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India & Nepal are completely different from any other country with their diverse mix of peoples, climates, scenery, religions, and cultural influences. It can be inspiring, moving, and, at times even infuriating. In order to enjoy your tour to the maximum, do go with an open mind; and perhaps without drawing comparisons with any other destination or culture. We have prepared these travel tips to help you with your pre-holiday planning, and also for after you arrive in India or Nepal Tour

What is the best time to travel to India?

The diverse topography of India comprises mountains, beaches, and deserts. The large size of the country also blesses it with different climatic conditions, which means that, while some places in India may have the mercury rising in the summers, there are some, where the weather is cool and pleasant. Therefore, the best time to travel to India depends on the places a tourist would like to visit in the country. However, it is also safe to say that the winter season (October - March) is mostly preferred by the tourists while visiting India.

For wildlife sightings, both summer (March-mid June) and winter seasons are favourable. While the winter season is best for sighting animals basking in the sun during the day time, summer is the time when they can be seen frequently paying a visit to the water holes.

Is India a safe place to travel with kids?

Yes, it is safe to travel to India with kids. While you can travel with kids almost anywhere in the country, there are some places that make for better family travel destinations, with their good hotels, plenty of activities for kids, clean air and safer environs.

Is payment through credit card accepted in India widely?

Yes, in all major cities and towns in India, credit card payments are accepted in hotels, restaurants, and shops. Visa and Master Cards are widely accepted around the country, while some places also accept American Express, besides other types of cards.

What kind of clothes do I need to carry while traveling to India ?

1. Season : Since India experiences hot summers (in most of the parts) and chilly winters, travellers should pack according to the month they are planning a visit in. If the trip is planned in the months between March and September, carrying light woolens (in the hills) and cotton clothes (in other areas) will be enough. On the other hand, if the trip is scheduled between October and February, carrying heavy woollens for North India and light woollens for South India is advisable.

2. Special Interest Tour : If you have booked your tour for trekking in India or wildlife safari or any other specific activity, then the clothing has to be carried accordingly. For wildlife safari, camouflage clothing, or clothes of green and brown shades are recommended. For trekking, clothing varies according to the place, altitude, season and difficulty grade. Though carrying clothes for layering; a down jacket; a good pair or trekking shoes; a sun hat; a woollen cap, muffler; socks; and a pair of gloves are required.

I don't know English, how to deal with it while traveling to India?

While English is spoken and understood by a large number of people in India, it isn’t an absolute necessity. Instead, focus on learning some Hindi words that come in use in daily lives. You can also book a tour with Tour My India that offers tour guides who are proficient in different languages and can be mediators between you and other people you encounter in the country.

Is the Internet easily available in India?

Yes, the internet is easily available in India. All the major cities and towns, hotels, restaurants, and cafes in the popular destinations in India offer free Wi-Fi to their guests.

Do I need to take any medical precautions before going on a tour to India?

The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for India: Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

While most of the vaccines mentioned are optional and depend upon the country you are visiting from and your personal health status, it is recommended to get Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations along with Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, and Yellow Fever as precaution.

What currency should I carry while traveling in India?

India's currency is Indian Rupees; it is advisable to exchange your currency at the airport or any foreign currency exchange before travelling to India.

Do I need a Visa to go to India?

All nationals, except nationals from Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives need a valid visa to enter in India. Maldives National need an Indian visa only when stay in India is longer than 90 days and Nepali nationals only require it, if they are entering India from china.

Can I get an Indian Visa on arrival?

The Visa on Arrival facility is only for the nationals of Japan, South Korea and UAE (only for such UAE nationals who had earlier obtained e-Visa or regular/paper visa for India).

How can get Indian Visa?

You can either apply for E-visa or you need to apply for it through the nearest Indian consulate/embassy in your country.

Who is eligible for E-Visa?

The following are the eligibility conditions for availing e-Visa services:

I. Nationals of countries listed on the e-Visa website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ are eligible to apply for e-Visa Services.

II .Foreigners whose sole objective for visiting India is:

  • Recreation and sightseeing
  • Casual visit to meet friends and relatives
  • Attending short term yoga programme or short term courses on local languages, music, dance, arts & crafts, cooking, medicine etc. which should not be a formal or structured course/programme (courses not exceeding 6 months duration and not issuing a qualifying certificate/diploma etc. to the participants)
  • Voluntary work of short duration (for a maximum period of one month, which do not involve any monetary payment or consideration of any kind in return)
  • Medical treatment, including treatment under Indian systems of medicine
  • As attendant to e-Medical visa holder
  • Business purpose
  • Attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop.

III. Passport should have at least six months validity at the time of making application for grant of e-Visa and a re-entry permit, if that is required under the law of the country of nationality of the applicant. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer.

IV. The foreigner should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India.

V. Foreigners of Pakistani origin or having Pakistani Passport are not eligible for e-Visa. Foreigners who are not Pakistani nationals, but whose parents or grandparents (either paternal or maternal) was born in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan, are also not eligible for e-Visa. They may apply for regular Visa at Indian Mission.

VI. Not available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders or Laissez-passer/ international travel document holders.

VII. Not available to individuals endorsed on Parent's/Spouse's Passport i.e. each individual should have a separate passport.

How can I apply for Indian E-visa?

For details regarding procedure for applying, please visit our website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/

When should I apply for E-visa?

I. For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years), e-Business Visa, e-Medical, e-Medical Attendant and e-Conference visa, applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 120 days in advance from proposed date of travel.

II. For e-Tourist Visa (30 days), applicants of the eligible countries/territories may apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival. Such application can be made 30 days in advance from proposed date of travel.

For updated information please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/

Do Infants need E-visa?

Yes, all the children need E-visa and a separate application must be filled for each passport. Please ensure that your child?s passport is valid at-least for next 06 (six) months from the date of arrival in India.

If I have valid Indian E-visa, Can I enter India from any of the entry point?

No, you can enter in India through below airports and sea ports:

28 designated Airports i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur,Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Visakhapatnam,

05 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai seaports). You may depart from any of the Indian Immigration Check Posts (ICPs).

For updated list please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/

What is the validity of Indian E-visa?

The validity of e-Visa would be according to the e-Visa service you have requested in the application form as -

For e-Tourist Visa (01 year / 05 years), the validity would be 365 days / 05 years from the date of grant of ETA with Multiple entries and continuous stay during each visit which shall not exceed 90 days except nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan. In case of nationals of USA, UK, Canada and Japan, continuous stay during each visit shall not exceed 180 days.

For e-Tourist Visa (30 days), the validity would be 30 days from the date of your first arrival in India. Double entries will be granted within the e-Visa validity period stamped on your Passport. Your first arrival must be between the date of issue and expiry of ETA.

For updated list please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/

Which is the most suitable time to visit Leh Ladakh?

The best season when you can pay a visit to Leh Ladakh is during the months of May to Mid-October that is the summer to Autumn seasons., The temperature dips significantly and the weather conditions are not good for travel.

How many days are sufficient for a tour to Leh Ladakh?

If you want to plan a vacation at Leh Ladakh, then 5- 8 days are sufficient to explore the sightseeing places, NTP India Tourism can customize an itinerary schedule according to your specific requirements.

Why is Leh Ladakh, one of the most sought tourist destinations?

