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Things to do in Pokhara

Activities and things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara is approximately 200 km west of Kathmandu, and is the second largest city in Nepal. With some of the most spectacular and breath taking natural beauty in the country, Pokhara is a city well worth visiting. Here are just some of the wonderful things to do in Pokhara:

Spend some time at Fewa Tal (Fewa Lake)

Measuring 1.5km by 4km, Fewa Tal is the second largest lake in Nepal and serves as a playground for locals and visitors alike. You could hire one of the brightly coloured sailboats or rowing boats and set sail across the water or swim across if you’re feeling brave: the water is reasonably shallow ensuring it feels comfortably warm. Whilst at the lake a visit to Barahi Temple is an absolute must: this two storeyed pagoda is Pokhara’s most important temple, and it sits almost exactly in the middle of the lake.

Explore Devi’s Fall

2 km south-west of Pokhara airport you’ll find Devi’s fall (also known locally as Patale Chhango or Hell’s fall). The water plunges then forms a pool before descending into an underground tunnel that runs 100 meters underground. This awe inspiring water fall is said to be lucky, with visitors throwing coins into the statues that sit at its base. This is an incredibly popular attraction for tourists to the region, and does tend to get busy during peak periods. To get the best from your adventure travels in Pokhara, particularly if you don’t have much time in the city, it is well worth taking part in a Pokhara tour with an official guide. A good guide will be able to navigate you around this natural wonders safely and share stories and legends about the region at the same time.

Things to do in Pokhara
Things to do in Pokhara

Climb to the World Peace Pagoda

At the top of the hill to the south of Fewa lake sits the World Peace Pagoda. Access to the pagoda involves crossing the lake and then taking quite a steep climb up the hill. The pagoda itself is an impressive sight and well worth the visit, but what really makes this pagoda worth exploration is the incredible views across both the Annapurna mountain range and the city that you can enjoy from its vantage point.

Visit the Old Bazar

At odds with the natural wonders of Pokhara is the city’s Old Bazaar: a bustling street market that you have to see to believe! The traders here are ethnically diverse and each sell a wide array of different and exotic wears. The sights and sounds of Pokhara’s Old Bazaar are worth exploration even if you don’t intend to shop, but shopping here is heartily recommended! Whilst many of Nepal’s bazaars have been marred by modern consumerism, the old world charm of the bazaar here is still alive and well. You’ll find Pokhara’s Old Bazaar located about 4 km from Lakeside, and it is such a popular focal point in the city that it is incredibly easy to find and explore.

Passport and Nepal visa

Nepal Visa – Nepal Hiking

If you’re considering traveling to Nepal, then whatever the reason for your visit you’ll need to have the correct visa in place to make sure you can enter the country and travel within the boundaries, legally.

Below you’ll find all the information you need to know in order to prepare for your trip and make sure you have the correct visa for your visit to Nepal.

Diplomatic Visa

Anyone who is traveling to Nepal on Diplomatic business must ensure they have a diplomatic visa before they travel.
Family members, such as a spouse and children must also have the same type of visa too, to ensure they can travel within Nepal.

Usually a diplomatic visa can be extended once, or even multiple times depending on the length of the diplomatic mission within the country.

Who issues a diplomatic visa?

Who issues a diplomatic visa?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Nepal is authorized to issue this type of visa.

Who issues a diplomatic visa?How do I apply for a diplomatic visa?

Who issues a diplomatic visa? How do I apply for a diplomatic visa?

An application for a diplomatic visa in Nepal should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the Government of Nepal. You will also need to submit information and a recommendation from the Government or the Diplomatic Mission with the application. The application for a diplomatic visa should be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (GON) or the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry into the country.

Is there a fee for a diplomatic visa?

There is no fee for such a visa

Who is eligible and what is the duration?

Who is eligible and what is the duration?

Anyone who is conducting official business within Nepal is eligible, plus any family members traveling with them, plus spouses and children. Once it is issues it can be extended as many times as required until the official business is completed.

Tourist visa?

Tourist Visa

Tourists who visit Nepal on holiday must hold a valid tourist visa for the duration of their trip. There are some exceptions. Tourists who hold passports for countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afagisthan and Palestine are not eligible for a tourist visa at the Port of Entry.
Once a tourist visa is issued, it may be extended several times, till the visit ends, but it must not exceed one hundred and fifty days day in one year from January to December.

