Nepal Travel Facts

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Do I need a Visa?

A visa is required for entry to Nepal (except for nationals of India) and can be purchased beforehand through your local Nepalese consulate however most people prefer to buy it on arrival.  For the latest costs and requirements please refer to the Nepalese consulate in your country of residence. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the departure date.

When is the best time of the year to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit Nepal is from early October through to early June.  During the monsoon season (mid June to the end of September) flooding may occur throughout Nepal.

What vaccinations do I need?

You will need to check with your doctor or travel clinic as travel advice changes. You do not need a yellow fever certificate to enter the country but it is advisable to take malaria tablets, especially if you are going to the jungle area in Chitwan.

What's the currency of Nepal?                                                                                    

The currency is the Nepalese Rupee or in short NRS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs.  Nepali Notes are 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees, and coins are rarely used.

What are some basic Nepali customs?

Shoes should be removed before entering a temple or one's home and you should ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple.  Taking photographs inside most temples is considered illegal and you should ask for permission before taking photographs of objects or Nepali people. 

What is the time difference and phone code for Nepal?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 hours 45 minutes and the international code for dialing to Nepal is +977.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit and debit cards (Master Card, Visa Card, etc ) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Are prices set in Kathmandu, or can we expect to haggle?

Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience, and haggling is part of Nepali culture. Decide what you want to pay before you start and it becomes quite a challenge to get the best price; but enjoy, it is part of the experience!