The beauty of the natural landscape depicting the calmness and serenity of both the place and people make it one of the most sought after destinations in the world , Leh Ladakh is extremely popular both with the families and solo travelers, has a lot to offer for adventure seekers.

What can I buy when I am in Ladakh?

When you are in Leh Ladakh, you can shop a large number of items like, Tibetan Handicrafts & Wares, Pashmina Shawls And Woolens, Silver and Stone Jewellery, Rugs And Kashmiri Carpets.

Which is the popular food in Leh Ladakh?

There are many items that are popularly available in Leh Ladakh

Thukpa, that is known as the staple food

Dumplings or momos

Veggie/ Pork/ Beef soup

Lotus Stem

and many others

Which are the places to explore in Leh Ladakh?

The top major attractions in Leh Ladakh are as follows:

Zanskar Valley.

Pangong Tso Lake.

Kargil.

Khardung-la Pass.

Nubra Valley.

Magnetic Hill.

Spituk Gompa.

Hemis National Park.

What are top the things to do in Leh Ladakh?

There are a plethora of things that you experience in Leh Ladakh. Some of them are,

Explore the Zanskar Valley

Visit the Pangong-Tso lake

Explore the The Tso Moriri lake

River rafting in the mountain rivers

Trekking in the Chadar

Drive to the Khardung La Pass

Visit the Thiksay and Hemis monasteries.

Why Should You Choose Swan Tours?

Commencing from the booking of travel tickets to booking accommodation facilitations for your stay, NTP India Tourism keeps your needs and interests in prior along with prime hands over security throughout the trip, and transfer. Taking the responsibility of your transfer from one place to another, booking the top-notch services, and letting you enjoy the vacation without any obstacle coming in the way is the grand quality of NTP India Tourism, in a nutshell. Apart from the same, the holiday packages are customized with the top-notch services making it stand apart from others.

If I need to see a doctor, where can I do so?

There are well-equipped general and specialized hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics manned by very competitive doctors in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities if you fall sick. Your hotel will provide good advice on the matter

How much of Nepal is damaged?

Nepal is a relatively big country. Only 11 out of 75 districts were impacted by the earthquake. Most of those 11 only had minor damages while those closest to the epicenter have suffered most. The epicenter was in Ghurka. If you are going close to the epicenter, contact your tour operator for detailed information about your routes and destination.

What are the changes of another earthquake?

Earthquakes are impossible to predict and Nepal is in an active earthquake zone. Big earthquakes strike the country approximately every 80 years. Aftershocks now are small and far apart and not dangerous to anyone, even at the epicenter.

Are the hotels safe to stay in?

Yes, over 90% of the hotels have been evaluated and are considered safe. Most hotels are modern buildings are were not effected by the earthquake.

Monuments: is there anything to see?

While many monuments have been damaged and some even collapsed, most of them are still standing with the same grace as before. Others are being rebuilt which gives you a unique opportunity to watch the artisans create their amazing art craft and renovate what has been the pride of the country for thousands of years.

Transportation: Are airports and bus routes open?

Tribhuvan, the international airport in Kathmandu is open and operating as normal. Bus routes are operating as normal. Please consult with your tour operator as monsoon rains might impact your travel routes.

Hygiene: How has the earthquake affected sanitation, medical services, water quality?

Hospitals, water supplies and sewages are working as normal. Nepal is a poor country so that means same status as before the earthquake.

How much has been rebuilt?

Most of the rubble has been cleaned out. The rebuilding is different from one place to the next, some are almost done while others, specially in remote areas, still have a lot to do.

Am I taking resources away from the rebuilding?

No, you're not. The only resources that are badly needed now is money, and you provide that by travelling to Nepal.

Are the local people emotionally and physically ready to welcome tourists?

Its already been 4 months since the earthquake, locals have moved on, they even called a press meet at Nepal Tourism Board to announce that they are physically and mentally ready to welcome tourists now

What is Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS). Where and how to obtain TIMS Card?

Tourists of all nationalities including Indians, who are interested to visit general trekking areas of Nepal, are required to receive TIMS Card through one of the following offices:

-             Kathmandu (NTB office, TAAN office and Government registered trekking companies)
-             Pokhara (NTB office, TAAN office and Government registered trekking companies)
-           To obtain a TIMS Card you need a photo copy of your passport details and two passport-size photographs.
-           20 US $ equivalent Nepalese Rupees must be paid to obtain TIMS Card from NTB offices or TAAN offices which issue TIMS card only for Free Individual Trekkers (FIT) who do not take the services of both Guide and Porter.
-              However, 10 US $ equivalent Nepalese Rupees must be paid for obtaining TIMS card for Group Trekkers (GT- who take the services of both Guide and Porter) only from registered trekking agencies in Nepal.
-             The TIMS card is non-transferable, non-endorsable and valid only for one entry for prescribed area and duration.
 
Opening hours:
 
1.            TIMS counter at NTB offices will remain open from Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm except Saturdays and Public Holidays when it is closed.
2.            TIMS counter at TAAN opens seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm . It is also open on Saturdays and Public Holidays from 10 am to 12 pm.
3.            During October, November and December working hours are from 10 am to 4 pm.

Electricity Voltage

Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. A voltage converter is needed for a device that does not accept 230 volts at 50 MHz. Sockets in Nepal accept only round three or two pins. So if your electrical device uses flat pins, please bring a universal electric plug adaptor.
 

What is the time difference in Nepal?

Nepali time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

Are there public toilets in Nepal?

Public toilets can be used for a small fee. But visitors are advised to use the toilets at the shopping malls, stores and restaurants which are cleaner.

Is travel insurance necessary to go trekking in Nepal?

Helicopter services are available should you fall sick or meet with an accident while trekking. However, such rescue services are expensive. So comprehensive travel insurance is advised to cover emergencies like helicopter rescue and medical treatment.

Are there clinics to treat AMS on trekking routes?

The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), a non-profit organization that works to prevent casualties from AMS, operates a permanent aid post in Manang which is managed by volunteer doctors from HRA. It also operates a small aid post in the Khumbu village of Pheriche at 4,280 m during the trekking season by volunteer doctors. HRA also operates a camp at Everest Base Camp during the mountaineering season.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness and how do you prevent it?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is caused by thin air at high altitudes starting from 3, 000 meters upwards and may even lead to death. The main precaution that needs to be taken while trekking is not to go up too high too fast. So the body should be given enough time to acclimatize.
If you suffer from initial symptoms like headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, inability to sleep, swelling of the face, hands and feet and loss of appetite, descend to a lower elevation immediately, and seek medical help.

Are the ATMs working?

YES all as normal, just ensure you have told your bank you are travelling and will be using ATMs in Nepal

What health precautions need to be taken?

Use only bottled mineral water or boiled and filtered water only. Always wash your hands before eating. Do not eat unpeeled fruits or vegetables unless they have been thoroughly washed.

Is there a likelihood of aftershocks during my visit?

Nepal has always had earthquakes, on average it gets over twenty per year, many under 4 magnitude so there always have been tremors. These are now happening in a very short and mostly gentle form on a regular basis however most people are not even aware of them happening.

Is there lawless behavior like looting?

NO!  Never happened.

Does the phone and Internet work?

All communication systems work as you would normally expect.

What about food?

