What to See in Nepal for First Time Travelers?
For travelers who visit Nepal the first time, 8 to 9 days are suggested to cover most of the highlights in the popular tourist cities like Swayambhunath & Boudhanath Stupas, Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square in Kathmandu city; the Durbar Squares in Patan & Bhaktapur districts; Phewa Lake, Sarangkot, World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara city; Chitwan National Park, Tharu Village in Chitwan. If your travel duration is over 10 days, the Park of Lumbini in Lumbini city can be included in your Nepal trip, where the Buddha was born; while for a trekking enthusiast, you may consider to extend your stay in Pokhara to trek in the Annapurna region.
Patan Durbar Square
Local people in Nepal
When is the Best Time to Travel in Nepal?
The best time for a Nepal tour package or a Nepal hiking trip is between October and December when the weather is dry and the skies are generally clear. Try to avoid trekking in the Monsoon season (also the rainy season), which is from mid-June to early September.
Do I Need a Visa to Nepal?
Except citizens from Indian, all other travelers require a visa to visit Nepal. Most of the nationalities can obtain a tourist visa of 15, 30 or 90 days on arrival. Citizens from the countries including Afghanistan, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Zimbabwe, need to apply for a tourist visa in advance through the Nepali diplomatic mission.
How to Get to and Travel Around Nepal?
Tourists can access to Nepal from several countries directly by taking flights to Nepal's only international airport - Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, like China, India, Thailand, Singapore, etc. If meeting the political requirements, tourists can also get to Nepal through the six border crossings, among which five are in India and one in China.
In Nepal, taking domestic flights is the fastest way to travel between the popular tourist cities. There are three major domestic airlines: Nepal Airlines, Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines. Comfortable tourist buses are mainly available in Pokhara and Kathmandu. A private car is also a better option for family or a group of friends, which is considerably faster than a bus and a lot more comfortable and convenient.