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How to Plan an India and Nepal Trip 2024/2025

  • How to Plan an India and Nepal Trip 2024/2025

India and Nepal are neighboring countries. They are two countries you shouldn't miss if you want to explore the diverse landscapes and cultures of South Asia — the world-famous Taj Mahal, ancient palaces and temples, panoramic Himalayan views, and intriguing Buddhist and Hindu values.

In this guide, we are going to look at how to plan a tour of India and Nepal.

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Most people choose India as the entry and exit point because of its more convenient international flight connections.

Europe (Paris, Munich, London, etc.), North America (New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, etc.), and Australia (Sydney) all have direct flights to India.

So, it would be more efficient to make India your entry and exit point. You would have more choice of ticket prices, travel dates and times, and more flight options.

Travelling from India to Nepal is very convenient. The most popular and efficient way is to take a flight . There are daily flights to Katmandu (Nepal) from Delhi (India), taking about 1½–2 hours.

You can also travel by land from India to Nepal, but you may spend more than one day on the road. You can take a direct bus from Delhi to Katmandu. The journey takes 25 hours or more.

Because there are no trains in Nepal, if you want to use a train to travel, you could take a train as far as a border city, and from there take a bus to your destination in Nepal.

A trip to India and Nepal with the main highlights would take at least 10 days : 7–9 days in India for 3–4 major cities and 3–4 days in Nepal for 2 major destinations.

7 days in India will allow you to explore the three most popular cities — Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

If you want something a bit special in addition like a tiger safari or a boat ride on the Ganges River, you may need 8–9 days.

If you want to explore more of India's west or south, you may need about 10 days to 2 weeks. See more on How Long to Spend in India (for First Timers): Itineraries from 5 Days to 1 Month

For a tour of Nepal, Katmandu (the capital city), Chitwan (best for seeing wild animals), Pokhara (best for adventure), and Nagarkot (best for seeing the Himalayas) are the four most popular destinations, which usually take about 8–9 days altogether.

But if you have a limited travel time, you are recommended to choose Katmandu and nearby Nagarkot, taking about 2–3 days. Check out our 11-Day India and Nepal Tour or 10-Day India and Nepal Mini Group Tour for Xmas 2024.

This itinerary covers the top highlights of India and Nepal. If you're looking for a more in-depth India and Nepal tour, you can check this out. Compared to the basic 11-day tour, this 2-week itinerary will offer more outdoor experiences in Nepal.

Days 1–6: India

In the 6-day India leg, you will journey through the classic route for first-timers.

Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra bring together some of India's most iconic architecture, religious atmosphere, and local life.

Itinerary suggested :

  • Delhi (2 days)
  • Agra (2 days)
  • Jaipur (2 days)

In Delhi, you could get a glimpse of India's religion and history by visiting some of its famous temples, pagodas, and ancient tombs. You'll also take a peek into the daily lives of people via a rickshaw tour of its oldest market — Chandni Chowk.

The famous Taj Mahal is the main highlight in Agra. In the pink city, Jaipur, you can explore its splendid palaces and fort.

Days 7–15: Nepal

In Nepal, you can visit four popular places in 8 days. They will show you the most distinctive sides of Nepal — its mysterious and ancient temple complexes, breathtaking views of the snowy mountains, and various outdoor activities.

Suggested itinerary :

  • Katmandu (2–3 days): seeing various temples
  • Pokhara (2 days): enjoying valley views — lakes, falls, caves
  • Chitwan (2 days): exploring the national park and a jungle safari
  • Nagakot (1–2 days): viewing an awesome Himalayan vista

"There are as many gods as men, as many temples as houses." — You'll see what that local saying means in the capital Katmandu. You can also explore its interesting religious cultural practice — Kumari ("living goddess").

In Pokhara, enjoy a leisurely boat ride with magnificent mountain views all around, and explore caves, waterfalls, and museums. Pokhara also offers all kinds of outdoor sports, like paragliding, trekking, and biking.

In Chitwan National Park, you can go on a jeep safari to meet various wild animals and take a canoe ride to see the crocodiles.

Nagakot is considered the best viewing platform for the Himalayas. The sunrise wonders of the Himalayas alone will make your visit worthwhile.

If you have other ideas like hiking, you can contact us . We will create a trip based on your interests, length of travel, group size, budget, and other requirements.

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India and Nepal are affordable destinations. Whether you are looking for an economical or a quality, no-expense-spared tour, these countries can satisfy your needs. Here are some for-reference prices based on a private tour:

  • For a medium budget, touring India typically costs around 150–200 USD per day per person (including air fares within India and Nepal, 4-star hotels, attractions, guide, and transfers).
  • For a higher budget of US$200–250 per day per person, more comfort can be enjoyed (this includes flights within India and Nepal, 5-star hotels, attractions, guide, and transfers).

China Highlights , Asia Highlights, and Global Highlights collaborate to provide families and couples with personalized and stress-free experiences in diverse destinations.

India and Nepal have both reopened their borders for international travelers. If you are fully vaccinated, you can travel immediately on arrival without quarantine.

Regarding visa requirements, most travelers need to apply for a tourist e-visa to enter India except residents from certain countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

You will also need to apply for a visa to enter Nepal. Nepal makes getting a tourist visa quite simple by offering a visa on arrival option.

Generally, October to April is the best time for a trip to India and Nepal, as it's the dry season.

December to February is the best time for weather. The cool, bright and dry weather make it best for sightseeing and photos.

October and November are the most popular months for trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. India also ends its rainy season at this time.

Christmas / New Year holiday time is one of the most popular periods for an India and Nepal trip. You can expect an exotic Christmas and could welcome in your new year by witnessing the first ray of sunlight shining on Mt. Everest.

If you are planning a trip during the Christmas / New Year period, book as early as possible. Early booking allows you to have a relatively large selection of hotels and more reasonable prices. With Asia Highlights , you enjoy 100% refund of any payments made to China Highlights prior to 3 weeks before departure ( detail⇒ ).

Just contact us if you want an individualized India-Nepal trip. We will design a trip based on your needs, budget, group size, and other preferences.

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We did a visit to Yangshuo with China Highlights. We really enjoy our visit, our guide, Gary Wei was so friendly and kind. Very good company on the River Li Cruise and on our visit to Guilin and Yangshuo. We did a very fun bike ride to the country side, visit the West Street and to the wonderful show. We really recommend all of this!

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The Best Routes for Travel to Nepal from India by Road

Are you planning to travel from India to Nepal? Taking the road route through India is possible, but you need to know the disadvantages and challenges before starting on this journey. Here is our guide Travel to Nepal from India by Road.

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How to travel to Nepal from India by road?

Travel to Nepal from India by Road

India and Nepal have six border crossings and these two neighbouring countries have a great relationship in terms of travelling. Indians don’t need visas to travel to Nepal and if you are going through the land route you may need an identity card issued by the government. Almost 17% to 20% of foreign travellers to Nepal are Indians. As an Indian, you can stay indefinitely once you register yourself in the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu after 6 months of your residence. The relationship between India and Nepal has made travel to Nepal from India by road as easy as crossing borders inter-state.

Documents required to enter Nepal from India by road.

Documents required to enter Nepal from India by road.

Before Covid, the Sunauli or border between India and Nepal has never been closed as the countries are maintaining an open border system. As per the treaty of 1950, the treaty of Peace national treatment is given to the citizens of both countries.

Most Indian vehicles and citizens and residents near the border didn’t even need legal documents to cross the border. But as per the rule, these are the documents you must carry to travel to Nepal from India Indian Citizens must carry a valid photo ID issued by the government Foreigners travelling to Nepal through India should carry a valid passport. Post-Covid the rules have changed as it is mandated to produce a valid COVID negative report like RT-PCR, True NAAT, WHO accredited test that has been taken within 72 hours of crossing the border.

How to go Nepal by road

travel to Nepal from India by road

The best way to travel to Nepal from India by road is either by bus or private car. There is also a third option to travel to Nepal from India by road is a train. If you want to choose public transport there are direct buses from Delhi to Kathmandu for travel to Nepal from India by road. Though Getting private cars or owned cars is the most popular practice by Indians travelling to Nepal.

India to Nepal travel restrictions: Tips to remember for travel to Nepal from India by Road for Indians

At the border crossing make sure to collect the permit while paying for the toll. As of now, travelers from India to Nepal are no longer required to provide a Covid negative report by RT-PCR or any other reputable institution taken within 72 hours of crossing the border.

However, it is still recommended to follow all necessary safety protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety of oneself and others while traveling during the pandemic.

India to Nepal bus ticket price

The bus ticket price from India to Nepal can vary depending on the starting location in India, the destination in Nepal, the type of bus, and the time of year. Generally, the price range for a one-way bus ticket from major Indian cities such as Delhi, Kolkata or Varanasi to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, can range from INR 1000 to INR 3000 or more.

However, prices may be higher during peak travel season or for more luxurious buses with added amenities. It’s best to check with bus companies and ticket booking websites for specific prices and schedules.

Where can you cross to Nepal from India?

Banbasa Border: Banbasa border is in the state of Uttarakhand in North India. The Banbasa border can be accessed by Indians and Nepalese unrestricted. These are the best routes for Delhites, or anyone from the North-western states like Haryana, Punjab or any of the international travellers arriving in Delhi. It takes approximately 6 to 7 hours from Delhi to reach by private car and the picturesque serene view of the border with mountain ranges in the backdrop and the dam while crossing the bridge is extremely heartwarming. Birgunj-Raxaul Border: The Birgunj-Raxaul border is the most accessible option for those who are travelling from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha. The Raxaul border crossing in the state of Bihar leads you to the central part of Nepal, Birganj. Birganj is 8 hours from Kathmandu and 6 hours from Pokhara. To reach Kathmandu or Pokhara you will easily get buses or shared jeeps for $4 to $5 that is around 450 INR to 550 INR. Panitanki border: Panitanki border is in the Siliguri district, West Bengal and from the Siliguri Bus terminal you will find buses, shared jeeps or renting cars. Buses are available from Jalpaiguri, Sikkim and Kalimpong as well. The Panitanki Kakarbhitta border is open from 6 Am to 7 Pm from the Nepal side. From New Jalpaiguri, the Panitanki Kakarbhitta border is only a 45-minute drive. There are two other borders that are mostly used by large vehicles and very rarely by travellers Jamunaha-Nepalgunj border and gauripantha-Dhangadhi. The Nepalgunj border is yet to open as per the latest news due to COVID.

How to collect permits for vehicles for travel to Nepal?

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Because of the easy access through the road, Indian travellers get a lot of duration for access to the vehicle management and stay period in Nepal. Indians can acclaim a Nepalese number plate while crossing the border and the duration to keep the vehicle is generally 30 days.

If you are considering taking a vehicle for travel to Nepal from India by road these are what you need to know according to the Embassy of India :

Any Indian vehicle including two-wheelers can temporarily obtain a stay duration in Nepal with custom payment in border crossing. Even with payment, any Indian registered vehicle is allowed to stay in Nepal only 30 days in a whole year. You can obtain a day pass at the customs near the Indo-Nepal border and the day pass is only valid for 24 hours. The vehicle must return within one day and if you want to extend the pass you must visit the customs before the validity ends. You can also obtain a pass for a specific number of days with a fixed payment for each day. You must collect and keep the pass with you all the time as it may be demanded by government authorities or police. Here is the details what to do and what not

Covid- Regulation to maintain in Nepal tourism.

Nepal-tourism

For Indian travellers for travelling to Nepal from India by road is not restricted if the individuals are vaccinated or not at the local level. Nepal has opened most of its borders since October for Indian travellers and this is the covid restrictions according to news :

Vaccination requirements: Negative PCR is required if you are travelling to Nepal by air. But Nepal tourism is open for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers.

For Indian travellers, a negative test report was taken within 72 hours before crossing. Lockdown In effect: As far as local travel is concerned Nepal is partially locked down which is not going to restrict most of the activities for Indian travellers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can i go to nepal by road from india.

There are several border crossings between India and Nepal that allow for travel by road. The most popular ones are the Sunauli-Bhairahawa border crossing and the Raxaul-Birgunj border crossing.

Can we go to Nepal by car from India?

Yes, it is possible to travel to Nepal from India by car. However, there are certain requirements and procedures that need to be followed, such as obtaining necessary permits and crossing the border at designated checkpoints.

What documents are required to travel to Nepal from India by road?

To travel to Nepal from India by road, you will need a valid passport, a visa for Nepal (which can be obtained at the border), and a permit for your vehicle (if you are driving). It is also recommended to carry proof of insurance and vehicle registration documents.

Can you cross the border from India to Nepal?

Yes, it is possible to cross the border from India to Nepal by road. There are several border crossings between the two countries, including the Sunauli-Bhairahawa border, the Raxaul-Birgunj border, and the Banbasa-Mahendrenagar border. However, it is important to check the current border regulations and entry requirements before making the journey.

Which countries are allowed to travel to Nepal?

Nepal is allowing travellers from most countries except 8 South African countries i.e. Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Malawi and Hongkong. Nepal has banned travellers from arriving from or through these countries.

Can foreigners travel to Nepal from India by road?

Foreigners except from 8 SAR countries and Hongkong can travel to Nepal from India by road with the right documents, passport and visa. Only Indians are allowed to travel to Nepal without a visa.

Do Indians need Visa to travel to Nepal from India by road?

Indians do not need visas to cross the Nepal border, but they do need a negative Covid report for entry to Nepal.

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After crossing nepal border,we do not want to run car but want to park for 4 days. Question is can we do this then where and what will be parking fee

travel to india and nepal

Hi Narinder Pal Singh, thank you for your comment. I’m not sure which border you are referring to, but personally, I find it difficult to locate parking spots online in Nepal. In such situations, I usually prefer to drive straight until I come across a mall, as they usually have parking lots available. Additionally, I would also ask locals for recommendations on safe overnight parking areas. I hope this information is helpful to you.

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Can I travel by my private car from Kolkata to Nepal ? Is road is open National Highway 19

I am sorry i don’t know how to drive from Kolkata to Nepal.

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@Niels, Did you cross from Panitanki (I also hold a danish pas)? @Hassan What authorities (what number) should I use? There is only a little info on the web.

Hello Khem For, general enquiries related to the Panitanki Indian-Nepal land border, please call +91-3592-220 809 or send an email to [email protected] .

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Sir can you tell me about the road conditions from butwal to Kathmandu ]

Hello Samir, The journey from Butwal to Kathmandu is a long one, taking a minimum of 9 to 10 hours. However, the road conditions are not ideal, with numerous potholes and bumps along the way. This makes the busy stretch of the East-West Highway a potential hazard for accidents.

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Sir Wanted to know, how is road conditions from Nepalganj to other parts of Nepal

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Where can I, as a Danish citizen, enter Nepal and exit? I wish to enter from the east side near Mechinagar or close to is side of Nepal. I know Gorakhpur but is there other places? All the best Niels Adrian Petersen

Hi there. I hope that Visitors from Denmark won’t have any problem getting into Nepal or India using the land border. The nearest border crossing checkpoint from Mechinagar is Kakarbhitta or Raniganj. Please always double check information with authorities to avoid any delays or unpleasant experiences.

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Traveling in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

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South Asia travel is exciting, extreme, mostly cheap, and unforgettable. A visit to the most populous — and frenetic — region on earth provides plenty of opportunity for adventure and lasting memories.

Hitting up the three most popular destinations ( India, Nepal , and Sri Lanka) for a South Asia “Grand Slam” on the same trip is entirely possible. Although any of the three can easily hold their own alone as a top destination, combining them makes for an enjoyable, diverse sample of South Asia.

Nepal offers up Kathmandu, Mount Everest , the birthplace of Buddha, and other travel treats. Sri Lanka provides an island experience, abundant flora and fauna, surfing, whale spotting, and as many beach cocktails in king coconuts as you can handle — useful for warming up after the Himalayas.

India is... well ...India!

From the highest mountains in the world to one of the most biodiverse islands in the world, traveling to South Asia is well worth the madness of being stuck on a plane so long. Despite some challenges, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have good tourist infrastructures. They’re also excellent choices for budget travelers on extended trips abroad. You certainly get a lot of cultural “bang” for the buck in each.

First: Make sure you’re in the right place. South Asia and Southeast Asia are two completely different subregions in Asia!

Choosing When to Travel to South Asia

To properly enjoy any time in the Himalayas — one of South Asia’s most inviting features — you’ll need to plan around the extreme weather in Nepal . Snow atop mountains is beautiful when viewed from afar, not when stuck in a remote outpost waiting weeks for roads or runways to clear. India and Sri Lanka can be added before or after a trip to the Himalayas.

For taking advantage of fair weather in the mountains, you’ll have to decide between Nepal’s two busy seasons: spring or fall.

The Best Time to Visit Nepal

Nepal’s rainy season begins in June and runs until sometime in September. Although the air may be cleaner, mud and leeches really cut into the fun. The autumn months, especially October, are the most popular in Nepal. During this busy time, you may have trouble finding accommodation in lodges on popular trails, especially if you decide to go trekking independently without a tou r.

Spring is a popular time to visit Nepal for viewing wildflowers, but as temperatures warm, mountain views are reduced by humidity. May is a good — and busy — month for trekking to Everest Base Camp to see climbers preparing for their life-and-death challenge.

The Best Time to Visit India

The Indian subcontinent is so large that you’ll find good weather somewhere no matter the time of year. Traveling to India will probably be the highlight of your travels in South Asia.

That being said, the monsoon season begins in June and runs until October. The rain can be heavy and disruptive, especially in some destinations such as Goa. The weeks leading up to monsoon season are unbearably hot, so taking a chance with shoulder seasons are best.

Destinations in the north may become inaccessible in November as snow begins to close mountain passes. If rain or cold pose too much of a challenge, you could always head to Rajasthan — India’s desert state — to see ancient forts and enjoy a camel safari in Jaisalmer .

Before solidifying dates for travel to South Asia, check to see how they mesh with the busiest holidays in India . You wouldn’t want to just narrowly miss one of these spectacular events. Dealing with the aftermath without getting to participate in the festival is no fun at all!

The Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

Surprising for its size, Sri Lanka experiences two distinct monsoon seasons that divide the island. The best time for visiting the beautiful beaches in the south is from November to April. Whale spotting season begins in November. During dry season in the south, rain soaks the northern half of the island.

Regardless of the time of year, your only worry in Sri Lanka is rain. The island will be more than warm enough , particularly if you’ve just come from the Himalayas!

Getting to South Asia

Unsurprisingly, India is well connected with flights from North America, Europe, and other parts of Asia. There aren’t any direct flights between the United States and Sri Lanka, so beginning in India is a good plan unless you’ll be coming from a different part of Asia.

Great deals can be found for flights between India and Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur . One popular strategy is to grab a cheap flight to Southeast Asia (the cheapest flights often arrive in Bangkok), spend a few days acclimatizing in an “easy” environment and beating jetlag , enjoy some delicious Thai noodles, then fly onward to India to begin your South Asia travel adventure.

If you choose to begin in Nepal, know what to expect when landing in Kathmandu .

Moving Between India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

Without a doubt, the most time efficient and least painful way to move between the three countries is by taking budget flights. Unfortunately, flying is also the surest way to miss out on some wild experiences that happen on the ground when least expected.

Terrain features, road conditions, and severe overcrowding make moving long distances by bus a little extra painful than usual. Trains are a better option than night buses, but they aren’t always available. Moving around India and Sri Lanka by train can be an enjoyable travel experience.

Although you can cross into Nepal from the northern border of India, you’ll have to deal with winding roads, high-elevation passes, and the whim of military officials who may want additional incentive (money) to allow you to pass. Simply put, flying is well worth the money spent unless your primary objective is the additional adventure.

Ferry service from India to Sri Lanka was terminated. You’ll find lots of cheap flights to Colombo from different points in India.

What About Other Places in South Asia?

This itinerary only covers India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka because visiting the three is popular and fairly straightforward. With additional trip time and planning, a foray into Bangladesh could be added. South Asia is actually made up of eight nations.

The Maldives , popular with honeymooners , are a little inconvenient on a trip of this nature and are probably best left as a vacation-style destination all their own. Visiting Bhutan requires commitment — and upfront payment — for a government-regulated tour.

Presently, most world governments have a warning against all nonessential travel to Pakistan. If you’d still like to visit, speak with the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi about obtaining a visa. Travelers from countries on the list of “Tourist Friendly Countries” may obtain a 30-day visa on arrival but must travel with an authorized tour agency.

Afghanistan is blessed with the mountainous beauty to become a top travel destination one day, but for now remains mostly inaccessible.

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Highlights of India & Nepal

19 days | charming chaos and perfect quiet from ganges to himalayas.

Flying birds in Bodhnath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

From the sacred River Ganges to the summits of the Himalayas, tour India and Nepal on a trip where adventure and discovery await. From the most exciting places to visit in Delhi to the towering peaks surrounding Kathmandu, discover the spirit, culture, and nature of this fascinating region. Visit the Taj Mahal of Agra, experience the chaos and colour of India's villages, and marvel at the daily pilgrimage to the ghats of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges. Delve into the history and religion of these two fascinating countries as you enjoy the highlights of India and Nepal.

Trip overview

  • Rise in the cool half-light of dawn and watch the sunrise while you glide over the River Ganges on a small riverboat.
  • Stay in a riverside jungle lodge in Chitwan National Park, then embark on a safari in search of rhinos, Bengal tigers, monkeys, and more.
  • Join pilgrims during a visit to the birthplace of Gautama Buddha in Lumbini, where evidence of a shrine dated before 550 BC was uncovered in 2013.
  • Enjoy a relaxing evening at a community homestay in the Madi Valley, a lush Nepalese valley bordered by forest and river.
  • Immerse yourself in the holy city of Varanasi, exploring the Old City by day and soaking up the atmosphere of a candle flower ceremony as the sunsets.
  • Old Delhi is an exciting place encounter local life, but be aware it will be busy, and during the walking tour you’ll need to navigate people, tight spaces, and crowded walkways.
  • Rajasthan can reach extremely high temperatures in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours early in the morning when it’s cooler, remember to keep hydrated and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and you will need to have clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees in order to enter them.
  • In order to see as much as possible in the time allotted, this trip involves some long journeys by both private vehicles and public trains. Please read the itinerary carefully for estimates.
  • From December to February, delays are more common, especially in the north of the country due to fog. It’s not uncommon for trains to be delayed for up to 12 hours. On occasion, your trip will may to be rerouted to allow for these delays. Please see the ‘Transport’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more information on train travel in India.

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive with hours (or days) to spare, consider striking out on your own, perhaps to visit the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb. A great (and tasty) way to get under the city’s skin in very little time is to book an Urban Adventure like the Delhi City Food Crawl. After the 6 pm meeting, head out for an optional meal with your group at a local restaurant.

  • Hotel (1 night)

There are no meals included on this day.

  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure - INR3750
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR600
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR3350

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

To book an Urban Adventure before you meet your tour leader, go to https://www.urbanadventures.com/

Join your group leader on an excursion through Old Delhi. Ride the city’s metro system, and then hop in a rickshaw to the once water-filled square of Chandni Chowk. Discover the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s oldest mosque, before learning about the history of the Sikh religion at the Sheeshganj Gurudwara.

  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking tour

Travel by private vehicle into Rajasthan and on to its capital, Jaipur (approximately 5 - 6 hours). A friendly, busy city crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk arts, Jaipur is a favourite for many travellers. Our suggestions are to stop by the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), then head over to Jaipur's Royal City Palace and explore its extravagant rooms and apartments. Later, discover one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.

  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR800
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400

Choose to take an early morning hot air balloon experience, often a highlight of visiting Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day four between September and June. Mid-afternoon visit the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is an authentic example of Rajput architecture and the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is one of its more spectacular buildings.

  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280

Leave the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur behind and drive to the village of Suroth Mehal in Karauli (approximately 5-6 hours). This delightful town was founded in 1348 and is packed with rural ambiance and traditional temples. Take a guided walk around the Old Quarter, interacting with friendly locals and learning about rural Indian life off the tourist trail. Be sure to visit the eclectic market stalls along the way and sample some seasonal local sweets made from Indian ingredients, including petha (pumpkin), jaggery (organic sugar), peanut brittle, and gazak (sesame seeds). Stay in a restored heritage property tonight where dinner is included.

  • Heritage Property (1 night)
  • Suroth Mehal - Village Walk

On the journey to Agra, stop en route at the one-time capital of the Mughal empire, Fatehpur Sikri (approximately 4 hours). Its stunning mosque displays both Persian and Hindu design and is secured by a 54-metre high entrance. Once in Agra, there’s the option of visiting the marble tomb that was saved for the greatest of the Mughal Emperors, Akbar's Mausoleum. The day then culminates in a visit to the Taj Mahal, built in the 1640s as a memorial to the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan.

  • Fatehpur Sikri - Guided tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1300

In the morning, take a guided tour along the banks of the Yamuna River to the iconic Agra Fort. Originally designed by Emperor Akbar in 1565 to be a military structure, it was converted into a palace during Emperor Shah Jahan's reign and later became his prison. Perhaps stop for lunch at Sheroes Hangout, a vegetarian & vegan cafe. This beautiful cafe is a one of kind social enterprise providing employment and opportunities for women who were the victims of acid attacks. In the early afternoon, take the 3-4 hour journey back to Delhi by private bus. Arrive back at the hotel with enough time to freshen up and decide where to enjoy one final dinner with the group.

  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Orchha - Leader-led walking tour
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple ceremony

Today you'll visit the stunning Orchha Palace, built by Bir Sing Deo for his friend Jehangir, the great Mughal ruler. Take note of the grand Iwans (domes) that were built large enough to allow the movement of war elephants. You’ll also make a stop at Taragram - a paper making factory that enables local tribal women to work outside the realm usually afforded to them. The paper is crafted from wood pulp and recycled clothing.

  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Taragram visit

Today you'll get to soak up more of the unique atmosphere of Orchha, and excitingly you'll get to soak up the local flavours too. Learn about the local cuisine, its ingredients, and how it's prepared, in a cooking demonstration with our local friends. In not too long, you’ll get to taste the unforgettable results. This evening you’ll return to Jhansi and board an overnight train to Prayagraj (Allahabad) (approximately 10 hours) – the starting point for your Ganges boat journey.

  • Overnight Sleeper Train (1 night)
  • Orchha - Cooking demonstration

Sleeper trains are usually comfortable and air-conditioned (sometimes fan-cooled), and are a great way to travel long distances and still get maximum time in each place. Sheets, pillow, and blanket are provided but some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Please note you may be sharing with locals in a same/mixed gender situation.

Arrive in Allahabad and transfer to the Ganges (approximately 2 hours) by small riverboats for a cruise down the river. You'll experience the sacred River Ganges, the lifeblood of millions of Indian people, with a boat cruise through the heart of rural India. A support crew will be on hand as you cruise down this iconic waterway, passing village communities and viewing river life as it goes on around you. The boats are equipped with life jackets, the deck has mattresses and cushions to relax on, and it’s all covered with a cloth roof for sun protection. Arrive at your campsite and relax riverside, read a book or play some cricket. Watch the sun go down and eat a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by the boatmen.

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
  • River Ganges - Boat trip & camping

Tents are twin share with mattresses and blankets provided. It gets cold in winter, so a sleeping bag is recommended if travelling at this time. There is a squat toilet tent, and no showers available. Lunch, dinner, and breakfast are provided during your time camping. Water and soft drinks are available to purchase, but no alcohol is allowed here, as the Ganges is a sacred place. Please note that due to high water levels on the River Ganges and the associated safety concerns, the boat trip won't operate during the monsoon or other times of heavy rainfall. Departures affected by such safety concerns will be communicated during the trip by your leader – it's difficult to know well in advance how much rain there's likely to be at any point in time. In these cases, an extra night will be spent in Varanasi including a visit to the temple complex of Sarnath – the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.

Leaving your boats at Chunar, transfer by private vehicle to Varanasi (approximately 2 hours). This is one of holiest cities around; the ultimate destination for Hindu pilgrims who travel from far and wide to experience this spiritual city. Overflowing with temples, shrines and devotees, there’s no doubt it’s one of the most amazing cities. Set off on a walking tour of the oldest part of the city, bustling with tourists and priests, and see different rituals being performed. Wander through the Old City with its maze of narrow alleyways packed full of small shops and stalls, and lumbering cows. This evening, soak up the unique magical atmosphere of a candle flower ceremony as the sun sets.

  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour

Today starts early with a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, where you can watch the light gradually illuminate the many ghats and temples along the river as you pass. The rest of the day is free for you to use as you like. There’s an option to take a trip to nearby Sarnath – one of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. The site is where Buddha preached his message of the path to enlightenment and features a number of stupas and museums to explore. Or perhaps visit Ram Nagar Fort – a crumbling 17th-century fort and palace on the eastern bank of the Ganges, that’s the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Alternatively, the day can be spent exploring the laneways and alleys behind the ghats, picking up some examples of the excellent local silk industry, or perfecting yoga in this most chakra-balancing of places.

  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip
  • Varanasi - Ram Nagar Fort - INR250
  • Varanasi - Sarnath - INR315

Today, wave goodbye to India and say namaste to Nepal, as you cross the border at Gorakhpur. Though there’s always something to look at out the windows, it’s a good idea to have some other entertainment on hand for the long day of travelling ahead (approximately 8-10 hours including stops). For groups of less than five, you will travel by car and for bigger groups by bus. On entering Nepal, take a private bus to your hotel in Lumbini (approximately 1 hour). This is no ordinary border town, but the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and one of his four holy places of pilgrimage. It's said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha identified the sites as those of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. You’ll visit the beautiful Ashoka Pillars and hop on cycle rickshaws to the Maya Devi Temple, the actual site where Lord Buddha is thought to have been born.

  • Lumbini - Heritage Park

Continue your journey by private vehicle through the Terai to the Amaltari Madhyavarti village homestay – your home for the night. A well-known Indigenous group in Nepal, the Tharu community who live here are known for their distinctive culture and lifestyle. When you arrive, have lunch in the community with your group, get to know some of the locals and then enjoy some free time to freshen up. After, you’ll head out on a 4WD drive to the lake to enjoy some afternoon tea. Learn about village life in the community over dinner tonight and relish in a homecooked, traditional meal made by the locals.

  • Homestay (1 night)

Over monsoon season (May to August) the roads to Amaltari can sometimes be rendered impassable due to swollen rivers and flooding. If you are travelling over this period there is a high chance your group will travel straight to Chitwan National Park today. After arriving at our lodge we will explore the local village by bike. In the evening, prepare for tomorrow’s exploration of the park with a presentation on the park's history, flora, and fauna.

This morning, go on a village walk, guided by a member of the Tharu community around the village. See the architecture and structure of the Indigenous homes around the village by daylight, as well as the local farms, where locals cultivate their crops to sustain their community’s livelihood and economy. Connect with the daily way of life here through cultural immersion and storytelling and learn about their customs and values from the locals themselves. After, say goodbye to your hosts, and head for your lodge in Chitwan National Park via Twenty Thousand Lakes (Bis Hajaar Tal) via private vehicle (2 hours). Nepal’s second-largest natural wetland, this beautiful reserve area is a maze of small lakes that teems with wildlife. Home to numerous crocodiles, this is one of the park’s best areas for birdwatching, with hundreds of species using it as a migratory route stop. If you’re lucky, you might spot an Indian rhino.

  • Lodge (1 night)
  • Chitwan - Village Bike Tour

While we respect each individual’s decisions while travelling, Intrepid does not include elephant rides or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary, and we recommend you bypass these activities should they be offered to you during your stay. Professional wildlife conservation and animal welfare organisations, including the World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for protection of Animals), advise that contrary to common belief, captive elephants remain wild animals and despite good intentions, unfortunately, many venues are unable to provide the appropriate living conditions elephants require and this ultimately impacts their well-being. While there is some merit in the argument that the money that you pay for the activity goes towards keeping the elephants and their mahouts employed, we know that it also fuels demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive-bred. We thank you for your support in improving the welfare of these majestic creatures.

After breakfast, take a walk to the Rapti River from where you’ll be taken on a boat/jeep safari through the national park. Enjoy some brilliantly-coloured-bird watching along the Rapti River and a picnic lunch. Keep your eyes peeled for gharials – this fish-eating crocodile has long been hunted for the supposed aphrodisiac qualities of its snout. Learn more about them when you drop by the crocodile breeding centre. Once back at your accommodation, there’ll be time to relax or to take part in a number of optional activities offered by the park. Tonight, you’ll be treated to a cultural performance by the locals.

  • Chitwan National Park - Park Entry
  • Chitwan - Canoe trip
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari

From October to June, when jeep safaris resume, you will travel by boat part of the way before meeting drivers and touring the national park by vehicle (approximately 3-4 hours),

Today you'll journey by bus from Chitwan to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu (approximately 6 hours). This is a ride that takes in all the sights that define Nepal – iridescent rice terraces, deep gorges, fast-flowing rivers, and looming mountains. Kathmandu is a mixture of ancient architecture and modern development and, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage, it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats, and sacred cows. Perhaps head out into Durbar Square, in front of the old royal palace and home to numerous beautiful temples and browse the stalls of merchant's wares.

  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square - NPR1000

Today you’ll head out to the ancient Swayambhunath Temple, known to tourists as the Monkey Temple and Kathmandu's most important Buddhist shrine. The sleepy, all-seeing Buddha eyes that stare out from the top have become the quintessential symbol of Nepal. You’ll also join the pilgrims at Bodhnath Stupa – the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It's the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu, rich in Buddhist symbolism, and you can observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. You will also visit Pashupatinath – the most famous Hindu temple in the country – located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating and pilgrims bathing. There are also a number of optional activities to take advantage of if you have the time, including our Urban Adventures. Maybe take-off on a flight from Kathmandu airport to see some spectacular mountain scenery. Those who don't have the opportunity to go trekking can get panoramic views of the Himalayas in just an hour.

  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Bodhnath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight (Including transfers) - USD240

Your adventure through Nepal and India ends today and you're free to leave the accommodation at any time.

  • Kathmandu - Rickshaw Night Explorer Urban Adventure - USD55
  • Kathmandu - Panorama Hike Urban Adventure - USD57
  • Kathmandu - Kathmandu Living Urban Adventure - USD66
  • Kathmandu - Exploring Patan & Bhaktapur Urban Adventure - USD97
  • Kathmandu - In Focus: Cook in Kathmandu Urban Adventure - USD66

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Auto rickshaw, Canoe, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Train, Van

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Heritage Property (3 night), Hotel (10 nights), Lodge (2 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night), Homestay (1 night)

Dates and availability

Important notes.

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement exclude Day 9 (Sleeper Train), Day 10 (Camping) and Day 14 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 2. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate from September 1st to April 30th and last approximately 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments, and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions (tickets are fully refundable in case of bad weather). 3. As this is a combination trip, the composition of your group, as well as the group leader, may change on Day 7.

4. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Exercise increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for isolated political violence .  

Country Summary: Political demonstrations intended to be peaceful can sometimes escalate into violence and may be met with force by Nepali authorities.  

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  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Nepal. 
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest  Travel Health Information  related to your travel. 
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist . 

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Must have six months remaining validity or more at time of entry

At least one blank visa page (not endorsements page) required for entry visa

COVID-19 vaccination/negative PCR test report is not required (Effective May 26, 2023)

US $5,000; Pure/raw/unworked gold and silver are strictly prohibited; Worked gold/jewelry up to 50 grams and worked silver/jewelry up to 100 grams are allowed. Indian currency in denominations greater than 100 rupees notes

US $5,000; Pure/raw/unworked gold and silver are strictly prohibited; Worked gold/jewelry up to 50 grams and worked silver/jewelry up to 100 grams are allowed; Indian currency in denominations greater than 100 rupees notes

Embassies and Consulates

U.s. embassy kathmandu.