Most of the favorite and popular restaurants are open for business as usual but the same travel advice applies as it always has done - use hand gel and avoid small 'local' back street restaurants to stay healthy. Many restaurants are closing early (9pm) but only because there is so little trade

Is Wifi free at all the hotels and restaurants?

Those that have this service are providing it

Which ones are the safest hotels in Kathmandu, Nagarkot?

Nearly all of the top end hotels have been checked and are now open as before, certainly the high profile (not necessarily the most expensive) ones are. The majority of Thamel hotels have not yet had government engineers surveys but they are open for business as normal. When considering a hotel choice please look for the 'Green Sticker', the official survey stamp that the building is safe. Check our portal for hotels that are open for business as normal

Are you living above a rubble mound?

No and there are very few piles of rubble around, the majority have now been managed or are in the process of being managed and removed.

Is Kathmandu flattened?

Definitely not! Most parts of the city are working as normal. In many places you would not know there had been an earthquake - this includes the major tourism hub of Thamel

Is Everest Buried?

It is believed that Everest has sunk about a centimeter but so far no scientific surveys have been completed with published results. It's definitely still there

Can I get from point A to point B?

Travel is fine at the moment, the monsoon will no doubt loosen hill sides as it always does but there are many geologist groups in Nepal monitoring the situation, and will continue to do so after the monsoon. ICIMOD expect that there will be a very high risk of landslides in the 14 worst earthquake affected districts but the rest of Nepal will be at the same level of risk as pre-earthquake.

What is the drinking water situation?

Mineral water is still available for travelers but if you want belt and braces there are many makes of water purification units around and readily available in the market (some are now in Nepal)

Is electricity still working?

YES but we are still subjected to the normal 'load-shedding' schedules.

Is there a Cholera Outbreak?

NO but follow all the usual precautions as previously advised.

How to Travel to Muktinath Temple ?

Either via Domestic Flight or via Ground transportation choice is yours. Most of the travellers prefer to travel via domestic flight because road condition is not that much good.

Which is the best time for Muktinath Tour ?

Muktinath Tour can be done througout the year but the best time is March - May and September - November.

What type of Accommodation available in Muktinath Yatra ?

In a big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara there are budget Hotels to Deluxe 5 star Hotels available whereas in Jomsom Muktinath region there are basically normal guest house available which are well equipped with attach bath facility. There is also one deluxe Hotel available at Jomsom.

What type of food available during Muktinath Tour ?

You can get any type of food such as indian or continental, vegetarian or non vegetarian depending upon your choice in Jomsom Muktinath region.

What things to carry during Muktinath Tour ?

You don't need any such special items for this trip. You can carry your luggage depending upon the month you travel. Jomsom is a windy place so which ever month you travel you need to carry wind sitter jacket for jomsom muktinath area. Other things it is as normal as in other normal trip.

How many days trip?

Normally Muktinath tour can be done in minimum 4 days but we suggest our client to plan minimum 6 days so that they can travel without any rush.

How is the Medical Facility in Jomsom Muktinath Region ?

There is a small hospital available at Jomsom for a normal treatment. If anything serious happens Pokhara is the nearest city for better medical treatment.

What will be done in case of Emergency ?

Helicopter service will be available from Kathmandu or Pokhara in case of emmergency rescue.

Do we need any special permit for Muktinath Tour ?

Yes, permit is compulsory for Muktinath Tour. All the travellers needs two permit. One is Annapurna Conservation area permit and another is TIMS card. This will be arranges by your local tour operator of Nepal.


Travel access

It is quite difficult to travel because of tough weather conditions. Only those who are willing to undergo physical discomfort and rigor can go to Muktinath. Above all, one should have the Grace of the Lord to visit Muktinath. The convenient routes to Muktinath from India are: via Gorakhpur, Sonauli, Bhairawa and Pokhara, the last big town on the way to Muktinath; via Raxaul, Birgunj and Pokhara or via Darjeeling, Siliguri, Kakarvitta and Pokhara.

There are many ways to reach Muktinath. Either take a flight  from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, hike for 7-8 hours from Jomsom  all the way or take a jeep to Ranipauwa near by Muktinath.

Trek all the way from Pokhara to Muktinath through Kali-Gandaki valley, a trekking route one of famous treks name of Muktinath, Which takes 7/8 days

By overland from Pokhara to Beni to Ghasa to Jomsom to Muktinath through to kaligandaki river bank, it takes 10 hrs drive by private transport (4 wheel drive Jeep)

Also the Bus services are available from Pokhara to Beni, from  Beni to Ghasa, via Tato pani, Marpha, Tukuche  to Jomsom there is Jeep services which take time 8-10 hrs. And  from Jomsom to Muktinath it takes 2.30 hrs by Jeep. After Beni to Jomsom to Muktinath the road is graveled through the Kaligandaki river bank & Hill area.

There is helipad nearby temple; the charter helicopter services are available from Pokhara & Kathmandu all the way to Muktinath which takes around forty five minutes to reach from Pokhara and 2.30 hrs from Kathmandu. The helicopter can be hired only when the weather permits. Arriving by helicopter for a longer period of stay is not recommended because of the risk of acute mountain sickness.

The sight of the bewildering Annapurana and Dhaulagiri ranges will enchant you as you approach towards Pokhara Valley by air or surface. The next morning when you discover the clear sky and views of mountain, you then discover you are on your special journey to the Muktinath.

Apart from walking to Muktinath all the way, there are many ways one can travel, depending on time and budget.

Starting From Pokhara to Jomsom:-

By Flight: Pokhara to Jomsom by air in about 25 minutes
By Trek: Pokhara to Nayapool by vehicle then do the 7/8 days trek to Jomsom,
By Jeep: Pokhara to Beni to Ghasa, via Tato pani, Marpha, Tukuche  to Jomsom-140 km  about  10-12 hrs.

Starting from Jomsom To Muktinath

By treks:  Walk to Kagbeni to Jharkot to Muktinath in about 7-8 hours.
By Transport: Go by local rented motorbike with driver & by Jeep in about 2.30 hrs.
By Horse: Go by a local rented horse in about 7/8 hrs.

By Helicopter

1. Kathmandu to Muktinath in about 1.30 hrs
2. Pokhara to Muktinath in about 45 minutes

By Helicopter to visit Muktinath on the month of March to October is suitable. By treks to visit on the month of April to October is preferable

Around Places

Jomsom & Kagbeni is main gateway of Muktinath. The Muktinath valley has seven historic famous places Putak, Jhong, Chhyokhar, Purang  Jharkot and Khinga. Ranipauwa (Lit.Queen pilgrims hostel the name of Subarna Prabha Devi) is new settlement village founded by people of Purang. There are many monasteries and Gompa around the Muktinath temple.

Climate

Muktinath and its valley are located in the Mustang Bhote region.  The climate and landscape here are similar to those of the Tibetan Plateau since it is situated in the rain shadow of the Greater Himalayas. The changes in climate from warm to cold take you to the sacred shrine of Muktinath in Mustang district. Flowing through the region from north to south and forming deep gorges is the Kali Gandaki river, which as its name implies (kali = black) is a black river -  the black stones of the riverbed and black soil contributing to the effect. The high altitude landscapes made for unique and scenic environments. The climate was cold and the land was dry. The temperatures in summer (March to August) hover between Maximum of 22 to 24 degree Celsius and Minimum 12 to 16 Degree Celsius. In the beginning of winter (September to November) the Maximum temperature fluctuates between 16 to 18 degree Celsius and Minimum Temperature will be between 0 to 4 degree Celsius. In the winter (December to February) the maximum temperature will be 6 to 10 degree Celsius and minimum 0 to -6 degree Celsius.

