Fly To Kathmandu, Nepal
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Kathmandu is the largest city and the capital of Nepal. Famous for the Himalayas and Mt. Everest, it comes as no surprise that Nepal is the highest country in the world nestled between China to its East and India to its West. The name Kathmandu originates from the Kathmandu Valley which is next to the city.
The city has a reputation as being inaccessible, though is now becoming increasingly popular with both independent travellers and holidaymakers alike. The city is developing quickly, and has been for the last 20 years and infrastructure is now well developed.
A place worth visiting within Kathmandu is Swayambhu, which is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the whole of the country. The temple itself commands fantastic views over the whole city and has a significant number of monkeys who have made the site their home. The temple is about a 25 minute walk from the popular Thamel area, though will be quicker if you decide to take a taxi or a Rickshaw. Entry costs Rs 200, and there is a wide range of Tibetan trinkets available for purchase.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy details
- South African citizens will need to make sure they have a valid passport which remains valid throughout their intended stay. South Africans passport holder have to purchase a Tourist Visa on arrival for either 60 or 120 days.
- The closest South African high commission to Nepal is located in Sri Lanka. 114 Rosemead Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Phone +94-11-246-3000.
See and do
Kathmandu provides a sensory overload that few destinations come close to. For new tourists, stepping into the city with its endless amounts of unfamiliar tastes and smells is an experience in itself. Walking the back streets of the city will allow you to see a city which is almost unchanged since medieval times, with small shops selling a range of fascinating goods. Cool souvenirs include the famous Tiger Balm, to Nepalese spice from the many merchants that come from far and wide. All of these things as well as an endless amount of dining opportunities will be found in the Thamel area of the city which is the main tourist part of the city.
Of course most visitors will have come to Nepal to explore the surrounding area, opposed to simply spend all of their time in the city. There are an endless amount of tours which can be booked in Kathmandu. These may involve anything from sightseeing tours of Temples, to treks in the Himalayas. There is of course always the possibility of climbing Everest for those in search of a challenge, though it is only advised for the seasoned climber.
Tribhuvan International Airport – KTM
Food and beverage: There are several small cafes inside the terminal building as well as a handful of shops where food and drink can be purchased.
Currency Exchange: There are ATM’s within the terminal building as well as several money changers available.
Lost Luggage: Luggage which has been lost in transit should always be reported to your individual airline. Luggage lost in the airport can however be reported directly to the airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: The airport hotel Kathmandu is located on the airport ring road which is just a 2 minute walk from the terminal buildings. There are also several more options heading in towards the city.
Car Hire: Sixt and various other local car hire companies provide car rental services at Kathmandu Airport.
Airport hub: Tribhuvan Kathmandu Airport (code KTM) is a hub for Agni Air, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines, Sita Air, Tara Air and Yeti Airlines.