Nepal is a land of travelers and a paradise for travelers. People visit Nepal from all over the world, whether they will experience rich cultural diversity and a simple lifestyle or plenty of natural beauty that they are blessed with. It is only a matter of time before you want to see the world in its glory and what you can offer.
Traveling to Nepal can be very exciting but emotionally draining. For all the fun and planning, here are 10 things to do before visiting Nepal:
1. Nepali Visa –
Nepali visas can be issued to Nepali embassies and consulates abroad, or upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, or on the India-Tibet (China) border. However, it should be noted that there are certain nations that will not be issued a visa upon arrival, so it is always wise to check first.
Your passport must be valid for six months as a Nepali visa usually allows you to enter the country for 3 to 6 months from the date of issue.
Apart from Indian nationality, all foreign nationals must have a visa to enter Nepal.
Citizens of China and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan) are not subject to visa fees. Also, children under the age of 10 are offered a free entry visa to Nepal.
2. Inform Your Bank –
If you plan to use your credit and debit cards while traveling (which can be very convenient), inform your bank of your travel plans, so that they know that all the costs shown abroad are yours, and that you are not a victim of fraud.
Also, in the event of a theft or if you lose your cards, it will be easier for the bank to close those cards to prevent any misuse in the wrong hands, and issue another one for your convenience. You do not want to be frustrated if you cannot get the right pitch so invest in a good capo!
3. Travel Insurance –
Life is full of uncertainties, especially during the journey. You never know what the next moment will bring, which is also part of the excitement and the journey involved. Make sure you have travel insurance that will cover all costs incurred due to theft, accidental injuries and exit costs if you plan to play the most dangerous sports.
Don’t forget to inform your travel insurance company about your travel plans.
4. Custom Rules and Regulations –
It is very important to know the necessary information about airport practices – what you are allowed to bring in or out of the country. It is difficult when you bring or want to take something with you when you travel, you find it illegal or you have to pay extra tax on things mentioned at the airport. A little knowledge about the limits will save you from many bureaucratic annoyances.
5. Book Hotel –
For the first day or two, stay at a hotel that you can book before you arrive in the country. It is not fun to walk on the sidewalk with a heavy load looking for a good place to sit after a long and tiring flight. Before you book a hotel, do not rely solely on the photos and comments on their website; check out previous guest reviews, as it is also a problem to change hotels after a long flight if the one you booked turns out not to be cheating.
Book hotels for one or two days only in the area you will be visiting, so that if it is not acceptable, you can change it every day or two, and if it is good, you can add to stay there.
6. Celebrations –
Like festivals and festivals? Then check out festivals and events of a different kind when you are in the country. During most major festivals there is a public holiday which means it is a bit difficult to travel in the city, as there will be very small travel options available, too, very crowded. Also, hotels will be completely booked and expensive. To fully enjoy the festivals without any hassle, make sure you have a good hotel to stay in and know where and how to get around the area. If you have a guide or a friend who knows the place, it is even better.
7. Flexible Journey –
It is best to keep a few extra days, if possible. There is a high risk of delays due to bad weather, transport delays or bad luck. It could also be that you want to enjoy more trips and want to change or add a function or place to your travel plan during your trip. Having a solid journey can be destructive and costly.
If you already have an open mind, try and keep your journey open to the inevitable changes!
8. Exchange Level –
It is a good idea to be aware of the current exchange rate of the country, if you are planning to change currency or you are in an area where there are no ATMs.
9. Learn About Nepal –
Before coming directly here, learn a little about Nepal and its people, culture, customs, food and what to expect while living. Lack of knowledge can lead to cultural shocks and / or negative consequences. To avoid this, learn at least how to greet the local language; this can act as an ice-breaker while trying to connect with local people.
10. Register With Your Ambassador –
It is a very wise decision to register with your ambassador at home and let them know about your plans for a trip to Nepal. Give them your personal details, close relative, photo, date and time of your arrival and departure from Nepal, travel and more. If you experience any problem or are in danger, the embassy will be able to help you adjust all management channels.