Maharajgunj Kathmandu, Nepal Telephone: +(977)(1) 423-4000 or 400-7200 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(977)(1) 400-7266,400-7269 Email:  [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

STRONGLY RECOMMEND: No Solo Trekking; Follow Medical Advice regarding High Altitude Mountain Sickness; Review customs policies prior to travel

The Department of Immigration rescinded all previously issued orders regarding country-specific travel limitations. All travelers regardless of vaccine status can receive on-arrival visas at the port of entry. Amendments to existing orders and new orders may be promulgated with little notice. Please continue to monitor this space and local media for additional information.

Effective May 26, 2023, travelers entering Nepal from abroad by air or land are no longer needed to submit certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. A negative PCR test report for COVID-19 is not required.

Quarantine is not currently required for travelers regardless of their vaccine status, nationality, or recently visited locations.

Travelers departing Nepal by air are subject to health protocols of their destination country only. The airlines are responsible for ensuring passengers meet requirements of destination countries. Please consult with your airlines prior to your arrival and departure from Nepal. Please check with your airline regarding future flight availability and any necessary flight re-bookings. Operation of cargo flights, rescue flights, and evacuation flights will be carried out subject to special permission.

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry
  • One blank visa page available in passport for visa (not endorsements page)
  • Nepali authorities generally allow entrance on an emergency passport printed overseas
  • Visa appropriate for purpose of travel

Customs: International travelers arriving and departing Nepal via international airport(s) are permitted to no more than one of the following personal items:

  • Electronic tablet/laptop, video camera, and camera
  • Portable music system
  • Perambulator or tricycle
  • Cellular mobile phone
  • Pure/raw/unworked gold and silver are strictly prohibited to carry through ports of entry. Worked gold / jewelry up to 50 grams and worked silver/ jewelry up to 100 grams
  • Items for professional use, including drones (check in advance with the Nepal Department of Customs)

Regular Tourist Visas:

  • If you will arrive by air, either apply for a tourist visa at a Nepalese embassy or consulate before traveling [SU1], or purchase a tourist visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. NB: Pre-arrival visas are subject to availability.  Check with the nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate for current availability.
  • For an  online visa  application  form , see  https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa . Note that obtaining a visa on arrival may take several hours.
  • If you will arrive by land , you are responsible both for obtaining a visa and going through the necessary immigration formalities. U.S. citizens may not be stopped by border officials in either direction to process immigration and visa documentation.  Consequences for non-compliance are severe and have included lengthy prison sentences and large fines.
  • When crossing by land into Nepal, U.S. citizens should carry U.S dollar bills to pay their Nepali visa fee. U.S. citizens travelling by land from India to Nepal should be aware that Nepali visa fees must be paid in cash in U.S. dollars. Credit cards or other currencies will not be accepted. All U.S. bills must be new (no older than 2003) and in good condition (no tears, excessive wear, creases, visible repairs, etc.) Individuals crossing the border by foot are provided 24 hours service.
  • If you do not have a visa and do not receive an entry stamp from an immigration officer, you will not be allowed to depart Nepal and may face additional consequences. 
  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa District (Eastern Nepal; currently closed )
  • Pashupatinagar, Mahottari District (Eastern Nepal; currently closed )
  • Biratnagar, Morang District (Southeastern Nepal, only arrival; No Departure)
  • Birgunj, Parsa District (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk District (Northern Border– for group tourists only; currently closed )
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi District, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal; currently closed )
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali District, Far Western Nepal; currently closed )
  • Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal)

Tourists obtaining visas provided on-arrival by the Nepali Department of Immigration may stay no more than  150  days in any given calendar year. Visas will only be given in 15, 30, or 90 day increments, but may be extended at the Department of Immigration office in Kathmandu.

Tourists may request the following visa at the time of arrival at TIA and checkpoints:

  • 15 days multiple-entry tourist visa (approx. $30 USD)
  • 30 days multiple-entry tourist visa (approx. $50 USD)
  • 90 days multiple-entry tourist visa (approx. $125 USD)

Visa fees are payable in U.S. dollars. While money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, credit card payment is not a reliable option, and ATM machines occasionally malfunction.

Other Visa Categories:

As of January 2023, all foreign travelers must arrive in Nepal on a tourist visa and can only convert their visa to a different category after arrival.  Check with the  Department of Immigration  for visa details and the online application for various types of visas, including student and work visas. Your purpose of travel will dictate what category of visa you will need to obtain. If you intend to apply for a study or work visa from Nepal, it is strongly advised to start the visa conversion process with the institution/employer and the concerned government authorities at least two months prior to expiration of your tourist visa. Non-tourist visa issuance has been known to take months to process and stays beyond 150 days on a tourist visa will lead to deportation with overstay fines and penalties.

Extending Your Visa:

  • The Department of Immigration headquarters in the Kalikasthan neighborhood of Kathmandu is the only office that can extend both tourist and non-tourist visas.
  • The Immigration Offices in Kakarvitta, Birjung and Belahia can extend relationship visas (marriage) and Non-Residential Nepali (NRN) visas.  The Immigration Office in Pokhara can extend tourist, relationship (marriage), and Non-Residential Nepali (NRN) visas.  Visitors should apply to extend their visas before the expiration date; failure to do so will result in penalty and late fees.
  • Long overstays beyond the expiration date can result in heavy fines, arrest, and detention pending formal deportation proceedings, followed by a ban on re-entry.
  • Payment at the Department of Immigration can be made only in cash via Nepali rupees or U.S. dollars.

Requirements for Exit:

  • You must have a valid visa in a valid passport before you will be allowed to depart Nepal. If your visa has expired, you must extend your visa before you will be allowed to depart.
  • The Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport is not authorized to extend visas. Travelers who have tried to extend their visa at the airport will be sent to the Immigration Office in Kathmandu to pay the extension fee and, as a result, many travelers have missed their flights.
  • If you renew or replace your passport at the Embassy in Kathmandu, you must go to the Department of Immigration to transfer your Nepali visa by pasting a new visa into the new passport. Transferring a visa from one passport into another on one’s own is a serious crime in Nepal, with punishments of up to 9 years in prison and significant fines.
  • See the Government of Nepal’s  Department of Immigration website  for additional immigration information.

Travel across the Nepal-China Border:

You may encounter immigration difficulties with Chinese authorities when traveling across the Nepal-China border on land in either direction. Chinese authorities often require U.S. citizens and other foreign tourists to organize "group" tours through established travel agencies as a prerequisite for obtaining visas and entry permits into Tibet. Chinese authorities have occasionally closed the border, especially around the anniversary of significant events in Tibet. For current information on border crossing status, check with the  Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Nepal . Please read the  Department of State’s travel information for China  and check for current regulations on entry into Tibet.

HIV Restrictions:

The Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors or foreign residents of Nepal.

Surrogate Births:

Surrogacy was halted by the Nepal Supreme Court on August 25, 2015 and the practice was formally banned by a Cabinet decision on September 18, 2015, using the Supreme Court decision date as a cut-off. The Supreme Court’s final verdict was announced on December 12, 2016, and holds that surrogacy is legal for infertile Nepali married couples, but illegal for single men or women, transgender couples, and foreign nationals. Surrogacy services are not permitted in Nepal. This includes ancillary services such as birth documentation and the issuance of a visa/exit permission in cases where the child was born in Nepal, even where IVF/surrogacy services were provided outside of Nepal. Without a visa/exit permission a newborn child will not be able to leave Nepal.

U.S. Military Personnel and DOD Contractors:

DOD personnel must review the  Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG)   for travel to Nepal. All official travel and active duty personal travel must be submitted through an  APACS request . Contact information for the Defense Attaché Office can be found in the FCG if you have additional questions.

Find information here on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction , and  customs . 

Dual Citizenship

Nepali law does not permit dual citizenship. Any citizen of Nepal who by naturalization or registration acquires the citizenship of another country shall cease to be a citizen of Nepal.

Safety and Security

All U.S. Citizen travelers are encouraged to enroll into  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  while traveling abroad. This is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the U.S. Embassy. Enrolling in  STEP  will help the U.S. embassy contact them and provide assistance during an emergency overseas.

U.S. government employees on official travel to Nepal must seek approval before traveling outside of Kathmandu Valley.

Political-Related Violence:  The potential for isolated political-related violence remains a real risk in Nepal. There are occasionally small-scale improvised explosive device (IED) incidents in various parts of Nepal, particularly during periods of heightened political tension. Reported incidents have not been directed toward Westerners or Western interests but have caused injury and damage to nearby individuals and property. The Embassy is also aware of extortion attempts and threats of violence by a local group against private businesses and aid organizations, including local and international schools within the Kathmandu Valley. Historically, violent political activity has been more prevalent in the Terai – the southern plains region of Nepal bordering India – than elsewhere in Nepal. Demonstrations have on occasion turned violent, although these activities generally have not been directed at U.S. citizens.

Bandhs:  Bandhs (general strikes) were formerly a common form of political agitation in Nepal but have occurred only infrequently in recent years. Bandhs are unpredictable, may include violent incidents, and can occur with little notice. They can cause schools and businesses to close and can stop traffic. Individuals not complying with bandhs may be harassed, and in extreme cases assaulted, by supporters. If you plan air travel to or from Nepal during a scheduled bandh, please note that transportation may be affected. Usually, bandh organizers allow specially marked buses operated by the  Nepal Tourism Board  to travel between the airport and major tourist hotels. Do not attend or approach political demonstrations or checkpoints established during bandhs.

Avoid all unnecessary travel where bandhs are occurring.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid all large gatherings, protests, and demonstrations.
  • Report any difficulties or security concerns to police.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not engage in argumentative or combative behavior if challenged or told that you cannot go to access a certain area.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Crime:  Although relatively low, crime in Kathmandu and throughout the country has risen in some categories, including:

Financial Crimes and Theft:

  • Pickpocketing and bag-snatching may occur at major tourist sites, including the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Store valuables, including passports and cash, in the hotel safety deposit box; do not carry them. The Nepal Tourist Police recommend that you carry a photocopy of your passport when going out.
  • Exchange money only at banks, hotels and government authorized money exchanger. Criminals use sophisticated scams, such as ATM skimming, particularly in Kathmandu.
  • Avoid walking alone after dark, carrying large sums of cash, and wearing expensive jewelry.
  • See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Violent Crimes:

  • Travel in groups, especially at night.
  • While not common, sexual assaults against foreigners have been reported, including in popular tourist areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara, and in remote mountainous areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Foreigners have occasionally had sedative drugs added to their food or drink by individuals who seek to rob or otherwise take advantage of them. Solo travelers should take extra precautions to ensure their personal safety. We strongly recommend no solo trekking. Local guide service is available in trekking regions.
  • Nepali police forces may have limited resources to deter and investigate crimes. Many criminal cases reported to the police remain unresolved.
  • U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for information on available resources and assistance.

Victims of Crime:  Report crimes to the local police by dialing “100" as soon as incident occurs. This number is equivalent to “911” in the United States, and it is staffed 24/7 by the local police. When calling the emergency number, speak slowly and clearly so that your message gets across to the official without misunderstanding.  Tourist Police , who can be reached by dialing “1144”, have good English language capabilities and also stand ready to assist in popular tourism areas. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. For additional information, visit the State Department’s webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

U.S. citizen victims of crime in Nepal may always  contact the U.S. Embassy  in Kathmandu for assistance. Sexual assault victims might be more comfortable contacting the Embassy before reporting the crime to local authorities. In the event of a crime, the Embassy can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Tourism:  No formal tourism industry infrastructure is in place. Tourists are considered to be participating in activities at their own risk. Emergency response and subsequent appropriate medical treatment is not available in-country. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance and be aware of potential insurance fraud. See our webpage for more information on  insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local authorities are generally the best first responder in emergency situations. Many local resources are available by phone, although it may become necessary to flag down an officer or visit a local police or government office.

In the event of an emergency, dial  100  to contact the police in Nepal. This number is equivalent to “911” in the United States, and it is staffed 24/7 by the local police. Their toll free number is  16600141916 .

Tourist Police have good English language skills and are often a better point of contact for foreigners than the regular police. They generally stand ready to assist in popular tourism areas. Dial  1144  for the tourist police hotline. The Tourist Police Office is located at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Tourist Service Center Building.

Nepal Police  telephone directory  is available for quick reference.

Dial  101  for fire. Dial  102  for ambulance service. Dial  103  for traffic control. Dial  197  for telephone inquiry.

U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance may contact the U.S. Embassy at any time. For an emergency involving death, arrest, serious illness or injury, or anything that threatens the life or safety of a U.S. citizen in Nepal, call +977-01-423-4000. During normal business hours, tell the operator that you have a U.S. citizen emergency and ask to be transferred to the American Citizen Services Unit. After normal business hours, describe your U.S. citizen emergency to the operator and ask to be connected with the Duty Officer, who is on-call at all times for emergency situations involving the life and safety of U.S. citizens, but cannot assist in any way with visa inquiries or routine services. If the primary number does not work, you can also call the analog back-up number, +977-01-423-4500.

The State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services also stands ready to assist. From the United States and Canada, dial +1-888-407-4747 and from overseas dial +1-202-501-4444. General information on  the range of emergency services that the office of Overseas Citizen Service makes available to U.S. citizens overseas  is available at  http://travel.state.gov .

(The “+” sign indicates your international dialing prefix, which is 011 in the United States and 00 in most other countries. For example, if dialed from the United States, the normal business hours number is 011-977-1-423-4000.)

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Arrests and Consequences:  You are subject to local laws. If you break local laws in Nepal, your U.S. passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. If you are arrested in Nepal, the authorities may keep you in detention for weeks or even longer during the investigation stage. Punishment for violations of criminal laws in Nepal range from fines to imprisonment, depending on the crime. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to  notify the U.S. Embassy  immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Driving Under the Influence:  Driving in Nepal after consuming any amount of alcohol could result in arrest.

Illicit Drugs:  A variety of illegal drugs are available in Nepal. Purchasing, possessing or consuming illegal drugs, including marijuana and hashish, could result in both fines and jail time.

Firearms and Ammunition:  You may not bring any kind of firearm or ammunition into Nepal. Violators who bring in firearms or ammunition – even imitations or in jewelry form – may be prosecuted.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

TREKKING IN NEPAL

Solo Trekking: DO NOT TREK ALONE.  The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu  strongly   discourages  U.S. citizens from hiking alone or even separating from larger traveling parties while on a trail. In recent years, U.S. citizens and other foreigners have disappeared, been seriously injured, or been victims of violent crime while trekking alone. In some cases, even after extensive search efforts, missing solo trekkers have not been found. The safest option for trekkers is to join an organized group and/or use a reputable trekking company that provides an experienced guide and porters who communicate in both Nepali and English. Effective April 1, 2023, new requirements established by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and more than a dozen trekking organizations, with the support of Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, will require solo or foreign independent trekkers (FITs) to use a local guide from licensed trekking guide and obtain Trekking.

Information Management System (TIMS) card through authorized trekking agencies registered with the Government of Nepal while trekking in Nepal’s official national parks and protected areas. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in considerable fines. Please review travel related information on the official websites of the Nepal Tourism Board and the U.S. Embassy-Kathmandu prior to travel.

Natural Disaster Risks:  Trekking in Nepal comes with the risk of natural disaster.  DO NOT TREK ALONE.  Trekkers should be alert to the possibility of avalanches, landslides, and falling rocks, even when trails are clear. Although these risks existed prior to the April 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks, earthquakes have further destabilized some mountainous areas, causing severe landslides in some affected areas. Monsoon rains, which generally begin in June and largely end in September, may destabilize steep slopes and mountainsides. During the monsoon season, floods and landslides regularly damage travel infrastructure and telephone services, complicating efforts to locate U.S. citizens and arrange medical evacuations. Consult carefully with trekking agencies for current, location-specific information, and heed warnings of potential danger. Provide family or friends with a detailed itinerary prior to trekking and check in at all police checkpoints where trekking permits are logged.  Register your itinerary  through the STEP enrollment process. Before leaving Kathmandu, trekkers can check with the  Himalayan Rescue Association  (phone: +977-1-444-0292/444-0293) for reliable information about trail conditions and potential hazards of traveling in the Himalayas. We strongly recommend supplemental travel and evacuation insurance.

Altitude Risks:  Everyone, regardless of age, experience, or fitness level, should exercise caution when trekking at high altitudes. Many popular trekking routes in Nepal cross passes as high as 18,000 feet. Only experienced mountain climbers should tackle the Himalayas.  DO NOT TREK ALONE.  Acclimatization is best achieved by walking slowly, rather than hurrying, to cover the distance at high altitudes. Without acclimatization, trekkers of all ages, experience, and fitness levels can experience acute mountain sickness (AMS), which can be deadly. Speak with your doctor or medical professionals in Kathmandu for specific recommendations. We strongly recommend supplemental travel and evacuation insurance.

Evacuation by Helicopter:  Obtain emergency medical evacuation insurance before visiting Nepal. Many foreigners require or request evacuation by helicopter from Nepal’s rugged mountain terrain. Most hospitality employees along trekking routes can connect you with a helicopter evacuation service provider. Helicopter companies will generally require either specific evacuation insurance, pre-approval from your health insurance, or payment upfront by credit card in order to assist. Carry appropriate insurance and travel with credit card information. If you hope to have health insurance pay large bills without pre-approval, please note that the service provider may ask to hold onto your passport pending receipt of payment.

Lodging and Travel:  During peak trekking seasons, generally spring and autumn, hotel rooms may become scarce. Make advance booking for hotel rooms and plan for possible flight/airport delays. Domestic air flight cancellations and delays occur frequently because of bad weather, including to and from Lukla (gateway to the Everest Base Camp trek) and Jomsom (gateway to the Mustang region). Leave ample time to catch outbound international flights when connecting from domestic flights. Be aware that many hotels in Nepal do not meet international fire or earthquake safety standards.

TIMS Card and Trekking Permits:  The Government of Nepal has authorized the  Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN)  and the  Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)  to implement a system for foreign hikers called the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS). Foreign visitors on hiking trips in Nepal, including those not with organized hiking groups, are required to have a valid TIMS card through authorized trekking agencies registered with the Government of Nepal. In case of an emergency, this system helps authorities find trekkers.

