FAQ

About Nepal
The Republican of Nepal covers an area of 147, 181 square kilometers, and stretches 145-241 kilometers north to south and 850 kilometers west to east. The country is located between India in the south and China in the north. At latitudes 26 and 30 degrees north and longitudes 80 and 88 degrees east, Nepal is topographically divided into three regions.

What is Nepal country known for?
Nepal has the birth place of Lord Buddha at Lumbini, which is located at the lower part of Nepal known as Terai, near the Indian border of Raxaul. Nepal also has the birth place of Hindu Lord Sita, located at Janakpur also at Terai region. Nepal is also known by the world as having the highest summit Mount Everest, which is 8848 meter tall. Nepal is also known by the legendary warriors, the Gorkhas who fought in world wars with their unique knives known as Khukuri. Gorkhas would fight against the guns in batel and their bravery was of remarkable one. Nepal is the only Hindu Kingdom in the world. Nepal is a natural beauty, here water and natural resources are plentiful.

What is the common form of greeting in Nepal?
Common form of greeting in Nepal is called `Namaste’ or `Namaskar’. Namaskar is used in a formal conversation while Namaste is often used in informal communications. Namaste is pronounced as “Namastay”, and it is both a spoken greeting and a gesture. Proper way to say and use a gesture is to put your palms together and bring it about few inches below your chin or how ever feels comfortable, with head gently bowed, you say “Namastay”. In Sanskrit language “Namas” means becoming silent, bending, and humbly submitting, and “Te” means “to you”. Thus, namaste means ‘I bow to you’. Did you know that Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages of the world which is still active! The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, i bless the divine in you, good bye, see you again.

What’s the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted else where.

How can I Enter and Leave Nepal?
You can fly directly to Kathmandu from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, Sharjah, Dubai, Dhaka, Karachi, Munich, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Paro, Lhasa, Singpapore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Calcutta and Varanasi. Charter flights can also be arranged for large movements. All flights feature business class and amenities of international standards.

What are the entry procedure and Visa rule of Nepal?
Gratis visa for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less. Gratis visa for tourists of SAARC countries and People’s Republic of China. Visa Fee: Single entry – US$ 30 days for 60 days Multiple entry – US$ 50 + US$ 30.

What about custom and Airport Tax in Nepal?
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry.Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

What types of foreign currency and card is accept in Nepal?
Payment in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Credit cards like American Express, Master and Visa are widely accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. Remember to keep your Foreign Exchange Encashment Receipt while making foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepalese rupees.

When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
When traveling abroad, climatic factors always remain an important issue. Your best time for Nepal is October to November or February to April. Visit Nepal during October to November, as this is the time when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals(Dashain & Tihar) are marked during that season . May to June is also a good time to travel although the weather is hot and dusty- you can live with that; wear a mask and a Nepali Topi (Cap) and learn how Nepalese get along with this period. December to January is the winter season in Nepal, which is also a good time to travel; the climate and visibility is good. Snow jackets and sweaters are recommended. Mansoon starts from Mid June to September; traveling during this period is not advisable unless you are the one who loves best in everything or finds best from anything. Just bring your raincoat during that season, and have a blast!

What about Nepal climate or seasons to visit?
Season Times:
– Winter in Nepal : December-February,
– Spring in Nepal : March-May,
– Summer in Nepal : June-August,
– Autumn in Nepal : September-November.

What about weather of Nepal?
The weather in Nepal varies from sub tropical to meditation. The capital, Kathmandu reaches below 1 Degree Celsius (34 F) during the winter and rises to an average 32 Degree Celsius (90 F) during the summer. Most Nepalese do not have heating and air conditioning system and hence the temperatures are more uncomfortable during extreme seasons. Most hotels and lodges are equipped with Heater and Air Conditioner. The temperature during the winter also rises to 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day. The Terai region has temperature some what equivalent to that of Delhi / India where temperature can reach upto 44 Degree Celsius (111 Fahrenheit ) during the summer season.

What are the major safety concern during Travel to Nepal?
You have to Pay close attention to your security at all times and monitor the media and other local sources for information about possible new safety or security risks.
There is a possibility of violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces. You should avoid any protest sites or demonstrations; you should also ensure that you have adequate supplies of water, food, fuel, cash and medications. It is highly likely planned travel arrangements, including to trekking, tour, climbing and expedition areas, may be disrupted.
There have been violent incidents, including bomb attacks, at crowded locations and on public transport in Kathmandu, the Terai region and other parts of the country. See the Civil Unrest/Political Tension section for details.
Political rallies in many parts of Nepal have resulted in outbreaks of violence and the detonation of explosive devices. You are strongly urged to avoid protest, political rallies and large gatherings throughout Nepal as they may turn violent. Demonstrations and strikes occur without notice and can cause major traffic disruptions and shut down all public transport. Curfews can be enforced at short notice.
Shortages of essential supplies (food, water, gas, fuel and kerosene for cooking) can occur with limited notice. Load Shedding) periods can have a significant impact on services, including in major tourist destinations. Before travelling, check that your tour operator or hotel will be able to provide an acceptable level of service and security.

What are some useful tips for me during travel in Nepal?
The Nepalese people are friendly and hospitable by nature and the tourists in general will have no difficulty in adjustment. At the same, one may be confused regarding some customs, traditions and manners as in coming into any unfamiliar society. Nepal like any other country, has its own ways of regulating life though it might be different in degrees to each individual visitors. We want the visitors to observe and see the ways of Nepalese people and share with them. It is in this spirit that we offer some practical guidelines that could help to make the stay delightful and rewarding.

What about tourist police in Nepal?
We would like to state that the Tourist Police is a special unit of Nepal Police, which is working under Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Tourism Industry Division. Our office is located at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Tourist Service Center Building, and also we have complaint counters at the Airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. We are always attentive to deal with the problems of tourist and we are very sensitive in your security.

What types of security is availabe for tourist?
Tourist Police was established in 1979 under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. The special unit has been designated the task of providing security to visitors. The team of Tourist Police consists of officers who can speak and understand English and Hindi. They register complaints, investigate matters, provide protection and safety to tourists. They also try to ensure hassle-free trip for visitors and assist tourists when necessary. There are three units of Tourist Police forces in Kathmandu. While the main office is at the Tourist Service Center in Bhrikuti Mandap (Phone: 4247041, 4247037), the other two are in tourist areas Thamel (Phone: 4429750) and Basantapur (Phone: 4268969).

What about communication facility in Nepal?
The General Post Office is located near Dharahara Tower and is open from 9 am to 5 pm from Sunday to Friday. Stamps, aerograms and postcards may be purchased from 7 am to 7 pm at the counters. Services like registration ad insurance of mail and small packages, and exchange of IRCs are also available.Parcels can be sent and received through the Foreign Post Office next door. It is open from Sunday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.The Nepal Telecommunication Corporation Office located at Tripureswor provides ISD, STD, telex, Fax, and telegraph services. Private communication centers and hotels also proved ISD, STD, and fax services.The STD code for Nepal is 977, Inquiries can be made at 197.

What is Nepali time and business hour?
Government offices are open from 10 am to 5 p.m. from Sunday through Friday in the Kathmandu Valley. Banks are open from Sunday through Friday from 10 am to 3.30 pm. open until 12 pm only on Friday. Most Business offices are open from 10 am to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 10 am and close at about 8 pm and are usually closed on Saturdays.