How to Get a Visa and Travel to Nepal

Mount Everest
Mount Everest | Source


According to Nepal government statistics, just over 800,000 foreigners traveled to Nepal in 2011. Though the exact figure is not available, every year thousands of foreigners travel to Nepal to work and live. Living cost in Nepal is very cheap. You can get a hotel room in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, for as little as US$15 per night, breakfast costs US$3, and you can get lunch or dinner for as little as US$5. However, this does not mean you don’t get quality service. International hotel chains like De La, Le Meridian, and Hyatt operate hotels in Nepal.

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World Peace Monastery in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha The exact spot where the Buddha was born. A pillar erected by Indian King Ashoka to mark the birth place of the Buddha in 300 BCA typical village in NepalA medieval stone temple in KathmanduWhite Water RaftingRara Lake: Nepal's largest lakePalace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern NepalA paddy field in Nepal
World Peace Monastery in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha
World Peace Monastery in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha | Source
The exact spot where the Buddha was born.
The exact spot where the Buddha was born. | Source
A pillar erected by Indian King Ashoka to mark the birth place of the Buddha in 300 BC
A pillar erected by Indian King Ashoka to mark the birth place of the Buddha in 300 BC | Source
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A typical village in Nepal
A typical village in Nepal | Source
A medieval stone temple in Kathmandu
A medieval stone temple in Kathmandu | Source
White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting | Source
Rara Lake: Nepal's largest lake
Rara Lake: Nepal's largest lake | Source
Palace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal
Palace of Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal | Source
A paddy field in Nepal
A paddy field in Nepal | Source

Nepal government offers different types of visa.

Diplomatic Visa is offered to the employees of foreign embassies.

Tourist Visa is granted to any foreigners who wish to visit the country.

Non-tourist Visa is granted to the foreigners who wish to work in the social and economic developments projects, those who are representatives of international media, or foreigners who work in the international agencies.

Business Visa is offered to the foreigners who intend to do business in Nepal, and those who have obtained license to make investment in Nepal.

Residential Visa is granted to the foreigners who intend to stay in Nepal, persons with international reputation, or person who has invested minimum of one thousand dollars.

Non-residential Nepali Visa is granted to any foreigners with Nepalese origin.

Study Visa is granted to the foreigners who have obtained approval from Nepal government to study in Nepal.

Transit Visa is offered to the foreigners who are willing to use Nepal's airport to visit another country.

How to get visa to Nepal


It is easy to get into Nepal. You can obtain visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, or Nepal-China and Nepal-India land border crossings. Make sure you have photos and US dollars to pay for visa fee. Your passport must have at least six months of validity and a free page for the stamp. Nepal government grants different types of visa. You can download visa application form from Nepalese embassy in Washington DC (www.nepalembassyusa.org) or London (www.nepalembassy.org.uk)

Visa fees for the tourist visa


If you are from the SAARC countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, and Bhutan), and China you do not have to pay visa fees. Children below the age of 10 need a visa to travel to Nepal, but the entry is free.

US$ 25 for 15 days stay

US$40 for 30 days stay

US$100 for 90 days stay

You can change your single-entry visa to multiple-entry visa (if you are considering to visit Nepal’s neighbors) by paying additional US$20.

Note:charges vary for other types of visas.


Visa extension

When your visa expires, you can extend visa for fifteen days from immigration offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara at the cost of US$30 (payable in local currency), and plus US$2 for every day you stay in Nepal.

If you are planning to stay in Nepal for a long time, it is advisable to get 90-day visa. Nepal government does not allow foreigners to stay for more than 150 days on a tourist visa in a single calendar year. For the initial 120 days, you can simply extend visa by paying the extension fees, but to stay more than 120 days, you are required to show the return air ticket.

To extend your visa you need your passport, visa fee, one photo and application form. You can apply for visa extension in the immigration offices, Sundays through Friday (Sunday is working day in Nepal) 10 am to 4:30 pm. If you apply before 2 pm, you can get the extension on the same day.