Special Permits for Restricted Areas:  Trekking in certain remote areas of Nepal and in national parks may require additional permits or fees. Travelers may consult with an experienced tour agency, or review  the website of the Nepali Department of Immigration  for more information. Please be aware that restricted areas have special requirements for helicopter rescue flights, which may delay assistance even in the event of a medical emergency.

Other Outdoor Activities:  Nepal offers many exciting outdoor activities that come with a variety of risks. Several tourists have drowned while swimming in Phewa Lake near Pokhara and other lakes in Nepal because of flash floods triggered by monsoon rains, or after becoming entangled in submerged tree branches or roots. Incidents of boats capsizing on choppy water have also occurred. Wear life jackets. Paragliding and ultralight aircraft tourism have become popular in Pokhara, and many new companies offer such services. Weigh the risks involved with paragliding and ultralight aircraft travel; safety standards may or may not follow international best practices. When engaging in adventure activities, Embassy personnel are strongly encouraged to use professional guide services and to carry a Personnel Tracker Locator device. There are also a number of deep and dangerous ravines not clearly visible to pedestrians in Pokhara city, mainly in the outlying areas. Some local residents and foreigners have fallen into these ravines and sustained serious injuries or died. Medical care is limited and often does not meet Western standards.

Volunteering:  Nepal’s Department of Immigration considers volunteering as work, and thus requires volunteers to obtain a work visa. Volunteering on a tourist visa is illegal, and can result in detention by immigration authorities, fines, expulsion from Nepal, and lengthy bans on returning to Nepal.

Some visitors to Nepal wish to volunteer at orphanages or other organizations in an effort to help disadvantaged persons – especially children. Others try to help by donating cash or goods. While we applaud this generous spirit, we are aware of reports that many such opportunities – especially those involving volunteering at orphanages or “children’s homes” – are not in fact charities. Instead, they are for-profit enterprises set up to attract donations from abroad and financial support from volunteers. Many of the children are reportedly not orphans, and volunteering at such an organization may indirectly contribute to child exploitation by creating a demand for children who may be trafficked to such locations. Prospective volunteers in Nepal should read a recent report prepared by a U.S.-based NGO in Nepal regarding  ethical volunteering , with a focus on issues relating to “voluntourism.” It can be difficult even for those with significant experience in Nepal to determine which organizations provide authentic and valuable opportunities for well-meaning volunteers, and which manipulate goodwill for profit. With respect to orphanages or children’s homes, the Nepali National Child Rights Council can help confirm an organization’s legitimacy. You can direct inquiries to Ms. Namuna Bhusal,  [email protected] , +977-9851139474. The NCRC also handles complaints against children’s homes. U.S. citizens should be aware that the Government of Nepal has limited resources to monitor and regulate non-profit organizations. If you are not certain about an organization, you may want to consider routing contributions through a reputable national or international charity to avoid the possibility that your time and money could unknowingly support the exploitation of children. Learn more about  best practices for volunteering abroad .

Currency and Money Issues:  The Government of Nepal requires travelers to declare either the import or export of currency that exceeds US$5,000 USD in value by filling out a customs declaration form. The Embassy is not aware of any banks or money exchange offices in Nepal that accept U.S.-issued travelers checks or cash U.S. checks. Accordingly, travelers should consider alternative methods of accessing local currency (e.g., exchanging cash U.S. dollars for Nepali rupees at a bank or money exchange office, or withdrawing rupees from an ATM). Travelers should ensure that they keep a copy of the declaration form after customs officials have put the official endorsement and appropriate stamps on the form to prevent any problems upon departure. Please note that this requirement is subject to change and travelers should contact  the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C.  to obtain the latest information. Carrying Indian currency in denominations greater than 100 rupees notes is illegal/restricted in Nepal. Consequences for violating this requirement generally include seizure of all cash, gold, or jewelry carried, as well as fines and imprisonment. travelers coming to Nepal from India who hope to change Indian currency into Nepali Rupees are advised to bring 100 Indian Rupee notes or lower denominations only. Please note that Nepali Rupees cannot be exchanged outside of Nepal. See the section below on Customs regarding prohibitions on the importation of gold and silver.

Customs: Do not carry any amount of pure gold, more than 50 grams of gold jewelry, or more than 100 grams of silver into Nepal. You will be detained, the valuables will be seized, and you will need to pay a fine equivalent to the full value of the items seized in order to be released.

Nepal customs regulations  are complex. Customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning importation (even temporarily) and exportation of certain items. Do not carry other valuable metals, articles of archaeological or religious significance, wildlife or related items, drugs, or weapons and ammunition. Do extensive research before importing household pets (including cats and dogs), communications equipment, and other items that might be perceived as sensitive. Drones are strictly regulated throughout Nepal and require special permission from the Home Ministry and other government authorities.

Items purported to be for donation to schools, hospitals, and other social organizations have sometimes been confiscated or cleared only after payment of a significant fine for failure to obtain prior approval from the  Ministry of Finance . Those wishing to donate items to a charity or any organization in Nepal must obtain prior approval for waiver of the custom fees from the Ministry of Finance by sending a formal request letter (not via email) to the following address: 

 Spokesperson: Mr. Ananda Kafle  Ministry of Finance  Singha Durbar  Kathmandu, Nepal  Tel: +977-1-  4200537  Email:  [email protected] The request should include detailed information about the items to be imported, as well as the organizations receiving the donations. The Secretary will review the request and refer it to the Ministerial level for final decision and approval. Note that all requests are processed on a case-by-case basis. It is highly recommended that intended recipient(s) coordinate with the Ministry to get requests processed. Please see additional information about  Customs  and Import Restrictions.

Dual Nationality:  Nepal does not recognize dual nationality. Accordingly, when a Nepali citizen naturalizes as a U.S. citizen, he/she loses his/her Nepali citizenship. Some travelers who have tried to maintain both U.S. and Nepali passports have faced difficulties entering or exiting Nepal. U.S. citizens of Nepali descent may be eligible for a special visa called a “Non-Resident Nepali” or “NRN” Identity Card. The NRN Identity Card allows a holder to open a local bank account, invest, and own certain types of property, subject to certain restrictions. For more information, contact the  Nepali Ministry of Foreign Affairs  or the  Embassy of Nepal  in the United States.

Natural Disasters:  Nepal lies on an active fault zone and is considered at high-risk for major earthquakes, as demonstrated by the April and May 2015 earthquakes that caused extensive damage in the Kathmandu Valley and other districts. Lack of adequate emergency response vehicles, equipment, and medical facilities, combined with building codes that are not strictly enforced, may multiply the extent of possible catastrophic damage from a major earthquake, especially in the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal is also prone to flooding and landslides. The Government of Nepal’s ability to respond in the event of a natural disaster may be limited. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the  U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) .

In Case of Emergency or Natural Disaster:

  • Monitor us on  Twitter  and  Facebook  for updates.
  • Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP )   to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

Faith-Based Travelers:  As of August 2018, religious conversion and proselytization are illegal in Nepal.

See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Rights:  Same-sex sexual activity is not criminalized, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Nepal actively and openly advocate for their rights. Nepal, however, remains a conservative and traditional society. Discrimination exists, and reports of non-violent harassment of LGBTI persons have been received. Accordingly, LGBTI travelers may wish to be discreet and avoid public displays of affection. See   our  LGBTI Travel Information   page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for additional details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation difficult throughout Nepal. Nepali law prohibits discrimination against persons who have physical and mental disabilities, including discrimination in employment, education, access to health care, and in the provision of other state services. The law mandates access to buildings, transportation, employment, education, and other state services, but these provisions generally are not enforced. Nepal’s poor infrastructure makes it impracticable in many cases for a mobility-impaired traveler to move around the country, including within the Kathmandu Valley. The government is largely ineffective in implementing or enforcing laws regarding persons with disabilities. Except for a few clinics and hospitals, Nepal mostly lacks accessible and appropriate accommodation for individuals with disabilities.

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Intestinal tract diseases, including cholera, are present. Food hygiene and sanitary food handling practices are uncommon in Nepal, and precautions should be taken to prevent water and food-borne illnesses. Prudent travelers should avoid raw, green, leafy vegetables during the monsoon season. Malaria is present in the Terai region.

For emergency services in Nepal, dial 100.

Ambulance services are widely available in major cities, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards and is dependent on the quality of hospital from which the ambulance is dispatched.

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COVID-19 Vaccines:  The COVID-19 vaccine is available for U.S. citizens to receive in Nepal on an as-available basis through local medical facilities. Those interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine should contact local medical facilities directly. Medical providers in Nepal have been trained in English and most reception staff will be able to communicate in English. Visit the FDA's website to  learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States. 

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy:  Assisted Reproductive Technology services are widely available in Nepal and are generally safe .  Surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in Nepal, subject to complex local regulation. If you decide to pursue parenthood in Nepal via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with a gestational mother, be prepared for long and unexpected delays in documenting your child’s citizenship. Be aware that individuals who attempt to circumvent local law risk criminal prosecution.

Stray Animals:  Stray animals are common on the streets of Kathmandu and at popular tourist sites. Visitors should be aware that stray animals may be infected with rabies. The CDC’s Preventing Dog Bites webpage recommends that if you are bitten by an animal, get to a safe place, immediately wash wounds with soap and water, and seek medical attention.

The U.S. Embassy does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance:  Obtain emergency medical evacuation insurance before visiting Nepal. Serious medical issues and injuries suffered while hiking in remote areas may require evacuation by helicopter to Kathmandu. Those trekking in remote areas of Nepal should factor the high cost of a potential helicopter rescue into their financial considerations. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation, as medical evacuations can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Payment will be expected in cash before the medevac can take place, if there is no insurance coverage. Neither the U.S. Embassy nor the U.S. government pays private medical bills overseas.

Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

BEWARE OF MEDEVAC SCAMS : Medevac scams are common in Nepal, particularly for those traveling in the popular trekking regions of Solukhumbu (Everest region) and Annapurna (Pokhara region). Unscrupulous trekking companies and medical providers may pressure trekkers experiencing mild altitude sickness effects to take medevac helicopter flights back to Kathmandu and be transported by ambulance to a hospital, then charged inflated costs to bill insurance companies, with the excess fees split between involved parties. Trekkers themselves are often knowingly involved in these scams. Such activities are illegal in Nepal, but rarely prosecuted and often difficult to discern in advance. Trekkers should use only TAAN-registered trekking agencies and seek information on costs for medical treatment in advance. Travelers should, however, be aware of the life-threatening risks involved with altitude sickness and err on the side of caution when receiving treatment.

Prescription Medication:  If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Embassy of Nepal to ensure that the medication is legal in Nepal. Local authorities irregularly enforce restrictions on certain drugs regularly prescribed by doctors in the United States or other foreign countries. To avoid problems, always carry prescription medication in the original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations:  Stay up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information :

  • World Health Organization
  • WHO’s Nepal Profile
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • CDC’s Health Information for Travelers to Nepal

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Road Conditions and Safety:  In Nepal, vehicles are driven on the left-hand side of the road. In general, roads in Nepal are in poor condition and lack basic safety features, resulting in significant numbers of accidents and fatalities. Traffic is poorly regulated and traffic jams are common on major streets. The volume of vehicles on the roads is increasing faster than improvements in infrastructure. Many drivers are neither properly licensed nor trained, vehicles are poorly maintained, and public vehicles are often overloaded.

Nepali law requires that any driver – including U.S. citizens – have a valid Nepali license in order to legally operate a motor vehicle in Nepal. If you drive without a valid local license, you will expose yourself to greater legal liability. The Nepal Department of Transportation will issue a Nepali license based on a valid U.S. state-issued or international license, if you also present a “U.S. License Affidavit.” You can obtain this form from the Embassy by making an online appointment and paying the US$50 fee. Please bring your valid U.S. license to your appointment. After the affidavit is notarized, present it with your license at any Department of Transportation office that processes licenses, currently Ekantakuna (Lalitpur), Chabahil (Kathmandu), Jagati (Bhaktapur), and Thulo Bharyang (Swayambhu). You will be required to take an eye examination, but you will be exempted from the written exam and driving test based on your valid U.S. license.

Nighttime Travel:  Avoid nighttime road travel outside the Kathmandu Valley and minimize nighttime travel within Kathmandu because of insufficient street lighting and hazardous road conditions. Embassy personnel are prohibited from traveling at night outside urban areas in Nepal.

Motorcycle Travel:  Deaths from motorcycle accidents have risen dramatically in recent years, including urban areas within Kathmandu. Avoid riding motorcycles in Nepal, particularly on highways; and always wear a helmet.

Buses:  Long-distance buses often drive recklessly, and bus accidents involving multiple fatalities are not uncommon. It is dangerous to travel on the roofs of buses as live electrical and other communications wires hang low in many places. Traffic police also impose fines and detain individuals for riding on the roofs of buses.

Taxis:  Taxis are a safer and more convenient alternative to buses. Almost all taxi drivers in Nepal insist on negotiating the price of the trip in advance, even if the taxi has a meter installed. In addition, there have been instances of taxi drivers tampering with the meters in an attempt to charge higher than normal fares. If you believe that you are being overcharged, you can file a complaint with the traffic police on the street or at the nearest local police station.

Pedestrian Travel:  Sidewalks are nonexistent in many areas, and drivers generally do not yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Pedestrians account for a considerable portion of traffic fatalities in Nepal.  

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety and Oversight:  As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Nepal, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Nepal’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

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How to cross the India-Nepal border?

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How to cross the India Nepal Border

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There are many entry points to get in Nepal. Here, we will see more specifically about the overland border crossing at Banbasa (Kanchanpur) from Uttarakhand in India in the far west of the Nepal and from Sonauli and Raxaul, two border posts usually crossed after a journey to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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How to get to Nepal from India?

Nepal has many entry points but only the 7 below can be crossed by tourists (excluding Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu):  

Entry points :

Visa on arrival (VOA) is available in the following border posts

– Banbasa/Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur)

– Kakarbitta/Panitanki (Raniganj)

– Sonauli/Belahiya (Siddharthanagar)

– Raxaul/Birgunj (Raxaul)

– Rupaidiha/Jaisapur (Nepalganj)

– Gauriphanta/Dhangadhi (Trinagar)

– Kodari: Tibet (only by authorized travel agency and/or special permission)

How to get to Nepal from Banbasa

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Banbasa is the closest town to the Kanchanpur border, near Mahendranagar, in the far west of Nepal . This entry point is generally preferred by travellers arriving from northern India, especially from Rishikesh, Haridwar and New Delhi. It’s a good option for those who wish to travel the country all the way by steps in Bardia, Lumbini, Tansen, Lumbini and Pokhara before ending in Kathmandu for example.  

1. From New Delhi 2. From Rishikesh 3. From Haridwar  

1. How to get to Nepal from New Delhi

Going to Nepal from New Delhi is the easiest option for travelers visiting northwestern regions such as Rajasthan for example or the northern part of India. The easiest option to reach the destination is by train, bus or flight:  

Travelling by train

From Delhi and Shahdara (DLI and DSA): The train PURANGIRI JANST (12036) departs daily at 06:25AM. It is the only direct one and the journey takes 9h12. Available classes: Second (2S) and AC Chair Car (CC). Remember to book your trip at least 3 days in advance to get a place. Below, you will be on a waiting list (without a seat).

🔎 How to travel by train in India    

Another option: Bareilly If 9 hours seems too much, you can opt for a second option . This is the one I’d chosen since I wanted to take my time to travel. Many trains to Bareilly depart almost every hour from all stations in New Delhi. The journey is fast, about 4 hours. From here, you can spend one night and then take another train to Banbasa or leave the capital city and follow directly the second trip if you arrive before the afternoon. You will save 2 hours of travel in this way. I know that 9 hours of train ride in full carriages without berths can be annoying. This alternative can therefore be a solution. Prefer the Bareilly station (BE). There are many hotels all around the station.   Bareilly ▶ Banbasa From Bareilly Junction (BE): The train PURANGIRI JANST (12036) departs daily at 12:45AM. It is the only direct one and the journey takes 2h52m. Available classes: Second (2S) and AC Chair Car (CC).

    Travelling by bus

From Mori Gate Chowk (Old Delhi): The bus RS Yadav SmartBus Pvt Ltd departs daily at 10:40 AM. The journey takes about 8h45m. You travel during the night in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. It arrives around 7:25 AM. in Banbasa. You can go directly to the station below to book or do it on the internet.

📍 Location of the bus station    

Travelling by plane

Reaching Nepal by air is another easy way to travel but you will necessarily land in Kathmandu (non-stop).  

   

2. How to get to Nepal from Rishikesh

You have to go to Haridwar to find transportation. The city is located about 20km from Rishikesh.  

3. How to get to Nepal from Haridwar

Banbasa is poorly served from this area. You can take a bus from Haridwar to Lalkuan or Rudrapur. From here you can continue by taxi or local transport (83 km distance).  

From Haridwar Junction (HW): The train DDN JANSHTB EXP (12091) departs every day except Tuesday and Thursday at 5:32 PM. The journey takes 4h14m. This destination is also served by Dehradun.  

Train journeys from Haridwar will take you through Bareilly with a stopover in this city. Several one-way trip reach this city every day. From here you have to take a second train. Refer to the section on Bareilly .

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4. Banbasa: Crossing the border

The border of Banbasa is very simple and quick to cross. In fact, without the small military checkpoint at the gates of the Nepal , nothing gives the impression of switching the country. Whether you arrive by train or bus, both will stop close to many rickshaws. They can drive you all the way to the Nepali border for something like 300 rupees (less if you choose to stop at the bridge that passes over the border river). I advise you to pay for the entire ride. Your driver will drop you off at Indian immigration and then at the Nepalese border post. From here, other motorcycle drivers take over. They take you to Nepalese immigration, they wait, and then take you to the town of Mahendranagar for 200 Indian rupees or 300 Nepalese rupees. From Mahendranagar , you can go anywhere in Nepal from the large bus station. Alternatively, you can spend a night in one of the many hotels in the city. I stayed in Gangotri Plaza for the equivalent of $8 per night.

