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January 18, 2018
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Arrival

The Royal Nepal Airlines (RA) is the national flag carrier of Nepal with flight connections to: Delhi, Mumbai in India; Bangkok in Thailand; Osaka in Japan; Hong Kong, Shanghai in China; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Dubai in United Arab Emirates and Singapore. There are a number of other international airlines with connecting flights to Kathmandu. Coming to Nepal by land requires one to pass through India or China. It is important to note the export of antiques require special certification from the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old like sacred images, paintings, manuscripts that are valued for culture and religious reasons. All visitors may receive a free visa for stays of 3 days or less, otherwise fees are charged depending on the type and length of stay. Visa can be obtained either on arrival in Nepal or from Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other Mission offices abroad. For immigration rules and visa application forms please refer to http://www.immi.gov.np/rule.php Airport buses are available to carry passengers from the airport to the city.

Climate

The seasons in Nepal are broadly split between dry season and wet season. There is the dry season from October to May and the wet season of the monsoons which last from June to September. The transition from wet to dry season (September - November) is autumn and is the best time of the year to visit Nepal. With the end of monsoon and the advent of autumn, different kinds of celebrations start in Nepal. The countryside is green and lush during this period. Nepal celebrates two popular festivals, Dashain and Tihar during this period. Summer months in Nepal are from April to September while winter months are from November to March. In the northern region summers are mild and winters harsh. In south summers are extreme and winters mild.

Currency

Nepal Rastra Bank has listed the following currencies for official transactions for the purpose of buying and selling: US Dollar, Euro, Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Japanese Yen and Chinese Yuan. The Nepal Rastra Bank has listed another five currencies for the purpose of buying only: Swedish Kroner, Danish Kroner, Hong Kong Dollar, Saudi Arab Riyal and Katari Riyal.

Please note that Chinese Yuan can be transacted only with Chinese tourists and Nepali exporters and importers. Indian currency is accepted in Nepal except the 500 and 1000 denomination notes. It is illegal and punishable offence to carry these notes within Nepal.

Credit Card like American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in tourist areas like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and in the Everest region.

Time

UTC / GMT (+5:45) Nepal is five hours 45 minutes ahead of London.

Business Hours

Government offices within Kathmandu Valley open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer and from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. in the winter. Outside the Valley, government offices open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in summer and from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. in winter. The Central Post Office located near Dharahara Tower, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Communication

Post Restante and Express Mail Service (EMS) are available at the General Post Office and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters. Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone service. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1. Several Internet cafes and communication centers have opened up in the Valley and around the country in the past few years. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

Nepali media has advanced remarkably in past few years and what used to be a controlled and tight knit community, is no longer. The government radio and television news networks are Radio Nepal and Nepal Television respectively. However, numerous FM radio stations and regional television stations are now dominating the market. Major Nepali English dailies are The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan. A number of other newspapers and magazines are also available.

Electricity

Major towns have electricity and the voltage available is 220-volts and 50 cycles. Voltage fluctuations are sometimes experienced so most major hotels have installed their own generators.

Language

Nepali is the official language of the state and is spoken and understood by 90 percent of the population. Multiple ethnic groups speak more than a dozen other languages in about 30 different dialects. English is spoken by many people in government and business circles. It is the language in use by most private schools in Kathmandu and other cities.

Dress Code

Lightweight cotton clothing is recommended from May through October. Warm clothes are needed for winter. An umbrella or a raincoat is a necessary for the monsoons. For those planning to take trips around the nation, appropriate clothing is required depending on location and weather conditions of the area at the time.

Transport

Visitors can travel to different parts of Nepal either by road or by air. Domestic airlines provide regular and charter services to popular destinations throughout the country. Buses are available to different parts of the capital and the kingdom from the new bus park in Gongabu and the old bus park in Sundhara. Regular bus services operate within the three cities in Kathmandu Valley. Scheduled bus services for outside the Valley operate from the Gongabu Bus Terminal. There are tourist bus services to selected places offered by a few travel agencies. In addition, one can also hire private vehicles at nominal rates. Getting around Kathmandu Valley is made easier by metered taxis that can be hailed off the streets and are easily recognizable by the taxi sign and their black number plates. No tip is expected. Night taxis are available for higher prices. Three wheeler scooters that are cheaper than taxis are also available. For cheaper rides buses and teeny vans called micro buses are available to different parts of the Valley. Battery run scooters also serve the same purpose.

Health Facilities

Well equipped health facilities outside of the major centres are close to non-existent. You are advised to carry comprehensive health insurance coverage. Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are adequate. Medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics.

Visitors do not need any particular immunization. Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and gamma globulin should, however, be considered. A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling.


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