Who issues tourist visas?

Who issues tourist visas?

The Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry, Diplomatic mission and Consuls of Nepal have authority to issue tourist visas. If you wish to extend your tourist visa then you must contact the Department of Immigration at Kathmandu and Immigration Office at Pokhara as they are the offices who have the authority to do so.

How do I apply for a tourist visa?

How do I apply for a tourist visa?

Any application for a tourist visa should be given in to the Immigration Officer at the Port of Entry or to the Diplomatic Missions or Consuls of Nepal abroad. As previously mentioned, any application for the extension of a tourist visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Immigration Office at Pokhara.

Single and multiple entries are available with a tourist Visa. However, if you extend your visit you can also obtain a plain visa

Tourist Visa fee

Is there a fee for a tourist visa?

The following costs are set out for a Nepal Tourist Visa:

US $ 25 for a 15 day Visa

US$ 40 for a 30 day Visa

US$ 100 for a 90 day Visa

Multiple Entries: US$.20.

Marriage Visa

Marriage Visa

Any person who is married to a Nepalese Citizen is eligible for a marriage visa. The Visa is issued for the duration as directed by the person applying, but it must not exceed one year at a time.

Who issues a marriage visa?

Who issues a marriage visa?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration is authorized to issue a marriage visa.

How do I apply for a marriage visa?

How do I apply for a marriage visa?

An application for a marriage visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration and to the Marriage Registration Certificate from the District Administration Office of Nepal. If your marriage was solemnized outside the country of Nepal, an official letter which certifies marriage by the concerned Embassy in Nepal should also be submitted with the application.

Business visa?

Business Visa

Anyone who is traveling to Nepal to do business of any kind must have a Nepal Business Visa. Family members such as a spouse or children must also have the same visa too. The visa is usually issued for the duration recommended by Departments of the Government of Nepal but they typically are no longer than five years at a time.

Who issues business visas?

Who issues business visas?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration in Nepal is authorized to issue such a visa.

How do I apply for a business visa?

How do I apply for a business visa?

Any application for a business visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration. It should also be submitted with the recommendation of the Department of Industry of the Government of Nepal or the Department of Commerce in Nepal.

Transit visa?

Transit Visa

Any person who is using the main airport in Nepal for travel to other countries is eligible for the transit visa. It is issued and valid for twenty four hours.

Who issues a transit visa?

Who issues a transit visa?

The Immigration Officer at the Airport is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a transit visa?

How do I apply for a transit visa?

You should submit an application for the Visa to the Immigration Officer at the Airport.

Is there a fee for a transit visa?

Is there a fee for a transit visa?

Yes, it is usually US$ 5

Non-residential Visa

If you are of Nepalese origin but don’t reside in the country and want to come back to live, work, trade, undertake business, study you must take out a non-residential visa. Family members, such as spouses and children of the person are also eligible for the Visa. It is usually issued up to ten years but never more than one year at a time.
Who issues non-residential visas?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a non-residential visa?

An application for a non-residential Visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration in Nepal. It should come with the recommendation from the Department of Industry or the Department of Commerce or any other agency of the Government of Nepal alongside a Nonresident Nepali Identity card which is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Diplomatic Mission of Nepal aboard.

Residential Visa

Anyone who wants to come to live in Nepal and can contribute to the economy as well as society, or who has already made an investment of at least one hundred thousand dollars to the country is eligible for a residential visa. This visa is issued for the duration of five years, but only for one year at a time.

Who issues residential visas?

The Director General, Department of Immigration is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a residential visa?

An application for a residential visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration. The application should be submitted with the relevant documents.

Study Visa

This is recommended for any person coming for study, teach, or conduct research in the Educational Institutions of Nepal. Family members which include spouse and children are also eligible for a study visa. It is issued and can be extended at a time or several times until the end of the study period. However, it is only issued for one year at a time.

Who issues study visas?

The Director General from the Department of Immigration is authorized to issue the Visa.

How do I apply for a study visa?

