My stay in Kathmandu for Visa 25.12.06 - 3.12.06

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My Stay in Kathmandu - Part 1

Yesterday I came back from Nepal.

I would like to share my Visa and Stay experiences with u.

I had to intention to go to Bangladesh, Dhakka for my India Visa, but on 23th November at deep night, I got a warning from a yahoo 360 friend, living in Dhaka, telling me that their `even Bangladesh are not able to move around freely this time due to the instable political situations right now...

The morning I went at 9.30 am to the Nepali Embassy in Kolkata and applied for a tourist visa.

Royal Nepalse Consolate General
1, National Libery Avenue
Alipore, Kolkata 700027
Tel. 0091-33-479117/224
mcg@cal.vsnl.net.in

It was so nice there. I was alone, no other persons waiting. People in that Embassy were very friendly and helpful... and within 30 min I was already outside with my 60 days Visa for a fee of 30 Dollar [or 1500 INR]. They presented also losts of cards and a big map of Nepal to me.

There I heard that cosmic air is not anymore flying to Kathmandu, although I had seen a booking site of them and various phone numbers [which of course not worked anymore..]

I went straight to DumDum Airport to make my ticket Indian Airline, the only company flying now from Kolkata to Kathmandu, and got a Roundtrip for 7540 INR [including all taxes], which was the cheapest.

On 25th December I flew over to Kathmandu and before that I phoned the International Guesthouse at Kathmandu. The Reception lady told me that she would send a car to pick me up from the Airport [that's there free service].

International Guesthouse, Kaladhara, Thamel
Phone: 00977-1-4252299 and 00977-1-4410533
info@intguesthouse.com

*** more in part 2 ***
Last edited by kishori_ray; Dec 4th, 2006 at 16:06.. Reason: moved to visa forum. Great info!
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Part 2 arrival in Kathmandu

I was picked up from the Guesthouse people and got a room for 6 Dollar, which was the cheapest room at the 4th floor with 2 beds, an unattached bathroom, but running hot water .

I was lucky that so long I was in Kathmandu there was daily sunshine and about 20 degrees in daytime. At night it got really cold down to 2 degrees. Inside my room it got like 12 degrees at night, but there were suffient thick blankets. To explain a little about me in this regard is that I can't stand cold weather [although I am a German], but I suffer from Arthritis and prefer hot weather, in which I real prosper and feel well. When I left Kolkata I had still the fan running in the evening, that time we had 26 degrees at night and 30 degrees in daytime room temperature.
U can also use a room heater, for which 2 Dollars would be charged.

I really liked the Guesthouse and the personal of it as well. It's a very opulent house with a green garden where u can sit and take ur breakfast in the morning. There was a roof top, which became my favorite place, with beds to ly on and chairs. They were so kind, even to serve u coffee there on the 6th story. [Thinking of that sunshine and the nice view to Annapurna... I must say, I am really missing it now while back in good old Kolkata ].

So I enjoyed much sunbathing there, and burnt my face for good.

It is remarkable, that these people were very flexible and helpful. One could wash one's own cloth and hang them where ever was space, so no hard and fast rules. And I must say that all the persons of that Guesthouse were great

In the beginning Ganesh the manager sat for a long time with me and answered all my questions and gave me all possible help. Here it needs to be explained, that I had not completely discovered from some high fever, resulting in incredible dizziness when I tried to walk, some kind of discoordination, so they always gave a person of their Guesthouse to bring me to the nearby internet or even to the Embassy, where that boy had to stand in line for me for more than 3 hours.

The kindness, humility and kindness of Nepali people is remarkable!!!

The Visa

The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is closed on Saturday and Sundays and open from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am - 12.00 am.

Indian Embassy In Kathmandu
PO Box Nro 292,
336 Kapurdhara Marg
Katmandu, Nepal
Phone: 00971-4410900 and 4414990

*** more on this in part 3 ***
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Part 3 Kathamandu and India Visa

Ok, to get any kind of India Visa will take u 3 Sessions.

1. Session:
- come early to the Ind. Embassy, it will open at 9.30 am, but come at 8.30, there are big crowds of people these days

... first day we came at 10 am and not even at 12.30 am I had reached the officer, he got very nervous and wanted to close, but he could not throw all these people out, so all got a little nervous.

- get a small form and write in BLACK BLOCKLETTERS, this form will be send to ur embassy in ur home country by Fax, therefore black ink has to be used. [I had done in wrong with blue ink, and had to start allover again.]

- u must pay 300 Nepali Rupees hand in the form, have ur last Indian Visa checked, and can then come back after 3 working days [means I came on Monday, had to come back on Thursday morning].

