How do I get to India from Nepal?

Visa indien depuis le Népal, Katmandou

Obtaining an Indian visa in Kathmandu

Although Nepal andIndia are two very different countries, it’s not uncommon to come across travellers in Nepal continuing their journey towards India. It’s undoubtedly the spirituality of the temples that fascinates travelers so much, not to mention the colors, flavors and smells. All things considered, there are certain similarities between these two countries…

It’s not easy to get an Indian visa in Nepal, yet the paperwork is no hindrance in Kathmandu, where at dawn dozens of tourists flock to obtain the Holy Grail, the beloved Indian Visa. Of course, this is not necessary if the Indian visa was issued from France.

How do I get an Indian visa from Kathmandu?

Many travelers are forced to go through these steps if they want to continue their journey. The formalities are carried out at theIndian Visa Service Center, a 15-minute walk from the center of Thamel. This center is not the Indian embassy, but it is located right next door.

The first step is to make the request, so applicants take a ticket and must have in their possession :

  • original passport
  • a 5×5 cm passport photo (different from passport size)
  • photocopy of passport and Nepalese visa
  • the form you will have filled in beforehand on the Indian visa website

You can make all the necessary photocopies and fill in the visa application form in several nearby shops.

This first visit is used to submit the application and pay the fees required to process the file. Depending on the validity of the visa, this will cost between 3,000 and 5,000 Nepalese rupees. After this first step, 5 working days later, the applicant must submit his passport in the morning between 9am and 12pm, and return the next day to collect his passport with the Indian visa in his pocket.

Leaving Nepal is easier, with buses from Kathmandu and Pokhara making the journey to the Sunauli post-border.

This post-border road is the busiest between Nepal and India. A number of travellers pass through on their way to Varanasi and the capital, Delhi. Immigration services on both sides are open 24 hours a day, but the Indian border post is closed to vehicles between 10pm and 6am. Travellers to India will need to change buses at the border, with buses from Pokhara and/or Kathmandu dropping off travellers, usually at the bus station, and then walking or cycling 1km to the immigration offices. Once your visa has been stamped, buses leave for Varanasi in the morning between 4.30 and 10.30 and in the evening between 4.30 and 7pm.

The Indian adventure can begin!

Main photo credit: Flickr – Jean-Pierre Dalbéra