According to liuxers.com, there are no direct flights from Russia to Nepal. A number of airlines offer flights with transfers in other countries, while flying all the way on the planes of one airline is possible only with Qatar Airways (from 15 hours).
Another travel option may be through India, which is connected to Nepal by numerous flights of local airlines – Royal Nepal Airlines, Indian Airlines and others. The most economical and at the same time the most inconvenient is the flight by Pakistan Airways: departure on Wednesdays and Sundays from Moscow to Karachi (8 hours connection, provision of a free hotel), then flight to Kathmandu. There are no direct flights from Ukraine and Kazakhstan either. For tourists from these countries, the most acceptable way to get to Kathmandu is through Delhi (India).
Visa to Nepal
Citizens of Russia and the CIS countries require a visa to enter Nepal, which can be obtained both at the Nepalese embassy in Moscow and upon arrival at the border. But it is still worthwhile to issue a medical insurance policy for the entire duration of the trip in advance.
In the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, there are buses and trolleybuses, there are taxis, motorcycle and cycle rickshaws, as well as fixed-route taxis. Public transport is constantly overcrowded and the traffic schedule is practically not maintained, so the best way to get around in Kathmandu and other cities is by taxi. During the daytime, its cost is 8 NPR per landing. The average price is 100-200 NPR. At night (after 21:00) taxi prices rise by 50%.
In buses and trolleybuses, the fare (10 NPR) is taken by the conductor. On buses and trolleybuses owned by the Transport Corporation of Nepal (TCN), a fare system with four zones is used, for each of which a ticket of a certain color is purchased from the conductor.
Buses are the main means of transportation in the country. Ordinary buses (local bus) are cheap, but constantly overcrowded, in the cabin, in addition to the passengers themselves, they transport poultry and even small livestock, there are no air conditioners (wherever there!), Some passengers or cargo are often transported on the roof, and the technical condition of such vehicles is mildly speaking, causes concern. For those who do not want such an “extreme”, more modern minibuses (tourist minibus) run in the most popular destinations, the fare for which is 50-60% more expensive than on a regular bus, as well as modern cars with air conditioning (tourist coach) — travel on them costs 2-3 times more expensive than usual, but still inexpensive.
Tickets for tourist buses are sold at travel agencies, for regular buses – at the box office of the bus station. During the “peak” season, tickets for many flights should be booked 2-3 days before departure. When paying with taxi drivers and merchants, you need to keep in mind that they will not give change from a large bill – in such a situation it is often easier for them to refuse the client altogether.
Rent a Car
You can rent a car either at the offices of international rental offices (located at the airport) on standard terms, or at local private garages, which strongly recommend renting a car with a driver (and there is a reason for this) or without a driver, but at a higher price and with a large deposit.
The minimum age to rent a car is 18 years old, an international driving license is valid for 15 days, after which a local driving license is required.
In Kathmandu, traffic is completely chaotic. There are no traffic lights, no pedestrian crossings, the rules are not respected in principle. The only thing that can be understood is that the movement is still left-handed.
Bicycles (100-200 NPR) and motorcycles (about 450 NPR) are common in Nepal. To drive a motorcycle, you need an international driving license of the appropriate category.
Tourist safety in Nepal
Be sure to use hotel safes, do not leave money and other valuables in the room unattended. Cases of violence against foreigners in the country are extremely rare, and the few conflicts with local residents are mainly associated with gross non-compliance with local norms of behavior.
During any excursions, it is recommended to use closed clothing: bare shoulders, backs and legs look very unusual for the locals. The public display of signs of attention between a man and a woman is condemned by society.
There are a lot of hotels in Nepal. In the capital, they are almost as good as European standards. At least the owners of hotels try to hang up the “stars” without embellishing reality too much. So, in all the “fours” there are pools – however, their size and water temperature sometimes leave much to be desired.
Also in Kathmandu, along with “five-star” hotels, there are also small inns – “guesthouses”, they are mainly grouped in the tourist area of Kathmandu Tamil. These are small houses with minimal amenities, picturesque gardens on the roofs, small rooms and low prices.
In Pokhara, you can also find many hotels. The prices there are lower than in Kathmandu, but the cleanliness of the rooms and the friendliness of the staff remain unchanged. One of the “chips” of hotels in Pokhara is picturesque gardens with exotic trees and flowers.
Chitwan National Park, the next most popular tourist destination, also has many picturesque hotel complexes consisting of groups of one- or two-room cottages located in the immediate vicinity of the reserve or in the reserve itself. Room prices include three meals a day, morning and evening elephant safari.
The voltage in the mains is 220 V.
In many parts of the country there is simply no electricity, and hotels and lodges in the interior use solar panels and diesel generators that provide current in the range of 110-230 V. For this reason, refrigerators are rare even in expensive hotels.