- be careful when u get the proof of having paid that fee, to keep it, don't throw it away!

- u will get a big form that along with a COLORED PASSPORT PIC [black and white pics will be refused!!!]u have to hand in on the 2. Session along with a fee of Nepali Rupees 3050 for a 6-month Tourist Visa, try to get always double or mulitiply entries.

- The fee for a Tourist Visa varies according to country.
Most countries pay Nepali Rupees 3050,

[NOTE THAT IT IS FORBIDDEN TO BRING INDIAN RUPEES INSIDE NEPAL!]

I did not know this, infact I did not change at the Airport, honestly I did not know even that there is a different currency ... when I entered yesterday the Kathmandu airport I found a big board standing there, where it was mentioned that to bring more than 100 Indian Rupees inside Nepal would be an offense!

In fact when I came for the first Session I wanted to give Indian Rupees and noticed that the officer really got irritated when I asked if I can pay in INR. So there is no other way, bring the right amount of Nepali Rupees with u, there is no question of Us Dollar or INR.

- What I have still in mind is:

Citizen of Most Nations and Russia:

have to pay [Nepali Rupees] NR 3050 the 6-Month Tourist Visa.

Citizen of US have to pay about NR 4600

Poland have to pay NOTHING [THIS WAS AT LEAST WHEN I WAS THERE, ALWAYS CHECK THE LATEST NEWS ON THIS!]Still the have to pay for the first session NR 300 for the Faxing.

Transit Visa

- If u take a transit visa, always take the maximum day [15] because u never know... amount will be always NR 800, whether u take for 7 days or 15 days, so better take 15 days.

I don't know it exactly but it appreared that u could get Transitvisa in one Session only, if u are right in time there and if there are not too many people in ur line.

I met one Swiss girl who spend much time there waiting in line, since she had taken one day to less, she could have taken 15 days, but took some less, so then she could not get the flight as planned and got into trouble....

*** more in part 4 ***
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Indian Visa from Kathmandu - Part 4


So, here we are...

How much we have to pay at the Indian Embassy in Nepal?

1. NR 300 for the first form
2. NR 3050 for a 6 month tourist Visa [Us citizen pay about 4600]

Transit Visa - NR 800

5-year-Visa [any other than Student Visa] - NR 9650

5-year-Visa [Student] - NR 5650

Of course for a Student visa all the papers have to be shown from an government authorized institute in India.

Even though I am really a student here of classical indian vocal, and my school is Sangeet Research Academy at Kolkata, I could not get a sponsor letter from them, since I am a private Student...

Keep all the cash ready in Nepali Rupees, the bigger the note, the faster it goes, since there is only one counter for all the people [about 200 at one session, when I was there].

Always go for double or multiple entries, one never knows...

Again, u need a good passphoto in color made according to the rules set for passports and very recently made.

Although so after handing in ur filled up Visa form and paying the fee, u will be requested to come on the same day at 4.30 pm [be there at 4 pm, ok?]

The 3. Session consists just in picking up ur passport and checking if the Visa is issued correctely. This visit would not take more than an hour from u, depends on the crowd of course.

Wish u good luck with ur Visa!



*** part 5 is in work, coming soon***
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Thanks for the excellently detailed step-by-step, just what I was trying to find.
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Bangladesh and IC Rupees

Thanks for your step by step exegesis - it really is a bit complicated. Minimum, three days!

Wow, their website is really out of date. It says 350 for the transit visa!

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I got a warning from a yahoo 360 friend, living in Dhaka, telling me that their `even Bangladesh are not able to move around freely this time due to the instable political situations right now...
Here's something I read about AI's report on conditions in Bangladesh -
Bangladesh has been overrun by 'gun culture' with the state machinery and religious fundamentalists unleashing attacks on human rights defenders, including journalists and voluntary organisations, said Amnesty International here Monday.
source: India E News

--But, what's all this about no IC rupees in Nepal? am resident there and IC is practically a hard currency. Almost impossible to find someone who won't take IC.

However, what is illegal are IC 500 and 1000Rs notes - because of the high incidence of counterfeit. Almost no one will accept them anymore. In fact, it's illegal to bring them in the country. I got stuck with a few and had to find an Indian hotelier to change them for me at premium rate.

Maybe you got garbled info - it's not illegal to bring more than 100 IRs into Nepal, but it IS illegal to bring IC notes larger than 100IRS (ie, 500, 1000). Unless things have changed drastically since December.

