I will be in Nepal early march and am hiking the Annapurna Circuit pretty much straightaway. After, I may go to Chitwan for a few days. My friends are leaving at the end of March, and I won't have anywhere to be until Thailand (via Delhi) in early May.
My interests are primarily outdoorsy...seeing pretty things like lakes, mountains, sunsets. I also like urban wanders. I have never been to that part of the world (I'm finishing up my year in South Korea next march) and a month is almost nothing I realize.
I'd like to ask the informed members of this board...what would be best to do? Some early thoughts are ...
* Hole up in Pokhara. Relax, read, write.
* Tramp to Everest Base Camp.
* Go to Delhi for a week or two, see the Taj Mahal.
All suggestions are most welcome. Thanks!
My suggestion: hold up in Pokhara and write. Delhi is absolutely NOT the place to be (although the Taj is a no brainer). It's also worth spending a few days in Kathmandu -- not a bad place at all. As for trudging to Everest base camp, I'm pretty sure 20 days of Annapurna will cure you of the trekking bug for a while!
Thanks muchly, sir. I think I'll go a monthish in Pokhara and do some of the small tramps around the area. Does anyone know a) if I stay something like 63 days can I extend my Nepal visa in Pokhara? and b) can I get an Indian visa at the Delhi airport? Or is it something I need to pre-arrange?
you can only extend your visa at Kathmandu. Single entry visa (valid for 15 Days ) cost you US $ 25.
And regarding visa for Inda , you can obtain it in Indian Embassy here in Kathmandu. I don't think India will issue visa on Arrival at Indian Airport.
Alright, thanks all. Looks like I'll be spending a week in Kathmandu at the end of my trip. Thanks, Mountainguides, for the offer. Guided hiking isn't really my thing, but if I decide to go that way I'll get in touch.