Nepal FAQ’s

Nepal FAQ’s

Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a land locked mountainous kingdom in southern Asia, located between India and China.

What is the capital of Nepal?
The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu but many love to call it by the name Catmando or Woodmandu or simply by the name `city of temples’.

What is Nepal well known for?

  • The Birth place of Lord Buddha – Lumbini
  • The birth place of Lord Sita – Janakpur
  • Highest Summit of the world – Mt Everest
  • Legendary Warriors – The Gurkhas
  • The only Hindu Kingdom in the world
  • Second Largest country for Water and Natural Resources in the world.

What’s the national language of Nepal?
Nepali is the national language but there are other 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. Most people living in the city can understand English as well as Nepali. Nepali is written in the Devanagari script is also the official language of Nepal. Hindi also widely understood in the urban centres. Language such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Newari, Tamang and Nepalbhasa are popular in their respective areas

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It’s called `Namaste’. You can say it and also do it. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What’s the currency of Nepal?
Currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or in short NRs. 100 Paisa equals 1 NRs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupee. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 25 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 NRs, 2 NRs, 5 NRs and 10 NRs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

How much does it cost to get to Nepal?
Depending on which airlines you chose, when and where you buy your air tickets, and how quickly you want to reach Nepal, your cost will differ. Airfare for round trip, economic class, and high stop over.

What’s the climate like in Nepal?
Winter: December-February,
Spring: March-May,
Summer: June-August,
Autumn: September-November.

The weather in Nepal varies from sub tropical to meditation. The capital, Kathmandu reaches below 1 Degree Celsius during the winter and rises to an       average 25 Degree Celsius during the summer. The temperature during the winter also rises to 15 to 20 degree Celsius during the day. The Terai region has temperature can reach 35-40 Degree Celsius during the summer season.

What is Nepali National Anthem?
You can see in Introduction – Facts and Figures in this book.

What are Nepalese people like?
Nepalese are friendly and hospitable by nature. Travellers count Nepalese among the best friends in the world. Nepalese respect Guests as God. And there is a popular phrase every Nepali knows, it says: “Guest equals God”. When you visit a Nepali home, you are offered a cup of tea; you are asked in kind words, “Have you had your tea? Or meal?” Offering whatever one has to a guest is considered a moral duty and is taken seriously by Nepalese. Meet and talk with Nepalese. Have a genuine interest in them. Nepalese wear a smile and rich, traditional social values where love and affection comes before anything else. A part of the reasons why people revisit Nepal is because of the friendliness and warmth of Nepali people.

How many ethnic groups?
Nepal is a village of Ethnic groups. Nepal’s many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures; Newars, Sherpa, Chhetris, Tamang, Rais, Limbus, Magars, Gurung, Maithili, Bhojpuri and Tharu are just a few of these ethnic groups each of them have a different language, culture, customs and traditions yet they live in a perfect harmony.

How far will my money go in Nepal?
Cheaper Accommodations. Cheaper Food. Cheaper Airfares. Best Holidays. Best Adventure.

What can I do in Nepal as a traveller?

So you saw and found this country tiny? Hold your breath and discover what it packs! You can do so much only in Nepal.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal?

When travelling abroad, climatic factors always remain an important issue. Your best time for Nepal is October to November or February to April. May to June is also a good time to travel although the weather is hot. 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.

How safe is travelling to Nepal?

Travelling to Nepal is safe. Although Maoists have declared war, there has not been a single incident of attack on tourists. Follow your own simple tips for safety, which should be enough to make your visit to Nepal smooth.

(a) Be friendly with people
(b) Don’t complain.
(c) Do not travel in the night time. Get back to your hotel by 8 to 10 pm
(d) Report to the police in case of harassment. There is a special security force called Tourist police who is ready to help you for your security related problems.
(e) Most people in the city areas can speak English well enough to answer your questions. Ask for help.

What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

  1. Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home.
  2. Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple.
  3. Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal. Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  4. Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel…
  5. Public displays of affection such as kissing may be considered offensive.
  6. Say hello or Namaskar if anyone is initiating a dialogue with you.

What are the festivals in Nepal?
You can see Festivals of Nepal in this book with details.

Is gambling allowed in Nepal? Or do you have Casinos?
Gambling is illegal in Nepal. There are numerous Casinos in the Capital Kathmandu, which are mostly open to Tourists only. Some of the casinos have video games, slot machines, and are open 24 hours.

Is sex legal in Nepal?
Prostitution is illegal in Nepal. No free to operate a business such as opening a brothel.

Is my license valid for driving in Nepal?
International Driving license is valid for driving in Nepal. But due to traffic and road conditions driving in Nepal is not advisable. But if you would like to drive, go for a highway such as from Kathmandu to Pokhara where roads are wider and driving is a sheer pleasure.

What is the Night-Life like in Nepal?

