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Travel Tips - Nepal

Time Zone

GMT + 5 hours 45 minutes

Language

The official language of Nepal is Nepali but Hindi is also understood.

Staff at airlines, railway, telecommunication counters and offices are usually fluent in English. Most direction signs usually have an English version too.

Religion

Nepal is a secular country with Hinduism being the primarily followed religion followed by Buddhism. However, Nepal being a diverse nation also has practising Muslims, Kirats, Christians, Sikhs and Jains. 

Currency

The units of Nepalese currency are the Nepalese Rupee and Paisa (100 Paisa equal 1 Rupee). Paper money is in denominations of Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 (रु5, रु10, रु20, रु50, रु100, रु500, रु1000). Coins are in denominations of Rupees 1 and 2 (रु1, रु2).

Tipping

Tipping is not customary, but it is appreciated nevertheless.

Weather

For full details, please see Best Time to Go.

Clothing

Daytime attire: Varied topography and high altitudes in Nepal create weather conditions which can change radically in the course of the day, and between daytime and night-time. Bring fabrics that can breathe and you can wear in layers. Women may feel most comfortable in skirts or long trousers. Dress conservatively when visiting temples, monasteries and dzongs - shorts and tank tops are not allowed inside.

Evening attire: Smart casual clothing is appropriate for evening dining in city restaurants. Formal clothing is not necessary.

Visitors to national parks and wildlife reserves should note that in any season, it is advisable to wear comfortable, walking shoes with low or no heels.

When travelling during winter months, from late November to March, it is highly recommended to carry warm clothes, hat, gloves and thermals.

If your tour itinerary includes trekking/camping, bring a pair of lightweight well-broken-in hiking boots and thick socks (not essential for tour programs which include short – day hikes).

Health

For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.

Electricity

Nepal supplies electricity at 220 volts and 50 hertz. Be sure to pack a universal travel adapter. 

Arrival and Departure Formalities

All visitors must have valid passports stamped with current visas (Visa can be obtained on arrival).

In Nepal, there is a restriction in the export of antiques, including foreign-made artifacts and items more than 100 years old.

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