Nepal is a unique country and one that will become your favorite place in the world once you visit it. That’s what happened to countless tourists before. It has a rich and deep history and a spiritual side that will stay with you forever.
Here we’ll go through a few tips that will help you make your stay in Nepal more comfortable and enjoyable. The key is to deal with the preparation and technical issues related to travel beforehand and therefore be able to enjoy your trip without worry.
Things To Know Before A Trip To Nepal
You’ll need to get a visa before entering Nepal. That’s arranged with the Nepal embassy in your country of origin and there’s a small fee to pay as well as obtain and provide a few legal documents. The size of the fee depends on how long you plan to stay in the country.
You’ll also have to fill in a visa-related form once you enter the country. That way you’ll get a document that you need to carry with you during your stay that proves the legal basis of your acceptance to the country.
A Driving Permit
If you plan to rent a car in Nepal, and that’s the best way to explore the country on your own, you’ll need to have the proper documents. In order to rent a car and drive you’ll need an international driving permit Nepal authorities will recognize.
That sort of permit is issued by the same institution that issues your national license and there are no tests or exams needed to get it. The permit is valid for a year and you can obtain it online and have it ready in a week.
Extending The Visa
If you plan to stay in Nepal for longer than you’ve initially thought, and this happens to many, you can easily expand your visa while abroad. It can be done online using an immigration site set up by the Nepal government. However, you’ll need to print out the document you get that way.
The document and your passport need to be signed in an Immigration office. There’s usually a long line there and you need to be prepared to wait. There’s also a short interview and a fee you’ll have to cover and you’re good to go and stay for a while longer.
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Nepal is rather affordable for Western tourists at least, and it’s important to figure out what the exchange rate is and how much you’re actually paying. The currency is called Nepal Rupee and the exchange rate can vary but it’s about 113 of NPR for one US dollar.
You can find ATMs in the cities but not in the rural areas and it’s best to have at least some of your money in cash. The maximum amount you can withdraw at one ATM is 10.000 rupees or a little bit less than $1000, so keep that in mind when making plans.