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Nepal Travel Guide

Nepal, the landlocked kingdom of the Himalayas is interspersed between two giants of power in Asia: the north is China and other dimension is India. Although it is small, in scale but it has variation. Unity in diversity and vice versa is the main feature of Nepal. More than 30 million people live here, with 125 ethnic groups and 134 dialects that practice their own culture and traditions. From 200 meters of subtropical width to the Arctic climatic conditions, the terrain changes from a minimum of 70 meters to 8848 meters, Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Nepal has many different cultural heritages, including Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.

Cultural diversity and topographic changes make Nepal a unique destination for culture, nature and adventure lover. Therefore, Nepal is a paradise for adventure activities such as hiking, mountaineering, adventure, jungle adventure, rafting and cannoning. The interesting things of Nepal is that once you come, you will have unlimited desire for frequent travel to Nepal as it has exotic beauty. 

The current political change has been made the Nepal Democratic federal republican state during 28th May 2008; the constituent assembly has been overwhelmingly voted to eliminate the monarchy in Nepal, which was in Nepal for 204 years. The capital city Kathmandu is highly decorated with cultural heritage, exquisite temples, Shikhara and Pagoda, which is profoundly decorated with Hindu Gods and Goddess, the Stupa, Chaitya, and old palaces, which are carved with ancient doors and windows, make the Kathmandu the antic city.

Nepal is the most beautiful and impressive Himalayas in the world. Although it is small, it is known in the world as a country of color and contrast: a hidden Shangri-La of nature, culture and adventure. In rural areas, the way of life is still traditional and nature is the best: the alpine and dense valleys are the ideal place for mountaineering.

Before venturing into this exotic mountain valley full of vibrant culture and charisma, it is important to have prepared your Nepal travel plan. The Nepal Integrated Travel Guide contains basic and quick information about travel in Nepal, and provides tips, topics and other information related to travel.

SOME QUICK FACTS:

Name-           Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Area-             147181 sq km

Geography-  Nepal is a landlocked country located between China, in the North and India in East, West and South.

Elevation-      60m from sea level to the Highest point Mt. Everest (8,848m)


Capital-          Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a valley surrounded by four hills- Fulchowki, Chandragiri, Shivapuri and Nagarjun. Kathmandu valley has three major cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated at the altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level, Kathmandu is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Before the unification of Nepal in the 18th century, the three cities were independent stages ruled by the Malla Kings.

Population-   Approx. of 30 million- by the survey of the department of statics of Nepal

Language-     Nepali is the National language. However, different ethnic group’s people speak Newari, Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Tamang, Bhojpuri, and Maithili and many more among others as ethnic’s mother tongue. People in the urban areas speak/understand English quite well.


Climate - Nepal has four seasons, namely, (1) Spring (Mar-May), (2) Summer (June-Aug), (3) Autumn (Sept-Nov). (4) Winter (Dec-Feb), Nepal can be visited around the year.


Political System-    Multi-Party Democracy

People/Religion-    Nepal has more than 101 ethnic groups with diverse culture, traditions and lifestyle. Nepali people can be divided into two distinct groups: Indo-Burman and Mongoloid. Nepal is a secular state with majority of people following Hinduism and Buddhism. However, people practicing Christianity and Islam among others live in a good harmony.


Administrative Division 

Nepalese Federal States
Schedule 4 of the new Constitution of Nepal, adopted on 20 September 2015, provides for the division of the country into seven Provinces. These provinces will be formed by grouping the existing districts; two districts, however, are to be split between two provinces. Each district has local units, including four metropolises, 13 sub-metropolises, 246 municipal councils and 481 village councils. According to Article 295 (2), the provinces shall be named by 2/3 vote of the respective province's legislature.

Geographical Division-   Geographically, Nepal is divided into Himalayas, Mountain Hills, and Tarai regions. 