Getting to Nepal from Raxaul

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The majority of travellers cross the Raxaul border from Varanasi or Ayodhya. Only 2 trains depart from Varanasi directly to Raxaul. Otherwise, you have to go to Gorakhpur . The same goes for all other departure cities nearby, including Ayodhya.  

From Varanasi Junction (BSB): The train SADHBHAWNA EXP (14008) departs every Wednesday and Friday at 9:10 AM. The journey takes 12h40m. They are the only ones who make this journey.  

Getting to Nepal from Gorakhpur

The easiest and fastest option is to take the train to land right at the border of Raxaul. Here are the 2 and only trains that go there.

🔎 Travelling by train in India : a guide  

From Gorakhpur Junction (GKP): The train SATYAGRAH EXP (15274) departs daily at 10:30 AM. The journey takes 07h05. This option is the longest but the train is very rarely full unlike the second when the cars are filled with passengers.  

From Gorakhpur Junction (GKP): The train SVDK KYQ EXP (15656) departs every Thursday at 4:35 AM. The journey takes 03h53m.

Getting to Nepal from Sonauli

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Sonauli is an interesting border crossing because of a major tourist activity nearby: Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), about 25 kilometers away.  

To reach the border crossing by train, you must stop at the Nautanwa terminus, 8 kilometers from Sonauli. From this city you can continue with other local transport.  

From Gorakhpur Junction (GKP): The train DURG NTV EXP (18201) departs every Thursday and Saturday at 7:55 PM. The journey takes 02h10.  

From Gorakhpur Junction (GKP): The train DURG NTV EXP (18205) departs every Friday at 8:10 PM. The journey takes 01:55. The border remains open all night so no worries (for visitors without a personal vehicle).  

By bus or taxi

Many buses leave almost every hour to Sonauli. You must go to the bus station (location below). A bus ride costs around INR 150 and a shared taxi ride costs around INR 300 per person. From Sonauli you can easily go to Lumbini, Pokhora or Kathmandu with other buses.

📍 View on map  

According the size of Sonauli and the traffic there, I highly advice you to get there early morning, at least 7am (in that case, I recommend you to stay the previous night in around Sonauli, many hotels are availables). This place get really quickly crowded and busy after some time, being one of the largest Indian-Nepal borders. I did it, and the way was almost empty. I crossed the border in about 30 minutes only, using a cycling rickshaw.  

First go to the Indian immigration at this location then reach the border to the army checkpoint here . Continue to the Nepali immigration here , get your visa, then enjoy your trip!

Warning : Travelers have reported that some people are selling fake bus tickets on the Indian side for the rest of the route. Be careful or prefer to book it once Nepalese immigration has passed.

Also note : You can only pay the visa with very clean dollars USD. Euros are not accepted.

Land border: visa on arrival

Nepal Visa on Arrival

The tourist visa on arrival is available at the Nepalese borders:  

1. Visa prices

Payment method

Payment for the visa is only accepted in these currencies: euros, dollars or pounds sterling. Credit cards are not accepted.  

Can I pay in Indian rupees   ?

No, you cannot pay in rupees but the border posts of Banbasa, Raxaul and Sonauli have exchange offices where you can get any of the 3 required currencies.  

COVID and formalities

Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the return date of your trip. Till now, proof of vaccination or a PCR test of less than 72 hours is still required to enter Nepal.

How to get to India from Nepal

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Visa on arrival not available

Formalities and visa

Going to India from Nepal is usually possible by one of the 6 designated ports of entry in this list . But be aware ! Since the COVID crisis, most of the terrestrial borders have been closed and only 2 remains. I tried anyway to cross elsewhere in the West Nepal (at Dhangadhi)and they sent me to one of the open border. I had to do a 13 hours journey by bus to reach there! Fortunetaly, my visa was expired and after a short talk they did not give me any penalty. My experience there dates from April 24, 2023.  

So till now, here are the only terrestrial borders you can cross from Nepal to India:

– And obviously, you still can leave from the Kathmandu airport.

Please note : The e-visa doesn’t allow you to cross land borders. Only travellers with a multiple-entry visa may cross them, if they have already validated it when arriving on Indian territory through one of the borders provided for this purpose:  

I explain. On the application of the Online visa for India, a list of 19 entry points are proposed (“Port of Arrival”) from which one can choose between 29 airports and 5 seaports. No land borders are allowed. For a first trip to India , it is mandatory to arrive by one of them to validate your visa. Once obtained, the traveller can leave the territory anywhere and then re-enter by any other land, air or sea port.

You can get the Indian visa easily at the ambassy in Kathmandu or following this guide to get it online :

➡️ How to get a tourist visa for India

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A huge number of Yaks that provide the major means of transporting goods carry heavy loads on their backs on the mountain range in Nepal © Ekashustrova

A huge number of Yaks that provide the major means of transporting goods carry heavy loads on their backs on the mountain range in Nepal © Ekashustrova 18

Taj Mahal made in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal by her beloved Shah Jahan glows under the sunrise with trees all around at Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India © Alexandra Lande

Taj Mahal made in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal by her beloved Shah Jahan glows under the sunrise with trees all around at Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India © Alexandra Lande

A crowded affair at Durbar Square where people are exploring the streets while the Newari architecture of lions make the view even more picturesque at Lalitpur City, one of the three royal cities in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal © Alexsandar Todorovic

A crowded affair at Durbar Square where people are exploring the streets while the Newari architecture of lions make the view even more picturesque at Lalitpur City, one of the three royal cities in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal © Alexsandar Todorovic

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  • The contrasts between India’s bustling cities and the serene tranquility of small villages in Nepal , the rural Indian plains and the soaring mountains of the Himalayas make a journey from Delhi to Kathmandu amongst the most fascinating trips in all of Asia.
  • VacationIndia.com offers an exciting, well-planned trip specially designed to reveal the striking beauty of North India and neighboring Nepal.
  • In India we will visit the fascinating sites of Delhi , stop over in Jaipur to marvel at the monuments of this so-called Pink City , view the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra , and visit ancient Varanasi . On the itinerary are exquisite palaces, sacred mosques and temples, and mighty Mughal forts. You will watch Bengal tigers in their natural habitat in the Ranthambhore Park , and walk around the remains of the former grandeur of British rule in India.
  • According to legend, lord Shiva, the great Hindu god founded Varanasi five thousand years ago, since then it is no wonder that this city of palaces, temples and ghats lining the shores of the holy Ganges River reigned as a religious and cultural center. Varanasi also became renowned for its perfume, fine silk and muslin, sculptures and works of ivory.
  • Our itinerary leads us along the Buddha’s footsteps, and we will stop at Lumbini and Sarnath , both sacred Buddhist sites.
  • After the interesting sights and smells of India, we head for Nepal to drown ourselves in its extraordinary natural beauty. The stark contrast between the two countries is a surprising delight. Here you will watch Mount Everest in all its dazzling splendor from the air during a flight over the majestic Himalayan Mountains . You will wander along medieval streets in Kathmandu and venture into nature to see tigers, bears and rhino from the back of an elephant in Chitwan National Park . In high altitude Buddhist temples, we will enjoy the utter peace and quiet of monks at their prayers.
  • Every day is an adventure filled with unexpected sights, rewarding experiences and intoxicating scents, a true cultural feast to nourish body and soul.
  • A boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi
  • Sunrise visit to the stunning Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Magnificent mountain scenes at Pokhara
  • Discover the historic jewels of holy temples and medieval cities

--> Day 1 - Arrive in the Capital, New Delhi

At your arrival you will be met by your personal tour guide who will accompany you to the hotel and present you with all the necessary documentation regarding your trip, including the itinerary, train and flight tickets, hotel vouchers, etc. Overnight in Delhi .

--> Day 2 - Visit Old and New Delhi

Breakfast is enjoyed in the hotel, after which we set out to explore the capital. Our first port of call is the tranquil Raj Ghat , an elegant historic monument and shrine to Mahatma Gandhi, the world famous Indian statesman and pacifist. It was also the site of his cremation in 1948. We proceed to Jama Masjid , the largest mosque in the country. The sheer scale of the complex is astounding. On board a cycle rickshaw , maneuvering through the teeming, busy streets of Chandni Chowk , Delhi’s famous old bazaar , we transfer to the Red Fort with its massive red sandstone walls. It is a World Heritage Site and stands proud as a symbol of the nation’s capital.

After Lunch we will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Qutub Minar, the first Muslim monument on Indian soil and finally Humayun’s Tomb at sunset . This is the beautiful tomb of a great Mughal laid to rest in.

--> Day 3 - Drive to Jaipur, Stop and Explore Samode Village and Palace

We have breakfast in the hotel and then take the road to Jaipur , the famous Pink City with its buildings of rose colored sandstone. Along the way we stop at the enchanting Samode Village to amble along its streets and marvel at the Samode Palace, the scene of numeral films. The palace buildings have been converted into heritage hotels and this is where we will have lunch before we drive the short remaining distance to Jaipur.

Tip: A sunset visit to the Nahargarh Fort Complex, or Tiger Fort, is not to be missed. The drive to the fort in the Aravalli Hills overlooking Jaipur, is pleasant and the fort itself, with its extended walls is a place of grandeur. From the ramparts Jaipur down below resembles a fairy city. There is much to see, including beautiful frescoes in the king’s consorts’ quarters, intricate carvings on pillars and doors, and a sculpture garden. Rest your feet in the café on the summit while you enjoy some refreshments.

We spend the night in Jaipur, in one of its splendid heritage hotel.

--> Day 4 - Sightseeing in Jaipur, Visits to the Amber Fort and City Palace

The entire day is spent exploring beautiful Jaipur, Rajasthan State’s capital and largest city. Founded in 1727, it was planned with wide avenues in straight lines and sandstone buildings. These were later painted in hues of pink to give the city its charming rosy color. Jaipur is famous for its fabulous handicrafts like woven rugs and carpets, blue pottery, marble sculptures, hand-printed fabrics, leather items, gems and jewelry, etc. In the heart of the city is the impressive City Palace , previously the Maharaja residence, but now an outstanding museum exhibiting paintings, rare manuscripts, weapons and royal garments. Not far from the palace we visit one of India’s most curious and mesmerizing sites. In a large peaceful garden, a number of colossal brass and marble astronomical instruments are set, all part of Jai Singh’s ambitious observatory project. Hawa Mahal , also known as Palace of Winds, another landmark in the city has a splendid intricately carved façade in pink and red sandstone from where royal ladies once looked down on the crowds below. We also pay a visit to Amber Fort, picturesquely situated on a mountain ridge, overlooking Lake Maota . Entry to the fort is through the grand Ganesh Gate after a pleasant walk uphill. The opulent palace has four levels, each with its own large courtyard. The interior is breathtakingly beautiful with mosaics, sculptures, panels inlaid with alabaster, a Hall of Mirrors and much more.

The evening is free to enjoy as you wish. We spend another night in Jaipur.

--> Day 5 - Ranthambore National Park, Afternoon Tiger Safari

During our four-hour drive, we pass various rural villages until we reach our hotel just outside Ranthambore National Park . Our first game drive is scheduled for the afternoon and we will keep our eyes peeled for the elusive Bengal tiger. Their numbers have dwindled drastically due to poaching, but after Project Tiger , a tiger preservation program was initiated in 1973, we have a bigger chance of spotting one of these amazing creatures. However, there are many other species to see, including spotted deer, Indian elephant and leopard, crocodile and birds like kingfishers, purple herons, parakeets, waders, cormorants and lots more.

Important note: The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Park is closed to the public due to heavy rain starting July until the end of September.

According to the latest census conducted in 2019, India’s tiger population has increased by nearly 33 percent in the last four years from 2226 to 2967 – good news indeed and a triumph for species conservation.

--> Day 6 - Early Morning Wildlife Safari, Depart for Agra, Stop at Fatehpur Sikri (6-7 hours’ drive)

We have another go at spotting tigers during our morning safari and then we take to the road. We are heading for Agra, but pause our journey at the ghost town of Fatehpur Sikri . It took Emperor Akbar 15 years, from 1570 to 1585 to construct this citadel which is an accumulation of his philosophy of the highest standards in architecture, religion and art. In 1571, when a local Muslim holy man’s prediction of a long awaited son and heir came true, he made Fatehpur his capital. In due course his son Emperor Jahangir succeeded him to the throne. All the buildings are of red sandstone and decorated with painstaking care; the mosque where 10,000 worshippers can assemble, the palaces, audience halls, and residences. Unfortunately, Akbar enjoyed his beautiful citadel for a mere fourteen years before problems in the outlying territories of Punjab forced him to abandon it. And in that well preserved condition we can admire it today. It is located on a rocky ridge with wonderful views of modern Sikri village below. The special atmosphere, the outstanding architecture, and the unbelievable preservation of the original structures give us a good taste of the lives of its former royals.

After a remarkable and day full of discoveries we drive to Agra where we overnight.

--> Day 7 - Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, then Fort Agra

The marble wonder of the Taj Mahal never fails to astound, and seeing it in the rays of the rising sun is even more amazing. So, our morning starts early. This immense white mausoleum was Shah Jahan, the Moghul emperor’s tribute to the love of his life namely Mumtaz Mahal, his cherished wife. Its serene beauty leaves no-one untouched, and subsequent visits during the course of the day reveals its many faces as the sun changes the color of the exterior. The interior space is a masterpiece in detail and beauty.

In stark contrast is the nearby Red Fort , dating back to the 16th century. Imposing red sandstone walls hide the gorgeous white Pearl Mosque made entirely of marble, and numerous other marble structures. Akbar, his son Jahangir and grandson Shah Jahan who succeeded him all in time built magnificent palaces, courtyards, fountains and Audience halls. Unfortunately for the latter, the Red Fort became his jail; he spent the last years of his life imprisoned here by his son, Aurangzeb.

The afternoon is free to enjoy at your leisure.

Late afternoon is the perfect time to visit Itimad-ud-Daulah , lies beautifully on the bank of river Yamuna . It was the first Mughal building done entirely in marble and is the seventeenth century burial place of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, a notable of Mughal court, erected by his daughter Mughal Empress Noorjahan. It is sometimes referred to as Baby Taj because of its intricate detailed architecture and fine carvings. Sturdy octagonal minarets sit on each of the four corners of the roof pavilion, and detailed inlay work covers every inch of the structure. Inside exquisite latticework covers the walls of the tomb. The roof is gilded and painted, and the yellow marble tombs resembles wood. The whole area is wonderfully quiet and peaceful.

An interesting excursion is to go on a walk conducted by one of the local guides through the Kachhpura Village . The village sits on the other side of the River Yamuna and the Taj Mahal. The tours form part of a development program for the local community, and a guide will introduce you to the sites of the village, tell you what life in such a rural village is like and even help you to meet some of the locals. The tour ends up at the Mehtab Bagh , the perfect spot to admire the great Taj Mahal on the opposite bank of the river at sunset. Kachhpura is also in close proximity to other ancient sites like Humayun Mosque and Gyarah Sidi .

We spend a second night in Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

--> Day 8 - Travel by Rail to Jhansi, Road Trip to Khajuraho, via Bundelkhand in Orchha

Early morning finds us at the station, in time for our 2-hour train journey to Jhansi , center of the former Bundela civilization. From Jhansi we travel for about twenty minutes by road, through peaceful rural landscapes to beautiful Orchha . Hugging the River Betwa , this 16th century town has not seen much change over time. It may be small in size, but there is no lack of beautiful palaces and temples built by its ruling Bundela family. First an introductory walk takes us to meet some friendly locals in their untouched surroundings. Then we will look around the temples and cenotaphs littering the river banks and attend the prayer ceremony , or puja at the Ram Raja Temple Shrine located in the center of Orchha.

We enjoy lunch in a nearby restaurant.

In the afternoon we are off to the Orchha Palace , a huge palace fort built for the Mughal king Jahangir by his friend Bir Sing Deo. Interesting are the grandiose domes, or iwans, built large enough to allow war elephants to easily pass underneath.

We have another three-hour trip to reach Khajuraho where we will overnight. Today this is a quiet, remote region but during the 900’s, it was the very center of the prosperous Chandela civilization. Hidden by dense jungle for ages, the Khajuraho Monument Group was only revealed to the outside world when locals guided a British surveyor to the site in 1838. Today the temple group is considered one of the finest examples of sculptured art in India, and is a World Heritage Site. There are intricately carved sculptures covering many aspects of human life, some of it of an erotic nature.

We return to our hotel for dinner.

--> Day 9 - View the Chandela Erotic Sculptures, Fly to Varanasi for Evening Ceremony on the Ganges

The Chandela civilization is famous for their wonderful architecture and stone art, manifested in the temples built during their reign between 900 and 1100 AD. Among the sculptures are exquisite erotic carvings in stone. These represent the importance of the Hindu prana energy and love. Today the group consists of around twenty temples, both Jain and Hindu, although it is generally believed that they counted up to 85 originally. It is well worth a trip to view these ancient 3-dimensional stone artworks.

The flight to Varanasi takes 40 minutes. We arrive during the course of the afternoon and immediately book into our hotel. This is where the very heart and soul of Hinduism reside. No wonder Varanasi is considered one of India’s holiest cities; it even spreads along on the holy Mother Ganga . Here the Hindu religion reigns and one sees 1000’s of visiting pilgrims, religious elders, wandering Sadhus or holy men, as well scores of casual visitors. The city is a visitor’s paradise; wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys, explore some of the 100’s of temples, and watch Hindu rituals that fill every hour of the day.

At the close of the day we make our way to the ghats on the Ganges. The temples on the river bank, as well as the shores of the holy river is filled with people who come to bathe and pray. We watch the Aarti , the sacred ceremony of lights performed every day at sunset on the riverbank, just like it has been done since ancient times. Here time seems to stand still as we watch religious history repeating itself from a cruise boat on the Ganges. There are photo opportunities aplenty, the breath-taking beauty of the temples, the crowded colorful ghats. Just be aware the it is not permitted to photograph a burning ghat.

After the magical puja experience, we head back to the hotel where we will overnight.

