Best Nepal Tour for Christmas and New Year Vacation
Nepal, the beautiful Himalayan country, is one the best place to celebrate Christmas and New Year vacation. People from around the world visit Nepal for holidays for a variety of reasons. Some are attracted to view the majestic Himalayan Range including Mount Everest while others visit Nepal to experience Nepal’s rich cultural and natural features. In Nepal, there is definitely something for everybody.
It’s a fact that Nepal is not only the travel destination for trekking and adventure trips. Here are many numbers of cultural heritage, national parks, and panoramic places with beautiful lakes, rivers, caves, etc. In Nepal Tour, you explore these cultural and natural sites in a relaxed way by the drive. The popular places in Nepal for leisure holiday and vacation are Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Lumbini, Bandipur, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Daman.
In Nepal, the leisure holidays can also be combined with short wonderful hiking and exciting activities.
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition is one of the authentic local tour operators managed by local experts and Sherpas. We organize a hassle-free trip. We also offer the customized as well as special interest tours. Our package cost is always reasonable and affordable.
Here below, you find various ready-made Nepal Tour Packages. If these tours do not suit your interest, they can be customized as well according to your requirements. Our tour desk officer will always online to help you with the tailor-made perfect Nepal Travel package.
Either you are a first-time traveler in Nepal or already been to Nepal, you have to make sure following things before your Nepal Vacation.
- Passport- your passport validity should be at least 6 months or above
- Few passport sized photos (minimum two are required)
- Confirmation of your holiday from authentic Travel Trekking company
- Check availability of International flight ticket and issue flight ticket
Foreign tourists except Indian Nationality compulsory need a visa in order to enter Nepal. It’s easy to get Nepalese Visa. You can obtain it either to your arrival time in Kathmandu airport or at a Nepalese embassy abroad before you go to Nepal. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot get the Nepalese Visa on the arrival time in Kathmandu airport, Nepal. The Visa can also be taken at entry points at Nepalese land borders with India and China. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 30 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 50 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 125 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
For further detail about Nepal Visa please click here.
Travel Season of Nepal can be categorized into three parts.
High Season (From mid-Sep to Nov)
During this period you find clear sky and days normally will be warm and pleasant. Due to good weather time, you can see fantastic Himalayan panorama and other good views of natural scenery. In this time Nepalese people celebrate their major festivals of Dashain and Tihar (Dipawali). This is the peak season of tourist arrivals in Nepal.
Shoulder (From Mar to May)
This period is the second-best time to visit and trek Nepal. This time is spring. The temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have encountered with the mountain views. It is also the time for a rhododendron flower to blossom, the national flower of Nepal, which sweeps the ascending altitudes with its magnanimous color and beauty.
Low Season (From Dec to Feb) and (From Jun to mid-Sep)
The tourist flow decreases a little, but not significantly in low season. During winter time (from Dec to Feb) the morning and night are cold and the days are warm when sunny. There might be occasional snowfall at higher elevations.
From June to mid-September is the monsoon time and it rains in most of the part except in the rain shadow zone of Mustang, Dolpo, and Humla. During monsoon clouds often obscure mountain views.
|Government||Republic. Monarchy was dissolved by Constituent Assembly on 28 May 2008.|
|Neighboring Countries||Landlocked country (China to the north and India to the east, south, and west.)|
|Currency||Nepalese rupee (NPR)|
|Population||28.51 million (2015)|
|GDP (Total)||$24.067 billion (2016)|
|Per Capita Income||$837 (2016)|
|Language||Nepali is the official language. About a dozen other languages and about 30 major dialects speak in this country.|
|Religion||Hinduism 81.3%, Buddhism 9%, Islam 4.4%, Kirat 3.1% other 2.2%|
|Country code (Calling Code)||+977|
|Time zone||Nepal Standard Time (+05:45 Greenwich Time)|
|ISO 3166 code||NP|
|Drives on the||Left|
Yes, Nepal is a very safe country for travelers. Tourists feel safer than most other countries around the world, perhaps due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years, Nepal has enjoyed a growing fascinating travel destination to visit from people all over the world. The People are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a major source of their economy, and are very welcoming.
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal for getting to Nepal by flight. TIA has direct air link with below-mentioned cities. The following airlines have a direct flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. If you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg (Kathmandu) of your flight.
If there is no any there is no any direct flight from your city or country to Nepal, please contact your local travel agent or you may contact us or visit websites of www.expedia.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.makemytrip.com for flight checking from your home town to Kathmandu, Nepal.