Location and Geography- Nepal is a roughly rectangular country with an area of 147,181 square miles (381,200 square kilometers). To the south, west, and east it is bordered by Indian states; to the north lies Tibet. Nepal is home to the Himalayan Mountains, including Mount Everest. From the summit of Everest, the topography plunges to just above sea level at the Gangetic Plain on the southern border.

Nepal Time- Nepal is 5 Hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT standard time so please set your time different with Nepal before travelling for your easy and comfort.

Glimpse of History and Geography

History 
When the Kiratis has ruled the eastern parts of the Nepal the recorded history of Nepal began. The first ruler of the Kathmandu Valley is Kiratis and the Allambar was first king whose name was mentioned in the Mahabharata Indian epic. In Licchavi period the Changunarayan Temple was built and which is very famous now a days as well. The Malla period was golden period of Kathmandu valley when great numbers of art, statues and temples were built. During the 14th century Nepal was divided into small principalities and kingdoms of 24 groups in western and 22 groups in far western Kathmandu valley was divided into three states of Kantipur(Kathmandu), Lalitpur(Patan) & Bhaktapur.

The tiny Kingdom Gorkha   was ruled by the king of Shah Dynasty and gradually strengthened and extended their power. The monarchy and rule of the Shah dynasty was ended in 2008 and established federal democracy in the country. Nepal became the youngest federal republic in the world after centuries of monarchical rule.

Geography
Nepal is glamorous mountain country in South Asia. This is a landlocked country located between China and India. Nepal covers an area of ​​1.47.181 square kilometers. It represents 0.03% of the surface of the Earth. It is between 26'22'N and 30'27'N and between 80'4 'and 88'12'E. This country is very small, only 880 km. Wide from north to south, ranging from 145 to 241 km. Well, the average width is 193 kilometers, covering roughly the same area of ​​land.

Geographically Nepal can be divided into three regions:

Himalayas
The Himalayas occupy 15%, located at 4700 meters of north latitude. The area is an endless mountain of the Himalayas glaciers and mountain lakes. Several national parks and wildlife reserves protect the diversity of mountain ecology in the area. The culture of the people who live in this area is also different from that of the people who live in the lowlands. 

Hills
The hilly areas represent 68% of the total land area in Nepal. It is formed by the Mahabharat range to the mountains from 600 to 4700 meters. In winter, there is snowfall in the hills. The area is formed by beautiful valleys, such as Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Terai /Plain Aras
The Terai region represents 17% of the total land area. The area is between 70 and 600 meters above sea level. Ranjbiraj, Janakpur and Baraha chhettra are the pilgrimage destinations in the area. Four national parks and wildlife reserves are located in the area.

People and Language
The diverse population, different ethnic lifestyles and culture, different languages ​​and dialects makes the Nepal Unity in diversity and vice versa. Accordingly to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal, currently recorded population of Nepal is almost of 32 million. The population comprises of about a 101 ethnic groups speaking over 92 local languages. The distinction in caste and ethnicity is understood more easily with a view of customary layout of the population. Though, there exist numerous dialects, the language of unification is the national language, Nepali. Nepali is the official language of the state, spoken and understood by almost of every majority of the population.

Multiple ethnic groups have their own mother tongues. English is spoken by many in Government and business offices. These days, as English has become mode of education in most private schools of Kathmandu and some other cities, thus it is widely spoken in the cities areas.

Languages
Around the 75 different languages have been practiced in the Nepal. The Nepali is the national language although different groups and races have their own language and dialect. The various communities use the various languages but Nepali is everyday common language .The written form is Devnagari script. 

Weather and Climate in Nepal 

In Nepal, climatic conditions vary from one place to another in accordance with the geographical features. In the north summers are cool and winters are severe, while in south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Nepal has namely five major seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

An average temperature drop of 6°C occurs for every 1,000 m gain in altitude. In the Terai, summer temperatures exceed from 35° C and higher in some areas, and winter temperatures range from 5°C to 18°C.

