Nepal Travel Tips - with Wired Destinations
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
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.
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
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.
Card like American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in
tourist areas like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and in the Everest
UTC / GMT (+5:45) Nepal is five hours 45 minutes ahead of London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.