Immigration offices are located at Exhibition Road in Kathmandu, and Ratna Chowk in Pokhara. There is no provision to apply online for visa extensions.

According to 1950 Nepal-India Friendship Treaty, Indians do not need a visa to travel to Nepal, and Nepalis do not need visa to get into India.

You can also directly apply for visa in Nepalese embassy in your country. If there is no Nepalese embassy in your country, you can visit the embassies in other countries.

For visa details log on to www.immi.gov.np

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Old Royal Palace courtyardJomsom is one of the popular trekking routes Bhedatar also called Charle's Point (named after Prince Charles of Britain) It is exciting to ride a motorbike on a suspension bridge. Nepal is trekker's paradiseRice is main food crop in NepalFarming techniques in Nepal are two thousand years old. Hand milking a water buffalo
Old Royal Palace courtyard
Old Royal Palace courtyard | Source
Jomsom is one of the popular trekking routes
Jomsom is one of the popular trekking routes | Source
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Bhedatar also called Charle's Point (named after Prince Charles of Britain)
Bhedatar also called Charle's Point (named after Prince Charles of Britain) | Source
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It is exciting to ride a motorbike on a suspension bridge.
It is exciting to ride a motorbike on a suspension bridge. | Source
Nepal is trekker's paradise
Nepal is trekker's paradise | Source
Rice is main food crop in Nepal
Rice is main food crop in Nepal | Source
Farming techniques in Nepal are two thousand years old.
Farming techniques in Nepal are two thousand years old. | Source
Hand milking a water buffalo
Hand milking a water buffalo | Source

How to travel to Nepal via air



Traveling to Nepal could be relatively expensive because Nepal is not on the major transit routes. There are no direct long distance flights from Europe, Americas or the Australasia. You have to stop in East Asia or Middle East.

From Asian countries

The most popular route to Nepal is from Thailand. Thai Airways and Nepal Airlines, Nepal’s flagship carrier, operates daily flights from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Other convenient flights to Nepal are from Honk Kong, Kuala Lumpur (Indonesia), Singapore, Seoul (South Korea), Guangzhou (China), New Delhi/Mumbai (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Islamabad (Pakistan), Qatar and Dubai.

Flying to Nepal from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can cost as little as UD$120, whereas air tickets to Nepal from East Asian countries cost approximately US$500.

From Australia and New Zealand

You can fly to Nepal from Australia and New Zealand through Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul, and New Delhi. Air tickets from Australasia costs around US$1000.

From Canada and USA

Nepal is just on the opposite side of the globe from North America. You can either choose eastern or western route. However, taking the western route is relatively cheap. If you want to travel to Nepal from Canada, make East Asia as your transit point. Flying from Vancouver to Kathmandu via Europe and Middle East is relatively expensive compared to East Asia transit. When you are flying from the United States, you can make a change in New Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Seoul. Jet Airways can take you from New York with stops in Brussels and New Delhi. Air tickets to Nepal from North America cost around US$1200.

From Europe

Etihad, Gulf and Qutar Airlines operate easy flights from the UK to Kathmandu with a change in the Middle East. However, the most convenient flight from London to Kathmandu is via Jet Airways with a stop in New Delhi. Etihad, Gulf and Qatar and Jet Airlines operate convenient flights from Paris, Frankfurt and other cities with a stoppage in Middle East and New Delhi. Air ticket costs approximately US$1000.

