Situated in South Asia, between India and China, Nepal is one of the most remarkable places you can visit. Of course, the major draw is the grandiose and dignified Mount Everest. However, it was also in Nepal that Buddha was born and you may be surprised to learn that Nepal represents one of the few countries in the world that haven’t been colonized, allowing it to retain its old traditions and customs.
Aside from that, the diversity of Nepal’s landscape is truly outstanding. The south is covered by expansive plains whereas the north is distinguished by the presence of the high Himalayas. The Himalayas in general, e.g. the trek to Everest Base Camp, is what makes Nepal shine in the eyes of travelers.
However, before you embark on your journey, there are some things you should know in order to make your trip to Nepal truly memorable.
Obtaining a Visa
First, you should know that in order to travel in Nepal you need a visa. Usually, you can get a visa upon arrival in Nepal – depending on your nationalities. You should check with your local Nepalese Embassy website to get specific information on this issue.
Your passport should have at least six months left before its expiration date.
If you want to extend your stay in this beautiful country – which is likely to happen when you fall irrevocably in love with it, then the process is quite simple. All you have to do is go to the Nepal Immigration website and fill in the visa extension form. Afterwards, you should take the confirmation, along with a copy of your passport, your passport and a passport photo to the Immigration Office. Issuing the visa normally only takes a couple of hours from arrival. Make sure to bring cash.
Social Etiquette Information
Knowing how to greet the locals is highly recommended if you plan to explore Nepal. To that end, the way in which you should greet them is by placing your palms together (in prayer style) and saying Namaskar or Namaste. At the same time, when you address senior citizens, you should utilize the term didi for women and dai for men.
In order to avoid offending the locals, don’t wear revealing clothing, this applies in particular to women. If you plan on swimming, bring a one-piece swimsuit. With regards to public displays of affection, they are also frowned upon in Nepal.
In case a local invites you to his/her home, remember to remove your shoes before entering the house, as it is a sign of impoliteness not to do so. Additionally, prior to eating, you must wash your mouth and hands.
If you’re planning an extended stay in Nepal, you should get a filter and boiling pan with you for drinking tap water. That’s because tap water isn’t safe to consume – regardless of where you’re staying. Plus, you should avoid eating fruit if you don’t know for sure it has been washed in advance, as it can be contaminated. Ideally, you should drink bottled water exclusively, as its safest.
Adventurous Experiences in Nepal
Considering Nepal’s unbelievable terrain, it is crystal clear why it is a renowned destination for adventure seekers. However, note that hiking or trekking alone in Nepal can be quite dangerous – even if you have experience when it comes to hiking. At the same time, the woods and mountain areas are quite tricky, in the sense that you can easily get lost and injured. To that end, it’s highly recommended to hire a guide. Also, if you plan on doing mountain climbing, altitude sickness is quite common.
If we were to choose the most beautiful country in South Asia, Nepal would definitely get the title. It is literally astounding in its diversity, not to mention its rich cultural heritage.
Have an amazing trip to Nepal! We hope the above tips and tricks may come in handy.