Things to know before travelling to Nepal

The land of Himalayas, Nepal offers admirable natural beauty, majestic mountains, and some of the most incredible adventure activities. The country is most popular for trekking around the world. However, there are certain things that you must know before travelling to Nepal.

  1. Visa Process – It is quite easy to obtain a visa for Nepal. You can get a visa on arrival at KTM airport. Just enter your information at one of the kiosks, get a printed copy and go to the counter where you can pay the visa fee and get your visa. Usually, the fee for 15 days is $25, for 30 days is $40, and for 90 days is $100

  2. Nepal is super affordable – Travelling to Nepal is very cheap which is why it is one of the most popular destinations among people with all kinds of budgets. From a budget-friendly backpacker trip to a luxurious one, you can select as per your convenience.

  3. The duty-free allowance for Nepal – Plastic bags less than 20 microns thick, beef, and narcotics are banned from being imported in the country. Ammunition, firearms, radio equipment, and poppy seeds are also restricted. You can bring the following into the country –
  • 50g of gold ornaments and 100g of silver ornaments
  • 1.15 liter of wine or spirits or 12 cans of beer
  • 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 20g of tobacco
  • Medicine not exceeding Rs 10,000 in value
  • Fresh fruit not exceeding Rs 2,000 in value
  • Canned food not exceeding Rs 5,000 in value

4. Avoid drinking tap water – Water from the tap is unsafe for consumption and one must avoid drinking water directly from the tap, even if it is from the hotel you stay. Hotels generally provide free bottled water during your stay. Stick to bottled water which is available everywhere. Also, avoid eating pre-cut fruits and those washed in tap water.

5. Be prepared for changes in weather – Although the forecast is accurate, sometimes in Nepal, the weather can be unpredictable. It is thus advisable that you carry extra lightweight jacket along while travelling.

6. Power cuts – Occasional blackouts are common in Nepal given the country’s hilly terrain. Most of the outages are scheduled ahead of time and there are special cars that go around informing locals about the power cut.

7. Dress modestly and remove your footwear when entering a temple or a Nepali house – In Nepal, it is very important to dress respectfully particularly when visiting temples. Women should cover themselves up in areas such as shoulders, below the knees and chest, and men should wear full pants or trousers and no shorts. Also, remove your footwear before entering a house.

8. Beware of the monkeys – While you are visiting temples, you will encounter a lot of monkeys, especially if you are at Swayambhunath which is also known as the Monkey Temple. As such they are harmless but you must take care of your belongings as these monkeys like to steal shiny things and food.

9. Get to know people – In order to be more respectful to the people of Nepal remember not to touch them on the head as it is considered the most sacred part of the body. Also, do not point a finger or eat food with your left hand. Use your right hand to eat and hand-shaking.

10. It is not allowed to take Nepali Rupees out of the country – Make sure to exchange your Nepali currency while leaving as it is illegal to take the currency out of the country. Also, the Nepali currency is not accepted or exchanged anywhere else.

11. Benefit from bargaining – While shopping in Nepal, you can haggle for the price but always remember to do so in a respectable manner. We recommend visiting a few market stalls to understand the general price for an item and then negotiating suitably.

12. Trekking permit – You need a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card to trek in any of Nepal’s national parks. The card will let you go on hikes in the country. However, for some remote treks such as Dolpa, Mustang, and Kanchenjunga, you need to get specific permits. Also, trekkers who want to go alone should get registers at the Nepal Tourism Office.

13. Travel Insurance – A travel insurance is very important as it gives you cover against any unforeseen risks, natural disaster, cancellation of flights, losing your valuables, and in case of a medical emergency.

14. Nepal is quite safe – Nepal is ranked as one of the safest countries to visit. You will find that the local are courteous and friendly and tourism is an integral part of their economy. Whether you are travelling solo or in a group expect to get a warm welcome wherever you visit in Nepal. Female travellers also find it quite safe to visit Nepal.

15. The food here is delicious – Last but not least, the food is Nepal is lip-smacking, especially momos. Nepal’s version of dumplings are steamed or fried and filled with meat, veggies or cheese as per your preference. Besides this, you will find Indian and Tibetan influence in the Nepali cuisine. Dal Bhat Takaari is the national dish of Nepal which comprises of lentils, rice, and vegetable curry.

The history of Nepal dates back to more than 2,500 years. There are many worth visiting UNESCO sites and Nepali politics is also quite interesting. The country is a fascinating and diverse place with around 30+ ethnic groups. Majority of Nepal follows Hinduism while the country also integrates Buddhism and Animism. Visit Nepal to experience medieval cities, spiritual sites, magnificent mountains, jungles, travel nirvana and meet some of the friendliest people on earth.

Things to do in Pokhara

One of the major tourist destinations, Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal and it is located around 200km west from the capital city of Kathmandu. The city is home to a variety of adventure activities for travellers and is popular for its picturesque landscapes. Amongst the highlights are the Fewa Lake and Begnas Lake, where the elevation will take you to the hilltop such as Sarangkot. This place offers mesmerizing views of the sunrise which elegantly falls on the gigantic Himalayan Ranges. Also, mountains such as Annapurna, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri as the backdrop of Fewa lake can be seen from anywhere in the city. Pokhara is a perfect place to participate in a wide variety of activities such as paragliding, river rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and yoga.

It is more calm and serene when compared to other big cities like Kathmandu. This peaceful and meditative lakeside city is ideal for learning and practicing yoga and meditation. Here, roads are less busy and the urban life is well managed, this allows yoga enthusiasts the solitude and solace they need. Enrolling in yoga program in Pokhara would be ideal to relax and recharge your body, mind, and spirit with positivity. What attracts people to enrol in a yoga program in Pokhara is the quietness of the hills. You can find several yoga retreats to select from. The growing popularity of yoga retreats in Pokhara has subtly transformed in from party hub to an ideal yoga destination in Nepal.

