Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Nepal?
Nepal is mountainous kingdom in southern Asia, located
between India and China. Currently has over 26 million people
of different races and tribes, living in different regions,
wearing different costumes and speaking different languages
occupy a total of 147,181 square kilometer (885 km east to
west, and 193 km north to south) of this tiny country. Nepal
is geographically, culturally, and linguistically diverse.
The capital of Nepal is 'Kathmandu'or simply by the name `city
of temples'. Nepal is a kingdom of Himalayas, artistic monuments,
exotic wildlife, and a unique harmony of diversified cultures.
It attracts visitors for casual holidays, tours, and adventure
activities including `Everest Expedition'. Nepal is also popular
for having it's land the birth place of Lord Buddha, and birth
place of Lord Sita. Agriculture and Tourism are two important
revenues that keeps this nation exist.
What's the national language of Nepal?
There are other 72 different spoken languages in
Nepal. Most people living in the city areas can understand
and speak English fluently. Nepal's the official language
of Nepal. English and Hindi are widely understood in the urban
centers.Language such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Newari,
Tamang and Nepalbhasa are also popular in most popular cities
What is Nepal Known for?
• Highest Summit on Earth, Mt Everest
• The Birth place of Lord Buddha, Lumbini
• The birth place of Lord Sita, Janakpur
• Legendary Warriors, The Gorkha
• The only Hindu Kingdom in the world
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What's the currency of Nepal?
Currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee
(Rs) or in short NRS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes
of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50,
25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees.
What is the climate like in Nepal?
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.
When is the best time to travel in
Your best time to travel to 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 and 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. Manson 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!
How safe is traveling to Nepal ?
Travelling to Nepal is totally safe except on Maiosts
affected area mainly remote parts of Nepal. Although Maiosts
have declared war, there has not been a single incident of
attack to the tourists.
Just follow your own simple tips for safety,
which should be enough to make your visit to Nepal smooth.
Be friendly with people
Do not travel in the night
time. Get back to your hotel by 10 PM
Report to the police in
case of harassment.
Most people in the city
areas can speak English well enough to answer your questions.
Ask for help.
What can I do in Nepal as a traveler
What are some basic Nepali customs
that I should know about?
Take off your shoes before
entering a temple or one's home.
Ask for permission before
entering a Hindu temple.
Taking photographs inside
the most temples are considered illegal. Ask for permission
before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali
Nepali people are friendly
by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them.
Be friendly as you travel..
Public displays of affection
such as kissing may be considered offensive.
Say hello or Namaste
if anyone is initiating a dialogue with you.
Do I need a visa for Nepal ?
Visa is required to enter Nepal for other than Indian
Nationals. One can obtain visa for Nepal upon arrival at every
entry points to Nepal. The visa fee is USD 30.00 per person
for single entry upto 60 days. GRATIS visa for 3 days stay
in Nepal is free.
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 Dharhan. In Thamel street alone, there are three
machines, including one in the Kathmandu Guest House. International
credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc ) are accepted in
all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants
How much does a taxi fare cost in
Taxi is cheaper mainly in city areas. The initial taxi meter
is Rs 7, i.e. the taxi meter reading as soon as you hop in!
Every Kilometer adds Rs 10 to the meter. From airport to Thamel
or Durbarmarg or Lazimpat or Chakrapath it should not cost
you more than Rs 250. Cabs at the airport are hesitant to
go by the meter readings, so give them whatever they are offering
from Rs 250 to 300 which is fine to reach to any of the city
areas within Kathmandu valley.
How to enter Nepal?
The Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu is Nepal’s only international
airport. The important airlines that serve Kathmandu are Indian
Airlines, Thai International, Bangladesh Biman, China Southwest
Airlines, Druk Air, Qatar Airways, PIA- Pakistan Airlines,
Gulf Air, Sahara Ailrlines, Jet Air, and Cosmic Air. The national
carrier - Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC), operates
flights to both Europe and Japan as well as the regional destinations.
You could travel to Kathmandu via Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore.
There are daily flights to Kaathmandu from bankgkok.
If in India, you can fly to Nepal from Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta, Banglore and Varanasi. The one
There is the spectacular flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu on
Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thrusdays operated by China Southwest
Airlines. You can also fly Druk Air from Paro in Bhutan, or
take a flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
What can I bring with me to Nepal?
All travelers 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 export
antiques; objects like metal statue, sacred images, paintings,
What is Nepali Food like? How is it
Nepali food is called Dal Bhat Tarkari which is Lentil
sauce, Rice, and Curry in English. Achar (the pickle) makes
it a complete dish.
What is the popular trekking region
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 limits are broken everyday!