Malaysia, Dubai, Korea, China and others.
HOTELS IN NEPAL

Nepal is well known as the main tourist destination due to its natural beauty, unique culture, incomparable heritage and innumerable special tourist destinations. There are many five star deluxe hotels to tourist class hotel and Guest House in Nepal especially in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara, Lumbini and other main cities.
TRANSPORTATION IN NEPAL

Nepal’s Hilltops dotted with villages, small brooks and ranging rivers can be best experienced by traveling overland. You can get around by bus, car, van or 4-wheel drive and anything else faster and less crowded than the Local Buses. Tourist Buses also stops over at a few places in route to your destination providing all the opportunities to see the terrific rural landscape view and the high Himalayas. Facility of air transport is also available in some of the major cities and rural part of Nepal.
CURRENCY & FOREIGN EXCHANGE?

The US dollar is the most widely accepted currency. Nepali Rupee notes come in Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in 5 paisa, 10p, 25p, Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations.
Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival. Normally Banks open from 9 am to 3 pm. Besides, you can use ATM facilities in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
NEPAL VISA INFORMATION

1. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days US $ 25 or equivalent convertible foreign currency

2. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent convertible foreign currency

3. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

Tourist Visa Extension:
The government has also revised fee required to extend days of stay and visa renewal. As per the revise fee structure, Tourist Visa can be extended by paying US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Multiple Entry facility can be obtained only for the extension period by additional US $ 20 and visa fee for the
extended period. Tourists can also renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 on the regular visa extension fee.
Fee exemption of tourist visa: Children below 10 yrs. Descendant’s up to the age of 16 years, holding foreign passports, of Nepalese parents or either of their parents is a Nepalese citizen. Citizen of Nepali origin, after having obtained passport for the first time from a Nepal based foreign mission, until the period of his departure to a foreign country.

Find the embassy near you :

U.A.E – Embassy of Nepal, Abu Dhabi

Jordan – Embassy of Nepal, Amman

Lebanon – Embassy of Nepal, Beirut

Qatar – Embassy of Nepal, Doha

Kuwait – Embassy of Nepal, Kuwait

Bahrain + Oman – ( Read here for updates )

Egypt – Embassy of Nepal, Cairo

 

SEASONS OF NEPAL

Winter (December – February) This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for
trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3,000 meters.

Summer (January – August): Summer months, continues up to mid September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring (March – May) Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside above 5,000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.

Monsoon months are in June, July and August

Autumn (September – November): This season offers excellent weather and beautiful mountain views.
** It is recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during summer months.
TIBET

With an average elevation of more than 12,000 feet, Tibet is the highest country on earth, and is appropriately termed the “Roof of the World.” The planet’s highest mountain range, the Himalayas, soars into the Tibetan sky above rushing rivers, beautiful lakes, and high plains.

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HOW TO ENTER TIBET?

The 55 minutes flight of Air China from Kathmandu to Lhasa offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and the southern Tibetan plateau. Or you can enter Tibet by land from Nepal; entering Tibet by land is one of the most exciting travels for this you have to book a tour. Make sure who ever you are booking with is licensed! You will be surprised!

TIBET VISA INFORMATION

All foreigners except citizen’s of China (including Hong Kong, and Macau), are required to obtain a visa and special permit before traveling to Tibet. In addition to the visa, it is necessary to obtain an aliens’ travel permit better known as the “Tibet Travel Permit” for travel in Tibet. You can get this from the Chinese embassy near you! Please make sure you have all the right information at the embassy!

BEST SEASON IN TIBET

April to October is the high season in Tibet, although, many festivals and tours are organized in the off season. You may find even more comfort and hospitality, as there are fewer tourists.You may visit Tibet through out the year these days.
BHUTAN

Tiger's Nest Monestary, Paro, Kingdom of Bhutan.. Image shot 12/2005. Exact date unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
HOW TO ENTER BHUTAN?

There is no way to Travel to Bhutan without buying a Bhutan Tour package! Do not attempt!
Bhutan is small Himalayan country. People can enter there easily some people get in to Bhutan by road from India and many people get in to Bhutan by Air.
By land:
You are also allowed to enter or exit Bhutan through surface from the border towns of Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar.
By Air:
When you come to Bhutan the most easiest and convenient way for visitors to get into Bhutan is by Bhutan Airline (Druk Air), the only Airlines in Bhutan. Although these small planes freak me out! Druk Air operates flights from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi and Dhaka. There are different schedule for flight to Bhutan.
BHUTAN VISA INFORMATION

Bhutan visa process may appear complicated but it is easy when you really try to get Bhutan visa. No foreign mission grants Bhutan tourist visa. Bhutan Visa has different process then other country. Bhutan Tourist visa must be applied in advance through a tour operator before you travel to Bhutan and receive approval before your visit to Bhutan. Bhutan visa process takes weeks. Bhutan Visas has to be approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The tour operator submits the visa application to Department of Tourism (DOT). Once approved, a copy of the Bhutan visa clearance letter will be sent to you before your travel date. It is important that tourists should have Bhutan visa clearance letter or Bhutan visa clearance number while boarding Druk air flights to Bhutan. On arrival in Bhutan, you must present their passport, 2 photographs, and the fee of USD 40 + USD10 Tourism development fee which are charged together to receive the original visa sticker. Bhutan Visa has same process and documents for all nations’ passports. Indian citizen are not required  to get a visa to enter.

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Bong Rivera says:

    Can you recommend any reliable Bhutan tour operators? Thanks in advance.

  2. Katie says:

    unfortnately Filipinos can’t get a visa as well.

  3. alpineecotrek says:

    Wow, what a nice story, great and beautiful pictures, I really liked your efforts. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful content for Nepal, Tibet Tour Trek http://www.tibettourtrek.com – I really appreciated it!
    RK

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