--Also, I always ask for Multiple entries, but for some reason, this embassy has refused to give more than Double to anyone I know.
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a very quick clarification on the question about bringing Indian currency into Nepal. It is rather confusing the way it is worded but actually means that it is not permitted to bring notes larger than 100 Indian Rupees into the country. So you can bring in more than 100 rupees as long as you do not have any 500 or 1000 notes. Apparently this is because of forgeries of 500 Rs notes.
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oops - sorry sirensongs - my slow typing again! I hadn't seen your reply when i was posting mine
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any particular trouble????

Luckily i think i found the right place to get informations on obtaining a Visa to India in Nepal... I am now working for a Company in Mumbai on a tourist Visa, which expire on June the 10th. So i'll have to cross the border to Nepal to get a renew. As for me it will be important to loose the least time as possible, my questions would be:

- which cheapest airline company fly to Kathmandu from Mumbai?
- as i understand, will it take a week to go through the all process?
- are there at the moment any particular circumstances (like politic tensions) that could possibly end in long delays, travelling difficulties or any other inconvenience?

Well, regarding all the details everything is made very clear from the Kishori Ray post, so no other questions about that? Thanks for you time and help Max
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oh one more quick question???

I also have a German friend who has a different problem. She is now in Rishikesh, she has a one year Visa, but the six months allowed period stay is expiring and asked me to get information on how it works in this case with crossing the Nepali border in order to re-enter in India. In particular, she' d like to know how long she has to stay in Nepal to go back to India (if there is a minimum period) and if she has to make some applications at the indian Embassy for this, or it's not requested. Again thanks Max
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back in nepal with refusal of 5 year visa

Hi, now i am again here, arrived on 6.th of May, was in the illusion to pick up a 5-year-Tourist Visa here... but bad luck... they will only give me 6 month.
REASON: U have been here already once.
OPTION: If u stay here at least 25 days longer, u could get it...

nice to know...I was so happy about this option to get 5-years visa even though there is the hassle to leave India again every 3 month... but... no way don't have the cash to stay here that long.

ALL IN ALL: Seems more easy if u have not been here in Kathmandu previously otherwise u will either face the problem to spend at least 25 days here or get barely a 6 month visa.

HOW IT WENT THIS TIME: This time i tried to be more clever, i went there already at 6 am and signed the waiting list as being Nr. 6.
Although there is a waiting list, u have to stay there, since all people do not care for waiting lists, and will try to take away ur place, so watch out.

At about 8 am, a group of about 20 people were allowed to move through the gate to the balcony of the office.

9.30 am only the forms were hand out, it was very messy that time, since several people had entered the cue without having such numbers, always stay on ur place, it was really a bit of struggle.

Again the form has to be filled in WITH BLACK CAPITAL LETTERS, 300 Nepali Rupees should be in ur hand to make it run swiftly... do not dare to show any Indian Rupees, which are even forbidden to take inside Nepal [according to a note at the tribhuvan airport].

Ok, all is the same like November, but more crowded and if u are not inside at 10 am, u cannot make it. At 12 noon the counter will be closed, so better come at 6 am, put urself on the list, and get to the nearby cafe for breakfast, than to be too late.

I am staying now in Thamel, Happy Home Guesthouse, formerly Hotel California, mentioned in Lonely Planet too.

I got a room with shared bathroom for 200 nr. U can make an internet booking and will get a little of discount. Good address by the way.

Will tell u more later...
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I have read in previous threads and on Thorn Tree that you can change Indian rupees (500 rupee notes) at the airport. Is this correct? (Airport being at kathmandu). do I change into Nepal rupees at Delhi before I leave - going in a few days time. Or should I change Indian rupees into American dollars? The other thing is - is there ATM facilities for using Visa card in Kathmandu? I am assuming there is. Would be most grateful for answers!
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On my last trip to Kat I was given an Indian rupee note in my change by a shopkeeper - I forget what denomination. My Nepali friend said this is quite common.

I guess I can test it out for myself again since I AM GOING BACK IN 6 DAYS!!!!!

Sorry, it just feels so good to write that!!! I just realized while sitting on the subway this morning on my normal daily commute that this time next week I will be in Bangkok, flying to Kat the next morning - eeeee!!!!
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I feel like you Giripriya! (Dancing elephant etc) I am meeting my daughter whom I haven't seen for 2 years and now know she is safe after enormous mountain expedition in Tibet! Getting back to the money thing - I put a new thread to try and get a fast reply and most recent info. on this subject. After reading Kishori Ray's post and learning you can't take more than 100 rupees (Indian) into Nepal. Look out for it for your own info. I think I will change any Indian rupees at Kathmandu airport... I don't think you would have any probs. though because you would be going with American dollars? (Don't want to change the main point of this thread which is getting an Indian visa in Nepal)
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