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A girl dressed as Living Goddess Kumari. Nepali culture is rich and vibrant. Living Goddess KumariAn airport in NepalBhairav: The Guardian Deity of Kathmandu ValleyTourists in Kathmandu making a bargain. Sand dunes in Mustang: Mustang was closed to the foreigners until recently. Ten years of Maoist insurgency ended in 2006 and Nepal was declared republic. Nepal is predominantly Hindu. Animal sacrifice is common amongst the Hindus. Swyambhu Monastery in KathmanduA British traveler once said there are more temples in Kathmandu than the houses.
A girl dressed as Living Goddess Kumari. Nepali culture is rich and vibrant.
A girl dressed as Living Goddess Kumari. Nepali culture is rich and vibrant. | Source
Living Goddess Kumari
Living Goddess Kumari | Source
An airport in Nepal
An airport in Nepal | Source
Bhairav: The Guardian Deity of Kathmandu Valley
Bhairav: The Guardian Deity of Kathmandu Valley | Source
Tourists in Kathmandu making a bargain.
Tourists in Kathmandu making a bargain. | Source
Sand dunes in Mustang: Mustang was closed to the foreigners until recently.
Sand dunes in Mustang: Mustang was closed to the foreigners until recently. | Source
Ten years of Maoist insurgency ended in 2006 and Nepal was declared republic.
Ten years of Maoist insurgency ended in 2006 and Nepal was declared republic. | Source
Nepal is predominantly Hindu. Animal sacrifice is common amongst the Hindus.
Nepal is predominantly Hindu. Animal sacrifice is common amongst the Hindus. | Source
Swyambhu Monastery in Kathmandu
Swyambhu Monastery in Kathmandu | Source
A British traveler once said there are more temples in Kathmandu than the houses.
A British traveler once said there are more temples in Kathmandu than the houses. | Source
In the mountains this is a familiar sight
In the mountains this is a familiar sight | Source
Nepali princess Brikuti is supposed to have preached about Buddhism for the first time in Tibet, in 6th century. Bhrikuti is worshiped as Green Tara in Tibetan Buddhism.
Nepali princess Brikuti is supposed to have preached about Buddhism for the first time in Tibet, in 6th century. Bhrikuti is worshiped as Green Tara in Tibetan Buddhism. | Source

How to travel to Nepal via land



You can get into Nepal from India through five border crossing. And there is only one land route to Nepal from Tibet. Nepal government allows foreigners to bring their own vehicles but they are required to show international driving permits to the officials.

If you look at the map of Nepal, you can see the country is brick shaped. India is on the three sides and Tibet is on the northern side.

Following are the border crossings between India and Nepal. The amount you pay to reach Kathmandu from these border crossings range from US$8 to US$25.

Sunauli is the most popular border crossing between Nepal and India. Lots of foreigners who get into Nepal through land choose this crossing point. If you are in New Delhi, you have to travel 22 hours in a train to Gorakhpur, from Gorakhpur Sunauli is three hours drive. Sunauli is close to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. From Sunauli you can either go to Bhairawha, which is one hour drive, and then take 35 minutes flight to Kathmandu; or board a bus that will take you to Kathmandu in 8 hours.

Kakarbhitta is the eastern border crossing which connects Nepal to Indian cities like Darjeeling, Kolkata and Sikkim. Karkabhitta to Kathmandu is 17 hours bus drive. But it is advisable to make stoppage at Narayanghat and then go to Chiwtan National Park.

Mahendranagar, the far western town in Nepal, is the most convenient border crossing if you are in New Delhi and want to travel to Nepal. There are regular buses from New Delhi to Mahendranagar. Mahendranagar to Kathmandu is 15 hours in a bus. If you want something exciting, you can stop at Bardiya National Park on the way to Kathmandu.

Nepaljung is another border crossing. The nearest Indian town from Nepaljung is Lucknow. From Nepaljung regular day or night buses are operated. If you want to fly to Kathmandu, it will take you 45 minutes.

Raxaul-Birjung border crossing is an easy route if you are entering Nepal from Kolkata or Patna. Patna to Raxual is eight hours bus drive, from Kolkata it is 16 hours. You can board a day or night bus service in Birjung and reach to Kathmandu in eight hours.

From Tibet

Getting into Nepal from Tibet can really be challenging because of high altitude and volatile political situations in Tibet. From Lasha in Tibet to the Tatopani border crossing in Nepal is a difficult journey and the highway is often closed during rainy season (May-August). On the way to Kathmandu from Tatopani, you can stop at Bhote Koshi River for lifetime experience of bungee jump over the Bhote Koshi gorge.

