Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Best Time to Visit:
Autumn ( From mid September, October, November) and Spring (March, April, May) have pleasant weather in all over Nepal. Also Winter (December, January and till mid February) is good for mid hills and southern plain.
Flights to/fro Kathmandu, Nepal:
Major Airlines flying to/fro Nepal; Nepal Airlines (Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangkok, Doha and Hong Kong), Dragon Air (Hong Kong), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Flydubai (Dubai), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Kolkotta, Varanasi), Jet Airways (Delhi, Mumbai), Korean Air (Seoul), Qatar Airways (Doha), Silk Air (Singapore), Thai Airways (Bangkok), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) and so on.
There are more than half a dozen domestic airlines for domestic and mountain flights.
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry point. Personal effects are permitted free entry. For more details, you can visit the website; http://www.customs.gov.np
Safety & Security:
No any major threats like; terrorist activities, racist movement and armed revolution going on. It is safe to take a walk around the city from morning to late evening. Just normal precaution to take like in any major big cities elsewhere in the world. But you are advised not to trek alone. Trekking with a guide from a registered agency is the best security.
Tourist Police at Bhrikuti Mandap at Nepal Tourism Board premises is there to help you with security and travel-related problems. If any valuable item is lost, you can contact the Tourist Police to prepare documents for theft to claim insurance. Tel: 4247041; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
You can look at Travel Advisory of your respective embassies, too.
Immunization and Health:
Although specific immunization is not required to enter Nepal, many travelers like to protect themselves against diseases such hepatitis, meningitis and Japanese encephalitis. Malaria is reported sometimes in the Terai plain (tropical low land) of Nepal, so better take precautions if you plan to go that part. Better consult your physician, too. If there break any symptoms of bird or swine flu or any endemic disease here, you will be alerted. You are advised always to drink mineral or boiled water.
In major cities like; Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Nepalgunj, Biratnagar and others, there are well equipped big hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. There are some hospitals in major towns and health posts in big villages.
Country code, +977. Postal service is handled by General Post Office. Telephone service for local and international calls are easily available and connection quality is good.
Internet service, wifi are widely available in hotels, restaurants, cyber café etc. Mobile phones, NTC and Ncell SIMS easily available and are widely used and inexpensive for international calls.
Nepal's Electricity is 220 Volt and 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second). Electric Plug is two or three round prongs mostly. A universal electric plug adaptor is a practical solution if you need.
Nepal Standard Time:
Nepali time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.
Government offices are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and from 10 am to 3 pm on Friday in general. During the winter, they close at 4 pm. Most Business offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday. Saturday is the weekend. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 9 am and close at about 8 pm and are usually closed on Saturdays but they are open in tourist zones.
Currency & Money Matter:
- Major banks, hotels and exchange counters provide services for exchanging foreign currency. They are available at major parts of city/town. Exchange rates are published in daily newspapers. You can also see exchange rates at website of the central bank of Nepal; http://www.nrb.org.np/
- For small expenses and shopping, better you have Rupees. in cash.
- Payments by credit cards; AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA, Master etc. are accepted in established business offices and major shops but not in small shops. ATM machines are available in cities and towns but, not on remote trekking/hiking routes.
Tipping is customary for the services provided by private driver, porter, guide, waiter and so on. However, if there is 10 % service charge in the hotels and restaurant bills, no tips there normally.
Tips for trekking and mountaineering staff are usually very generous and variation in amount is big from one case to another.
In Kathmandu and other touristic towns and cities, there is a wide category of hotels available from basic Western tourist standard to 5-star luxury deluxe to boutique hotels.
Food & Drinks:
In major city like Kathmandu, there is a wide range of restaurants serving almost all cuisines and drinks from different continents. So, you have lot of choice to taste.
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