Besides yoga, there is trekking that makes Pokhara a popular destination. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek ranks next to Everest as the most extreme trek in Nepal. This magnificent trail will take you through the mountains of Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchhre (fishtail), Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail will later culminate at the Annapurna peaks 1 to 8. Experience the thrill of staying in the Nepali teahouses on the trek and determine the difficulty level and duration of your trek. There is also Poon Hill Trek which is a favourite among trekkers as the trek offers some of the most beautiful views of the snow-capped mountain peaks basking in the hues of sunrise. Other adventure activities include Zip Lining as Pokhara has world’s most longest, tallest, and steepest zip line in the world, White Water Rafting amidst the high currents of the Upper Seti river, Paragliding over the Fewa Lake, Bungee Jumping which is a 70-meter vertical drop for three seconds in the Pokhara valley, Ultralight Flight to enjoy the Himalayan peaks and get a bird’s-eye view of Pokhara, Mountain Biking to Sarangkot or Nagarkot to bask in the beauty of sunrise and sunset, and lastly Kayaking in Fewa Lake.

Among the many things, one of the best ways to get the most of Pokhara is by exploring the old city on a motorbike. The vibrant Old Bazaar is a gathering place for traders where you can find temples, monuments, and architecture resembling the Newari architecture. Also, other than Fewa Lake, you can also visit Bejnas Lake which is less touristy and offers amazingly beautiful views. Another less crowded place is the Bat Cave where you can see the bats very closely. Be a little careful as the rocks are quite slippery and the exit of this small cave is narrow.

Some of the major attractions of Pokhara city are the Peace Pagoda from where you can get spectacular views of the valley, Fewa Lake which is a well-maintained lake located at the heart of the city, Barahi Temple located in the middle of Fewa Lake, Gupteshwar Mahadev caves which is visited by various pilgrims, Davis Falls which is a gorge with waterfalls leading to an underground tunnel towards the formation of Gupteshwar Mahadev, the International Mountain Museum where you can get to know more about the majestic Himalayas, explorers, mountaineers, their equipment and gears, along with the tribals of the Himalayan villages. While in Pokhara do not forget to savour on the delicious local food such as momos, the sekuwa lamb, and dal bhat.

Surely, Pokhara is much more than just as starting point for the Annapurna Trek. The city is settled below the snow-capped Annapurna Mountain Range, and despite the rush, you will be comfortable in the seclusion here.

Why Infinity Resort is the best place to stay in Pokhara, Nepal?

Located in the beautiful countryside of Pokhara, the Infinity Resort is one of Himalaya’s most stylish, novel, and contemporary places to stay. You can relax amidst the sweet chirping of birds and make the most of the modern amenities here. Whether you want to rest and recover from your trek or just unwind in the lap of nature, Infinity Resort offers world-class facilities and is just a short walk from the serene Fewa Lake. Also, the resort offers mesmerizing views of the lake with the beautiful Annapurna Mountain Range as a backdrop. The reflection of these mountains on the tranquil Fewa Lake will soothe your soul and uplift your mood.

The unique location of Infinity Resort makes it one of the best resorts in Pokhara, Nepal. Its classy interiors and lavish accommodations make it a perfect option for leisure as well as business trips. To add to this, the sunset view from the resort will compel you to let go of any worries and simply relax. Nestled in a quiet location away from the noisy main road, the Infinity Resort, Pokhara is cherished by our sophisticated staff members who make sure to serve you to the best of their abilities. Here, you can sit back and relax and let the happy, peaceful environment and state-of-the-art facilities help you calm down and take a break from your busy life.

You can select from Twin Deluxe, Deluxe or Suite Rooms which all come with great amenities. All rooms have television, intercom, and AC along with an attached bathroom with a hot and cold shower.  The best thing about the rooms at Infinity Resort is that they all have breath-taking views of the lake and the stunning garden. The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds. Featuring private balconies in all guestrooms is what makes us the best resort in Pokhara lakeside.

Many of our guests who have experienced our hospitability would agree that our high-class service and welcoming nature is what sets us apart from other resorts and hotels in Pokhara.  We offer a unique blend of Nepali culture and modern architecture with free Wi-Fi and a lively dinner area. Our careful design of lush gardens and a stunning swimming pool further allow you to make the most of our property. We offer traditional Nepali Thali with an option to select vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food. Besides this, our menu also includes Indian, Chinese and other international dishes. We use freshest vegetables and most of them are grown in our very own farm. The food is prepared with the utmost care and is served with love!

Along with this, we also offer various other facilities for adventure lovers. As Pokhara is a popular adventure activities destination, you can indulge in paragliding, white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking and of course trekking. Other than this, you can also sign up for yoga sessions and immerse in this ancient practice of healing the body, mind, and spirit.

One of the best things about Infinity Resort is that we make luxury affordable. Our charges are customer-friendly and the services that we offer are unmatchable. We value our guests more than anything and for this, we leave no stone unturned to make your stay the most enjoyable and gratifying during your visit to Nepal’s second largest city and popular destination, Pokhara. The highlight of our resort is our prominent location which is just a short walk from the marvelous Fewa Lake with glistening water.

Infinity Resort is managed by highly skilled and motivated professionals who are committed to make your stay memorable. We look forward to serving you and assure you a luxurious and comfortable stay with the enchanting views of Fewa Lake and the Annapurna Mountain Range.