Passport and visa
All foreigners who like to travel to Nepal (except for Indians) must have a visa and a passport that is still valid for 6 months after leaving Nepal. Nepali embassies and consulates overseas issue visas. But upon arrival you can also receive a visa. The nearest immigration offices near Bardia are close to the border near Nepalgunj, Mahendrenagar and Dhangadi. More information about rules and regulations you can find on the website of the Department of Immigration of the government of Nepal.
Nepalese phone number
To stay in contact with your family or with us while you’re in Nepal we recommend you to buy a Nepalese SIM card from the phone company Ncell. To buy a SIM card take a copy of your passport and a photo to an Ncell office. For around 100 NPR you have your own Nepalese phone number. For making phone calls or using the internet you can buy prepaid cards everywhere in Nepal.
Money and cash machines
The currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). You can check the exchange rate in the daily newspapers of Nepal, banks and internet. In the big cities in Nepal there are enough ATMs, but in the district of Bardia there are no cash machines, so bring enough Nepali Rupee with you if you visit us. The nearest cash machines are situated in Lamki, Kohalpur or Nepalgunj and are around two hours away by bus.
Before you go traveling to Nepal it is best to seek medical advice in your own country. You might need some vaccinations like diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Malaria sometimes appears in Bardiya, particularly during the monsoon.
In Thakurdwara is a doctor and a small medical health post where you can get your basic medicines like paracetamol, flu tablets or plasters. The nearest hospital is 80 km away and situated in Kohalpur /Nepalgunj. Budhi and Sonja are both in the possession of a first aid diploma and we have an extensive first aid box in our house. We advice you to bring a good sun cream and your mosquito repellent!
- Torch (loadshedding in Nepal is limited to 14 hours a day)
- Thin long pair of trousers, preferable green, brown or grey colours
- Short and long sleeved t-shirts, preferable green, brown or grey colours
(For women it is not suitable (considering the local customs) to wear shorts or sleeveless tops)
- Sunglasses, Mosquito repellent and suncream
- Comfortable walking shoes/sandals or trekking boots
- Refillable water bottle (we provide free purified water from a water tank so you do not have to buy plastic water bottles which harm the environment)
- Small backpack for jungle treks
- Sleeping bag or bed sheet for camping