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Nepal Travel Information....

Find below the information on the following topics.

Getting to Nepal.

Is it safe to Travel?

Places to Visit.

Trekking in Nepal.

Banks & ATMs

1) Getting to Nepal-Air and Surface routes

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is linked by air with Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Banglore, Mumbai, Dhaka, Paro, Karachi, Frankfurt, Paris, Munich, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Doha, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Osaka, Shanghai & Lhasa. Entry points for those entering the country by surface are Bhairahawa (Sunauli), Birgunj (Raxaul) & Kararbhitta (Siliguri) from India and Kodari (Zhangmu) if you are entering from Tibet.

2) Is it safe to Travel

Our answer to that is yes Nepal is safe to travel in, not only is it safe but its fun, amazing and incredibly beautiful as well.

Over the last ten years Nepal has experienced problems with infighting between the government and the Maoists due to conflicting ideas and political disagreement. Though itís a fact that cannot be hidden that people got killed during this conflict, there is no record of any tourists or travelers being injured, killed or involved in anyway. All people in Nepal have a strong belief that guests are equal to god, every Nepal abides by this and offers the warmest of welcomes to all visitors into Nepal.

As of September 2007, there has been a cease fire and peace agreement made between the parties involved. This peace has been upheld, or though there have been a few minor hiccups along the way. People should be aware that Nepal is a developing country and sometimes things do get out of hand. A lot of the bad press Nepal receives is unjustified media hype.

Overall, travelling to Nepal contains no more risk than travelling in other places of the world, in fact as a traveler you are much safer in Nepal than in some European countries and South American places as the threat of, kidnap, pick pocket, robbery, rape etc is almost no existent.

All the major tourist areas of Nepal are policed and patrolled and we have are own branch of the tourist police to assist travellers and keep them safe should a situation arise.

As with any safety, precaution is the first rule. Though we are confident that while in Nepal you will not have any problems, there as some basic things you can do to stay safe. Avoid being near demonstrations, return to your hotel early in the evening if you can, do not carry expensive gadgets when traveling, avoid wearing jewelries and other extravagant wears, use a guide from a trusted travel agent or tour operator, do not talk openly about politics, about the king, about the Maoists while you in public places - After all, all you should be talking about is beautiful Nepal and the amazing adventure you are having here. The above advice is good common sense you should undertake while travelling in any country.

3). Places to visit in Nepal.

Inside Kathmandu valley
The Kathmandu valley consists of three medieval cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and other small towns of Panauti, Dhulikhel , Kirtipur etc on its outskirts.

These three cities are like open museum of medieval arts, culture and tradition. There are seven world heritage sites declared by UNESCO within a periphery of about thirty kilometer in this valley.

01) Kathmandu
02) Bhaktapur
03) Patan
04) Swoyambhunath Stupa
05) Bouddhanath stupa
06) Pashupatinath temple
07) Changunarayan temple
08) Dakshinkali temple
09) Bungmati and Khokana and Pharping
10) Budhanilkantha
11) Kirtipur
12) Kopan Monastery
13) Snakhu
14) Shivapuri
15) Namo Buddha
16) Nagarkot
17) Dhulikhel
18) Panauti
19) Bungmati and Khokana and Pharping

20) Budhanilkantha
21) Kirtipur
22) Kopan Monastery
23) Snakhu
24) Shivapuri
25) Namo Buddha
26) Nagarkot
27) Dhulikhel
28) Panauti

Outside Kathmandu valley

01) Daman
02) Pokhara
03) Gorkha
04) Chitwan
05) Tansen
06) Lumbini
07) Bhedetar

4) Trekking in Nepal.

Nepal is one of the best ttrekking destinations of the world. Where you can stare at the wonders of the world's highest mountainous range found nowhere else on the earth welcome all with an aroma of fresh air and scent of exotic flowers greet you at every steps. Have candle-light dinner in the mountains at evening and enjoy the sunrise as it splashes huge of red on blushing mountain ranges. Along smallmountains villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering a fascinating flimpse of traditional rural life. Evenly fascinating in the rich assortment of ecosystem here.

Suggested Trekking in Nepal,

A) Annapurna Region

1) Punhill Ghorepani, Ghandruk Trek (5days)
2) Annapurna Base Camp Trek (14days)
3) Annapurna Round Trek (21days)
4) Jomsom Trek (12days)
5) Royal Trek (8days)

B) Langtang Region

1) Langtang Valley Trek (11days)
2) Goshaikunda Helambu Trek (19days)
3) Helambu Trek (8days)

C) Everest Region

1) Everest Panorama (11days)
2) Sherpa Village Trek (14days)
3) Everest Base Camp Trek (16days)
4) Gokyo, Cho-la Pass, Kalapathar, Everest Base Camp Trek (19days)

5) Banks & ATMs

Normally banks are open between 09:00 A.M. to 3:00 p.m, Sunday to Friday. On Saturdays and other public holidays, they are open for shorter hours and for cash withdrawals and deposits only (not other services). Some banks operate evening counters( till 6 or 7 Pm) in Kathmandu and Pokhara . So , in general you can assume that banks are open 365 days , in Kathmandu and pokhara ( but not in other cities or small towns).

You are supposed to pay in local currency, called Rupees, in the local market for any shopping and payments. However you must pay in foreign currency for air tickets and for visa charges. Airport departure taxes can be paid in Nepali Rupees.

You can exchange your foreign currency at hotels , at banks or your travel agent can do this for you. Foreign currencies like US Dollar, Euro , Japanese Yen, and British Pound are accepted in hotel , travel agencies, restaurants and other establishments easily. However , other currencies are accepted only at banks and we recommend you not to carry these currencies to avoid inconvenience.

Visa and Master cards are widely accepted in the cities , mostly Kathmandu and Pokhara. Bigger hotels and restaurants accept them but smaller hotels and restaurants will not accept them .

There are ATM machines at several places in Kathmandu, Pokhara and some other cities including some at Kathmandu airport. The credit card service charge is normally 3.5% in Nepal. You can also get Nepali Rupees against travelers cheques at banks.

If you are heading for a trek to the mountains, make sure you have enough Nepali cash for your personal expenses. Some lodges in the mountains may accept US dollars but the exchange rate offered is very low.

If you are traveling via India , you can use your remaining Indian rupees in Neapl . However Indian Rupees of 500 denominations are illegal to carry in Nepal and the authorities may confiscate it at the airport.