Visitors can go to
different parts of Nepal either by road or by air. Among domestic
airlines of Nepal the Royal Nepal Airlines (RA) provides extensive
network. Other domestic airlines more than 18 in operation provide
regular and charter services to popular domestic destinations.
Excepting weather conditions Nepal's domestic air service is known to
be punctual and reliable.
Buses are available to different parts of the capital and the kingdom
from the new bus park in Gongabu and the old bus park in Sundhara.
Regular bus services operate within the three cities in Kathmandu
Valley. Scheduled bus services for outside the Valley operate from the
Gongabu Bus Terminal. There are tourist bus services to selected
places offered by a few travel agencies. In addition, one can also
hire private vehicles at nominal rates.
Airport bus carries passengers from the airport into the city. Getting
around Kathmandu Valley is made easier by metered taxis that can be
hailed off the streets and are easily recognizable by the taxi sign
and their black number plates. No tip is expected. Night taxis are
available for higher prices. Three wheeler scooters that are cheaper
than taxis are also available. For cheaper rides buses and teeny vans
called micro buses are available to different parts of the Valley.
Battery run scooters also serve the same purpose.
Airport tax is applicable to Nepali and non-Nepali citizens who use
airport facilities. The airport tax specified for different flights
from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and other domestic airports
are as follows:
1. International Sector TIA and Other Airports
a) SAARC Regions Rs. 700/- Rs. 500/- b) Other Countries Rs. 1000/- Rs.
2. Domestic Sector
a) Rs 150/- at TIA, Pokhara, Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Simara, Bhairawa,
Lukla, Neplagunj, Jomsom and Meghauli Airports.
b) Rs 125/- at Rajbiraj, Janakpur, Bharatpur, Tikapur, Dang, Surkeht,
Dhangadi and Mahendranagar.
c) Other airports which does not fall under the category of (a) and
(b) will be charged Rs.50/-
Note : In addition, VAT (value added tax) will be imposed on
the above mentioned rates.
Trekking Permit : While permission is not required to trek to
most areas, trekking permit is required for restricted areas. To get a
group trekking permit an application form should be submitted through
any registered trekking agency of Nepal. Some restricted areas are
open only for group trekkers and trekking permit to these areas will
not be issued to individual trekkers. For detail information about the
permit log on to http://www.immi.gov.np official web site of
Department of Immigration of Nepal.
Miscellaneous Fees :
a. Travel document is issued for US $ 20 in case of loss, damage,
theft, expiry of the passport.
b. Entry visa is issued from the Department of Immigration at 25
percent additional fee along with regular entry visa fee.
c. Certification of arrival or departure stamps or replacement of
trekking permit US $ 1.