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Where is Nepal?

Nepal is a land locked, mountainous kingdom in southern Asia. It is located between India and China. The capital of Nepal is 'Kathmandu' More ..



What is Nepal known for?

Nepal is known for Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, spectacular natural beauty that can be seen in its land specially hilly regions, known as the birth place of Lord Buddha, and the Hindu Goddess Lord Sita. Also known as the home of Gurkha Warriors. It is also known as a country with abundant Natural Water Sources.



What is the national language of Nepal?

Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal.



What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?

It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.



What is the National Anthem of Nepal?

In Nepali:
Shri man gumbhira nepali prachanda pratapi bhupati
Shri pach sarkar maharajadhiraja ko sada rahos unnati
Rakhun chi rayu eeshale praja phailiyos pukaraun jaya premale
Hami nepali bhaeesarale.

English Translation:
May glory crown you, courageous Sovereign,
You, the gallant Nepalese,
Shri Pansh Maharajadhiraja, our glorious ruler,
May he live for many years to come
And may the number of his subjects increase.
Let every Nepalese sing this with joy.



What's the currency of Nepal?

Currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) 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 Nepalese (Nepali) people like?

Nepalese are friendly and hospitable by nature. Travelers count Nepalese among the best friends in the world. Nepalese respect Guests as God. And there is a popular phrase every Nepali knows, it says : "Guest equals God". A part of the reasons why people revisit Nepal is because of the friendliness and warmth of Nepali people.



How far will my money go in Nepal?

Your money goes far in Nepal. To find out just how much, have a look at the exchange rates. The only cost is the cost of getting to Nepal, the rest is cheap. See Visa and Money Matters | Travel



What can I do in Nepal as a traveler?

So you found this country tiny? Hold your breath and discover what it packs! You can do so much only in Nepal. More >>



When is the best time to travel in Nepal?

Best time to travel to Nepal is October to November, and February to April.



How safe is traveling to Nepal?

Traveling to Nepal. Exercise caution when traveling to Maoist affected areas mainly remote parts of Nepal which includes Gorkha, Palpa, Nawalparasi, Syangja, Banke, Dang, Surkhet, Kalikot, Rukum, Jajarkot, Rolpa, and Salyan.



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 people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel..

More on Customs



Is gambling allowed in Nepal? or Do you have Casino

Gambling is illegal in Nepal. There are numerous Casino in the Capital Kathmandu, which are mostly open to Tourists only. Some of the casino have video games, slot machines, and they are open 24 hours



Is sex business legal in Nepal?

Prostitution is illegal in Nepal



Is my license valid for driving in Nepal?

International Driving license is valid for driving in Nepal



What is the Night-Life like in Nepal?

Night life in Nepal is almost dead in comparison to other parts of the world.



Do I need a visa for Nepal?

Visa is required to enter Nepal, and it can be obtained at the point of entry such as Kathmandu Airport More >>



Do I need to obtain Permit before trekking in Nepal?

Trekking permit is only required to trek in the restricted areas. Before trekking, you should register with your country's Embassy or Consulate located in Nepal. They will also help you obtain trekking permit, if required.



What are the festivals in Nepal?

See Nepali Festivals



Where can I find Maps about Nepal?

See Maps | Travel



What is there to buy in Nepal to take back home?

Most popular foreign purchases are Nepali handmade papers, Thankas-Tibetan Paintings, Pashmina, Kukuri / Knives, jewelries, Nepali national dress, cap, and Nepali Carpets.



I want to make e-friends in Nepal before traveling. Can you help?

See Making Friends | FAQ



What time is it now in Nepal and What's the phone code?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977  Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 478111 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers. Current Time of Kathmandu | City Area Codes



I have a lap top. Will it work in Nepal!??

Nepal uses 220V, 50HZ Electricity. See Detailed FAQ | Electricity



Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

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



Where are Nepali Fonts for Download?

For a collection of links to Nepali Fonts, click here. >>



Where can I learn Nepali language on the internet?

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How much does a taxi fare cost in Nepal?

From Kathmandu Airport to any part of the City should not cost you more than Rs 300.



Are drugs legal in Nepal?

No. The distillate marijuana and hash are sometimes consumed by some Nepalese during the Holi as part of the colorful festive season. Various sweet products containing the drugs are available in hidden shops! during the festive season which permits some to celebrate the Holi season. Some evidence support that Marijuana and hash are frequent to some Holi monks, priest residing in temples like Pashupatti and Boudha. It is ILLEGAL to grow, buy or sell drugs in Nepal.



How to enter Nepal?

By Air: all major international airlines operate in Nepal. By Road: From Nepal India borders : Kakarvita, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi and Mahendranagar

See also Getting to Nepal



What are health requirements to visit Nepal?

Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctor can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.



Q32 How to stay in good health when traveling in Nepal?

