Cheap flights to Nepal depart from Heathrow Airport near London. UK citizens will require a tourist visa to enter Nepal. Check with the Embassy of Nepal in London for more information about acquiring a visa. Flights to Nepal will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Some hotels may offer free shuttle services for their guests. Taxis can be hired from the taxi rank outside the terminal building. Negotiate and agree on a price with the driver before getting into the vehicle. Pre-paid taxis are also available from the airport – prices are displayed on a board near the booking desk inside the airport.
There are a variety of ways to get around Nepal. For long distance travel, there are a number of local airlines that operate domestic flights to airports around the country. Check the Nepal Flight Centre or Air Viva websites for more information. Local buses are used for short journeys within cities and nearby villages. Fares are very cheap, but drivers may not depart until all the seats are filled. Numerous minibus companies operate throughout Nepal, providing long distance services between cities. Tourist buses are a more comfortable, though more expensive, option for long distance journeys. Taxis and rickshaws are both useful for short trips around town. They can be flagged down in the street, and fares should be negotiated before getting into the vehicle.
Nepal’s position at the crossroads of Asia has endowed it with a wealth of attractions, making the tiny, landlocked country a classic holiday destination for many. Start off with a visit to Durbar Square in Kathmandu for a look at the Kasthamandap, after which the city is named. Make the climb up to Swayambhunath Temple and be rewarded with wonderful views over the Kathmandu Valley. Phewa Tal near Pokhara is reputed to be one of the country’s loveliest lakes. Hike up Sarangkot for jawdropping views of Pokhara and the Himalayan range in the distance. Make the trek to Lumbini, to visit the birthplace of Gautama Siddharta Buddha. The Maya Devi Temple is located on the exact site where Buddha’s mother gave birth to him.
Kathmandu offers the widest variety of shopping options in Nepal. Asan Tole functions as the city’s main market square. Traders offer up all sorts of goods, from silver jewellery and traditional textiles, to fresh vegetables and even hiking gear. Pilgrims Book House is well-known for their large selection of English-language books. The Thamel district is filled with restaurants offering dishes from all over the world. Visit Helena’s Rooftop Restaurant to enjoy regional and Western dishes served with stunning views over Kathmandu. Go over to Sam’s for an after-dinner beer, or visit the Full Moon Club for a night out with hip young Nepalis. In Pokhara, try the Pokhara Thakali Restaurant for delicious homecooked Thakali cuisine.
The top flight destination for Nepal is Kathmandu
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