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Travel Tips to visit Nepal

Travel Insurance

To protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps, it is advisable to obtain travel insurance from your country. It should adequately cover helicopter evacuation and medical assistance. For further information please consult with us at annatreks@gmail.com or annatreks@wlink.com.np

Currency

The national currency is the Nepali Rupees. Exchange rate is approximately USD 1 = 88 Nepali Rupees.

Credit cards

VISA credit cards and American Express credit cards are accepted in few shops and in most of the hotels at a higher commission (5%). Visitors are advised to carry traveller cheques or cash (US Dollars or Euro).

Time Difference

Nepal standard time is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes ahead of Indian standard time.

Electricity

220-240 volts, 50 cycles A.C. The current is variable. If you do bring electrical appliance, bring along an international converter kit with a set of adapter plugs.

Plugs and Sockets

Nepal uses the standard Indian round-pin sockets which come in variety of sizes. Most European round pin-plugs work, but their pins are usually smaller than the Indian variety and fit loosely and provide an unreliable connection. There are plenty of Electrical shops in Kathmandu and in other major towns where you can buy an adapter if you have any trouble plugging in an appliance.

Laundry

Hotels and laundry shops provide same day service. There are dry cleaners in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In the major trekking routes the laundry service is provided in lodges but one needs to depend on sunlight or heater dry.

Communication Facilities

Reliable telephone and fax services are available in all towns. International connections are excellent. Internet cafes are available everywhere. Prepaid mobile SIM cards can be purchased and used in most of the major towns and major trekking routes. A photograph and copy of your passport must be provided so it is always suggested to take several copies of your travel document and photographs (recently taken ones.

Vaccinations

No Vaccinations are currently required for travelling to Nepal.

Cuisine

Nepali cuisine is served richly with boiled rice, lentil soups, and pickle with choice of meat or vegetable curry and yogurt with choices of spicy chillies. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines are richly served in most of the restaurants of Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major towns and major trekking routes.

Shopping

The country is famous for Carpet, Pashmina itmes, hand knitted items, silver and gold jewellery, precious stones, carved masks, chests, handmade papers, finely crafted metal objects, statues, thangkas and other paintings are popular items to purchase. Buying and selling of antiques (aged over 100 year) is strictly forbidden.

Gratitudes

In general, tipping is neither compulsory nor there is any fixed amount. It is dependent on how much the individual did to make your travel more enjoyable. Restaurants and hotels normally include the service charge in bills.

Clothing

Medium-weight and easy-to-wash cottons are a good choice year-round in the Kathmandu Valley. From October to February, woollen sweaters, jackets or similar other outfits are essential. Short or long sleeved shirts are comfortable for March to May. From June to September, light and loose garments are advisable. Down quilt jacket and under trousers are recommended for high altitude trekking.

Photography

Nepal is photographer’s paradise. However, it is recommended to seek permission before you photograph people and places of interest.

Smoking in public places

Smoking is prohibited however still no problems to smoke even publicly but it is advised not to smoke in institutions like monasteries, hospitals, schools, public transport carriers, public gatherings such as monastic festivals.

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    Rob Walker, Australia
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