Season:

The most suitable time to visit Muktinath from March to May & October. In November & February it can be cold, but you can travel. December and January are for the diehard & snowfall in the all of area 4 to 10 ft. June to September is raining season. As the weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months.

Clothing:

Days are relatively warm; especially when there is no wind in the late morning. The appropriate clothing as per the travel period (temperature) . We suggest you to take normal warm clothes. Light warm jacket, woolen sweater, warm T-Shirts, comfortable shoes, trousers and cotton pants are enough for this trip. We recommended you to bring down jacket for the winter.

Travel tips

- Entitled to carry only 15 kgs per person on flight.
- Take precaution for altitude sickness by taking Diamox tablet or Aspirin
- Carry own medicine for any health problem
- Drink plenty of water while trekking
- Sports shoes or trekking shoes
- Carry light luggage
- Walking stick
- Jacket
- Chap stick / Vaseline cream
- Cap
- Sun glasses
- Warm Clothing
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Moisturizer Lotion
- Thick socks and gloves

Accommodation

There is enough Hotels and lodges near by Muktinath in Jharkot and Ranipauwa. The Hotels and lodges are fine there. Some Hotels have solar heated hot showers and provide rooms with attached bath. Also local restaurant are available there. They provide good food. For Hindu pilgrims there are also free Dharamsalas.

Others Facilities

STD /ISD telephone services are available in Ranipauwa and Jharkot. Health post and Post office in Jharkot. Police station, ACAP tourist information center and Safe drinking water station at Ranipauwa. There are available Electricity facilities also.

Rule & Regulation

Muktinath lies in the Annapurna conservation area where entry fee required. Entry fee can be obtained from Kathmandu and Pokhara. The ACAP entry fee is Rs. 200.00 Per person for Indians and others SAARC nationals and Rs. 2000.00 per person to others foreign nationals at the above mentioned designated place. An equal extra fee will levied if permits are issued from field check post. The Permit is non-transferable and is valid for single entry. Children below 10 yrs. need not entry fee. A copy of the passport and 2 copies of passport size photos are required while applying for the permit.

A Yatra to Muktinath by Helicopter

As trek is time taking thus trek would not possible for our entire guest for one or another reason. Hence, we are pleased to introduce a same day Darshan Muktinath by helicopter.

 

Kailash Yatra

Important Yatra Preparation Points

If you are planning for the Holy Yatra/Tibet Tour, you should be aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we have to spend all the time at high altitudes. So, at least 2-month regular practice is recommended either 2 hour daily running, swimming, or joining on a health club may help to complete the Yatra successfully. Reduce drinking alcoholic beverage &smoking habits. Consult your Doctor to assess the state of your health to function safely within your own limitations. In addition to the personal prescriptions by your physician, a First Aid Kit is essential for the travel.

Request your Doctor to prescribe effective medicines to cover the followings:

Fever Chestcongestions  |  Loose motion |  Body & Joint pains

Sore throat Indigestion  |  Stiffness  |  Headache

Cold  Acidity  |  Diarrhea  |  Cough

Stomach cramps  |  Swellings  |  Sneezing  |  Vomiting.

Muscle Pulls  |  Nose Blocks  |  Dysentery  |  Store eyes

In addition to the Meditation, your First Aid Kit must contain the followings:

Vaseline,  Facialtissues,  Dark sunglasses,   Ban Aid,  FaceMasks,

Toilet papers,  Glareprotection,   Cotton,   Rubber bands,  Bodylotion,

Cough drop Bandageroll,   Small plastic bag,  Chopstick,   NoseInhaler,

Dettol /Listerine,   Cologne,   Antiseptic,  Vicks Dustcover,

Mouth Freshness,  Candles/Lighter, Cologne,  Antiseptic,   Mustard Oil

In addition to above one should carry glucose-based items [mints,toffees, and mini chocolate bars for periodical consumption at high altitudes for energy. Multi vitamins and vitamin-C tablets are required for daily consumption as a routine. Make a separate pouch for the First Aid Kit with a list of Medicine and their appropriate usage. Saving is not advisable since any cut or bruise may not heal quickly and may irritate with nagging discomfort.

Additionally: 

Once you finalized your plan to visit the Holiest Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar, be sure you are holding a valid passport. The copy of your passport should be sent to us at least 1 month prior to start your Yatra.

It is advisable to carry extra money [In addition to the tour cost] for personal needs or emergency. Travel cheques, Indian currencies, credit card is accepted in Nepal.

You can exchange your currency into Chinese currencies at the Chinese border. The unspent Chinese currency can be reconverted on return.

Documents:

You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly:

o   Passport with Photostat copies Photographs, Identity card Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.

o   Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.

o   Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.

o   Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.

o    Any other documentfor personal purposes.

o   For Indian National No Objection Letter from the Emabassy/consulate for Lhasa Trips by flight.

Clothing & Equipments:

The following clothing and equipments are suggested for your own protection and safety :

o   Down Jacket, Polar fleece, Light quilted.

o   Pure wool and thick cotton socks

o   Thermal underwear(Inner-full fitting) wool or mixed combination.

o   Wool pullovers-poloneck, Flannel shirts.

o   Warm light gloves,Snow-cap (with ear covering)

o   Wool monkey cap, Sunhats & scarves.

o   Comfortable Trekkingboots and Sandals

o   Sun / Snow glasses

o   Towels-including small hand towel.

o   Hot water bottle.

o   Light Trek bag (for camera, and very essential things.) and duffel bag to keep your personal belongings.

o   Raincoat with hood.

o   Ladies can select other clothing materials as per her interest.

o   Video camera: as per the interest.

o   Binoculars.

o   Plastic mug/whistle.

o   Swiss knife(multipurpose)

o   First aid box / personal medicine

o   Walking stick

o   Note: Please do not carry unnecessary and valuables

Informations Health Pre-Caution

Oxygen is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains.Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness[malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers,sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rule

o   Rest.

o   Relax-do not exert, beexcited.

o   Reduce talking.

o   Walk slowly: adopt one third of your speed and space.

o   Keep your load light.

o   Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.

o   Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.

o   Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.

o   Observe silence with smile.

o   Never go too high and too fast.

o   Avoid smoking, alcohol,drugs and intoxicants.

o   Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.

o   Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favorite music, bhajans, chanting etc.

o   Be careful not to catcha cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system isnot conditioned for this.

o   Keep your boots/Kedinside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.

o   The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together.

o   Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.