--> Day 10 - Enjoy an Early morning Ganges Cruise • Benares City Tour • Excursion to Sarnath

At dawn we make our way to the Ganges waterfront. Century old religious dwellings called matts, and palaces line the river banks. According to Hindu belief, the Ganges washes away the sins of all who bathes in her, so throughout the day you will observe people dipping into the water. Bright colored saris color the banks of the river as they dry out in the sun. Priests pray to Mother Ganges, meditate and perform their morning yoga rituals on the banks. The yellow flames of many funeral pyres sparkle in the calm dark water of the river. After the peaceful, serene Ganges experience, we head back to the hotel where breakfast is served.

The afternoon sees us returning to Varanasi, also widely known as Benares for more sightseeing adventures. As one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, it has been a center of cultural exchange and learning for centuries. We pay a visit to Benares Hindu University , an ancient establishment where students study medicine, engineering, liberal arts, philosophy and languages. We proceed to the Bharat Mata , a temple dedicated to Mother India where people pay tribute to India’s struggle for independence from British rule, personified in a large marble map of India. The last night of the Indian leg of our tour is spent in Kashi , a holy city.

During the day there will be time for a massage on the Ganges shore or to visit some of the silk and brocade emporiums.

We will also pay a visit to the Sarnath Temple Complex, a sacred site for Buddhists. Pilgrims from all over the world flock here to visit the Dhamekh Stupa , location of Buddha’s first sermon, according to belief.

Overnight stay in Varanasi!

--> Day 11 - Drive to Nepal, Visit to Lumbini, a UNESCO Site

As we will spend some time on the road today, we depart early. Our journey takes us past small towns and many interesting villages on the northern Indian plains. Arriving at the border, we walk the 500m/1640ft into Nepal, going through immigration and customs. Now our journey is only one hour through the narrow Terai lowland to Lumbini, Buddha’s place of birth . This is also where we will spend our first night in Nepal.

--> Day 12 - Rickshaw Ride and Sightseeing in Lumbini, Drive to the Chitwan National Park

There is the option to take an early morning rickshaw ride in the Lumbini Park . This is where the Buddha’s mother had her home and where he was born. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists who flock here from far and wide.

We take to the road for a four-hour drive, heading east all along the mountains. Our destination is Chitwan where we will spend the next two nights.

There is nothing that compares to immersing yourself in nature. Chitwan National Park , the first in Nepal, offers the visitor life-changing encounters with nature in all its diversity and beauty. The park is home to more than 700 species of wildlife like wild boar, Bengal tigers, rhino, leopards, Bengal foxes and sloth bears.

On arrival in Chitwan, transfer to your Jungle Lodge.

After lunch, head out for Tharu on an ox cart . The fascination thing about Tharu women is that they are skilled in turning the exterior of buildings into masterpieces of artwork. As the visitor enters the village and marvel at their creativity, he/she is greeted by the locals, and furnished with interesting snippets of information regarding the lives and homes of the people. Then it is time to retire to the lodge.

As Nepal became a popular travel destination, the need arose to protect the jungle and keep visitors’ ventures authentic and sustainable. Hence the Royal Chitwan National Park was established. During a pleasant, early evening venture out with a naturalist (ecologist), the visitor will be informed about what he/she can expect to experience the next day, including some background, history and details about the environment (fauna and flora of the park). The day comes to an end with a delightful dinner while reflecting on a perfect day.

Overnight in Chitwan.

--> Day 13 - Seek out for Wild Rhino in Chitwan National Park

The safari starts at the crack of dawn when the early morning chorus of sounds begins to spread over the park. Your guide will point out camouflaged wild life you might miss. After breakfast back at the hotel, you set out for the river to watch a herd of elephants taking their mud baths . Lunch is next on the menu and then we will set out on a walk, followed by a canoe ride through the jungle. Our accompanying ecologist will point out the indigenous fauna and flora of the Chitwan buffer zone, while we continue our search for endangered birds like the black stork and Bengal florican. The return journey is made on foot all along the banks of the river.

Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight in Chitwan.

--> Day 14 - Journey to Pokhara. View the Annapurna Mountains on Route / Take a Walk to the Peace Pagoda Appreciating the Spectacular Views of the Himalaya

Today we only cover a distance of 140km/87miles, but it will take us four to five hours to complete. Starting off in the farmlands and forests of the Terai Plains , we soon move into steep terraced terrain. We drive along the Narayani River gorge until the mighty Annapurna Mountains come into view. Pokhara at just 1000m/3281ft above sea level, and the climate is pleasantly warm, with semi-tropical vegetation. Surprisingly this town is actually closer to the major peaks of the Himalayas than Kathmandu. On a cloudless morning, one can see the so-called Fishtail Peak, Machhapuchhre , commanding the sky-scape. Our hotel is simple but comfortable and is situated near Lake Phewa . There is a variety of restaurants to choose from nearby.

We enjoy a delicious Nepalese lunch before departing for the impressive Shanti Stupa , one of two peace pagodas in Nepal. This Buddhist temple was conceived by Nichidatsu Fujii and constructed by the Japanese with the help of locals in 1980. There are various ways to reach the monument. You can take a boat across Lake Phewa and then follow a moderately easy 20 to 25-minute hike through a few villages, or you can drive or cycle to the foot of the pagoda and climb up the ±400 steps to reach the top. Whatever route you decide on, the views of the surrounding landscape and the lake are spectacular. Many shops on the hike offer a refreshing tea-break opportunity to catch your breath.

The air at the top of the stupa is wonderfully cool, and you can feast your eyes on the beauty of the peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. Looking down is equally breath-taking, with the green valley landscape, the peaceful water of Lake Phewa and Pokhara city. The rewards for climbing up all those steps are certainly worth their while. Four golden Buddha statues are found on the second tier of the pagoda and nearby, in the Dhamma Hall is a huge meditation Buddha statue. The entire Pokhara valley can be seen from four different sides of the temple.

The reminder of the day is yours to spend as you choose

--> Day 15 - Mountain Views at Sunrise, Day Free to Explore, Optional Trek to Sarangkot

You may choose to simply relax and enjoy the breath-taking views from a boat on the Phewa lake , or on its shore. For those with more energy there are numerous options. Pokhara has many day walks around the valley or into the mountains. A good option is to drive to what remains of the fort up at Sarangkot . Make an early start to take advantage of the spectacular views of the uninterrupted Annapurna peaks and the city and lake from the fort. This location is considered one of choicest viewpoints of Machhapuchhare, the region’s favorite peak. Then hike down back to Pokhara. Many visitors enjoy renting a bicycle or row boat to explore the shoreline and Lake Phewa at their own relaxed pace.

The reminder of the day is yours to spend as you choose.

A visit to the IMM, or International Mountain Museum is a must for all enthusiastic mountaineers and climbers. This organization strives to aid and assist the Himalayan people, and endeavors to bring this majestic natural wonder to the attention of people all over the world. The museum has exhibits of the local wildlife, an historic display of the local Nepalese people, as well as an exhibition covering the very first and subsequent major Everest expeditions. Also on view are the equipment these brave early mountaineers used; all and all a very informative and interesting museum to visit.

So, make the most of your day, whether you decide to relax next to the pool and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or take a colorful paddle boat on Lake Phewa, you cannot go wrong. Succumb to this exotic land’s spiritual rhythm and re-energize yourself. And of course there is always paragliding to soar with the clouds, for those of you who cannot get enough of this remarkable region.

--> Day 16 - Drive Along the Rivers Marsyangdi and Trisuli to Kathmandu

Today we have a six to seven-hour drive parallel to the Himalayas on a road built by the Chinese. We will only cover 200km/124 miles, but it is mostly uphill and the going is slow. However, you will enjoy every minute of the drive; we follow two rivers, Marsyangdi and Trisuli past many local villages with terraces reaching 1000’s of meters up the hill. When we enter Kathmandu later in the afternoon, we check into the hotel in the heart of the city.

After lunch, start your exploration on foot and walk through the busy streets to Kathmandu Durbar Square . This square was seriously damaged during the earthquake of 2015, but the numerous temples, courtyards and palaces all built in Newari architectural style are worth a visit. The square enjoys UNESCO status and is one amongst 3 royal palace plazas in this valley.

The bazaar is the gathering place of the people of the city and here you get a glimpse of the everyday life of the inhabitants; there are traders in fruit, spices and vegetables, potters spin their wheels and shape all kinds of household bowls, as well as containers for the temple offerings. In the narrow alleys of the bazaar rickshaw wallahs honk their horns to attract the attention of would-be passengers, and devotees visit their favorite small shrines and temples scattered around the area. Your path will definitely cross that of the many sacred cows that wander through all this hustle and bustle.

In evening, we will take a guided walk through Thamel . In Kathmandu , the majority of activities are connected with Thamel, a flourishing hiking district. The coiled pathways lead to historic Unesco-listed sites, busy markets, booming bazaars, and delightful restaurants that serve the widest variety of food you can think about. It is fantastic, stimulating, and worth every ounce of energy. Explore the many streets and meet some of the friendliest people alive. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

--> Day 17 - Optional Mount Everest Mountain Flight / Durbar Squares

Not many people get to climb Mount Everest to admire its splendor first hand, but there is another option to see this magnificent mountain with your own eyes. You can take a flight in a sixteen seater airplane and fly over beautiful snow-covered peaks and valleys with clouds dipped in the golden glow of early morning. The flight lasts for 45 minutes which will give you ample time to admire the sheer immensity of Mount Everest . In fact, it is double the size of the Alps. You will get a panoramic view of the whole area and can take that award winning picture from the plane’s cockpit! The cost is 220 euro and includes airport transfers.

Your trip to Kathmandu will not be the same if you do not visit these three beautiful sites.

Nepal was once separated into three main kingdoms: Basantapur (Kathmandu), Bhaktapur and Patan . Each of these kingdoms consisted of a royal palace surrounded by squares in the Kathmandu Valley.

Today, Nepal is united and each Durbar Square has idols, statues, temples, open courts, and fountains, as well as other attractions. To see the ancient architecture of Nepal, Newari wood creations , and historic traditions, visit the Square. If you love people-watching, it’s the perfect place.

Patan stands out as the favourite, but they are all magnificent with outstanding architecture, good maintenance and an easy-going vibe.

The earthquake took its toll on these UNESCO World Heritage sites more than others in Kathmandu. Yet, their famous beauty has remained intact. Spend the day looking through these squares; you will love it. Also take a little tour of the places around the sites where you will find small pathways, temples, and religious monuments.

Patan , the City of Beauty, has a wealth of cultural history. Though it is said to have “stood still” with time, it is full of life. It is best to explore Patan by foot, walking the cobbled roads, viewing more than 600 temples including the ancient pagoda temples. Patan is still affectionately called by its original name, Lalitpur – the City of Beauty, and you will see why. It is the home of the living goddess Kumari whom you can pay a visit.

Bhaktapur is a traditional, medieval town and a World Heritage Site that is well worth a visit.

If you are looking for souvenirs, you have come to the right place. There are pashminas , the unique Nepalese musical instruments called singing bowls, traditional jewelry, trinkets, handicrafts from Nepal and Tibet, and well-stocked bookstores. These are also restaurants galore, serving a variety of the very best traditional cuisine from all over Asia. And of course you will find a fine pizza and tasty apple pie. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

--> Day 18 - WELCOME KATHMANDU’S SPIRITUAL SIDE IN SWAYAMBHUNATH, PASHUPATINATH & BOUDHANATH STUPA

Nepal is Bhudda’s birthplace and a place where spirituality is important. No wonder some of the most sacred temples are found in the Hindu and Buddhist areas.   PASHUPATINATH , LIFE, AND DEATH Nepal is a vibrant society, always filled with the hustle and bustle of life. That being said, the holy Pashupatinath Hindu temple is a dim reminder that life ends at some point.

Here, Shiva, the Hindu god of change and destruction is honoured. This place is deemed so holy those who are not Hindus are banned from going in. On the holy Bagmati river banks followers are cremated on open air ghats. Their souls are taken to the hereafter and reincarnation, while their bodies go back to the dust of the earth, then into the waters of the holy river. In Nepal, life and death co-exist; Pashupatinath is the evidence of that.

The bright Shivalinga and large golden statue of Shiva’s Bull, Nandi are the main attractions. The colourful artwork is also quite captivating.   BOUDHANATH STUPA AND BUTTER CANDLES Boudhanath stupa is the perfect place to experience Kathmandu’s spiritual side. Every day, thousands of devotees walk around the central dome, turning the wheels of prayer as they journey. Visitors take in all the activities, including the chants and prayers of the Tibetan monks in the monasteries.

Boudhanath is a huge circular Buddhist temple from the 14th century. This double stupa holds two titles: largest in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet.

Experience the most authentic Boudhanath atmosphere when you visit in the late afternoon. It is then the locals carry on with their daily lifestyles and the areas around are not as busy.

The white-washed dome is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags, and you will be impressed by the all-seeing eyes of Bhuddha from the ground. But when you realize the aerial view changes the complex into a Mandala form and a tribute to Buddha’s path to enlightenment, you will be awe-struck.

When butter candles are lit and offered to Lord Buddha, pilgrims of several ethnicities and religions pass by the stupa, chanting and turning the 108 prayer wheels as they go.   SWAYAMBHUNATH’S ATTENTIVE EYES Swayambhunath (or Monkey temple) is a place in Kathmandu you must visit for an unforgettable experience. Taking the 365 steps to reach Swayambhunath Stupa will be breathtaking (pun intended) as Bhuddha watches on.

Your reward is the stunning view of the valley, where you capture the busy Kathmandu lifestyle. It’s certainly worth the throbbing heart after the climb.

The temple represents both Buddhism and Hinduism, which is very interesting to see. The strong scent of incense and butter candles fill the air and there is the hum of the holy om mani padme hum where all of Buddha’s teachings are believed to be found.

The ideal visiting time to the stupa is in the evening when the worshippers pass by turning the prayer wheels and chanting as they walk through the clouds of incense in the air. The view from the hilltop gives you perfect shots of Kathmandu; sunset is a great time to get those pics.

Unfortunately, the 2015 earthquake caused much destruction to the top of the stupa. However, most of its structure is still intact.

Cultural and religious acceptance is evident at these three sacred sites. The tolerance for diversity reveals Nepal not only has beautiful landscape but also a lovely heart.   Take Time to Relax Catching up with the hum drum of Kathmandu will exhaust you, but you can find rest and solace in the Garden of Dreams, a neo-classical historical garden . Found on the outskirts of Thamel, this splendid garden has several verandahs, pavilions, fountains, and an amphitheatre where you can sit back and relax on the pillows provided. And when you get hungry, try the Kaiser restaurant that whips up a delicious burger if you like! Overnight stay in Kathmandu .

--> Day 19 - Onward Flight

Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward flight

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  • 19-day private individual round trip from and to Delhi
  • 18 nights in hotels of your choice, single or double rooms, according to selected category
  • Breakfast daily
  • Air conditioned, reliable, high-quality vehicle with a driver during the entire trip
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours discussed in the tour
  • Local tour guides fluent in English. Language speaking guides are also possible
  • All transfers to and from airports, train stations and hotels by private car
  • Entrance tickets to all National Parks and monuments included in the tour program
  • Morning and afternoon Jeep Safaris in Ranthambhore National Park
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges
  • Attending religious Aarti ritual on the Ganga ghats in Varanasi
  • Guided walking tour in Varanasi
  • Visit to Sarnath, Varanasi
  • Transfer to Taj Mahal, Agra by battery operated golf cart
  • Jeep or elephant ride to the Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Pink City, Jaipur walking tour with guide
  • Kachhpura guide tour in Agra including visit to Baby Taj and Mehtab Bagh
  • Old Delhi food tour and rickshaw ride
  • All the inclusions in Nepal as per the itinerary
  • While on the road, one mineral bottled water per person daily
  • Contact person available 24 hours a day while in India
  • All parking and fuel charges, fees and taxes, including interstate taxes etc.

Services not included

  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Lunch in Samode Palace
  • Travel Insurance
  • India and Nepal Visa
  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, etc.
  • All optional activities like river rafting, paragliding

Reviews Box

India and nepal round trip: review + pictures.

**This review was written in German and has been translated using Google Translator

We have decided at short notice to make a North India-Nepal round trip in October 2022.

On the Internet we came across “VacationIndia.com” and contacted Mr. Vikas, the owner of VacationIndia.com. The reaction time impressed us already here. Within a very short time Mr. Vikas contacted us and made us an offer according to our wishes.

Also during the round trip, Mr. Vikas, whom we were allowed to meet personally in Agra, was always available at very short notice via WhatsApp. In case of small inconsistencies – there were real problems on the round trip – he intervened immediately.

The trip was perfectly tailored to our wishes. Since our English skills are not so good, Mr. Vikas got us German-speaking guides almost throughout the trip, which was certainly not always easy.

Our trip started in mid-November 2022 in D elhi and took us via Jaipur, Ranthambhore, Agra, Ochra, Khajuroho and Varanasi to Napal. The stops there were Lumbini- the birthplace of Buddha- Chitwan National Park, Pokara and finally Kathmandu.

The trip was an unforgettable experience. Special mention should be made of the bike tour we did early in the morning in Jaipur. A real “blast”.

Thank you very much for the great arrangement.

Many greetings from Germany

Brigitte + Peter Müller

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Review Rajasthan Nepal round trip with vacationindia.com October 2022

How did the booking of the trip with VacationIndia.com go? …………………… Professional advice in advance, good suggestions, fast and easy payment processing via wise.com.

How was the quality of transportation and hotels during the trip? …………………… Modern SUV / SUV with plenty of space and comfort. The hotels chosen were very good. In particular, the two excellent hotels in Pokhara (Fish Tail Lodge nicely located on Lake Phewa and accessible by small ferry) and in Nagerkot (NE of Kathmandu with absolutely gorgeous views of the Himalayan mountain range at Hotel Mystic Mountain).

Were the guides and drivers during the trip friendly and responsive to your needs? …………………… Problem-free use of well-qualified local guides in understandable English at all four locations. The driver Kidé (drove over 800 km with him) was calm, level-headed and a safe driver in even tricky situations. Wishes and additional tasks were fulfilled flexibly and with a lot of good will.

