NEPAL TRAVEL AND TOURS: MOUNTAIN BIKING, TREKS AND OVERLAND TOURS
Mountains, hills, valleys and plains dominate the landscape of Nepal that extends from the Himalayan range in the north to the Indo-Gangetic lowlands in the south, spanning about 147,181 sq.km. To the south, west and east, is India, and to the North, China. The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu. With eight of the worlds ten highest peaks, Nepal is glittered with spectacular mountains vistas. Nepal is also home to endless amounts of wildlife, such as tigers, rhinoceros, monkeys, bears, yaks, leopards and a myriad of insects and birds, boasting almost 10 percent of the worlds bird species among which 500 species are found in the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu is often called the Gateway to the Himalayas and has a rich cultural history which dates back about two thousand years. Yet it is also the cosmopolitan heart of the Himalayan Region. Kathmandu is situated in central Nepal, in a large bowl shaped valley. The surrounding terrain plummets from steep inclines descending from the snow and ice capped Himalayas, to the hot flatland beneath. The city of Kathmandu was built by king Gun Kamdev in 723 A.D. It is said that Kathmandu was a lake in the past and was made habitable by Manjushree, who cut open the hill to south to allow the water to flow away. It is believed that the name is derived from the Sanskrit term Kastha-Mandap meaning the temple made of wood, an imposing pagoda near Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
It was built in 1596 out of a single tree by King Laxmi Narashingha Malla.
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NEPAL VISA REQUIREMENTS
Indian Nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal. Nationals of SAARC countries are entitled to a Gratis visa for 30 days. Visa Costs: 1. Multiple entry for 15 days is US $35 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepali currency. 2. Multiple entry for 30 days is US $40 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepali currency. 3. Multiple entry for 90 days is US $100 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepali currency. Visa Extensions Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day. Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January - December). Transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepals immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, by paying US $5 or equivalent convertible currency. CURRENCY The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee (Rs) = 100 paisa. When exchanging currency, please obtain a foreign Exchange Encashment receipt as it may be needed when making transactions. The import of local and Indian currency is prohibited as is the export of local currency. The import of foreign currency must be declared. Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.