|Name of City direct flight connection with Kathmandu, Nepal||Country||By Carriers (Airlines Names)|
|New Delhi||India||Nepal Airlines/ Air India/ Jet Airways/ Air Indigo|
|Mumbai||India||Nepal Airlines/ Jet Airways|
|Bangkok||Thailand||Thai Airways/ Nepal Airlines|
|Doha||Qatar||Qatar Airways/ Nepal Airlines/ Himalaya Airlines|
|Hong Kong||China||Cathy Dragon Air/ Nepal Airlines|
|Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||Malaysian Airlines/ Air Asia/ Nepal Airlines/ Himalaya Airlines|
|Dubai||UAE||Fly Dubai/ Himalaya Airlines|
|Chengdu||China||Air China/ Sichuan Airlines|
|Lhasa||China||Air China/ Sichuan Airlines|
|Guangzhou||China||China Southern Airlines|
|Kunming||China||China Eastern Airlines|
|Shanghai||China||China Eastern Airlines|
|Paro||Bhutan||Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines|
|Abu Dhabi||UAE||Etihad Airways|
|Seoul||South Korea||Korean Air|
Of course, you can get to Nepal by drive also. It has eight entrance points by the drive. Out of eight, six entry points are at the border between Nepal and India and two are at Nepal China border. The immigration office of every point avails Nepal visa for the foreigners visiting Nepal. Here below the list of entry places to Nepal by road. The names of borders to entry by the drive at Nepal India Border are Kankarbhitta, Birgunj, Jamunaha, Mohana, Gadda Chauki and Belhia. Likewise, entry points at the border of Nepal China are Kodari and Rasuwagadhi (Kerung). For further information visit the page of Nepal Entry by Drive.
In Nepal, there are there is various kind of standard Hotels. You have a lot of choices for your stay there, which depends on your trips budgets. Of course, there are international standard Hotels, Golf courses in major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Recently, their economy is booming rapidly every year you can see many changes around cities. By 2018 they will have two more international chain Hotels (Mariott & Sheraton) in Kathmandu. And two other international Airports are under construction which will be completed by 2018 as well.
Usual Nepali food is plain and simple, not very spicy, but full of flavors. The restaurants in popular travel destinations of Nepal offer varied of cuisines like Continental, American, Indian, Chinese, including traditional Nepali food.
Must Try Food
Dal Bhat Tarkari: This is the stable Nepalese food and favorite dish of many travelers. It is served with thick lentil soup (dal), with rice (Bhat) and vegetable curry (Tarkari). Pickles (Achar) spice up this dish and sometimes it will be served with curd or yogurt, and meat (‘masu’), usually chicken or mutton.
The Newars, the indigenous group of the Kathmandu Valley, have their own much more exotic and varied cuisines. They use spices in a much more creative way, with a wide range of spicy dishes which are delicious.
Momo, Tibetan food which is less spicy, that you can find everywhere. These are small dumplings filled with meat or vegetable, usually steamed or fried.
For dessert, there are many sticky sweets usually made from milk and curd. The curd is widely available.
Vegetarians are well catered in Nepal. Many Hindu and Buddhist Nepalese are vegetarian.
Please also visit the page Cuisines of Nepal.
Bottled water (Pani) can be found in most places. Request to avoid drinking the water unless it has been boiled or filtered, since tap water is not drinkable.
Chang is a local mild beer made from millet or rice. It is the home brew and made with local water.
Raksi is traditional distilled liquor usually made from millet, wheat or corn, and sometimes rice.
Nepali tea or masala tea is a special tea with spices like cinnamon added, that gives a brilliant flavor. Local normal tea is with milk and already added sugar.
Coke, Fanta, Pepsi, and other locally produced soft drinks are widely available. Slice is a delicious mango juice and Dew is a local soft drink which tastes a bit like Sprite.
Lassi is a curd based popular drink which may be either savory or sweet.
Electricity in Nepal is produced by hydroelectric dams. The output voltage from the wall outlet is 220V AC and frequency is between 50-60Hz. People visiting from countries using different voltage and frequency should make sure that their adapter/charger is capable of operating in this range. For example, the United States uses about 120V AC and some electronic devices might be designed to operate in that voltage only. Likewise, the standard Nepalese electrical outlet is the Type D (three round-pronged triangles) outlet common to India, but nearly all will accept Euro plugs, and some have been retrofitted to accept American and/or British plugs. Simple adapters can be purchased inexpensively, around NPR80, in Kathmandu to change the shape of the plug (but not the voltage of the electricity).
ATM machines can be found in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and other larger towns, but not in smaller places. Outside these places, in general, credit cards are not widely accepted and every time payment is processed using the paper slips, often with an additional charge of 3-4%. In Nepal the money withdraws through ATM Machines is in Nepalese currency (NPR) only.
All the major cities have internet access either in hotels or internet cafes. In smaller places/ villages, you are unlikely to find the internet, though at places like Manang, Namche Bazaar and at Tengboche, you can access the internet (satellite connection). Expect connection speeds to be slow.
In Kathmandu and most of the tourist places, there are many ‘communication centers’ where you can call, send faxes and emails. A few places have internet phone services that are much cheaper.
It is easy to get a Nepali SIM card in Kathmandu or Pokhara (bring a photocopy of your passport and two passport photos).
Global roaming agreements exist with some international phone companies. Check with your provider before leaving home if you wish to access roaming.
When posting mail to international addresses, it is best to leave your mail at the post office rather than in a post box. In Kathmandu, some bookshops sell stamps and will take your post to the post office for you. Most hotels can also help you post your mail.
Clothing depends on place and time. Medium-weight and easy to wash cotton can be a good choice year-round in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and most other towns. It is recommended that between October to February, woolen sweaters, jackets or similar other warm outfits are necessary. From March through May, light clothing such as short and long-sleeved shorts will do perfectly fine. For months from June to August, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella or raincoat and a pair of sandals with you as these months are the rainy months of Nepal.
If you intend to go for trekking, a pair of hiking boots will be great. Bring warm clothes with plenty of woolen socks too. Specialized trekking gear is easily available and can be rented in fairly inexpensive charge in Kathmandu and Pokhara.