An application for a study visa should be submitted to the Department of Immigration. The application should be submitted with the recommendation from the Ministry of Education in the Government of Nepal.

Greeting Tips for traveling to Nepal

Greeting Tips for traveling to Nepal

Tips for traveling to Nepal

Nepal is a country most well known for its beautiful landscapes, impressive mountains and snowy terrains. If you’re an adventure seeker or adrenaline junkie, there are plenty of activities you can do to satisfy your craving. It’s the country where you’ll find ten of the highest peaks on the planet. It also has lush greenery which nature lovers will surely enjoy. There is a wide variety of things to do in Nepal for tourists. Nepali is the country’s main language but English is also widely spoken. The friendly locals are very eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors from around the world. It’s an exotic land that entices, inspires and excites anyone who steps foot on its magnificent land. Here is a list of the best tips to keep in mind before you visit the wonderful country of Nepal.

Mount Everest

Most people visit Nepal to experience hiking to Everest Base Camp. If you’re not interested in hiking, you can still get a glimpse of its beauty by taking a scenic flight around it.

Taking a flight to Mount Everest

Majority of the local airlines offer flights between 7AM to 9AM and they all depart from Kathmandu. This is a must try activity during your visit since it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. You’ll be able to drift above the clouds and enjoy Mount Everest without feeling exhausted from climbing it. The local airlines have made sure that the windows on the plane are non-tinted so that tourists can fully capture its beauty.

• Not everyone is aware that you have the option not to hike to Everest Base Camp if you don’t want to. That’s why this is one of the top tips of Nepal that you should learn before planning your trip.

Nepali Food

The local Nepali food is also known as Dal Bhat which is made up of lentils, rice and soup. The side dishes consist of fresh vegetables like cauliflower and potato. It’s a vegetarian meal but you can also request to add chicken or mutton to your order.

Local & International Flavors

During your visit, you will be amazed with the wide variety of meals you can choose from. You’ll be able to have a taste of local cuisine as well as international flavors. The people of Nepal enjoy their food being spicy. However, if you’re not a fan of spicy food you can request for a milder version of the dishes they offer.

• Their customary cuisine is numerous around the city so you’ll be able to experience it at just about any local restaurant.
• Nepali food has been strongly influenced by Indian cuisine which makes it very tasty and delicious.

Adventure

If you’re an adventure seeker or adrenaline junkie, Nepal should definitely be part of your bucket list. It’s impeccable terrain makes it a top destination for adventure tourism.

Bring A Friend

One of the best tips you should learn before your visit is to have a friend to go on your adventures with you. Hiking and trekking on your own is highly discouraged. It’s recommended to have someone with you so that you can prevent dangerous accidents from happening. If you’re new to hiking or trekking, it’s best to hire a professional guide through a registered trek agency. The mountainous areas of Nepal is known to be complicated and difficult to tread. This is why injuries are bound to happen if you’re not well prepared. You can also easily get lost without someone there to guide you.

• If you plan on a trek to Everest Base Camp, you have to prepare yourself for the possibility of high altitude sickness.
• Make sure to dress appropriately and to only bring things that you’re sure you can carry during the entirety of your hike.

Social Etiquette

Traveling Nepal requires you to have a good understanding of the country’s social etiquette. This is an important step for your travel since you have to make sure that you’re giving respect to their culture.

-Local Greeting
First, you have to learn how the locals greet each other. The traditional way involves placing your palms together in a prayer position and then saying “Namaste”.

-Showing Respect to Elders
Second, if you’re speaking with someone older than you, you can use the words “Dai” for men or “Didi” for women.

-Public Etiquette
Third, it’s important to ensure that you’re not stepping on another person’s outstretched legs since it’s considered very impolite in Nepali culture. You should also avoid touching another person with your feet. As long as you obey the local culture of Nepal, you wouldn’t encounter any issues during your visit. Public display of affection is also considered rude in the country.

• If you’ve been invited into a home of a Nepali person, make sure to remove your shoes before entering as a sign of respect.
• If you’re going swimming, it’s best to wear a one piece swimsuit instead of a bikini.
• Make sure to wear appropriate clothing while you’re visiting all the tourist spots. This is because wearing revealing clothing is frowned upon in Nepali culture.