We provide the following services and equipment on the package:

Equipments

Sherpa Team, Kitchen Tent, Kitchen Equipments, Dining-Tents

Guest House , Mineral Water, Chinese Guide

 Services 

o   Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu will be on twin sharing basis in facilitated. And accommodation in Tibet will be either on guesthouse [as per the itinerary] in Basic needs.The guesthouse accommodation will be dormitory accommodation and tent accommodation will be on twin sharing basis.

o   Once you enter Tibet,boarder you will be accompanying by Chinese guide along with our official tour guide, Sherpa team and Chinese drivers. Our Sherpas who take care of your need and requirements are cheerful and helpful. The drivers of our Bus are competent and safe.

o   Deluxe non-A/C or A/Ccoach as per the package costs with comfortable seats shall be used.

o   In case Parikrama around MT. KAILASH is not possible as per the itinerary due to adverse weather or other conditions additional one-day expense will be borne by the organizer.Expenses of the more additional days have to bear by the clients only.

o   We request you to choose a leader from you group so that our official representative can take a decision consulting your leader and Chinese representatives [guide] in case of any urgent decisions required. Our official guide will discuss with Chinese guide and driver and brief you about the next day programme and general welfare at the time of dinner.

o   Please bear in mind thatthe comfort en-route and destination may not match your home or a five star. It is totally different mission and it is challenging. It is your SPIRIT and willpower, which will carry you through.

o   SPECIAL BRIEFING by experts shall be conducted in KATHMANDU one day prior to the departure

Risk and Liability:

o   No Alcohol, Drugs and other intoxicants. Anyone found using these will be left behind at the very camp at their own risk. Further stay and return back are all at their own risk and the liability is theirs.

o   Any natural adversity like landslides, storm, floods, heavy snow, road blockage political unrest,cancellation of flights, delay in arrival or departure, sickness or accident,any unforeseen events that change the scheduled program forces the travels to change the itinerary, the decision of the experienced coordinator and the travels are the final one.

o   Any additional cost incurred due to the above-mentioned reasons must be borne by the travelers.

o   The pilgrimage is planned to make all do the parikrama of the Holy Mount. But it any one can not make it them the additional cost of the camp of staying behind has to be born them and there.

o   Travelers can take insurance coverage.

Some Suggestion:

o   Travelling Kailash used to be very difficult till 2000, now we can drive 80 speeds per hour till to Darchan. While travelling we recommend to drink a lot of water and bring lots of dry fruits because you canat feel to have cooked food so every one hour you feel hungry.

o   Please take Chinese visa on your own country, sometime Chinese Embassy Nepal make difficult to process for visa. Kailash and Lhasa travel permit can get easily through Kathmandu. The permit will come in paper before 1-25 days of your departure.

o   Please do not take any items related Dalai Lama and do not talk anything related him, If Chinese police find the same, will make traveler difficult even they can cancel visa and permit and send traveler back to their home with heavy fine.

o   Donot forget to take Travel Insurance, because it’s long journey on desert Himalayas no proper hospital and doctors are available.

o   Please do some shopping in Kathmandu for your travel materials like light, battery, woolen cloths,caps, shoes because you will get very cheap in Nepal.

o   Need t­o bring Passport Size photographs. If traveler holds other than Indian Passport then traveler has to take Nepal double entry visa on arrival at Kathamndu Airport.

These are few important notes. Please feel free to ask any question. Please kindly contact us We will  help you to provide a to z services in kathamndu and Tibet.

Question: How much walking is required on the Kailash Mansarovar tour package?

Answer. This is a 38-kms / 3 days trek doneat an average altitude of 15000 ft and the highest point is the Dolma La (Pass)at 19,500 ft. Attempt walking the entire distance including the trek up theDolma La only if you are extremely fit physically. If you are reasonably fit,hire a pony (limited numbers available) for the 3-day parikrama (the rate for this service is about Chinese Yuan 2800 for a Yak and a porter). You may need the yak on day 2 of the parikrama on the ascent to Dolma La. But knowing the behaviour of the yaks and the yakmen, you should be prepared for walks on the first and last day of the parikrama. On these 2 days the walks are in general over level ground (i.e. with no major ascents or descents). There will be a walking for approx. 8 hrs. a day. However, there is the option of not doing the parikrama at all and staying behind at Darchen at your own cost. We can pick you up after the parikrama.

Question: How should I prepare myself for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra tour ?

Answer. Both mental and physical fitness is required to complete the trip.It is one of the toughest land journeys which you would have ever taken on earth. Physical preparations include ANY or all of the following: walking 4-5 kms. a day, swimming, playing badminton, jogging, freehand exercise, climbing a10/20-storey building etc. All this not only helps muscle development but also expands capacity of the lungs, which is vital in high altitudes due to lower levels of oxygen. This is not a yatra in which you can depend on ‘palk is’ or ponies to take care of you. You have to depend on your own reserves of strength and stamina. Mental preparation means being absolutely positive about wanting to complete the journey. Yoga helps. A medical check-up is strongly recommended. Take your personal physician’s advice on your participation. If you consume alcohal and smoke, better quit it.

Some useful tips for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trekking trip:

Try and make friends with the Tibetan guide and driver. They may appear stand-offish initially but are warm and simple people. Small gifts like Hindi movie cassettes, dark glasses, a cap/hat etc. go a long way in over coming language problems and establishing rapport.

The first two to three days are particularly tough as you get used to the rigours of the journey and acclimatise to the sudden change of altitude.This can cause breathlessness, lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, lack of appetite,sleeplessness, headache, irritation, anger, lack of judgement. Drink plenty of water (4-5 litres a day), remain calm and quiet, avoid petty arguments, rest as much as possible, eat properly at mealtimes. Talk to the helpful and caring staff and inform them of any difficulties.

If you are not allergic to sulpha drugs (please consult your physician), take one tablet of Diamox at Kathmandu the night before leaving for Tibet as well as on the 2nd and 3rd nights, or even longer. Alternatively, take half tablet in the morning and half in the evening. Now a day, we do have non-sulphar drugs available by Ranbaxy. Oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags are carried for anyone having major problems.

If you can't do the parikrama, say so. Don't take the altitudelightly. Many people understand at Darchen that the parikrama cannot be done by them and decide accordingly. We will make alternate arrangements for you to stay back at Darchen (at extra cost payable directly to the lodge, approx Rs.2,500 a day approx).

Question: Is it compulsory to perform theParikrama / Kora / Circumambulation of Mount Kailash

Answer: No, it is not compulsory. It depends on health and wish of an individual. But if you are travelling in a group you must stay at the base camp of Mount Kailash until the other group members come back after performing kora of Mount Kailash

Question: How long it takes for Mt. Kailash Parikarma / Kora / Circumambulation? How long is the trek?

Answer: The circle of the mount Kailash fromDarchen (base of Mount Kailash) to Darchen is about 52 kms, out of which about 10 kms is covered by vehicle. The trekking of Mount Kailash is about 42 kms total which is performed clockwise and takes 2 nights halt including one night each at Dhirapukh Gompa and Zuthulpukh Gompa.

Question: What if I start the kora /circumambulation and I find difficult completing it after 1st day trek?

Answer: The circle of the mount Kailash from Darchen (base of Mount Kailash) to Darchen is about

Question: What is the difference between Outer Kora and Inner Kora of Mount Kailash?

Answer: The outer kora is the normal 3 days parikrama / kora /circumambulation of holy Mount Kailash which leads through Dhirapukh Gompa and Zuthulpukh Gompa. On the other hand, the Inner Kora of Mount Kailash includes(apart from the normal kora) visit and parikrama of Nandi parvat, Ashtapad, Atma Linga etc. The inner kora is comparatively very tough and is performed usually one or two times every year, depending on weather. However, August is considered to be the most suitable time for Inner kora of Mount Kailash.

Question: What kind of food is served on the tour?

