Nepal is not just all about reaching to the peak of Everest. But rather much more than that, Nepal is one of the most desirable places to be on any travel lover’s top of the list. You can go there once, and then you can manage your vacation schedule to there for the rest of your life. It’s not even that amazement once you reach there and feel the environment around. This country will never fail to surprise you even after your 100th visit. But just like any other expedition to begin and prepare with, here are some of the most important things to know about Nepal. So make sure you check them, before you are planned to be blessed with this country’s bliss.
1. Best time to visit
Nepal is a country with the diverse geographical integrity that contains most of the highest mountains, hills and villages that are warm and cool at the same time followed by the rolling grassy valleys, rivers and beautiful waterfalls. So the suitable time for you to visit may slightly vary based on your requirements. Spring season with the temperature of 8-29 perfectly fits for you if you are planning to trek in the hills with the blooming grasses and flowers. Similarly you can choose April-May for mountaineering, winter season for trekking on high passes, mid-summer and rainy season for lush greenery and harmonic scenery. But you will find remarkable variations in the beauty of a same place on a different season.
2. Entry/Visa requirements:
You always need you keep your passport, and a recent digital photograph (size: 1.5” x 1.5”) in your removable device so that you can use your photograph for the application. Collect a detailed permanent residence address, and detailed address in Nepal. You need to provide telephone numbers—land-line and mobile. You need to provide your email address too. The submitted application will remain in the system for 15 days. The application will be deleted automatically from the system after 15 days.
You will get a receipt on your email immediately once you submit the application is successfully. You should print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to show it before the Immigration Authority. For your convenience, the deadline to contact the Immigration Authority will be mentioned in the receipt. The receipt also mentions about the documents you need to produce before the Immigration Authority.
Please contact the Immigration Authority within 15 days after the submission of application. When you contact the Immigration Authority, please make sure you have the receipt and proper documents with you including the necessary fee.
3. Currency issues/ ATM services:
The currency of Nepal is called Nepalese Rupees and the currency rate is around 100 rupees per dollar. You can easily change your cash, exchange your dollars at money exchange centers, access ATM centers. You can find them near banks in Kathmandu, Pokhara and major cities but it’s almost impossible to find them in rural areas. So it’s better for you to keep a stash of small domination notes to ease yourself. You can also transact using international remittances like Western union, Moneygram etc.
Nepal is a country where you can use some of the most affordable flight services of the world with great facilities. You can also find prepared taxis, rickshaws on the road side of major cities with the surprisingly affordable cost. But you have to take passenger buses to go to the rural areas. There are 2 major bus parks for you to rush outside the Kathmandu. You can also hire cars and motorbike to take your own tour.
Many neighboring and southeastern countries as well as Nepal’s own different ethnicities have widely influenced the food in Nepal. You can find the dimension of this influence within its local cuisine. Although influenced, Nepalese dishes are relatively healthier than other southeastern cuisine for it is centered on vegetables, pickles and salads than on fat and spice.
You have to rely on typical Nepalese food called ‘Dal-vaat’ mixed up with other ingredients while trekking on the countryside . You can also have wide varieties of cultural foods like Thakali, Newari, and other foods like mo:mo, sandheko Gundruk (typical Nepalese pickle), and lots of other mouthwatering dishes.
Nepal is a very small country with around 125 ethnic languages with Nepali as its national language. But you don’t have to worry about this issue. There is a mass of people who knows English language and can be helpful to you. But you have to contact professional guide for you to communicate with your own language.
7. Mobile networks and WiFi:
You might’ve heard that the mobile and WiFi networks in Nepal suck. But it’s not true in all cases if you come here. You can use internet with the help of WiFi in the private places like malls, restaurants etc. But it’s not yet widely available in the public places. The quality of networks is booming but you might find it barely functioning on the some part. It’s better for you to get a sim card of the company like NTC, NCELL or Smartcell right after you take off.
8. Safety and security:
Nepal is very safe to visit with comparision to most of the other countries. It is because of the cultural as well as religious influence from the ancient generation and their naturally kind attitude. Nepalese people always greet foreigners and guests as their gods. They are struggling very hard to make ‘Visit Nepal – 2020’ a wide success . Although various natural calamities and political suppression is assaulting them.
Nepal’s geography is basically divided into three basic layers. The northernmost part is the mighty Himalayan from East to West. Then green hills on the middle, and the plain terrain without a single lifted land on its southern region. Each layers are arranged from east to west. More than 50% region of the country is covered with hills. And the most of the highways starting from Kathmandu goes round and lengthy, wrapping the sloppy hills and the wild countryside. So it’s more than obvious that you can surely find your true peace here.
10. Hindu religion and Tradition:
More than 80% of the total Nepalese people celebrate Hindu gods while the other dominant portion are Buddhists. Yet the cultural essence of these religions are perfectly fit together in this tiny part of the world. You can visit as much temple as you can in Kathmandu (also called city of temple), Bhaktapur (also called the city of pilgrims), Lalitpur and all places across the country. Many of these temples as also listed in UNESCO’s world heritage site. But you must first know about some of the guidelines to follow during your visit in these temples. Such as to take off the shoes and leather accessories before entering the temple, restriction on photo session on some of the temple’s interior etc.
11. Expect traffic:
Kathmandu valley is a lot more busier than you might think because of its progression towards modernization. You may find it boring while riding during office and school/college hours i.e. 10 – 11 am and 4 – 6 pm. But it’s usually rare to see outside the valley despite of road damage and accident.
#Tips on racism :
They looks like Indians but don’t even dare to call them mentioning that word because of their bilateral dispute on various agendas and agreements.