Temple and monastery walls in Nepal are painted with religious themes
Temple and monastery walls in Nepal are painted with religious themes | Source

Traveling inside Nepal



Nepal is a mountainous country. Though the cities in the hills and plains are well connected with roads, settlements in the mountains are isolated. However, Nepal has intricate network of air routes. You can not only fly over Mount Everest, but also land on Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which is one of the world’s most dangerous airports.

Aviation in Nepal is heavily depended on weather conditions, sometimes foreigners are stranded for weeks in the mountains. So, you should be careful while flying in rainy season and during the winter.

You can also hire motorbikes or cars, but remember to drive on the left hand side of the road.

There are no Trains inside Nepal.

Children in rural Nepal asking for a click
Children in rural Nepal asking for a click | Source

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Comments 41 comments

Olivia 3 years ago

I have volunteered in Nepal, it was a wonderful experience.


Rose 3 years ago

Very useful article on travelling to Nepal.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Jeannie,

I'm glad that you found this hub helpful. Thanks for appreciating my photos.

Cheers


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is really helpful information on visiting Nepal, and as always, beautiful photos. I always want to travel to the places in your photographs! Voted up and shared!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi agusfanani, 8 of the worlds 14 highest mountains are in Nepal.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

the pictures you present in this hub give me impressions that Nepal is a very beautiful country. I hope I can visit Nepal someday.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

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Nell

Thank you my dear fellow writers for reading and leaving substantial comment. I'm grateful and honored to have you as my readers.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Vinaya, this was absolutely beautiful, the photos were stunning, I especially liked the one with the lady and the rice, and the information is really good for travelers, I really enjoyed reading this, in fact I wanted to read more! lol! voted up and definitely sharing, thanks nell


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello Vinaya ~ Superb and excellent Hub, as usual. Well written, informative, beautifully illustrated photographs. Many more people will want to visit Nepal after reading this travel article. Blessings my friend, Debby


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi Anil, Nepal is predominantly Hindu, but the country is also the birth place of the Buddha. Most of the temples in Nepal are constructed in pagoda style.

Thanks for visiting my page.

Cheers


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Very good work,I like to visit Nepal,because Nepal is a beautiful country.It's culture is related to Buddism.We can see different 'Pagodas'here. am i correct?


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Christy, thanks for reading and leaving a nice comment.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What great details you include in this article Vinaya. I do like that you include travel from Canada, I actually live close to Vancouver which you mention in the article. I like your photos, beautiful sights. I vote up and will share here and on Twitter too.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Andy,

My photo is recent and I have not trekked much. I'm so much delighted to read your comment.

Cheers


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fiftyish 4 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

Hi Vinaya

Ref: Maybe we could trek in Annapurna Circuit together.

Ha, ha, LOL :) I might be fit for my age Vinaya (I walk in the mountain jungles of Thailand most days these past months), but if you're photo is recent, you're a spring chicken compared to me, and I feel i would hold you back big time.

But you never know ;-) Watch this space.

Andy Aitch


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello Andy, I'm delighted to know that you have already traveled to Nepal. Maybe we could trek in Annapurna Circuit together. Cheers


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fiftyish 4 years ago from UK & Southeast Asian Region

What a beautiful collection of photos Vinaya, especially your opening shot of mount Everest.

In November 1990 i spent just under a month trekking through the Khumbu Himalya (also known as the Everest Region), and this blog has had me question why i haven't returned in so long.