Enter Nepal with one or two vaccine taken for common diseases like malaria. When in Nepal, eat thoroughly cooked food. Avoid salad. Drink only the reputed brand of bottled water. Soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi are fine to drink. Avoid Fast foods. Wear a mask (if possible) when walking in the dusty and polluted streets, specially during the summer season in Nepal it can be tough to walk in the streets. See AlsoEmergency Telephone Directory



What to wear in Nepal?

In the mountain areas, warm woolen clothing are necessary while at lower altitude cotton clothing is ideal.



What can I bring with me to Nepal? (Customs Department Thingy!)

You are permitted to carry one bottle of spirits and two bottles or 12 cans of beer free of duty, also includes personal items 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, and manuscripts.



What is the education system in Nepal? What can I study in Nepal?

There are upto 10 years (grades) in a high school, followed by a 2 year for secondary higher education. The final examination known as School Leaving certificate (SLC) given on the final year of 10th grade of high school decides whether one will make it to the colleges or not. More >>



What are like Buses, Taxis, Vehicle, and Motor Bikes in Nepal?

Old, Poorly maintained, Crowded, Unregulated Traffic. More ...



What are the popular FM stations in Nepal?

The popular FM stations are Kantipur FM 96.1  and  Hits FM 91.2 Nepal. FM radios in Nepal have a very short history, most have gained popularity by introducing a balanced mixture of Nepali, English and Hindi music. Most commercial FMs have 50% of the programs in English and the remaining in Nepali and Hindu



Do all children go to school in Nepal?

No. Nepal does not have a law that requires all children to attend school after a certain age.



Where can I get Nepali News off the main stream line?

Finding Nepali news off the beaten tracks is still a challenge. These days Nepali blog sites have better news coverage. See Blog sites at News and Media | Society and Culture



What is Nepal's Insurgency or Maoist Conflict?

In 1995, in response to government corruption, a People's war was declared by the Communist Party of Nepal. It has cost more than 14,000 lives. See answer at War



Ideas for a simple spontaneous travel plan to Nepal.

The following page contains some ideas for your spontaneous travel plan for Nepal. It should encourage you to add more spice to make it adventurous and memorable. Go get it Now >>



How much does accommodation cost?

Facilities and location of accommodation determine the cost. For economic staying in Nepal, go for guest houses where rates are very low. See Hotels | Travel Information | Hotels | Web Directory



What is current population of Nepal?

Approximately 24 Million. See website of Nepalese Ministry of Population.



Are there any Tourist Police in Nepal?


A Tourist Police is located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office.



Can I get a visa from the Kathmandu Airport?

Yes. Visa Information

What is Nepali Food like? How is it cooked?

Nepali food is called Dal Bhat Tarkari which is Lentil sauce, Rice, and Curry in English. Rice is the basic food of Nepal. See Also About Nepali Food



What is the popular trekking region in Nepal?

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! See also Trekking | Travel



What is the legal age for marriage in Nepal?

Legal age for marriage in Nepal is 18 for both men and women.



Will my Cell-phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?

Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package.



How long does it take a letter to reach Nepal or from Nepal to my country?

Commercial courier companies such as DHL, UPS, and FED-EX have their office in Nepal and can guarantee express delivery to and from Nepal with in 5 to 10 business days



Can I bring my medication with me?

Yes. Make sure to bring prescriptions, and the medications in its original containers to avoid custom inspection hassle.



Are there clubs, bars, disco and stuff like that in Nepal?

Yes.



Can I bring my pets for an extended stay in Nepal?

Yes you can. Remember not all airlines offer shipment of animals in cabin or as checked baggage.



Does Nepal have its own calendar?

Yes. Current Nepali year is 2063View Current Nepali Calendar



What is Nepali Music Like?

Melodic. Moving. and Folk. The real Nepali music is the folk music where local voice and lyrics, together with flute and traditional drum known as Madal is used in music compositions. See Nepali Music | Arts and Entertainment Directory



What is Nepalese National Flag like?

Nepali Flag Two triangles being attached to a vertical line - the only flag of this shape in the entire world!



What kind of gifts are common to give in Nepal?

Common gift items are watches, jewelries, clothes such as t-shirts, caps, jackets, electronics such as camera, CD-players, and money is also a common gift item here. You won't be able to give gift-cards (i.e. shopping cards) in Nepal as they are not widely used. If buying electronics products make-sure they can operate in 240 Volt, 50MHZ (Nepal's Electricity Standard). If you are visiting Nepal, try bringing items from your country which are unique, such as national flags, t-shirts and caps (with your national flag on it!), music CDs, books, etc!



What is the caste system of Nepal?

One is considered untouchable based on the cast under which he or she was born. Someone claims to be superior claiming others inferior. For example, those who make the best knives in the world, the Kamis are considered untouchables in rural parts of Nepal!

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