Night life in Nepal is almost dead in comparison to other parts of the world. A few places in Kathmandu and Pokhara can offer you unmatched opportunities. You can have an enjoyable experience in Thamel, Lazimpat and Durbarmarg regions where hundreds of tourist shops, restaurants and bars awaits to your full entertainment and night-life hangouts. Metered Night Cabs are available so can you easily reach your hotels from any restaurants in the city area.

Do I need a visa for Nepal?
Visa is required to enter Nepal for other than Indian Nationals.

Do I need to obtain Permit before trekking in Nepal?
Trekking permit is only required to trek in the restricted areas such as Dolpa, Kanchenjunga. Permit can be obtained easily from the Tourism Department, located at Thamel, Kathmandu. Application can be submitted after your arrive in Nepal. The permit is not required to trek in areas such as Everest, and Annapurna.

Where can I find Maps about Nepal?
You can see Maps of Nepal in this book.

What is there to buy in Nepal to take back home?
There is just too much actually. You will not want to take back home Nepalese arts and crafts, handmade papers, Thangka -Tibetan Paintings, Pashmina, and Khukuri, silver jewelleries, Nepali Cap, Nepali dress, Nepali Carpets, Fashion clothes, garments and accessories

You can see Introduction – Souvenirs in this book.

I want to make friends in Nepal before travelling. Can you help?
Contact us for this at: hactours@mail.com.np

What time is it now in Nepal?
Nepali time is GMT plus 5 Hours 45 minutes.

What is the area code to Nepal?
For dialling to Nepal, Country Code is 977 and Kathmandu City Code is 1 (e.g. 977 1 4424296)

What type of electricity in Nepal?
Nepal uses 220V, 50 HZ Electricity.

I have a laptop. Will it work in Nepal!??
Before you bring your laptop, verify that your laptop and other electrical goods can take in that much of electricity.

How to enter Nepal?
Please see the Information Index – Entry Points in this book.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are many ATM machines in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other city like Butwal and Dhahran. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centres, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

How much does a taxi fare cost in Nepal?
Taxi is cheaper mainly in city areas. The initial taxi meter is NRs 7, i.e. the taxi meter reading as soon as you hop in! Every Kilometre adds NRs 10 to the meter. From airport to Thamel or Durbarmarg or Lazimpat or Chakrapath it should not cost you more than NRs 250.

Are drugs legal in Nepal?
It is illegal to grow, buy or sell drugs in Nepal.

What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunizations for visitors. It is however best to have vaccines before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccines to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

How to stay in good health when travelling in Nepal?
Enter Nepal with one or two vaccines taken for common diseases like malaria. When in Nepal, eat thoroughly cooked food. Avoid salad. Drink only the reputed brand of bottled water. Soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi are fine to drink. Many private clinics and hospitals are open during the day. Drug stores near the hospital regions are open 24 hours.

What to wear in Nepal?
Nepal has a wide range of climates so take both light and warm clothing in casual and comfortable styles. In the mountain areas, warm woollen clothing is necessary while at lower altitude cotton clothing is ideal. Bring any stuff and you will always be wearing to your comfort. If you missed any of your clothes, don’t worry. Buy Nepalese garments; a snow jacket, a pair of pants, and a t-shirt for under fifty bucks.

What can I bring with me to Nepal?
All travellers are permitted to carry 200 cigarettes, 20 cigars, one bottle of spirits and two bottles or 12 cans of beer free of duty. Other exempts from include personal effect such as binoculars, cameras, film stock, record player, tape recorder, transistor and radio. It is illegal to import/export antiques; objects like metal statue, sacred images, paintings, and manuscripts.

What is the education system in Nepal? What can I study in Nepal?
There are up to 10 years (grades) in a high school, followed by a 2 year for secondary higher education. The final examination known as School Leaving certificate (SLC) given on the final year of 10th grade decides whether one will make it to the colleges or not. After passing SLC, one has the option of studying for higher secondary which is another 2 years. Bachelors are a 3 year course. Masters degree is of 2 years course except on internationally recognized universities such as Kathmandu University where it is of four to five years. Teachings in most universities are mainly done in English language. Students prefer to study using English books and materials such as CD-ROMs and Multimedia. Exams can be taken in English.

What are like Buses, Taxis, Vehicle, and Motor Bikes in Nepal?
Buses: Buses in Nepal are crowded specially during holiday seasons. New regulations have made travelling by bus much easier and comfortable. One can take so called Micro Bus (Toyota Hiace) in the Kathmandu valley, Bhaktapur, Patan and also to other remote areas. Other popular scheduled and well maintained buses run to and from Kathmandu to all major cities in Nepal. The main bus terminal is located at Gongabu bus terminal.

