How To Get Into Nepal?
Travel to Nepal is possible by Flight and overland. Travel to Nepal by flight is only one international airport in Nepal which is located in capital ciy Kathmandu. By overland, Nepal links with India and China and there are eight immigration offices link with India Borders and two immigration offices connection with China Border which is called Kodari border. Travel to Nepal by Air is Kathmandu or The Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu is Nepal’s only international airport. The important airlines that serve Kathmandu are Nepal Airlines, Thai International, Indian Airlines, Bangladesh Biman, Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern, Druk Air, Qatar Airways, PIA- Pakistan Airlines, Gulf Air, Jetlite, Jet Air, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, ‘Woman air, Bahrain Air, Dragon Air, Silk Air, GMG airlines, King Fisher, Spice Jet. These airlines operate their flight to Nepal from Various sectors of India, Europe, America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Hong Kong and other many destinations.
Travel to Nepal, there are just eight entry points into Nepal by land open to foreigners, from which six are from India and two from Tibet.
Travel to Nepal via India, crossing points from India include Mahendranagar, Dhangadhi and Nepalgunj in the west, Sunali, Birganj and Kakarbhitta in the east. Make sure to book your tickets through a reputed agency to avoid getting duped. Also bear in mind that everyone has to change buses at the border whether they book a through ticket or not, and that despite claims to the contrary, there are no tourist buses on either side of the border. You can board direct buses to the Nepal border from Delhi, Varanasi, Calcutta, Patna and Darjeeling. From the border, you can board Nepali buses to Kathmandu.
Travel to Nepal through China you can cross the border into Nepal from Tibet via Kodari.
Nepal - Entry and Exit Points
Travel to Nepal, the following is the list of entry and exit points for the foreigners entering into Nepal and departing from the country. Upon entry, the immigration officials stamps on your passports with the permit to enter and explore the Himalayan Kingdom. But before you leave the desk of the immigration official make sure to check the stamp and the date. Usually, the immigration offices at these entry and exit points are open 24 hours.
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is the only gateway to Kathmandu for the tourists who come by air. The Airport named after King Tribhuvan, the 8th Shah King of Nepal, is situated about 4.5 miles east of the city (about 25 minutes drive). TIA is also in between all the three major cities of Kathmandu Valley namely Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Facilities of bank, duty free shop, restaurants and tourist information center is available at TIA.
Kakarbhitta, Jhapa (Eastern) is about 15-17 hours drive and 610 kilometers away from Kathmandu. This is a small town on the border between Nepal and India and foreigners can use this to cross the border. There are many hotels and lodges around the area to accommodate the tourists in moderate prices. Tourists can commute to Kathmandu or any other cities either by bus or air. The closest airport is at Bhadrapur, about 25km southwest of Kakarbhitta and it takes about 3 and half hours to land in Kathmandu domestic airport by flight.
Birgunj (central) is the main entry point to Nepal for Indian tourists especially coming from Calcutta and Patna. Birgunj which is about 210 kilometers away from Kathmandu is also an important entry point for foreign goods to Nepal. Lots of tourists enjoy sightseeing in this flat land and low altitude city as well as the accommodation of varied choices. Birgunj has a railway to Raxaul. The nearest airport is in Simara which is about 20 km from Birgunj and it takes about 20 minutes to reach Kathmandu by air.
Kodari, (Northern border) about 6/7 hours drive from Kathmandu lies on the Nepal-China border. This border is still regarded as an important trading center between Nepal and Tibet. Apart from all this, Kodari is very famous for its magnificent rivers gorges and splendid scenes of mountains. The very famous hot water spring of Nepal called Tatopani is also very close to Kodari. There are quite few places to lodge in this area and regular buses are available to commute to Kathmandu.
Belhia, Bhairahawa(western) which is also known as Siddharthanagar is about 8-9 hours drive and 280 kilometers away from Kathmandu. This city being close to the border of India is another important city in Nepal from the import and export business aspect. Bhairahawa is also the gateway to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. This place is also quite popular for shopping Chinese goods. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Bhairahawa via plane and other local bus services are also available to travel to and from Kathmandu.
Jamunaha, Nepalgunj(Midwestern) is about 12-13 hours drive and 530 kilometers away from Kathmandu. There are direct flights between Kathmandu and Nepalgunj everyday and the buses are also easily available. Nepalgunj is also one of the major trading centers of Nepal and it lies near the Indian border and well connected to all major Indian cities by road and railways.
Mohana, Dhangadhi (far western) which lies in far western region of Nepal is about 660 kilometers away from Kathmandu. Although this place does not have much to offer, it is used as an entry and exit point to and from Kathmandu mostly by the Indian tourists as the capital of India, New Delhi is just about 6 hours drive. Dhangadhi is also facilitated by decent stay in places in fairly cheap prices. 91/21205) is in the bazaar.
Gadda Chauki, (far western) Mahendranagar is a small town that lies in the far western region of Nepal. It is about 18-19 hours drive and 695 kilometers away from Kathmandu. There are some good hotels and lodges for accommodation. A visit to Royal Bardia National Park can be arranged while in Mahendranagar.