How do you evaluate the support by the VacationIndia.com team during the trip? …………………… Regular inquiries of the tour guide gave an additional feeling of security and control of all booked services.

How much do you recommend VacationIndia.com for the trips to VacationIndia.com, Nepal, Bhutan or Sri Lanka? …………………… I highly recommend Vacation India Travel Company for a round trip through Nepal.

Would you like to share a photo from your trip? ……………………Yes, selected a photo from Pokhara (from Hotel Fish Tail Lodge and from Nagerkot (from Hotel Mystic Mountain).

Greetings to Agra, Patrick

A wonderful trip. Thanks to everyone from the agency, guides and drivers who made our trip a unique experience. They were always looking out for us.

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MY TRIP TO INDIA

Between the months of October and November of this year 2017, my partner and I decided to organize a 22-day trip through northern India and Nepal.

We always organize it ourselves but this time we decided to do it through an agency due to lack of time and because it is a more special country and without a doubt we found the best.

Laura Gutiérrez organized a trip for us according to our tastes and demands. She dedicated time, affection and informed us of all the possibilities that the country offered, thus being able to create a personal trip to India for me and my partner. And I think that’s the key to this agency. A trip to an incredible country tailored to your needs. With the guarantee that everything will go well. So that you just let yourself be carried away by the magic of its culture and its people. Excellent work Laura.

Once there in India, you did not get confused Laura, the team a 10. Driver, guides, hotels, services, meals, security … Everything that was planned and contracted was fulfilled, there were no changes, no surprises, no mistakes , problems …. an impeccable service in all areas. So my congratulations to Vikas and his entire team who have managed to make my partner and I carry a little piece of that magnificent country forever in our hearts. And they have shown us with so much affection the day to day of each place.

So thank you again and I 100% recommend hiring this agency “VacationIndia” if someone wants to organize a tailor-made trip to this impressive country. In fact my next route, this time through the south, I will also contract with you.

Again A MILLION THANKS to Vicas, Laura, Vipull, Mahande, Mannú, Hukam, to all the guides….it has been a pleasure to meet you and thank you for making our trip an unforgettable trip…

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The trip of a lifetime!

**This review was written in Spanish and has been translated using using Google Translator

I had been dreaming of visiting India for many years and without a doubt, I found the best people who helped me to achieve it. In the beginning Laura helped me with all the planning and recommendations of the places to visit in 9 days. Incredible woman and human being, super friendly and efficient, thank you Laura! On my arrival at the airport Rahul and Mr Vikas were there to meet me. They were very kind. Mr Vikas explained everything about the tour and gave me all the documents I would need, including the domestic flights, all excellently organized.

We started in Delhi, the city is amazing, it stimulates all the senses trying to understand it and keep up with it. Mr Vishal was my Spanish speaking guide and Rahul the driver who understands English very wel l.

Afterwards, we took the road to Agra, to visit two of the most impressive things I saw in India: Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

It is impossible to describe in words what one feels when seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time, I simply cried from the emotion and the beauty of the place, while Mr. Vishal took pictures of me and told me about the romantic story of love and betrayal that exists behind this spectacular monument.

Afterwards, we drove to Jaipur, the pink city, while Rahul and Mr. Vishal told me about the customs of their country and showed me their beautiful families in pictures.

The hotel in Jaipur was very new and very luxurious, it was a super nice stay and I slept delicious. In Jaipur there is a lot to see and it is very different from Delhi and Agra, highly recommended.

I was approaching my last destination for which I had to take a plane: Varanasi. I was really looking forward to visiting this magical city and being on the Ganges. It all started with a boat ride before dawn, it is impressive everything you see! From temples showing the monk children how to do yoga, people doing their first bath in the Ganges, cremations, people meditating or doing yoga on the stairs going down to the river, there are so many things to admire that you need more than two okis to do it. In the evening, they do a fire ceremony where they give thanks for the day, and they do it every day, it is amazing.

The next day I went to the place where Buddha gave his first discourse. My guide in Varanasi was a really spiritual man who gave me tremendous life lessons, there couldn’t have been a better guide to be there, and also visit the Buddha’s space, a super quiet and beautiful place, where I could see for the first time a live lotus flower. Fascinating.

In the planning of the trip, Laura was impeccable, and in the execution of the trip, Mr Vikas was attentive all the time to make my stay unforgettable and it was.

I thought that going alone would be more complicated, but India Travel made sure that I felt safe and protected all the time. Thank you total!!!!!!

Thank you so much to India Travel for this experience, they are dedicated to making people happy and fulfilling their dreams, they are wonderful!

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Should you visit india or nepal, which country is cheaper, nepal or india.

Should I visit India or Nepal? This is a popular question for many travelers. By figuring out which country is more expensive, you'll understand where you'll get more bang for your buck. A week in Nepal can cost you about $264 (per person), while a week in India may cost you around $276. These differences become even more noticable if you plan to spend a longer time in the country. 10 days , two weeks , or even one month of travel to Nepal or India can really add to your travel budget.

Accommodation is often cheaper in Nepal compared to India ($14 vs. $17). Budget travelers usually stay in less expensive hostels and guest houses, while nicer hotels often appeal to families and upscale travelers.

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When comparing food in India vs. Nepal they are not just different in cuisine, but also in price. Meal and restaurant costs in India ($10) are often cheaper than Nepal ($8.81).

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  • Food Meals for one day India $ 10 Nepal $ 8.81
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  • Alcohol Drinks for one day India $ 7.14 Nepal $ 6.15
  • Water Bottled water for one day India $ 0.48 Nepal $ 0.36

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Differences between India and Nepal travellers need to know

This guest post is by writer, editor, Indiaphile and India traveller Elen Turner, who moved from Australia to Nepal sight unseen to start a new job. Here’s what she discovered, and her tips for first time travellers to Nepal.

I ARRIVED IN KATHMANDU for the first time in the middle of the monsoon. The rain lashed the airplane’s windows as we descended into the grey clouds, eliminating any hope of the famous Himalayan views I’d been told to expect. Instead, my first glimpse of my new home was of the hills of the Kathmandu Valley, bright green and lush, and haphazard brick structures crammed together, fighting for space.

At Tribhuvan Airport I clambered into a beat-up taxi that felt, to me, as if it belonged more in sub-Saharan Africa than the South Asia I knew from my previous visits to India. The ring-road to Patan, where I would be living, was muddy, pot-holed and extremely congested. As we crossed the Bagmati River, we encountered a group of military police, clad in blue camouflage and combat boots, breaking up an altercation. We passed one United Nations office after another, many international NGOs, and shared the road with numerous UN and USAID jeeps.

All of this was a surprise to me.

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While Kathmandu was to become my home for the next year, I’d never been there before. My friends and family in Australia knew better than to ask why I would drop everything and move to a country to which I’d never been. I didn’t even stop to ask myself that question. I knew India, and how different could Nepal, its land-locked northern neighbour, be?

Read more about this fascinating city in Guide to Best Places to Visit in Kathmandu .

Very. I felt it immediately.

Nepal felt unrecognizable. I knew better than to expect a mountain Shangri-la, but I had expected something much more familiar, more like India. Much of the difference between the countries comes down to the fact that Nepal is extremely poor, and is classified as a ‘least developed nation.’ India does a poor job of equitably distributing its wealth, but it does have a lot of wealth and resources.

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Here are the differences between India and Nepal that you need to know before visiting.

1. the power situation.

Unless you visit during monsoon, which isn’t advisable, Kathmandu suffers from crippling power shortages of the sort that apparently used to be common throughout India, but are not any longer. The hydro dams that produce electricity are low outside of the monsoon months, meaning that scheduled power in the middle of winter can be as little as two hours per day. At other times of the year, this can rise to 8-12 hours per day.

If you’re staying in a hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara, you’re likely to be supplied with sufficient power from a back-up generator. Be aware that most Nepalis do not have this luxury.

2. If you’re a woman, your experience will be much easier in Nepal

While I’m a staunch supporter of women’s travel in India, the truth is that travelling in Nepal is much more comfortable, most of the time.

In general, Nepalis are a very laid-back people who don’t invade one’s personal space, male or female. Nepali men are not prone to staring or making audible or muttered comments to foreign women. There is less likelihood that a casual chat with a man on a bus or elsewhere in public will be misinterpreted, thus making it easier for foreign women to have genuine, interesting and harmless conversations with Nepali men. It’s still a good idea to dress modestly, but Nepali women—especially the young, in Kathmandu—often show more skin and wear tighter jeans and t-shirts than is common in India. Although still a very patriarchal and male-dominated society, Nepal does not have the same unwritten prohibitions against women in certain parts of the public sphere that India does. If, as a woman, you stumble into a down-market restaurant that’s patronised by men, you shouldn’t feel intimidated.

At first, I thought that these more relaxed gender codes were a mountains-plains divide, as it is often said that travelling in India’s mountainous areas is ‘easier’ as a woman. However, I visited Janakpur, a city on Nepal’s plains, very near the border with Bihar, and I found the atmosphere there very comfortable. Despite looking like a very poor, dusty, flat Uttar Pradeshi or Bihari town, in Janakpur I wandered freely, alone, without even a sideways glance.

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3. Vegetarianism

Although the majority of Nepalis are Hindu, most are not vegetarian. As one myself, I love travelling in India as it’s one of the few places in the world where I’m spoilt for choice when I pick up a menu. The same doesn’t always apply in Nepal, where chicken and buffalo are very popular. But it’s still easy to get by, as veg curries and momos are available almost everywhere, even deep in the mountains.

4. The infrastructure

In some respects, such as the network of trekkers’ lodges throughout the mountains, Nepal’s tourism infrastructure is good. In most others, it really is not. The quality of the roads in Kathmandu is extremely poor, as they are in much of the rest of the country. Local buses are old, over-crowded and slow, although very cheap. Faster tourist buses only run along a couple of routes, namely, between Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are practically no railways in Nepal apart from a short strip in the Terai that connects with India, and domestic flights, although frequent and cheap, are often cancelled due to bad weather in the mountains.

Nepal is a very poor, very mountainous country, so this poor infrastructure is entirely understandable. But it does mean that when visiting Nepal, it’s not a good idea to try to do too much, too quickly.

TIP: Read this Essential Travel Guide to Pokhara for tips on this charming city.

5. It’s not OK to lose your temper

Sometimes, in India, stomping your foot and raising your voice is the only way to get what you want, or be treated the way you should be. In Nepal, this doesn’t fly. In this respect, Nepalis are temperamentally more similar to their East Asian neighbours, where losing one’s temper in public is considered an embarrassment, and the quickest way to alienate people. (Of course, this doesn’t apply to politics, which is governed by its own set of rules and non-rules!)

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6. The permeation of Buddhism

Although more than 80% of Nepalis are Hindus, Buddhism is a very visible part of Nepal’s cultural landscape. Lumbini, on Nepal’s plains, is said to be the birthplace of Gautama Siddhartha Buddha, and the country has several ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites. In Kathmandu, there are numerous Buddhist stupas, adorned with the elegant, languorous and ever-watchful eyes of Buddha. Fluttering, primary-coloured Tibetan prayer flags are a common sight. The native people of the Kathmandu Valley, the Newars, practice a form of Buddhism that has been strongly influenced by Hinduism. Tibetan Buddhism is visible throughout the high Himalaya, which is inhabited by ethnic groups related to Tibet, and also in Kathmandu, with its significant population of Tibetan refugees.

I shouldn’t have been surprised by all these differences, but because Nepal rarely features in international news (before the earthquake this year), it’s too easy to assume that it is just a more mountainous version of India. Nepal is fascinating and unique, and has as many reasons to return again and again as its larger, harder-to-overlook southern neighbour.

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Elen Turner is a New York state based editor and writer who has led previous lives in Nepal, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Sierra Leone and the UK. She has a PhD from the Australian National University on India’s contemporary feminist publishing industry and works with Kathmandu-based Himal Southasian magazine. She blogs at Wilderness, Metropolis .

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Nepal Travel from India

19 January, 2024 By Dambar Khadka

Nepal Travel from India is not difficult as Nepal has an open border with India of 1850 kilometers. There are no travel restrictions for the citizens of India for traveling from India to Nepal. Nepal and India have shared a unique relationship of friendship from the very beginning. Both of these countries are interdependent with each other.

Nepal is a very beautiful country which is rich in natural as well as cultural resources. As Nepal and India have an unshakeable relationship and brotherhood, both countries also share the same culture, Hinduism. Mostly, the Holy places of Nepal are attracted to and admired by lots of people in India.

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Things needed to enter Nepal travel from India

There is no requirement of applying Nepal Visa for Indian citizens. Nepal is Visa free country for Indian citizens, unlike other countries citizens.

However, citizens from India are required to bring Identity proof like Voter ID, Adhar Card, Indian Passport, or birth certificate (in case of minors) while traveling to Nepal from India.

Medium of Transportation

You can travel to Nepal from India using three different mediums of transportation airplane, bus, and train to the border. You can choose the medium of transportation as your preference. If you choose to take a flight to Nepal from India, you will be directly arriving at Nepal’s sole Tribhuvan International Airport . It is located in Kathmandu. Taking flight is also the easiest and fastest way to arrive in Nepal from India.

Anyhow, if you want to travel to Nepal using a bus or train it is also available but you will have to take a train and bus or your transport. Somehow, direct arrival to Kathmandu by train is not available. Even though Buses are available from India to Nepal.

About Borders and Routes

Nepal shares 5 borders with India including Sikkim, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttara Khand. Raxual (Bihar) and Sunauli (Uttar Pradesh) are the most popular and fastest border options if you choose to travel by train because the train directly leads to Birgunj and Bhairahawa. Birgunj is known as the Gateway of Nepal. However, you will have to take a bus to reach the capital city, Kathmandu or Pokhara after arriving in Birgunj during your travel to Nepal from India.

You can take a direct flight of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours from the popular cities of India including the capital cities of India New Delhi, Kolkata, and Varanasi. Using an airway medium will be easier compared to another medium of transportation while traveling from India to Nepal.

Places to Explore in Nepal including (Pilgrimage)

Nepal is rich in natural as well as cultural resources. There are hundreds of places to visit here in Kathmandu. As Nepal and India share the same religion, along with tour destinations including Pokhara, Nagarkot, and Chitwan National Park you will also like to visit pilgrimage places including Pashupatinath, Krishna Temple, Lumbini, Muktinath Temple.

Pashupatinath Tour

Pashupatinath is one of the oldest and most popular Holy places of Hindus. It is located in Kathmandu near the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is the temple of Lord Shiva.

The uncertain establishment of Pashupatinath temple is one of the most amazing things about this temple. However, its existence has been recorded as early as 400 CE. This temple was classified as one of the seven (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) of Nepal in 1979 A.D.

Thousands of Hindu Pilgrims visit Pashupatinath temple every year. According to Hinduism, it is believed if, the dead body is burning near the Pashupatinath temple, the body goes to heaven through the River and is reborn as a human in the next life.

The temple of Pashupatinath is made in Pagoda style with a bunk roof and a golden spire. There are four main gates to the entrance of Pashupatinath. The interesting thing is that the main temple of Pashupatinath where Shiva Ling has been kept also has four doors all coated with silver sheets. The two-storied roof is made from copper and is covered with Gold. One of the most amazing and attractive decorations of Pashupatinath is a huge golden statue of lord Shiva’s (vehicle) Animal, Nandi.

Krishna Temple (Patan) Tour

Krishna Temple is a temple of Lord Krishna located in Patan Durbar Square, one of the sites that have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Patan Durbar Square combines both Hinduism and Buddhism representing the beautiful artworks of both deities which shows the cultural diversity of Nepal.

The Krishna Temple was a styled temple built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in the 17th Century. It follows the Indian Subcontinental Architectural style. However, the trait of the Newari Structure has also been followed.

Krishna Temple has 21 Gold Pinnacles and Ramayana features craved in the wooden walls with terra-cotta ornamentation. It was damaged by the massive earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 A.D. Though, it was again restored in 2018. Krishna temple has three tiers. The first floor cherishes Lord Krishna, the Second Lord Shiva, and the third Lokeshwor (Statue of Buddha).

Lumbini (Birth Place of Gautam Buddha)

Lumbini is the place where Lord Siddhartha Gautam (The light of Asia) was born at around 623 B.C. It is the Buddhist Pilgrimage site located in the Rupandehi of Lumbini province in the mid-western part of Nepal. The whole province was named after Lumbini as it is popular as the birthplace of the great lord Gautam Buddha. Lumbini was included in the list of Heritage sites .

Lumbini contains collapsed ancient monasteries, a blessed holy tree, the Ashokan pillar, an ancient bathing pond, and the Mayadevi Temple. It is believed that before any of these monasteries and temples, there was a beautiful and charming peaceful garden. It is also believed that the rise of Buddhist culture is also from the ruins of Ancient monasteries of Lumbini.

Lumbini is popular for its peaceful environment and the thousands of monks meditating every single day. People including Hindus, Buddhists, and others from all over the world go to Lumbini for mediation to obtain Spiritual freedom and peace.

There are two medium routes to reach Lumbini via flight and road. You can book a direct flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa Airport, which is a domestic airport established in the name of Lord Buddha. Taking a flight of approximately 35/ 45 minutes from Kathmandu to Lumbini is the easiest and quickest way. Otherwise, you can take a private jeep or a public bus taking a time of approximately 8 to 9 hours.

Muktinath Temple (From 19th Century)

Muktinath Temple is located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of Thorong La Mountain Pass in Mustang . It is elevated at 3762 meters (12,171 feet) above the sea level. Muktinath temple is the holy place of both religions, Hindu and Buddhist. It is one of the highest temples in the world.

According to Hinduism, Muktinath temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams (Trimurti) presences of all three Gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Besides this temple, other Divya Desams lie in India. That’s one of the reasons behind Indian tourists visiting here in thousands of numbers. Hindus and Buddhists believe that Muktinath is the temple that breaks the cycle of birth and death and grants salvation to them. The oxygen level at Muktinath Temple is around 70 to 80 % of the sea level.

