Tourist visas (15/30/90 days) are available on arrival for US$25/40/100; fill in your details online beforehand or on the spot, and bring US dollars cash.
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Considering the enduring popularity of Nepal as a travel destination, there are surprisingly few direct international flight connections into Kathmandu and fares are normally much higher than they are to nearby Indian cities such as Delhi. Most long-distance routes come in via South Asia, Southeast Asia or the Middle East. If you are coming during the prime travel and trekking months of October and November, book your long-haul and domestic flights well in advance.
However, overland and air-travel connections to India are extensive, so it’s easy to combine a dream trip to both Nepal and India, with possible add-ons to Bhutan and Tibet. Note that you can only buy tickets from Kathmandu to Lhasa as part of a tour-group package. You must also join an organised tour of Bhutan to fly to Paro. For onward travel in India, good online agencies include Cleartrip (www.cleartrip.com), Make My Trip (www.makemytrip.com) and Yatra (www.yatra.com).
Flights, tours and even treks can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
The best price found from United States to Nepal is on May 9th, 2019, travelling with Frontier Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.
Transport in Nepal is reasonably priced and accessible. Roads are often narrow, overcrowded and poorly maintained and delays should be expected. Sadly, air disasters and bus crashes are not uncommon.
Air Flights to/from major centres are efficient, whereas mountain flights to trailheads are highly weather-dependent and frequently delayed.
Bus Tourist-class buses are comfortable, usually air-conditioned, and relatively safe and reliable. Micro or minibuses are quick but usually overcrowded, and local buses are, without exception, uncomfortable, crowded and slow.