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Nov 2017

Nepal Info

Area: 147,181 sq. km

Location: Situated between China and India

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 26.7 million

People: More than 102 ethnic groups and 92 spoken   languages

Language: Nepali is the national language.

Religion: A secular state with predominance of Hindu and Buddhists

Currency: Nepali Rupee (approximately US$ 96 Rs)

Political System: Federal Democratic Republic

Climate: Four major seasons (1) Winter: December-February, (2)    Spring:March-May, (3) Summer: June-August,(4) Autumn: September-November.Monsoons are from June till mid September.

Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitudinal variation.The elevation of the country ranges from 60 m above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, all within a distance of 150 km resulting into climatic conditions from sub-tropical to Arctic.Nepal occupying only 0.1% of the total landmass of the earth is home to: • 2% of all the flowering plants in the world • 8% of the world’s population of birds (more than 848 species) • 4% of mammals on earth • 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species) • 600 indigenous plant families • 319 species of exotic orchids

Entry Procedures & Visa Rules 
a. Tourist Visa 
Visa Facility      Duration     Fee
Multiple entry    15 days     US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry    30 days     US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry     90 days    US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
b.    Gratis (Free) Visa   
•    Gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of SAARC countries. However, for extension of visa for SAARC nationals, the rule is same as that of other nationals.   Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal. 
For Visa Extension: 
Tourists can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) extending the visa at the rate of 2 US $ per day. However, a minimum amount of 30 US$ has to be paid for a period of 15 days or less. (For Web: www.immi.gov.np )  

World Heritage Sites

There are four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal - two in cultural and two in natural category. World Cultural Heritage Sites of Nepal are:Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, and seven monuments of Kathmandu valley within a radius of 20 km (together counted as one Heritage Site). The World Natural Heritage Sites are Chitwan and Sagarmatha National Parks. Kathmandu valley World Heritage Site comprises of three historical palaces – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares; two Buddhist stupas – Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath; and two Hindu temples – Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan. Nepal offers incomparable scope to connoisseurs of art and culture to see and study different aspects of fine arts in its paintings, sculpture, wood carving and architecture.

Mountaineering

With eight of the highest peaks in the world, including Mt. Everest, it is hardly surprising that Nepal has been the stage for some of the most outstanding achievements in the world of mountaineering. . All inquiries and arrangements for expeditions have to be made well in advance at the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Mountaineering Section (Web site: www. tourism.gov.np) and Nepal Mountaineering Association for 33 Peaks.

 Trekking

Nepal is the ultimate destination for the trekking enthusiast – offering a myriad of possibilities from the short and easy to the demanding challenges of the snowy peaks. Nepal has aptly been called “A Trekkers’ Paradise” as her terrain – mountains, hills and the Terai – offer some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world. The immense contrasts in altitudes and climates found here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyles, vegetation and wildlife. Trekking in Nepal is as much a cultural experience as a Himalayan adventure. In the shadows and foothills of the icy pinnacles of the Himalayas, one passes picturesque charming villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups. Treks vary from expeditions, high altitude treks to simple easy paced walks.

UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites

1. Chitwan National Park (932 sq. km)

2. Sagarmatha National Park (1,148 sq. km)

 National Parks

1. Bardiya National Park (968 sq. km)

2. Khaptad National Park (225 sq. km)

3. Langtang National Park (1,710 sq. km)

4. Makalu-Barun National Park (1,500 sq. km)

5. Rara National Park (106 sq. km)

6. Shey-Phoksundo National Park (3,555 sq. km)

7. Shivapuri National Park (144 sq. km)

Wildlife Reserves

1. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (175 sq. km)

2. Parsa Wildlife Reserve (499 sq. km)

3. Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (305 sq. km)

Conservation Areas

1. Annapurna Conservation Area (7,629 sq. km)

2. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (2,035 sq. km)

3. Manaslu Conservation Area (1,663 sq. km)

Hunting Reserve

1. Dhorpatan (1,325 sq. km)

Popular Destinations

Kathmandu is popular for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historical monuments and cultural splendour. Pokhara is famous for its close-up mountain views, pristine nature, sparkling lakes, limestone caves, deep gorges and waterfalls. Chitwan is popular for jungle safari and Terai-life experience.    

Travel Trade Fairs 2017

CMT, Stuttgart, Germany, January 14 -22

Vakantiebeurs,Utrecht Netherland,Jan.10-15

ASEAN Tourism Forum Singapore,Jan.16-20

TTF Bengaluru 2017, India, January 13-15

FITUR, Madrid , Spain, January  18-22

Adventure Travel Show,London,Jan. 21 - 22

IMTM 2017, Tel- Aviv , February 7-8

AIME Melbourne, Australia February 12-22

SATTE, New Delhi, India February 15 – 17

BLTM, Mumbai , India ,February 21-23

OTM Mumbai 2017, India February 21-23

GITF, Guangzhou China February 23- 25

ILTM Japan ,Tokyo, Japan 27 Feb -1 Mar

ITB, Berlin, Germany March 8-12

MITT, Moscow, Russia Mar 14 – 16

NATAS 2017, Singapore March 2017

VITM, Hanoi, Vietnam April 12-15

ATM Dubai, 2017 April 24-27

KOTFA 2017, Seoul , ROK  June 1-4

ITE , Hong Kong , June 15-18

Paris Airshow Paris, France June 19-25

BITE, Beijing, China , June 23-25

ITE HCMC,Ho Chi Minh city ,Sept . 7-9

PATA Travel Mart, Macau September 13-15

JATA Tourism Expo, Tokyo,Sept. 21-24

IFTM , Paris , France Sept. 26 – 29

ITB Asia , Singapore October 25 - 27

WTM London , November 6-8

CITM , Kunming , China November 2017                

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