Taxis:

Metered Taxis are usually recognized by the taxi sign and a black number plate in front and rear. Night cabs are also available at all major         hotels. The night taxi fare is slightly higher than the day time fare. You can also get a private car through a travel agent or car/rent agents. All hotels         can also provide you this service.

Motor Bikes:

Motor bikes are available for hire in Kathmandu’s Thamel and Lazimpat area. These motorcycles are generally 90-250 cc. The most     popular         motorbike in Nepal is Hero Honda. Indian and Chinese motor bikes hold a major market share in Nepal.

What are the popular FM stations in Nepal?
The popular FM stations are Kantipur FM 96.1 and Hits FM 91.2 Nepal. FM radios in Nepal have a very short history; most have gained popularity by introducing a balanced mixture of Nepali, English and Hindi music. Most commercial FMs have 50% of the programs in English.

Where can I get Nepali News off the main stream line?
You can see our website: www.himalayanadventurecentre.com for latest news and events of Nepal.

What is Nepal’s Insurgency or Maoist Conflict?
In 1995, in response to government corruption, a People’s war was declared by the Communist Party of Nepal. The war is between the Nepali Government and the Maoists. The saddest part of this war is the abduction of innocent children and ordinary Nepalese and their killings and disruption of day to day life.

How much does accommodation cost?
Facilities and location of accommodation determine the cost. For economic staying in Nepal, go for guest houses where rates are as low as 5 $ per Day for facilities like single bed, running hot water, TV and phone. If you need more than this, you can get one from $ 100 to $ 300 per night per single/double room.

What is current population of Nepal?
The current population of Nepal is approximately 24 Million.

Are there any Tourist Police in Nepal?
A Tourist Police is located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board’s Office. These tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists.

Can I get a visa from the Kathmandu Airport?
If you have left your home country and/or you don’t have time to visit Royal Nepalese Embassy in your region, you can obtain visa from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or from any entry point in Nepal except Tibetan and Bhutanese. Just make sure to bring your a few sets of passport size photo.

What is Nepali Food like? How is it cooked?
Nepali food is called Dal Bhat Tarkari which is Lentil sauce, Rice, and Curry in English. Achar (pickle) makes it a complete dish.

What is the popular trekking region in Nepal?
It is the Annapurna region; here one gets excellent views of the mountains, valley and the remote parts of Nepal where easy to moderate trekking skills are required. And another popular trekking region is the Everest and Langtang where every trekking limit is broken every day.

What is the legal age for marriage in Nepal?
Legal age for marriage in Nepal is 18 for both men and women. However, most women in city areas pick 25 as the most favourable age for marriage while in some parts of Nepal under-age marriage still exists.

Will my Satellite/Cell-phone works in Nepal?
Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. All parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network.

How long does it take a letter to reach Nepal or from Nepal to my country?
Commercial courier companies such as DHL, UPS, and FED-EX have their office in Nepal and can guarantee express delivery to and from Nepal within 5 business days.

Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes. Make sure to bring prescriptions and the medications in its original containers to avoid custom inspection hassles.

Are there clubs, bars and discos in Nepal?
Yes, Kathmandu has numerous discos and bars. Equally exciting bars and discos are growing in other city like Pokhara and Dharan.

Can I bring my pets for an extended stay in Nepal?
Yes you can. Remember not all airlines offer shipment of animals in cabin or as checked baggage. All careers permitting animal shipments require health certificates for your animals, which are also checked at each airport terminals. Check for PET permits with your airline and with any airlines in your transit to Nepal.

Does Nepal have its own calendar?
Yes. Nepali year generally begins mid April of English year. Nepali calendar has 12 months, total days of each month in each year varies unlike English year.

What is Nepali Music Like?
Apart from the modern Nepali songs having beats and tones that of western music, the real Nepali music is the folk music where local voice and lyrics, together with flute and traditional drum known as Madal is used in music compositions. Vocal strength plays an important role in making the music melodic.

See Music and Dance of Nepal in this book.

What is Nepalese National Flag like?
Nepali flag is not rectangular like other country flags. It appears as two triangles being attached to a vertical line. The top triangle has the image of Moon while the bottom triangle has the image of Sun. There are various meanings of the flag, but the simplest meaning of the flag to everyday Nepali is that both Sun and Moon are the two Gods watching over Nepal.

What kinds of gifts are common to give in Nepal?
Common gift items are watches, jewelleries, clothes, camera, CD-players and money also a common gift item here. You won’t be able to give gift-cards; in Nepal as they are not widely used. If you are visiting Nepal, try bringing items from your country which are unique, such as national flags, t-shirts and caps, music CDs, books etc.

What is the cast system of Nepal?
In Nepal there are so many casts like Brahmin, chhetries, Gurung, Magar, Tharu, Sherpa, Tamang, duras, newars, etc. every cast marries wit5h same cast. But it is developing everyday and in cities the cast system is almost negligible these days. The cast system is being slowly eradicated by education and empowerment.

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