Answer: For breakfast one gets high energy and nutritious beverages like complan, bournvita, horlicks along with tea/coffee. There is porridge/cornflakes and the menu alternates pancakes, upma, pakoras etc., andbread with butter/ jams etc. are there. Lunch is generally packed and served at a scenic spot near some water pool. It consists of a tetra pack (Frooti etc) or lime water with glucose, puri/chapatti & vegetables, tinned fruits/sweets,pickle. Dinner is at the campsite and the menu is very varied with soup,Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and a desert. Water collected from streams near the campsite is boiled and hence safe for drinking. You can add iodine drops or chlorine tablets.

Question: Do we get pure vegetarian food without onion?

Answer: During entire trip of Kailash Mansarovar food served by the hotels, guesthouses and our chef is always pure vegetarian (Jain food) without onion and garlic.

Question: Do we get drinkable water on thetrip to Kailash Mansarovar?

Answer: Yes, mineral water or filtered water orwater purifying tables are made available during the trip to Kailash Mansarovar. There are number of small shops where packed drinking water is available.

Question: Does my India Mobile work during Kailash Yatra?

Answer: Yes, the Indian mobile does work duringthe Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Yatra (except the day of Mount Kailash Parikarma), but kindly take international roaming from your provider.

Question: Can a single person or a couple join the Kailash Yatra group?

Answer: NTP Fixed Departure Tours by Helicopter and the same can be joined subject to availability in the specific departure dates. All our departures are guaranteed and any number of person may take part in these departures.

Question: What are the different ways of travelling to Kailash?

Answer:  

1. By road from India. This is a 28-30-day trek but the disadvantage of this trek is that it has to be booked well in advance and there is no certainty that one can go despite being in physical shape, because the number of seats is limited and participants are chosen for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through draw by the Ministry of External Affairs,India. About 400 people out of 6000 applicants go for this yatra each year.

2. By road from Kathmandu and from there byroad to Lake Manasarovar at the base of Mount Kailash. One may fly to Kathmandu from Delhi, Varanasi, Kolkata or Mumbai. This is the most popular route for doing Mount Kailash Yatra.

3. Our Helicopter tours of Kailash are perfect choice for those who cannot afford to spend 15-16 days for the Yatra orwho are not very comfortable with high altitude road journey. This tour uses fixed wing aircraft for the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and from thereto Simikot. From Simikot a helicopter flies to Hilsa. Coach are then used to reach Manasarovar.

4. Tour via Lhasa wherein one will fly to Kathmandu and then to Lhasa by China Air and from there one will visit various towns in Tibet like Shigatse, Gyantse, Lhatse, Prayang etc. and will reach Lake Manasarovar. On the way back, there are three options:

a. drive back to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu

b. drive to Hilsa and fly via Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to Nepalgunj

c. drive back to Kathmandu via Keiyrong –Rasuwagadhi Border (Nepal-China Friendship Route).

Question: What route does the Kailash 14-daytour follow?

Answer: As stated above after 2 nights at Kathmandu, the group leaves for the Tibet border (Keiyrong/Zhangmu) on the 3rd day. There is a 2-night halt at Keiyrong/Nyalam, with an additional day for acclimatising to the height. Thereafter halts are at Saga and the sacred Lake Mansarovar before reaching Mount Kailash. This is followed by the 3-day Kailash trekking (parikrama). The return route is the same. Each day there is an incredibly beautiful and equally exhausting drive for 8 hours or more, on rough and rugged terrain. There are very few metalled roads in this part of Tibet.

Question: Which currency I must carry on my Kailash Yatra travel?

Answer: Indian rupees currency notes are widely accepted in all small and big establishments and shops in Nepal side. During travel in Tibet one must carry Chinese Yuan only. The exchange rate of Chinese Yuan is approx.01 Yuan = INR 11 which vary from bank to bank and also on the day of exchange.US Dollars are also accepted at some places but carrying Chinese Yuans forsmall payments is always better. Exchange is available at Kathmandu Nepal and Taklakot (Burang) Tibet side. To avoid inconvenience and high exchange rate it is better that you buy and bring Yuans before starting from home, if available.

Question : Is there any subsidy given to Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrims?

Answer: No. A few of our States - including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand - of their own, directly provide varied sums of money to their residents to cover apart of their Yatra expenses of about Rs.1,50,000. For estimated expenditure per yatri, please see the section "Fees and Expenditure".

Question : What kind of fitness is required ?

Answer: For Kailash Manasarovar Yatra fitness is very crucial. It is advisable to get a medical examination with your regular doctor before you plan to go on Mt. Kailash Yatra. Anyone suffering from back problems may find the long drives over bumpy roads difficult. People suffering from Asthma or any kind of dust allergy are forewarned that the amount of dust on the road necessitates wearing a mask. Apart from that, it is a good idea to prepare in advance with brisk walking, and some regimen of exercise or preferably yogaasanas and pranayama. Eventually, for most people the Kailash parikrama is an act of faith.

Question : How much walking is required on the 15-day tour ?

Answer: During the rainy season in Nepal (late June to Sep), there is a strong possibility of landslides en-route to the Tibet border. This stretch varies from 3-5 kms and has to be walked, if required.After that, you will need to walk during the parikrama, if you decide toundertake it. This is a 52-kms / 3 days trek done at an average altitude of 15000 ft and the highest point is the Dolma La (Pass) at 19,500 ft. Attempt walking the entire distance including the trek up the Dolma La only if you are extremely fit physically. If you are reasonably fit, hire a pony (limited numbers available) for the 3-day parikrama (the rate varies but is about Rs 3,500 - 4,500). You will need the yak on Day 2 of the parikrama on the ascent to Dolma La. But knowing the behaviour of the yaks and the yakmen, you should be prepared for walks on the first and last day of the parikrama. On these 2 days the walks are in general over level ground ( i.e. with no major ascents or descents). Here will be a walking for approx. 8 hrs. a day. However, there is the option of not doing the parikrama at all and staying behind at Darchen atones own cost. We can pick you up after the parikrama.

Question : Which is the best time to go onthe tour?

Answer: While tours operate from April to September in that region, please check the fixed day tours, and itinerary for details on dates. The Tibet plateau is a dry region and rain/precipitation is very little so any month between May-September is good except for August when you can expect heavy rainfall in Tibet. Weather wise although May and September will be colder.However, June-Sep, is the rainy season in Nepal and on the road to the border,landslides do take place and might require a 5-6 km walk on extreme cases.Weather in Tibet is very uncertain.

Question : What kind of food is served on the tour?

Answer: For breakfast one gets high energy and nutritious beverages like complan, bourn vita, horlicks along with tea/coffee. There is porridge/cornflakes and the menu alternates pancakes, upma, pakoras etc., and bread with butter/ jams etc. are there. Lunch is generally packed and served at a scenic spot near some water pool. It consists of a tetra pack (Frooti etc) or lime water with glucose, puri/chapatti & vegetables, tinned fruits/sweets,pickle. Dinner is at the campsite and the menu is very varied with soup,Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and a desert. Water collected from streams near the campsite is boiled and hence safe for drinking. You can add iodine drops or chlorine tablets.

Question: How many people travel on a tour?

Answer: Generally the number of guest trave lingvaries depending on the destination . The average group size(guests) for World tour is between 40 to 47 and Indian tour is between 28 to 56. However, if a particular tour gets an overwhelming response or if it is a Speciality tour like My Chic Lady (Ladies' Special) or Happy go Lucky (Senior Citizens') tour then the group size may go beyond the aforesaid group size.