I'm over 50 now, so a big trek for Nepal's Annapurna circuit is now on my bucket list :)

Andy Aitch


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Audra, I'm glad that you like my style. Tradition of Kumari is more than two hundred years old. I hope to tell this legend someday. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@yash, it is monsoon time in Nepal. Since there will be plenty of rainfall at this time of the year, I recommend you to visit Nepal October to May. Thanks for your comment.


yash1957 4 years ago

Hello Vinaya you have provided very good information about tourist places and how to reach there I would like to visit . Pl inform which is the proper time to visit Nepal and your contact details Vinay Mishra Bilaspur CG INDIA 919407995434


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Vinaya, I like your writing style. However, I really enjoy your pictures! My favorite one is of "A girl dressed as Living Goddess Kumari. Nepali culture is rich and vibrant. "! I would love to see a story about that picture! Voted that up for sure!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hi unknown spy, thanks for your compliments.

Cheers


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Voted up useful and interesting.. Very informative hub especially for those people who wants to travel to nepal.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

Hello lovedoc, thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

Cheers


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

This is very good information and well-researched. I'm surprised at how affordable everything is up there.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@tirelesstraveler, thanks for stopping by.

@Vellur, thanks for reading and and leaving appreciative comment.

@mckbirdbks, you are a wonderful community member. Thanks for always being around.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Very beautiful hub; you have this packed with valuable information. Your hubs are very diverse.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful hub. You have made it very easy for people who want to visit Nepal. Nepal is really beautiful, great photos.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Photo of Everest is amazing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@always exploring, thanks for your comment.

@teaches, I'm glad that my hub made you want to visit Nepal. Thanks for your comment.

@Troyangeluk, thanks for your appreciative comment.


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Troyangeluk 4 years ago from UK

This is very helpful, always wanted to go to Napal and plan to someday. Great pics, many thanks for sharing :)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This makes me want to visit there some day. Great post on how to make the best visit to Nepal. Your sharing of the best routes is a great add to the content. Well done!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

You are such a diplomat for your beautiful country, Thank you...


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal Author

@Kelley, I'm glad that you consider this useful. perhaps we could meet in Kathmandu. Thanks for your comment.

@Suzie, thanks for your generous compliments.

@chef-de-jour, Nepal is basically agrarian economy, but tourism, industries, hydropower and many other also contribute to the economy. Life of people is very diverse, when you travel to village from cities, you will be hurled into 200 years back. Thanks for reading and taking interest in Nepal.

@Jackie, thanks for consedering this hub useful. Thanks for your comment.

@Rajan, thanks for reading and commenting.

@Angel, you can fly to Bangkok or Singapore form your country and take a direct flights.

@Radha, people in the US can board flights to new Delhi, and form New Delhi, Nepal is just one hour flight.

@tirelesstraveler, I'm glad that you consider this hub worthy to share. Thanks


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Friends are going to Nepal next month. I will pass this information on. I believe they have been there before.


radhapriestess 4 years ago

Excellent article on the topic. Beautiful photos and country. So people in USA need to fly to Canada to get there.


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Angelme566 4 years ago

Oh my i admire you having that spirit of nationalism , patriotism !! Your country must be proud of you , promoting your tourism ! May i write your government requesting them to give an accolade for such deed ! You deserve a recognition for this.. Great hub brilliant , patriotic writer !

p.s. so its not difficult to enter your country and am amazed so many visitors visiting your country , that means such a beautiful , peaceful place..Would you care to invite ?


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Vinaya, very informative and useful hub. The photos are awesome.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared it too.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is a wonderful hub; there is so much to know when traveling and we want to know all we need to know not to run into any complications. Nepal is so beautiful, I would love to visit there.


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Wonderful. Many thanks for this.

Nepal must have so many mountain communities but how do they survive?

Are they still basically farmers with goats and cows and some crops? Are there many leaving the mountains for the city life?

It would be good to know there are some still living in the old ways and not being too pressurised by the advance of the modern world!

I know the families are strong in Nepal. Does this mean the remote villages are too?


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Your Comment... excellent article, really enjoyed it. Fantastic photos add to the interesting and well researched subject! Voted up!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Vinaya, this is an excellent hub on how to get a visa and so much more! Nepal looks like a beautiful place. I hope I get to visit there someday. Voted up, beautiful, and shared! Kelley

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