Nepal FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Nepal and our tours

 


1. Visas and Vaccinations
Does it require any visa to enter in your country? How does it work (can we apply locally or must be applied in our country)? Is it required any vaccine?

 
Yes, you need tourist visa to enter the country. You can either apply abroad as well, if there is a Nepalese consulate or embassy in that country. Otherwise, the visa can be obtained at the Tribhubvan International Airport in Nepal on arrival. For that you will have to fill up the form and have 1 passport size photo.

The current visa cost for 15 days tourist visa is USD 25 per person. Click here for more information on Nepal Visa.

There is no vaccination required for the visa eligibility.


2. Climate
How is the climate throughout the year? And when is the best time to travel to Nepal ?

You can travel to Nepal throughout the year. We have mainly 4 seasons in Nepal and the best season to travel would be during Spring and Autum.

These are the Maximum and Minimum Temperature averages for Kathmandu

Season    Months                   Max (°C)     Min (°C)     Rain (mm)

Spring      Mar, Apr                   27                 10                   60

Summer  May, June, July          32                 19                   312

Autum     Sep, Oct, Nov           25                  10                  110

Winter    Dec, Jan, Feb            17                    0                  16

 

Average temperatures for Pokhara and Chitwan are below


Climate                          Summer (May, June, July)                           Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
                Place          Max (°C)     Min (°C)     Rain (mm)     Max (°C)     Min (°C)     Rain (mm)
          
             Pokhara          34                22              832                    21                7             27
             Chitwan          33.0             25              404                    25                8             14


3. Health and Hygiene
How is the drinking water, clean and safe? It is easy to find hospitals and pharmacies?

There is good availability of bottled drinking water but you should not drink directly from the tap. Most of the good restaurants and hotels provide good drinking water which is bottled water but do not drink locally served water in non reputed restaurants.

There are clinics which specially cater to tourists and there are plenty of pharmacies for medicines. However, if you are under medication then we highly recommend that you carry your own medicine as the particular brand might not be available in Nepal.


4. Security
It is a safe country? Are there any civil wars?

Nepal is a safe country especially for tourists. There is no on going civil war. There are few political disturbances which causes closure of the shops and local transport at times but otherwise it is a peaceful country. We provide different cars during those times which is safe to ride as they do not target tourists.


5. Transportation, and Support Team
What kind of vehicle do you use during the trip? Is it usually a guide and a driver or just a driver that is a guide too?

Transportation depends on the number of pax. For 1 or 2 pax, we use cars, for over 3- 9 pax – we use vans and more than that small buses. There is a separate guide and driver.

 

6. Electricity

What voltage is used in Nepal and what kind of power outlets are available?

Nepal has 220 volts electricy throughout the country. The most commonly found power outlets are for round pins. Flat pins are not very popular in Nepal so it is better if you can get an extension socket to charge your camera / mobiles etc.

 

7. Religion and Customs
Which is the religion in your country? Is there any advise for the tourists in order to respect the holy places / community that we are going to visit?

 There are many religion practiced in our country – basically there are

·         Majority of Hindus

·         Few Buddhists

·         Less Muslims

Most of the sites that we take are for tourists, so there is no problem. Pashupatinath is considered as a very holy temple for Hindus. Therefore, non-Hindus are not directly allowed to enter the temple. So, there is a separate way for them to view the temple.

The guide will let you know what not to do during the sightseeing. There is no rule as such of what kind of clothes to wear etc.


8. Meals
How is the food in your country? Besides, breakfast are other meals also included in our package?


Nepalese usually eat meals which are high in carbohydrate, which can be quite spicy to non – Nepalese. But , most of the restaurants provide good continental , oriental , Indian , Nepalese, Italian, cuisines.

We / guide can recommend some restaurants to the clients when they arrive,  if they need any assistance

Most of our packages do not include any other meals besides breakfast unless specified. For e.g. all the meals are included in Chitwan package.

If you want us to include all meals to you package then that can be done too.

 


9. Physical preparation
Do your tours require any phisical preparation? If so, what type and level of preparation?

As long as there is no trekking  or hiking involved then there is no need for physical preparation. For trekking, probably they should do some stamina increasing, endurance building and agility exercises at least for a couple of months before their arrival.



10. What to bring
What kind of clothes do you recommend to take? Any special accessory?

That will depend on the season. However, we recommend that they carry layered clothing and light jacket.
No, special accessory is required. But, maybe comfortable shoes for sightseeing.



11. Money
Which is the local currency? How much money should we spend a day (average cost of a meal)? How about credit card, it is accepted anywhere? It is easy to change money?

Our local currency is Nepalese Rupees. The current exchange rate is USD 1 = NPR 88 approx. Cost per meal would be around NPR 1000 which meals cold drink/soda for per person.

Credit card is accepted in most of the restaurants/ hotels and most preferable are Visa and Mastercard. There will be a surcharge of 3.5% if you use your credit card with trekking and travel agencies, as they operate with very small margin and the banks/card service company charge them with additional 3.5% which is usually not included in the package / tickets etc.

There are many local/ certified money exchangers but you can shop around for the rates too. There are  ATMs from where you can withdraw in local currency.


12.Time

Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich time

 

13. Communication during the Journey Time & Place

People generally understand English so it will not be very difficult to communicate during your visit in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.


During your trip , there will be a local English guide during the sightseeing. If they have opted for accompanied guide then there will be local English speaking guide throughout the journey. Otherwise, during the drive from one destination to another, there won’t be a guide.

 

14. Holiday

When is the official holiday in Nepal and will that affect our sightseeing / shopping?

The official holiday in Nepal is Saturday. This will not affect your sightseeing tour as these sites are open even on holidays.

Most of the souvenier shops and shops around sightseeing areas will be open including departmental stores. But most of the everyday shops might be closed on Saturdays.

 

15. On arrival

Will someone come to pick us up at the airport?

Yes, one of our representative will be at the airport with name placard. He/she will take you to your pre-booked hotel.

 

16. Tipping

Do we need to tip our guide and driver? How about in restaurants?

It is not mandatory to tip them. You can tip them according to your wish and depending upon your level of satisfaction.

In most of the restaurants, tips is already included as service charge of 10%. So,  you do not need to give extra but do check your bill. If its not included then its up to you to give whatever amount you want.

 

TM Nepal Tourism Year 2011

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