Question: Who all will travel on my tour?

Answer: Your co travelers can be any individual, right from a professional C. A or Doctor to a teacher, a teenager, an artist, a politician, businessman,people of any religion, from any region, any language etc. When you return from your dream holiday, we assure you that there will be additions to your friends list.

Question: What if I wish to extend my stay at one of the destinations?

Answer: You can extend your stay provided you intimate us of such extension at the time of your booking. Additional charges will be applicable. No extensions/alterations can be done when the tour is in progress.

Question: Can I just do a part of the tour?

Answer: It is not advisable to do tours partly as you won’t be able to experience your dream destinations completely. NTP offers you a wide range of products that suit your requirements. Our travel consultants will guide you on the same .

Question: Will there be any change in itinerary or date of tour as we need to plan our leaves and make necessary arrangements accordingly?

Answer: We do not change the itinerary nor date of the tour, however in case of force majeure events, circumstances force us to change the routing or date of the tour, as the case may be, just for your safety.

Question : Can I make changes in my travel plan once the booking is done?

Answer: Yes, you can modify your booking or travel plan. There may be certain charges for modifications or for canceling the old booking and making new arrangements. The travel consultants at our offices will assist you for the same.

Question : Due to some reasons if I cancel the tour then will I get my money back?

Answer: Cancellation of tour will attract certain cancellation charges.The travel consultant will give you the details about such cancellation at thetime of booking or for more information on cancellation charges

Question : What if the tour that I book receives very less response?

Answer: Generally, we operate all the tours that we launch, however in some cases the total number of bookings fall below our prescribed minimum operating capacity, in such cases we give you options and then accommodate or merge your tour with other available tours. You may also opt for our customized packages in such cases, but the services like group games, group activities, meals, tour leader etc may or may not be provided.

Question : How much is duration of Kailash Mansarover Yatra?

Answer: Kailash Mansarover Yatra is ex Kathmandu and has following Duration

o   11 days for theHelicopter Route Via Nepalganj/Simikot

o   14 Days for the Overland route via Nyalam and usually coaches are provided upto Kodari Border and after clearing the Immigrations 17 seater coach

o   15 Tour Via Lhasa where Kathmandu Lhasa to/fro by flight and onward by land transport

o   15 Days Inner Kora with Nandi Parvat and Astapad

Question : How is the tour usually conductedfor the 13 days Land Route?

Answer: 13 days Land route is very systematically planned with combination of Transport and other arrangements

Kathamndu to the Kodari Border delux Tourist coaches .At Kodari Border we clear the Immigration and proceed to the Tibet (China) and meet our Tibetan Guide and Vehiicles

We Drive for the next hault at Nyalam Via Zhangmu (Small Tibetan township atthe border) .

For acclimatization 2 nights at Nyalam and than drive Saga to Mansarover to Darchan/Tarboche Yam Dwar the starting point of Kailash Parikrama .

Than 2 Nights of Kailash parikrama via DIrapuk and Dolama Pass Zuthulpuk to Darchan and Mansarover

Than Drive back same route mansarover  Saga- Nyalam  Kathmandu OR Kerung New route

Question : How many parikrama we do in Kailash ?

Answer: We would conduct and facilitate Two Parikramas Mansarover Parikrama of 112 Km is done by the Eco Coaches Kailash Parikrama of 2 nights is optional depending upon the guest health since the trek of 38 kms via Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk option of Pony /yak is also available on direct payments .

Question: Which is the best time to travelfor the Yatra ?

Answer: Kailash is a seasonal destination with the Yatra operation April to September only every year and get affected by the political and natural reasons so as an when you are able to manage and all goes well you could undertake the Yatra .

Question: Which vehicles are used during the Yatra on the Tibet Side ?

Answer: Mini Coaches 17 seater /Van/Coaster depending upon the group size, guest requirement and permits.

Question: What type of stay arrangements are planned for the Yatra at kathmandu?

Answer: We usually provide Three star or equivalent for the Yatra at Kathmandu .

Question: What kind of stay arrangement isplanned at Tibet ?

Answer: We provide combination of Best available Guest Houses during the Travel but during Kailash Parikrama only Mud Houses are available so that is arranged for a night hault.

Question: What kind of Food is provided for the Kailash yatra ?

Answer: We serve pure vegetarian satvik food during the Stay at Kathmandu and during the Yatra where by at the Hotel at Kathmandu the same is laid in buffet and there after during the Yatra cooked by our accompanying Sherpas and served to suit the Yatri palate in tough high terrains .

Question: How can we do the Puja and availability of the Pandas ?

Answer: A Yatri can perform his /her own rituals during the Yatra and at Mansarover where as pandits are not available in the region but some of the groups bring along there own pandits and perform Puja

Question:  If I am unable to do Kailash parikrama than how things are managed ?

Answer: Some times at your own choice and other times Tibetan Guide might ask you to refrain from doing Kailash parikrama observing at The Health or else in such cases Pilgrims stay back at Darcahn or Mansarover lake in the Guest for 3 days and enjoy Kailash Standing tall high in front of them . After 3 days from other pilgrims come back and join those staying back than we proceed for the return journey to Kathmandu .

Question: How many days Yak/Pony or porter is required by the pilgrim during the yatra and how much does the same cost ?

Answer: The Yak/Pony is required by you only during the Kailash Parikrama and you many decide in advance if required becouse there not available en route the yatra . Our Tibetan Guide may assist you with the negotiations. And usually it cost Yuan 1500 for the Yak and Yakmen (the prices are depending upon availability only)

Question: What a re the hidden charges i.e.,to be paid directly during the yatra or else ?

Answer: Additional expenses are only incurred in the emergent conditions like natural disaster , political , accidental only . The charges as below are not included in the cost Horse /Yak with the the man is not included in the cost (You may need for the Kaialsh parikrama)

Additional drink , sim card / telephone/fax . laundry, travel insurance and additional transportation

Service tax levied by the Government. Puja /Tarpan , tips , additional portage services etc

Question: Which currency and how much moneywe must carry for the Yatra ?

Answer: It is suggested that the pilgrim must carry CYN (Chinese Yuan) 5000 minimum for the emergency 

Exchange rates might variate but usually cost around INR100 =NPR160

INR100 =Yuan 12

USD1 = CNY 6

Indian denomination and USD is acceptable at Kathmadu

Where as in Tibet on CNY is acceptable so you may change at Kathmandu or at the Kodari Border (Nepal-Tibet Border)

Most of the Yatris exchange at Kathmandu or at the Border

If any unused currency than the same can be exchanged at the border or in Kathmandu

Question : What all is provided by the travel company ?

Answer: We usually provide the following

Duffle Bag (you may take back home after the yatra )

Down Jacket (This is to be returned after the Yatra)

Sleeping bags (to be returned)

Oxygen Cylinders and essential medicines

Souvenir and Kailash yatra certificate

Question : Any kind of Medical certificate isrequired for the Yatra ?

Answer: Till date there is no such ruling but we would suggest patients with the Asthma and Heart ailment should refrain from the yatra and all must get the check up done in order to avoid any issue on the high altitude during the Yatra .liek TMT Test , PFT Test , ECG and Blood test.