In mountainous regions, hills and valleys summers are temperate while winter temperatures can fall under sub zero.
Kathmandu Valley has a pleasant climate with average summer and winter temperatures of 19°C – 32°C and 1°C – 12°C respectively.

The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia in winter, and forms the northern boundary of the monsoon wind patterns. Eighty percent of the precipitation is received during the monsoon (June-September). Winter rains are more pronounced in the western hills. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones, such as 3,345 mm in Pokhara and below 300 mm in Mustang. An interesting fact is that there is no seasonal constraint on traveling in and through Nepal. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views. As with most of the trekking areas in Nepal, the best time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. However, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.

The year is divided into 4 seasons of Nepal

Spring (March – May
Winter (December – February)
Summer (June – August)
Autumn (September – November)
Winter and summer are considered the less tourist seasons of Nepal but if you have the venture of travel the season may not be a big deal.

Festivals and Holiday
The schedule of the government office is 10. AM to 5 PM. Kathmandu government offices (including immigration) and embassies will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. The banks will be opened from the Sunday to Friday and some bank will open on Saturday mornings. There are many festivals in Nepal, especially for the less affluent, the celebration is very active. The date is usually determined by the lunar calendar, so there will be different days each year. The following will be the interesting festivals for the tourists.

Dasain (Bijaya Dasami): this is the largest and most famous Hindu ethnic festival in Nepal, usually in early October. It started with Ghatsthapana. The eighth, ninth and tenth days of the entire two-week celebration are the most active and auspicious days. The main god worshiped during Dashain is the Goddess Durga. On the ninth day, thousands of devotees visited her and worshiped her in important temples of Durga. The tenth day is the final day when People visit seniors for Tika (blessing).

Deepavali: Another Hindu festival in Nepal and India is Deepavali.This is the festival of lights at the end of October or the beginning of November. The celebration lasted five days. 

Mani Rimdu: This is one of the most attractive Buddhist festivals in the Himalayas every year in November. Tengboche, the highest monastery in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal, is the center of attention of this festival. The main attraction of this festival is a variety of masked dances with religious significance.

Losar: This is one of the most important holidays for Sherpas and Tibetans. Celebrate around mid-February of each year. 

Buddha Jayanti: May 1 celebrates the birth of the Buddha.

Shiva Ratri: - Shivaratri or the night of Shiva is observed in March. This is a commemorative celebration of Shiva. Thousands of people from Nepal and India visited the Pashupatinath temple.

Fagun Purnima Or Holi Festival
The traditional Hindu festivals Holi, is celebrated all around the Nepal in the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil.  This is highly famous as the festivals of the colors and all the tourists are eagerly waiting to see this sacred moment.  Though this festivals originated in India and is still widely celebrated there as a religious festival, all the people from the world are highly longing its aura and way. 

In addition to these great festivals, there are many small festivals in Nepal, such as New Year's Day, Constitution Day, Pritivi Jayanti, National Day of Democracy, etc. 

Culture and Custom
Nepal customs and traditions differ from one part to another. A conglomeration lies in capital city Kathmandu where cultures are blending to form a national identity. Kathmandu Valley has served as the country’s cultural metropolis since the unification of Nepal in the 18th Century. A prominent factor in a Nepali’s everyday life is religion. Adding color to the lives of Nepalese are festivals the year round which they celebrate with much pomp and joy. Food plays an important role in the celebration of these festivals.

Nepal is a meeting place for two different religions: Hinduism and Buddhism, two races, the Caucasus and the Mongols, two civilizations, India and China. The population has a variety of ethnic groups, each with its own unique identity. Many Hindu temples do not allow Westerners to enter, but they are free to look outward. Always walk in a clockwise direction, Chortens or temple or Stupa. Everyone should take off their shoes, and any leather products, such as belts, bags, are not allowed to enter the religious area.

On the other hand, The Rodhi Ghar is the meeting place for entertainment for the Gurung Community. In some of the Nepalese group new widow getting married is not socially acceptable. The Sherpas have a very free and simple code of ethics as they are simple and honest themselves.

