Visa and general information
Visa, fees & Custom Formalities
Tourists who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport and visa. A tourist entry visa can be obtained from any Nepalese Embassy or Consulate, or other mission offices overseas, or immigration offices located at entry points in Nepal.
Whereas Indian nationals do not require a visa, citizens of all other countries require one. However, visas for children under 10 years of age are free. Two passport-sized photos are mandatory for acquiring a visa.
Chinese citizens are required to apply for their visas at any Nepalese Embassy or Diplomatic mission abroad as there is no provision for them to apply on arrival at a point of entry.
Visas are issued free to Chinese and South Asian passport holders (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Pakistan).
Single entry: US$ 30 for 60 days
Additional re-entry cost: US$ 25, 40 and 60 for single, double and multiple entry visas respectively
For visitors who intend to re-enter the country within 150 days after leaving the country during the same calendar year, the fee is US$ 50 for 30 days
For visitors intending to stay more than 60 days, the tourist visa extension fee is US$ 50 for 30 days
Business visas (with multiple entry)
This can be obtained from the Department of Immigration for a period of one year or five years, upon the recommendation of the Ministry, by paying the equivalent US$ 100 and US$ 250 respectively in Nepalese currency.
All baggage must be declared and cleared through customs on arrival and departure. Goods which are prohibited by the government cannot be brought into or taken out of Nepal.
Visa:Foreign travelers visiting Darjeeling must posses a valid Indian visa. No special permit is required for either travelling or trekking in Darjeeling.??? However, necessary travel documents need to be shown as and when required.
Air Connection: In Nepal, the closest airport to Darjeeling is Bhadrapur (150 km; 5 hrs drive from Darjeeling) Road Connection: Darjeeling is connected by road from Kathmandu.
When to visit: All year round, except for the monsoons in July-August. The ideal period is January to May and September to December. Special monsoon packages are available for the paddy season.
Tour extensions: Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan or any adventure activity in the Himalayas.
Visa/Special Permit For Foreigners:In addition to an Indian visa, foreign travelers must possess an inner line permit, issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs or New Sikkim House, both in New Delhi, or the Sikkim Tourism Office in Siliguri to visit Sikkim. The permit is valid for 15 days. In order to visit the interior regions, a protected area permit, which is obtainable in Gangtok from the Department of Tourism, is required. My Nepal Tours & Travels will handle all the official formalities.
When to visit:All year round, except for the monsoons in July-August. The ideal period is January to May and September to December. Special monsoon packages are available for the paddy season.
Clothing:Light woollen clothing is recommended during the summer (maximum temperature 20.7 0 C) and heavy woollens during the winter (minimum 7.7 0C )