Ok, I'll add that to the listCall up the guys on the border office only.
Indian DL and Australian PP are not 'contradictory', but you're right in that they might cause some confusion and unwanted hassle.If you would be using an Indian Driving License then please do not show your Australian passport to the Nepalese authorities. Currently, an Indian driving license is enough for you to enter Nepal and drive around but if you contradict your nationality with different documents issued by different countries, you may be get into some serious trouble.
P.S. Nepal is now a Communist country, I hope you are smart enough to get the drift.
Yes, there is such thing as a Driving Permit. The International Driving Permit is a translation of your regular DL, so it can be used in countries which are signatories to the Convention on International Road Traffic. Of course the Indian authorities can't permit me to roam around Nepal, but they can permit me to drive a motorbike thereTwo things are getting mixed up. Driving License and driving permit are not the same. Heck, is there really anything called Driving Permit??
Driving license gives you the authority to drive a kind of vehicle clearly mentioned in the license. It is issued for driving that particular kind of vehicle, i.e. with a driving license authorizing you to ride "MotorCycles with gear" does not authorize you to drive "Light Motor Vehicles".
Permit is issued by local governing body authorizing you to reach and roam around in certain places mentioned in the permit by whatever modes of transport, be it walking, biking, riding or driving.
So, you see, Indian Government can issue you a Driving License to drive in India but can't issue a permit to roam around in Nepal. That permit/visa you will have to take from Nepal Government/Competent Authority.
AFAIK upon entering Nepal you will be issued a temporary registration number for your vehicle (maybe a temp DL too, not sure). And as Shamik has pointed out, if you show an Australian Passport along with an Indian DL it will only complicate the matter. Best is to contact the Nepal Consulate and sort out all things with them, if possible in writing.
My question is whether this translation will be necessary for an Indian DL in Nepal (taking into account my unique situation).
Nope, Australian national, Indian temporary resident.And FWIW, about two weeks back I was told that either passport or Voter I card are required for entering nepal (or even bhutan). DL does not suffice. So you need to show either full australian or full Indian.
but if i understood right, you are an indian citizen, based overseas, say on a four year visa or such. That in no way hinders you into Nepal - if that is the csae, please chill
I don't want to use my Indian drivers licence to enter Nepal, just to drive there
If the ability to enter Nepal without a visa/passport is for Indian CitizensIf you are here on student visa then apply for Nepalese Visa as well as IDP or IDL as required because in that case you will not get the benefit that Indian Citizens have(to enter nepal with any one of the documentary proof.)
Tau, I think its the opposite, He is an Australian Citizen on a Student Visa in India.
I think Nepal still has VOA system, talk to the embassy about that and as shamik da said that if they allow you to enter with just DL as id proof, go ahead and use the oppourtunity.
, then that won't apply to me, and I'd be mad to enter the country illegally, even if they let me. If, however, it is for Indian Residents, then it would make life very easy indeed.
Anyway, thanks all for your thoughts. I'll let you know what the official line is when I have it.