Some Cultural Shocks 
How the people are passing their life in the pastoral life can be taken as the true manifestation of the traditional culture of Nepal, which, unlike the cities, has minimal Western influence. Due to the unique taste of this culture visitor may encounter some cultural shock when they arrive.

 

  • Villagers may be more aggressive and commanding in the normal conversation.
  • People are still practicing to sacrifice the animals during traditional Hindu festivals and visits to Witch Doctor and other cultural events.
  • Many villagers smoke and they do not use astray.
  • Take off your shoes before entering the temple or the house and kindly ask the permission.
  • Without any approval please does not take any photo from temple. And the kissing in the Public and other emotions can be considered offensive.
  • As the road is narrow and crowded you will have the sound of the horn, which helps the driver to save the life of people .so please get ready to hear the noise and accept it, do not worry.
  • Please you should not Pointing a human finger to someone .it symbolized the revenge.
  • The most of the products have not tags. Buying in Nepal starts with a bargain. So you must negotiate with the owner. 
  • When someone accidentally touches someone's foot, they respect you by touching your shoulder and say sorry. 
  • Tourists in Nepal should avoid the use of poor language as many people in the cities understand spoken English.
  • Licking your finger is considered offensive. Blowing your nose in front of people is considered rude. 
  • Most Nepali people do not eat something that is almost started to eat by someone because it is considered impure (Jutho, Nepal). They think they can get the bacteria from him.

Shopping Center 

Common  stuffs at Kathmandu
Kathmandu is considered the best place to buy local products as you wish various brands. People can find many shopping centers in Kathmandu according to their own shopping needs. Different types of clothing, shoes, accessories, appliances, electronic products, import and export can be found in the same place, the price is cheap. The shopping center of Kathmandu, the city center and the square give you the best opportunity to buy any things what you want.

Memento /Souvenir at Nepal 
While travelling the Nepal you can buy many things in Kathmandu, as the capital city of Nepal. It is the hub of domestic as well as the foreigner first choice to make and shake their body with the nature and creatures of it, to get the delight of pleased and relaxation. The souvenir for the tourist like Thanka (http://www.buddhanet.net/thangkas.htm)   (Peshmina, handicraft, etc are very famous while visiting the Kathmandu.

The Trekking Gears
While going to trek you need to buy some trekking gears according to the place where you are going and what is the season .Advanced adventure will fully guide you to buy all the qualitative gears in the reasonable cost. For the more information please follow the given link by Lonely planet and  The longest way home .
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/asia-indian-subcontinent/nepal/good-trekking-equipment-shop-in-kathmandu
https://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html#equipmentlist

Nightlifes
Nepal's nightlife, especially in the capital, Kathmandu, provides you the sublime pleasure. Thamel and Durbarmarg are the main areas of nightlife. Kathmandu has several clubs, bars and nightclubs with the live music. Please Enjoy!!

Forex and Banking 
Automatic Teller Machine (ATMs) is available throughout the Nepal and they are widely used in Nepal. Some popular Bank accepts the international credit cards like (Master Card, Visa Card, American Express, etc.). You can see many ATM machines in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.   Likewise, these international cards are accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal. Nevertheless, for American Express and Cirrus should have the approval from the Bank of your hometown as they have connection with some international Bank. So please assure by asking with bank before using this two cards in Nepal. Furthermore, the ATM has the limitation while withdrawing the Nepalese rupee .You can withdraw from 15000 to 30000 NPR at one time.
Nepal’s currency is Nepali Rupees, which is equal to 100 Paisa and denominations of the Nepalese paper notes are. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 NRs. 160 is equivalent to Indian Rs. 100. The convertible values of   US Dollars, Pounds, Euro, Aus Dollars, Yen, etc. will be changing according to the situation.