Question : What all documents are required for the Yatra ?

Answer: Passport is the most important documents for which photocopy is required at the time of booking and in original 10 days before departure for the Visas and you will have to carry original along with you during the Yatra in order to clear the formalities en-route .

Question: Can we do Kailash yatra on thefull moon day ?

Answer: Yes the same can be conducted on the full moon day and every month we have departure schedule for the full moon.

Question: Are the children allowed for theYatra 6-10 years?

Answer: There is no restriction till date and you are best aware of your childs health so if they are physically normal than they may accompany for the yatra

Question: Any specific precaution for the children ?

Answer: The same precaution as the elder is taking the same is applicable for the children

Question: Do we need to pay additional for the visa ?

Answer: Group Visa cost is included for the Yatra price for China but for Nepal visa you will have to pay extra (applicable only for the other than Indian passport holders only) Indian nationals with Indian passport do not require Visa or Nepal.

Question: Are there frequent landslides during the travel ?

Answer: All would depend upon the weather only and cannot be anticipated at this juncture .

Question: How is the sanitation on our way ?

Answer: Kathamndu and onward journey has toilets but during Parikrama and Mansarover basic resources are available only .

Question: How is the availability of the drinking water ?

Answer: We provide ample amount of Jar water or mineral water during theYatra and suggest as well to drink as much as possible in order maintain thegood health on the high altitude .

Question : Can we carry digital cameras/videocameras ? How is the possibility to recharge and is there any restriction ?

Answer: As such there is no restriction and guest may carry still or digital camera . The voltage is 220V in the Tibet area and you may re charge them but there is no such provision durig the Kailash Parikrma so it is advisable to carry additional battery .

Question : How is the communication availability en route the Yatra ?

Answer: These days mobiles are connected upto Darchan (The base of Kailash) and you may purchase local card or your mobile for the same on roaming . Else our guide will also be carring the mobile you may use the same or the PCOs available available by paying directly at an extra cost .

Question: When should we book Kailash yatraand how ?

Answer: These days there are various payment plans and payment modules (pls call our sales team ) and minimum 35 days before Yatra booking is closed .

For the Booking we would require the following

Duly filled Booking form

Passport photo copy 1st and last page (color copy)

02 photos

Advance payment INR20,000 or US$500 (Non refundable deposit)

Question : How can we make the payments ?

Answer: Payments can be made through the following mediums ‘

Bank transfers through bank (Bank details are mentioned on the invoice)

Swift transfers /wire transfer (Bank details are mentioned on the invoice)

Credit /Debit card payments through our corporate site payment gateway www.ntpgroups.com

Cash or Cheque payment can be made at our company account in HDFC or ICICI bankin your own city

Question : What all essentials to be carried during the Yatra ?

Answer: Total Baggage allowance is 15 kg so we all must ensure to keep it minimum for all the emergencies and an easy baggage managements

Day back pack for an immediate personal items like medicine , towel , cream ,torch etc .

Minimum clothings for the Yatra

Toilet Kit (Shampoo , tooth brush , paste , soap , toilet paper etc.)

Water bottle / Flask for hot water minimum 2 litres

Comfortable trekking shoes and sandals

Wollen cotton based socks

Thermals with long underwear comfortable during travel and parikrama

Ladies must ensure to carry Pyjama or kurta salwar for the parikrama saris ordresses are not advicable

Monkey cap

Underpants, Gloves, Dust Mask

Sunglasses and sunscreen , lipguard

Rainwear

Matchbox, candle

Also it is advicable to carry  Glucose, electrol an easy enery mediums,dry fruit, biscuits, energy bars, candy etc . (please care to carry things inuse and minimum quantity only)

Question : Is there any restriction with the age ?

Answer: Usually there is no age restriction but during the rush time and considering weather China Government sometime restrict with the 70 years passengers

Question : What is the cancellation policy ?

Answer: Cancellation Policy

If You Cancel Your Holiday

You or any member of your party, may cancel their travel arrangements at anytime. Written notification or an email to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our office. The applicable cancellation chargesare as per the published cancellation policy below.

Cancellation Policy:

Initial amount for booking is INR 20,000/- for Indians & USD500 for NRI and Foreigners being non-refundable & nontransferable, once booked subsequently intended cancellations & delays caused due to natural ,terrorist attack ,political or by the Pilgrim modification reason If the booking is cancelled 30 days prior to departure, INR 30,000 for Indians &USD 600 for foreigners would be charged as cancellation amount.

If the booking is cancelled 20 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost will be into cancellation process.

If the booking is cancelled 15 days prior to departure, there will be no refund.

* Should Chinese authorities in their regulatory and administrative concern exercise their authority to disallow travel permit/ visa or restrictions for certain dates, areas, nationalities, shall be abiding by all of us the organizers and subscribers no claim in such a case for compensation will be entertained however the cancellation and refunds can be followed as ritually as in terms.

*Should date changes and shuffle imposed by the Chinese/ Tibet authorities impact yatra itinerary, subscribers will have no claims on the us the organizers for their required changes in their to & fro travel tickets,leave from works, home and their personal managements to report at the new date and schedule for the yatra.

* Should there be up-ward revision in foreign exchange rate it will become applicable to all bookings difference become payable.

* Rescheduling there be any reason whereby permits / visas are not provided by the Chinese for a certain period , or travel to the region is out of bounds, NTP will ensure in all such cases unforeseen though subscribers are accorded with high respect for their subscriptions and they are accommodated in the next travel dates to their best facilitations such  postponement are considered not as desired cancellations by the subscribers and their paid amount is absolutely adjusted in the next tour date, we even regard for no price revision for these shuffles.

*For any cause or the reason should there be any need for disputes settlement NTP Tourism Affairs Limited will abide and obey all that is ordained by the Honorable and designated courts, legal forums however we earnestly make it viable in legal terms that Delhi Courts & Legal forums are our company jurisdiction for all such challenges, settlements or claims.

If we Change or Cancel Your Holiday

We do plane the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advice you of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your cancel arrangement by assigning reasons to you.

If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond our control ( for bad weather, Political reason/ Permit delay ).

We shall first try to offer you alternate dates for the tour if the tour has not already commenced.

If the tour has already commenced, then we all refund the booking price/fee charged from you on a pro-rate besides depending on portion of thetour standing utilized by you.

In all circumstances, however our liability shall be limited to refunding to you the price we charged as the tour fees.

Change your Holiday Plan

After confirmation of service, if you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen Departure date or accommodation we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking. All cost incurred will be borne by yourself.

Our Liability to You

We accept responsibility for ensuring that your travel arrangements, which you book with us, are supplied as represented and promised to you. If any parts of your travel arrangements are not provided as promised,due to the fault of our employees, agents, we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements.Our liability in all cases shall be limited to the cost you paid of your travel arrangements.

We do not accept any responsibility for any third party service provided, like hotel, transport etc. For example, travel delays are the responsibility of the transport and inefficient hospitality is the responsibility of the hotels.

We are only your tour operator and at no time do we act as managers for your respective responsibilities and personal obligations. We are therefore not responsible for your act, misdemeanor, omissions and neither are we responsible for managing any of your personal affairs, for example, we are not responsible for ensuring the safety of your personal belongings, travel documents etc. at any time before the commencement of the tour or after it or during the tour.

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