All the visitors except Indians need a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are issued for 15, 30, and 60 days. A single entry visa costs US$ 30 for 60 days and a multiple entry visa valid for 60 days costs US$80. You should pay in US dollars and have with you one copy of your passport photo. 1 month visa extensions are available form the department of immigration in Kathmandu. They cost $us30 per month. As a tourist you can only stay in Nepal for a maxim five month period in any one year. It is possible to get a visa for longer than five months by studying, teaching or undertaking research at the university or any institution recognized by the government.. A visa can be obtained at the airport on arrival or at any border point with India, or you can get before you depart form the Nepalese embassy in your country. You can ask for further information at Kathmandu Immigration office.
The Nepal Rastra Bank (the national bank of Nepal) fixes exchange rate daily against all major currencies. Radio Nepal, Nepal Television, Nepali and English newspapers all announces the rate every morning.
The rate can be different day by day. Click here to see Current Exchange Rate
Money can be changed officially at banks, hotel exchange counters and money changers authorized by Nepal Rastra Bank. Standard Chartered Bank Nepal and Himalayan Bank have special exchange counters. Standard money changes are very easy to find in Thamel area and you can shop around for the best rate.
Doctors and Medical Faclilcites.
In Kathmandu there is a good range of private clinics with excellent facilities to treat travelers. They have 245 hour answer services and doctors on call.
CIWEC Clinic is near to the British embassy in Laninchaur-Ph 4-228531
Nepal International Clinic- at the opposite end of the royal palace in Durbar Marg- Ph4-434642.
The private clinics offer the best service and often have western doctors. Though the clinics can be expensive, a consultation can cost up to us$50.
For emergency treatment or operation the best place to go is the Patan Hospital ph 4-412707.
Nepal operates on 220V 50Hz power, but fluctuations are severe and unpredictable. You should use a voltage stabilizer to protect your expensive and sensitive equipment. Nepal also has major power shortages so there is quite often load shedding. There are many kinds of plugs used in Nepal and the best thing for you to do is stop in at an electric shop in Kathmandu and for 50 rupees they will make an adaptor for you.
Tipping is not common practice in Nepal. Taxis drivers and budget hotels and restaurants do not expect to be tipped. In more expensive places you will be expected to tip about 5% of the bill. When travelling and trekking you should consider the low wages of the people and if are really happy and have good service then it is most appropriate to tip.
The main police office is located in Kathmandu durbar square. In the case of theft or damage to yourself, you should report the incident to the tourist police in Thamel at the tourist service center. The number is 4261945
In Nepal there are many airlines which provide visitors their facilities willingly: You should note that royal Nepal airlines do not accept credit card payment. The main airlines and contact numbers are.
Jet Air 4-442121
Royal Nepal 4-220757
Buddha Air 5-542494
Thai Airways 4-221247
Air France 4-223339
Air India 4-415637
In Kathmandu and poacher you don’t have to worry about hotels. There are so many to choose form ranging form one to five star to meet the needs of any traveler. ATC club can book hotels for you depending on your required standard of accommodation and budget.
When it comes to restaurants, there is a diverse choice in Kathmandu to suit any taste or budget. You can get anything form succulent steak, crisp Belgium fries to spicy Thai food, Japanese food. Or of course you can enjoy some of the local food like dhal baht, momos and newarie pizza. Kathmandu is certainly on its way to becoming world standard when it comes to the selection of hotels and restaurants.
In Nepalese people traditionally eat Dhal Baht twice a day. This is the national dish which contains rice, dhal soup, vegetable curry and spicy pickle. Sometimes you can find it with meat curry, normally chicken or goat. Nepalese don’t eat beef but they do eat buffalo meat. Other foods commonly eaten by Nepalese are momos (meat or veg dumpling), chow mine, fried rice, noodle soup, chapatti and curd. Whilst trekking these are the foods that you can commonly expect to eat. Being vegetarian is not a problem as they are well catered for. In the big towns and cities you can get virtually any kind of food you like in one of many restaurants, though western food is more expensive than local food.
Kathmandu and pohakara offer a good selection of internet cafes. The rate in Kathmandu is 20 rupees per hour and in Pohkara 90rupees per hour. The connection is normally good though rarely is it super fast. In more remote areas, most largish towns will have some form of internet café, though the connection can be very slow. On trekking routes in major towns there is internet but it can cost up to 300 rupees per half hour. Some internet cafes also have fax and photocopy service, though the fax service in Nepal is expensive.
You can make local and international phone calls from most places in Nepal. The rate varies depending on the country you are calling and form which area you are calling. International lines can sometimes have bad connection and are not always clear.
It is possible to mail letters and postcards home. You can buy stamps form most news agencies and book shops and they will also have a post box for you to put your letters in. There is a post office in Kathmandu for sending larger parcels. You need to go to the international post office which is in the same building. The post office is open form 10am to 5am Sunday to Friday. Post rates are
Africa/Europe Aust/USA India/Asia
Postcards Rs25 Rs30 Rs15
Letter Rs35 Rs40 Rs18
Registration(extra) Rs85 Rs85 Rs85
For larger parcels or cargos there are many cargo and air freight companies in Kathmandu.
Nepalese time is 5 hours and 45 minuets ahead of GMT. The odd 15 minuets is intended to differentiate Nepal form India, which is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT.
Normal government business hours are form 10am to 5pm. The working week is from Sunday to Friday. On Friday most offices will close at 2pm. You will find that shops and other places in tourist areas stay open for much longer than this and most will open on Saturdays.
Consulates and Embassies
When travelling in a foreign country, you should register with your embassy, especially if you are planning on doing long and remote trekking. At the least you should have your embassies contact details so that should you get into trouble they may be able to assist you. Your embassy can also give you information on safe traveling and health issues should you require them. In Nepal you can find the following embassies.