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    Default Traveling Nepal by bike- HOW?, WHEN?, WHERE?

    Hi riders,

    Would like to know some of crucial info regarding entering Nepal by road, on a bike. There is very less informative thread, travelogue in this forum. I request you people to donate/share your valuable time and information which you guys have about riding in Nepal.

    1)Which is the best border (fastest and safest routes) to enter Nepal for bikers with good border stay, easier custom checking, permit issue etc. (we are coming from Karnataka, Managaluru). Will they allow solo riders with pillion occupant (female)?

    2)What is the procedure to get permission to enter Nepal for an Indian and India registered private vehicle (white board). Is it possible to get it ourselves without any agent/bribe (if any)?

    3)Presently how many days of route permission can be issued by Nepal for Indians? What are the valid documents needed for getting the same?

    4)Do they give separate number plates for Indian vehicles?

    5)Is a guide mandatory for two-wheelers as well?

    6)Is there any time card/slip in some regions (to avoid over speeding and delays that occur because of tourists) for two-wheelers also?

    7)Any insurance providers near by the border to get insurance for bike and riders?

    8)Do they only accept Indian currency of 100 and below only? (500 and 2,000 notes are banned it seems)

    9)What are the options available to exchange currency in Nepal?

    10)I am planning to ride towards lower Mustang and upper Mustang also (with pillion). How much it will cost for upper Mustang to get that special permit? What is the best way to get that?

    Please add info which I may have missed out to ask here.

    Thank you.
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    Default Re: Traveling Nepal by bike- HOW?, WHEN?, WHERE?

    Hello Prasad,

    Here are my answers, we traveled to Nepal in the month of October 2019 and the information is based on that ride only

    1)Which is the best border (fastest and safest routes) to enter Nepal for bikers with good border stay, easier custom checking, permit issue etc. (we are coming from Karnataka, Managaluru). Will they allow solo riders with pillion occupant (female)? We entered via Sanauli border. There was a lot of traffic at the border, especially trucks, but the bikes can easily pass through. You'll find a lot of vehicle taking the wrong side to enter border, you can do it as well. Don't stay behind trucks. Paperwork at the border took about 1 hour total time. All you need is your basic bike documents (RC, insurance, pollution certificate, etc.) and also your driving license along with one more ID proof. Do keep photocopies of all documents with you along with originals.

    2)What is the procedure to get permission to enter Nepal for an Indian and India registered private vehicle (white board). Is it possible to get it ourselves without any agent/bribe (if any)? As soon as you enter into Nepal, you'll see the immigration check post on your left. It is all under one roof, you won't have to go through multiple buildings), just 2-3 different counters in the same building. They would charge you 150 INR per day per bike. Do keep 1-2 days extra in hand. If you exceed your stay, they will charge you 2000 INR per day penalty. But you can always extend your permission to stay in Nepal by visiting the immigration office in Kathmandu.

    3)Presently how many days of route permission can be issued by Nepal for Indians? What are the valid documents needed for getting the same? Not sure about the days, but AFAIK, you can get at least 30 days stay permit. Documents as mentiond above.

    4)Do they give separate number plates for Indian vehicles? No. Just keep the permit documents (they call it Bhansaar) with you and don't lose it.

    5)Is a guide mandatory for two-wheelers as well? Nope.

    6)Is there any time card/slip in some regions (to avoid over speeding and delays that occur because of tourists) for two-wheelers also? Not sure..

    7)Any insurance providers near by the border to get insurance for bike and riders? Didnt need it. Nobody asked for it.

    8)Do they only accept Indian currency of 100 and below only? (500 and 2,000 notes are banned it seems) Some shops near the border did accept 2000 rupee note. But to be on the safer side, keep only smaller currency notes.

    9)What are the options available to exchange currency in Nepal? Not sure.

    10)I am planning to ride towards lower Mustang and upper Mustang also (with pillion). How much it will cost for upper Mustang to get that special permit? What is the best way to get that?

    Please add info which I may have missed out to ask here.

    Thank you.
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    Default Re: Traveling Nepal by bike- HOW?, WHEN?, WHERE?

    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    Hello Prasad,

    Here are my answers, we traveled to Nepal in the month of October 2019 and the information is based on that ride only

    1)Which is the best border (fastest and safest routes) to enter Nepal for bikers with good border stay, easier custom checking, permit issue etc. (we are coming from Karnataka, Managaluru). Will they allow solo riders with pillion occupant (female)? We entered via Sanauli border. There was a lot of traffic at the border, especially trucks, but the bikes can easily pass through. You'll find a lot of vehicle taking the wrong side to enter border, you can do it as well. Don't stay behind trucks. Paperwork at the border took about 1 hour total time. All you need is your basic bike documents (RC, insurance, pollution certificate, etc.) and also your driving license along with one more ID proof. Do keep photocopies of all documents with you along with originals.

    2)What is the procedure to get permission to enter Nepal for an Indian and India registered private vehicle (white board). Is it possible to get it ourselves without any agent/bribe (if any)? As soon as you enter into Nepal, you'll see the immigration check post on your left. It is all under one roof, you won't have to go through multiple buildings), just 2-3 different counters in the same building. They would charge you 150 INR per day per bike. Do keep 1-2 days extra in hand. If you exceed your stay, they will charge you 2000 INR per day penalty. But you can always extend your permission to stay in Nepal by visiting the immigration office in Kathmandu.

    3)Presently how many days of route permission can be issued by Nepal for Indians? What are the valid documents needed for getting the same? Not sure about the days, but AFAIK, you can get at least 30 days stay permit. Documents as mentiond above.

    4)Do they give separate number plates for Indian vehicles? No. Just keep the permit documents (they call it Bhansaar) with you and don't lose it.

    5)Is a guide mandatory for two-wheelers as well? Nope.

    6)Is there any time card/slip in some regions (to avoid over speeding and delays that occur because of tourists) for two-wheelers also? Not sure..

    7)Any insurance providers near by the border to get insurance for bike and riders? Didnt need it. Nobody asked for it.

    8)Do they only accept Indian currency of 100 and below only? (500 and 2,000 notes are banned it seems) Some shops near the border did accept 2000 rupee note. But to be on the safer side, keep only smaller currency notes.

    9)What are the options available to exchange currency in Nepal? Not sure.

    10)I am planning to ride towards lower Mustang and upper Mustang also (with pillion). How much it will cost for upper Mustang to get that special permit? What is the best way to get that?

    Please add info which I may have missed out to ask here.

    Thank you.
    Thank you brother..
    How was the weather in October. What are the places you visited.
    Most important question is- is it possible to do lower and upper Mustang with pilion on D400.
    Thinking it will be dry season which is good for off roading except dust i m planning ride in April end.
    In some YouTube videos, P220s are standing proudly in those remote area and most of them carry 2 persons on journey. This fact gives me bit relief about off roading on those terrains.

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    Default Re: Traveling Nepal by bike- HOW?, WHEN?, WHERE?

    Manang village route looks more horrible and mission Impossible.
    If upper Mustang permission denied, i am planning to visit manang village.

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