Nepal opened its door to tourists in 1950s, and since then this home of tallest mountains of the world has been a favorite destination for the travelers. Though Nepal is mostly famous for its mountains, its unique diversity (more than 100 ethnic groups) makes this country a remarkable place to visit.
It is often said that Nepal has three religions: “Hinduism” “Buddhism” and “Tourism”. Nepal has a long history of tourism, and its people are considered one of the most hospitable in the world. The host is ready enough to provide the enough tourism supply to the demand. However, from the experiences and studying of Nepal tourism, this article could give you some tips of how to travel Nepal main highlights by cutting the cost.
Mostly Nepal Hotel room rates are different from local and foreigners. Big destination has more choices of hotel category from budget to luxury. The rate starts from $10-25 per room per night for basic budget hotel and luxurious hotel starts from $50 to $200 per room per night. Rates vary between high and low season.
Home Stay: A new phenomena in tourism in Nepal is picking up for the past 10 years, and it is called home stay. Foreign visitor are allowed to stay in home during their visit in Nepal. Advanced booking is recommendable and online booking websites are quite useful for those searches. Due to Nepal’s diverse ethnicity a particular ethnic group who has been living in one area has now come up with home stay. One entire village of around 10 to 12 houses serve as home stay. The accommodation here is basic, clients will have a lifetime opportunity to be with the locals, see and experience what they do, and be with the locals. Nepal’s home stays are now so popular that other countries in the region are following its footsteps. Costs to say in home stay per day per person vary from $20 to $33.
Domestic flights also have different rates between local and foreigners. Earlier bookings are advisable. Nowadays more flight options are available between Big three cities (i.e. Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan). Flight tickets starts from $100 to $120 approximately vary from time by time.
However, if you are fit enough to travel and cut the travel cost significantly, traveling with the tourist buses are best options. The tourist bus tickets start from $7 to $12 approximately and vary by time to time. Local buses in which the locals travel are “not recommended” due to their irregular schedule and poor maintenance.
Try local but no street food. But that doesn’t mean all of the street for are not hygienic. You will see mushrooming local eateries nationwide so do the local bars. International and tourist restaurants can be found mostly in big cities. Most of the hotel will provide you good breakfast however $2.5 to $3 maximum per meal for local cuisine.
Visitors should aware of zone fees and attractions entrance fees. All the monuments can be visited by paying entrance fees, these fees vary from one monument to another. So be wisely to choose which you would like to visit most to cut the cost.
Traveling within Nepal with lower cost is possible if you have more time. However, budget travelers should avoid visiting Nepal while especially in autumn; because autumn is the peak season and the prices are high. Instead the budget travelers can choose July and August (noted that these months are rainy season, prices are moderate, but you will see a very different Nepal because this is the rice planting season, you will have a lifetime opportunity to see firsthand rice planting ceremony in the villages; so prepare to face the rain; you will have very good time in Nepal).
Booking through reliable travel agents are advisable for some components such as bus tickets, transportation for sightseeing and local tourist guides.