Muktinath Temple lies 188 km away from Kathmandu. You can take different routes to reach your destination from the heart of the city of Kathmandu. The most easiest and comfortable method is traveling by flight. However, a direct flight to Muktinath is not available.

We have to catch a flight from Kathmandu to the Pokhara of approximately 20 minutes then, according to your preferences; you can travel by road using a private jeep or public bus to Jomsom. You will have to drive approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to Ranipauwa and walk for 20 minutes to reach the temple of Trimurti. Otherwise, you can take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom of approximately 20 minutes. Then you will have to drive by jeep or bus to get to Ranipauwa. You need to walk 20 minutes to reach the main temple from Ranipauwa.

Boundless Adventure provides a Muktinath Helicopter tour from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Helicopter Tour to Muktinath Temple

Muktinath temple is at the Annapurna Conservation . we provide the Muktinath Helicopter Tour where Indian citizens can manage their busy schedule as well as senior citizens also pray at the Temple. A helicopter tour to Muktinath from Kathmandu takes only 1 hour. During the Helicopter tour, a private jeep will pick you up from the hotel to the Helipad. After that, the helicopter will directly land at the nearest helipad of Muktinath.

During your Helicopter ride from Kathmandu, you will get to see the stunning view of the Mountains including Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Annapurna Himalayan Range from above. After landing in Helipad which is 2 km far away from Muktinath Temple, you will get some time to explore the whole Muktinath Temple. Then again, we will return to Kathmandu.

Muktinath Tour by Jeep

If you are interested in traveling to Muktinath by road via Jeep then we also provide a Jeep tour. During the Jeep tour to Muktinath from Kathmandu, we have to take several routes from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Jomsom, Jharkot, and Marpha. Traveling to Muktinath from Kathmandu in a single day is not possible.

Firstly, we have to reach Pokhara and stay overnight at one of the hotels. From Kathmandu to Pokhara by Jeep takes approximately 6 to 7 hours. During your jeep tour, you will get to enjoy the beauty of Pokhara as well.

Jomsom Muktinath Road is a countryside road that includes muddy and landslide sections. Mostly, 4-wheeler vehicles are suitable for the journey to Muktinath Temple. Along with your journey, you will also get to see the natural beauty of Nepal.

After reaching Muktinath Temple , you will have to walk for 20 minutes to reach the main temple. You will get plenty of time to explore the holy place of Trimurti. You can also take a cold shower of holy water from 108 water spouts to remove your sins as per Hindu belief.

After exploring and worshipping in the temple, we will again return to Kathmandu through the same routes of Marpha, Jomsom, and Pokhara.

According to Hinduism and Buddhism, pilgrims believe that you must visit Muktinath Temple once in a lifetime.

However, Muktinath temple is located at 3800 meters above the sea level. Here are other options by Helicopter from Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. It is located 200 kilometers away from the western Kathmandu Valley. We can travel to Pokhara using two methods flight and driving. Taking a flight to Pokhara only takes 20 to 25 minutes while it takes approximately 6 to 8 hours by the road.

Pokhara has very fabulous landscapes surrounded by Hills and popular landmarks. It is also known as the gateway and endpoint of the popular trait of the Annapurna Himalayas, Annapurna Circuit. Pokhara has a mesmerizing view of Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri range.

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Popular Sightseeing Destination in Pokhara

Pokhara is popular for Fewa Lake which is the second-largest lake of Nepal and largest in Gandaki province. Fewa Lake is located at an Altitude of 742 meters (2434 ft.) covering an area of 5.7 km sq. It lies in the southern part of Pokhara.

One of the most amazing things about this lake is Tal Barahi Temple. It is situated in the middle of the island. You can visit Tal Barahi Temple by taking a boat easily.

Fewa Lake is also well-known for the spectacular shadow of Mt. Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges on its surface.

World Peace Stupa (Shanti Stupa shrine)

World Peace stupa symbolizing peace was built on 12 September 1973 A.D. in Pokhara. It is situated at a height of 1100 meters from sea level. It takes about 45 minutes from Lakeside by vehicle. You may travel by car/van/ Bus till Parking but you need to hike some stairs to get on the stupa.

There are other options to go to Stupa. Hiking from Pokhara dam side for two hours along a trail to the forest then, going down to the Fewa Lake along the Stupa walkaway will take us to the Shanti stupa. We can see stunning views of the Annapurna Mountain Range early in the morning from there.

Gupteshwar Temple

Gupteshwar Mahadev is located in the Gupteshwar cave which is the oldest cave in Nepal. Generally, the meaning of Gupteshwar is (God in Hiding).

You have to descend 200 stairs to take a glimpse of Shiva’s Linga of Gupteshwar. Stairs are made up of stone and it will be slightly slippery and dark. So, one should be careful while walking above the stairs made up of stones.

The waterfall inside the Gupteshwar Temple along with the Gupteshwar cave comes from Lake Fewa.

David’s Fall

David’s Fall is located in Kaski District at Pokhara. David’s fall is also known as Patale Chhango. The natural phenomenon of David’s fall differs from any other Waterfall. It marks the point where the Pardi Khola streams disappear underground without leaving any clue of its existence.

This waterfall is named after a Swiss man who was swept away by a fall in 1961 A.D. The source of the waterfall of David’s fall is Fewa Lake.

David’s Fall is located exactly opposite the Gupteshwar Temple. So, you can visit David’s Fall and Gupteshwar Temple on a single ride.

Bindhyabasini Temple

Bindhyabasini Temple is situated in Miruwa, Pokhara. It lies about 3000 feet above the sea level. It is the oldest temple of Pokhara which is devoted by Hindus.

It is believed that Bindhyabasini Temple was made by King Khadag Bum Malla as Goddess Durga appeared in his dream and ordered him to make a statue of her. It was built in 1842 B.S. It is said that Goddess Durga protects Pokhara from any kind of harm. Many pilgrims from Nepal and India along with tourists from other countries come across to visit Bindyabasini in huge numbers in the present day.

You can enjoy the scenery of beautiful Mountain Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre ranging from the temple.

Sarangkot is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Pokhara, Nepal . The village lies at an elevation of 1600 meters above sea level. Mainly, Sarangkot is famous for the sunrise and the sunset view of the Himalayan range.

You can see clear and panoramic scenery of the breathtaking mountains including the Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna II, and Manaslu every day.

Sarangkot is self-dependent as it does not depend on any other village to fulfill its basic needs and wants. It has its own water supply, food production, and electricity. However, the people of Sarangkot also rely on tourism and agriculture.

You can get to Sarangkot by booking a vehicle via cab or jeep and Cable car. If travelers want to enjoy the early sunrise view without any difficulties, it is better to have a car/van with you. The driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the Sarangkot. Similarly, there is another option to descend to Pokhara by Cable Car from Sarangkot.

Activities in Pokhara

Pokhara is also renowned for its adventurous activities including rafting, boating, Paragliding, and Ultra-Light. Specially, Paragliding and Ultra-Light attract thousands of visitors in a day.

Paragliding and Ultra-Light

Paragliding and Ultra-Light are some of the most thrilling adventure sports that have been adored by lots of adventurous people.

Pokhara is considered one of the best destinations for paragliding as well as for Ultra-Light . Many people from different countries come to Pokhara, Nepal to be involved in these adventurous activities. Paragliding and Ultra-Light allow you to experience the beauty of the Himalayan range of Nepal including the beautiful scenarios of the Pokhara site, flying birds, and the stunning green forests from above.

You will fly in the sky for approximately 30 to 40 minutes during Paragliding while Ultra-Light will be for approximately 20 to 90 minutes.

If Indian citizens are interested to travel these places of Pokhara then our Boundless Adventure provides different packages of Pokhara Tour at reasonable prices. You are kindly requested to visit our website for further information about the tour to Pokhara.

Some Popular Tour Packages in Nepal

Nagarkot tour.

Nagarkot Tour is a beautiful place situated 30 km east of the Kathmandu Valley. It is elevated at an altitude of 2175 meters above sea level. Nagarkot is popular for the stunning sunrise and sunset views of the Nepal Himalayas Ranges including the World’s Highest Mountain Mt. Everest along with other peaks of eastern Nepal.

You can hire a private car, Jeep, or Van from Kathmandu but if you are traveling in a group you can get the bus to reach Nagarkot as the road is exceedingly safe and secure.

Everest Helicopter Tour

Everest Region is the Northeastern part of Nepal. It lies under Koshi Province in Solukhumbu district. This region is also known as Khumbu. This region is famous for its flora and fauna as well as the beautiful Himalayan scenery. However, It is another Trip to enjoy by Helicopter tour to Mount Everest .

Mainly, the World’s Highest Mountain Mt. Everest is located in this region (8848.86 m) along with the Himalayas which have been listed in the World’s 10 Highest Mountains list including Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse.

Rare mammal species including Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Snow leopards, black bears, Langur monkeys, and Himalayan wolves are found in this region. Birds like the Himalayan Griffon, Snow pigeon, and bar-headed goose are also found in the Everest region.

Everest Region is popular as many people prefer Everest Region for Trekking and Tour as Mt. Everest lies in this region. Plenty of people visit this region every year during the best seasons . The Everest Helicopter tour is one of the most popular tours to Everest Base Camp for those people who are bounded by time. The Helicopter Tour provides you with a breathtaking view of Mountains from the above along with the glaciers, icefall, and villages of Lukla .

Our Boundless Adventure provides different Helicopter packages including Everest Helicopter Tour with full safety at reasonable prices. Citizens of India can visit our page for more inquiries.

Chitwan National Park Jungle Safari

Chitwan is located in the southwestern corner of Bagmati Province. Bharatpur is the administrative capital of Chitwan district. Chitwan is known for its dense forest.

Chitwan National Park is Nepal’s first National Park. It was established in 1973 A.D. covering an area of 932 sq. km. It has spread over four districts Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Parsa, and Makwanpur.

The National Park of Chitwan is popular for its Flora and Fauna. 50 species of mammals including the Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bears, Asian Elephants, and Single-horned Rhinos, over 525 birds including the Bengal Florian, Red Headed Vulture and 55 amphibians and reptiles including Frogs, crocodiles, and Snakes are found in Chitwan National Park.

Jungle Safari Tour is available in our package. We will explore Chitwan Park via Jeep watching the Wildlife of the Chitwan. A direct flight to Bharatpur taking time of approximately 22 to 25 minutes can be taken from Kathmandu to reach Chitwan. Otherwise, traveling by road via private Jeep or public bus is also possible according to your preferences.

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Tze yong looks set to be fielded in asia team c’ships, asia stocks eye weekly gain; us inflation data looms, indian pilgrims having a light moment at the pashupatinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in asia for hindus. — photos: niranjan shrestha/ap.

Thousands of Indian pilgrims arrive at daybreak at Pashupatinath, the most revered Hindu temple in Nepal, after travelling long distances in buses.

Hawkers greet them with hot tea on the cold wintry morning. Many worshippers hand the cups to their wives, mothers and children through the bus windows.

The devotees then enter the temple of Lord Shiva, the powerful Hindu god of destruction, on the Bagmati riverbanks in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. Lord Shiva is also worshipped as a protector of animals, and is depicted with a serpent around his neck.

The worshippers recite prayers, fast, meditate and seek forgiveness. They also pray before “Shivalinga”, a block of stone symbolising the powerful deity.

Elderly men and women are helped by their families or tour guides. Street vendors are busy selling SIM cards, warm clothes and holy beads.

The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is several centuries old. — Photos: NIRANJAN SHRESTHA/AP

The centuries-old Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Asia for Hindus. The temple, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has a pagoda-style roof and four silver-plated doors with intricate carvings of gods and goddesses.

Nepal and India are the world’s two Hindu-majority nations and share a strong religious affinity. Every year, millions of Nepalese and Indians visit Hindu shrines in both countries to pray for success and the well-being of their loved ones. They also pray for those who have died.

From mid-December through January, tens of thousands of pilgrims from India visit Pashupatinath to seek blessings. They include thousands of farmers who come at the end of harvesting season.

The influx of pilgrims continues daily until the major festival of “Mahashivratri”, which commemorates the wedding of Shiva and his consort Parvati in February-March.

Religion is deeply important in India, a country of 1.4 billion people, and many Hindus travel on pilgrimages each year to ancient religious sites in Nepal.

Dinesh Patel, an Indian travel agent who organises tours to Nepal, says that many pilgrims eat and sleep in buses, paying an average of INR10,000 (RM568) for a Nepalese tour.

Kamalesh Verma, a 31-year-old devotee from India’s eastern Chhattisgarh state, said: “This is the first time I’m here at Pashupatinath temple, but I don’t know if it’s God’s will that I will return to receive his blessings.” — AP

Pilgrimage to Pashupatinath

The pashupatinath temple in kathmandu, nepal is several centuries old., a nepalese priest performing rituals early in the morning for indian pilgrims at the temple grounds., indian pilgrims lining up to enter the temple. each year, many pilgrims make their way to the temple to pray for success and the well-being of their loved ones., the devotees getting a cup of hot tea to warm up before starting their temple visit in the early morning., devotees offering prayers to the shivalinga, a block of stone symbolising the powerful hindu god shiva at the temple..

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Which is the best way to go Nepal from India?

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How can I go to Nepal from India?

The best way to reach Nepal from Delhi is by flight. There are direct flights operating in this route. These airlines include Indigo, Royal Nepal Airways, Jet Airways, and Air India. You might find some great deals if the flight is booked in advance.

Which is the best route from India to Nepal?

The most westerly crossing between India and Nepal is located at the Banbasa Border Crossing. Accessible through Delhi, this entire trip via Banbasa Border Crossing to Kathmandu would take around fifteen to sixteen hours. Apart from Delhi, Banbasa is accessible from Rudrapur, Haldwani, or Bareilly in Uttarakhand.

Which border is best to enter Nepal from India?

The most popular border crossings from India to Nepal are at Sunauli (Uttar Pradesh) and Raxaul (Bihar) on the Indian side, leading to Bhairahawa and Birgunj respectively on the Nepalese side. Cross the border during the daytime as border checkpoints may close at night.

Is Nepal visa free for Indian?

But fortunately, Indian citizens do not need to apply for the Nepal visa since it is a visa-free country for Indian citizens. If you are planning a Nepal trip from India, all you need is an identity proof like your Election Card that is issued by the Election Commission or a passport to enter Nepal.

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Is nepal cheap or expensive.

As per your interest, definitely Nepal is cheaper but India and Nepal are much different in sights and locality. I suggest visiting the Golden Triangle tour with Rajasthan first, and it’s cheap if you use public transport and smaller accommodations in each city of India.

Which is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit Nepal is between October and December when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about April, with temperatures varying between regions. January and February can be very cold, especially at night, with average temperatures of 6°C in Namche Bazaar.

What is the cheapest way to go to Nepal?

The cheapest way to get from India to Nepal is to train and drive, which costs ₹1,700 – ₹4,200 and takes 27h 30m. What is the fastest way to get from India to Nepal? The quickest way to get from India to Nepal is to fly, which costs ₹5,500 – ₹24,000 and takes 3h 53m. Is there a direct bus between India and Nepal?

Where can I cross from India to Nepal?

Border crossings: – Rupaidiha in Bahraich district – Nepalganj in Banke District, Nepal. ICP established in 2022. – Sonauli in Maharajganj district – Belahia, Siddharthanagar in Rupandehi District, Nepal. ICP established in 2023.

Which city is closest to Nepal from India?

Sonauli is a town, near the city of Maharajganj in Maharajganj district in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located on the Indo-Nepal Border and is a well-known and most famous transit point between India and Nepal. Sonauli is around 75 km from district headquarter Mahrajganj, Uttar Pradesh.

Which part of India is closest to Nepal?

Nepal shares borders with northern states of India such as Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, Sikkim, and West Bengal.

Which Indian train goes to Nepal?

India-Nepal Jaynagar-Bardibas railway line is a semi-operational line between India and Nepal. DEMU passenger service is operating on this route.

Are Indian rupees accepted in Nepal?

For those coming from India, Indian Rupees are accepted locally in Nepal as hard currency. However, bringing in denominations of INR 500 or above is illegal. It is also preferable if the notes are in good condition as many businesses may refuse to accept worn-out notes.

Can I travel to Nepal alone?

So do not be afraid to visit Nepal alone, you will never feel alone, and you will have the opportunity to meet enough people along the way and make new friendships. You need to have a TIMS card and a national park/conservation area permit to enter and trek in these areas. But all parts of these regions are not safe.

Why flight to Nepal is expensive?

Expensive Airfare Driving Travelers Away: This steep price difference is a significant deterrent for tourists. Challenges in Connectivity and Airline Cartels: Nepal’s limited connectivity options and potential cartels among airlines and travel agents contribute to inflated airfares.

Is Nepal cheaper than India?

For budget travelers, you can expect to spend around $20 to $30 per day in Nepal, while mid-range travelers can expect to spend around $50 to $70 per day. It’s important to plan ahead and research activities and costs to create a budget that works for you. Nepal is a beautiful country that can be visited on a budget.

How many days in Nepal are enough?

The duration of your stay in Nepal depends on several factors, including your interests, available time, and the activities you wish to undertake. For a comprehensive experience, a minimum of 10-14 days is recommended to explore popular destinations like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and go on a trek.

How many days are enough to see Nepal?

How many days are required for a vacation to Nepal? It depends on what you want to see. If you want to visit just Kathmandu, then even 2 days should suffice. But for a completely immersive experience, including other cities like Pokhara, Lumbini, and Chitwan, then you need to be here for at least 10 to 12 days.

Which month is the coldest in Nepal?

December and January are the coldest months throughout the country, but temperatures start to pick up in February, and this can be a lovely month to come to Nepal.

Does Indian 500 rupees work in Nepal?

Nepal does not accept Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Is Nepal safer than India?

In terms of crime, both Nepal and India have their own set of challenges. Petty theft, scams, and pickpocketing can happen in both countries, particularly in crowded areas. However, some areas in India, such as Delhi and Mumbai, have higher crime rates compared to Nepal.

Is Nepal richer than India?

Nepal has higher total income, per capita income, and equal distribution of income than India.

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