Hello there I am 25 soon to be 26 and am off on my ARW Trip in Sept/Oct 08. My plan is to go to Nepal first for 3 or 4 wks and then on to India for 3 mnths or so, like I say I will be travelling around the world but these are my first port of calls. Can anybody help me! I will be flying from the Uk and I presume I would have to fly to Delhi, and then travel to Nepal from there????? I really dont have any idea! I will be travelling alone too!! Like I said my plan is to then work my way around India for roughly 3 mnths, I know I will be there during there festive season, which should be great. I presume I will have to organise my first couple of nights accomodation in Nepal, but from then on do I book as I go, is this relatively easy and safe. I would be greatful for any information, as I am travelling alone I feel I need to plan more than if I had a companion.
Thanks so much to anyone who can help
Yep Delhi is the main hub for Kathmandu (capital and biggest city in Nepal). Don't think there are many (if any) flights outside of Asia that go directly to Kathmandu.
Even though Delhi/Kathmandu are pretty close to eachother the road system isn't the greatest combined with very hilly terrain, so if you have the cash it'd be best to fly to Kathmandu to start off with.
The main tourist area with shops, net cafes etc. in Kathmandu is called Themal, so it'd be a good spot to start off with and ease yourself into the culture, maybe book a tour or 2. I don't think accommodation should hard to book, but I'm not 100% sure. I'd say book on what you are comfortable with at the time and how much flexibility you would like. Pokhara is the 2nd biggest city in Nepal, but I think the majority of the population live in rural areas so take this into account. There are many trekking tours that you can organise in these cities that often go for a few days or even 2 weeks or so. Oh and apparrantly the internet is extremely slow outside Kathmandu so keep this in mind as it may be hard to book accomodation from smaller towns.
I haven't been to Nepal but in a little over a month I'll be there so I'm just going off the research I have done. I may be able to answer things in more detail later if I have the time to jump on TP!
I don't see problem in finding flight that goes directly to Katmandu... I know that it is possible to do so... But if you decided to visit Delhi first, then you can find a flight that goes directly to Katmandu.
I visitited Nepal in january 07. I flew to Delhi, because I wanted to drive to Nepal from India, and not to fly...
when I think about it today, I am really happy I did it that way, but I am not shore if I would like to do it again. Endless train ride from Delhi to the border, then overnight on the border (moscitos and pusshy hotel owners who want to sell you their accommodation)... Next day bus drive from border to Pokhara... I have to addimit all together it was great experience and I did enjoy that trip, but it wasn't easy...
Since you are travelling alone I suggest you to fly directly to katmandu... Therea are also flights inside Nepal from the capital to other towns in Nepal.
I decided to travel by bus... But, as I told you it is not the only option...
Buy a lonely planet or some other guide book... It can help you first few days untill you find your own way of dealing with Nepal...
In Katmandu I stayed in Katmandu Guesthouse... Great place in central location... Try to go there. If you don't find accommodation there, there are many small hotels all around so you will be able to find something...
hope this hints will help... if you have any more questions, i will be happy to try to answer them...
I'm starting my rtw trip from India/Nepal too this April I did some research into various travelling options as I will be working in Nepal for a couple or months before heading off to Asia. If your using a rtw flight ticket then i found the cheapest way was to fly into Dehli and then travel overland as it works out more expensive flying directly into Kathmandu (not all of the rtw plane tickets can do it either). Also if you travel overland you get to see a few more places on the way. I'll be travelling on my own too and think that as long as you plan your route it shouldnt be a problem. One website I've found helpful when planning overland routes for my trip is seat61.
Good luck with your trip
I have been in Nepal in january 2005 and I am going back te 12th of February this year.
I would suggest, especially because you are travelling on your own, to fly direct to Kathmandu.
Arriving at Kathmandu take a taxi, beware of the porters - they are very helpfull but you have to pay them in the end - and go to Thamel to the Kathmandu Guesthouse.
In front of the Kathmandu Guesthouse you will find the office of Himalayan Encounters and they will be more then willing to help you planning your stay in Nepal. Trekking, rafting, going to Pokhara.
In 2005 I also travelled on my own, going for volunteering, and I felt from the first moment at home, thanks to the Himalayan Encounters. I will also again be staying in the Kathmandu Guesthouse and Thamel is a wonderful place to stay. Internet cafes, bars, shops. Beware: don't get overwhelmed with the busy life there, just enjoy it.
I wish you a pleasant trip, I lost my heart 'voluntarily' in Nepal.
Thanks for all your advice guys I am taking everything into consideration, although I am sad to hear you say I should fly to Kathmandu, I kinda have my heart set on overlanding it which I know will be hard and scary but isnt that the whole point of travelling!! I have added another post if any of you have any advice on that!! Sorry I have so many questions I seem to think of something new to find out everyday.