Water
You will get the well-sealed mineral water in the city but while in the trek you may not have such an opportunity .so Advanced Adventure highly request you to follow our some advice.

People who roam in remote places to explore nature, not only fear about the altitude sickness. Concerns about health problems are another fear of floating in high altitude areas, especially in the Himalayas. Staying healthy in the Himalayas is definitely a great challenge, but if done correctly, you will not have any problem. Keeping, this fact in Mind Advanced Adventure has prescribed some procedure to clean drinking water in the Himalayas.

Add Water Station
The water filling station is an excellent way to replenish the water in all places through your trek. As some places like Annapurna ,Everest etc have been banned to carry the plastic bottle and you are not allow to buy water there you have to fill the water and make them pure  by putting some  tablet.

Boil
Boiling water thoroughly can be the best option for water purification because it eliminates viruses and bacterial pathogens very efficiently. 

Disinfection
The two most common disinfectants are chlorine or iodine, which can be purchased in tablet form and available in the city area.

Filter
Most water filters are good hand pump with a carbon filter for the removal of protozoa, bacteria and chemicals / toxins.

Electricity
We suspect that you will bring your important electronic products, such as smart phones, laptops, digital cameras and chargers. However, you must first understand the electrical conditions in the country to ensure you have easy access to your equipment and enjoy your a pleasant holiday in Nepal.

Electrical Voltage in Nepal
The first thing you should know is that the voltage in Nepal is 220-240 volts and it provides 50 MHz of current. What is the difference with other countries? In the United States, Canada and South America, the voltage is 110-120 V / 60 MHz The context of Nepal is likely to many countries in Asia, Australia and Europe.

You should know that the electrical outlets in Nepal are those with two or three round plugs. In the United States, the plugs are flat. It is supposed that some of your equipment or devices may not match the shape of the socket in Nepal. For this reason, you must carry a travel adapter, attach it in the socket of the device then can you use and charge your device.

Transportation in Nepal
The major transportation of the Nepal is Buses, taxis, fast cars, vans and rickshaws. The bushes are the main source of the transportation as it has the access everywhere in the country as they are in various shapes and the size. The following are some measures of the transportation:

Taxi: Taxis are usually identified with black plates and available in the major city.

Bus:  Nepalese Bushes are the main source of the transportation for the public and People can use the bus in major cities and other remote areas. 

Motorcycles Or Scootor: Motorcycles can be rented in the Thamel and Lazimpat areas of Kathmandu if you are interested to have your own driving experiences.

Rickshaw: Rickshaw can give you the fun of roaming around the cities and it is cheaper than taxi facilities. But you can get the Rickshaw in the city only as they have just limited driving destination. 

Communication
Nepal has been developing rapidly in the field of communications in recent years. Nepal Telecom is the main agency in Nepal responsible for the distribution of PSTN lines, mobile phones and the Internet.

Postal services:
The central post office is located in Sundhara , Kathmandu. The office is opened from 9 A. M. to 5 P. M., From Sunday to Friday. The counter will be opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and provides stamps, postcards, weather maps, etc. In Nepal, there is TNT, FedEx, and DHL.

Telephone 
There are two main mobile operators in Nepal. The government manages NTC and private Ncell. Both operators are allowing tourists to buy SIM cards in Kathmandu, and major cities of Nepal. There are many private companies offering mobile services, SIM cards can easily obtain from authorized agencies. Before buying a SIM card, you must complete your personal information. Some regions of Nepal may have network problems, but satellite phones are available in most parts of the country.

Internet:
There are many Internet service providers in Kathmandu and other cities in Nepal. They provide high-speed Internet services and easy access to the Internet. You can also access the Internet on your mobile device through 2G and 3G connections.

Clothing
As the Nepal has the variation in its climate, you can manage the appropriate and warm clothing that is casual and comfortable. Advanced Adventure will give you detail information about the nature of clothes if you plan to visit Nepal. For more info, visit our packing list here- https://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g293890-d9984262-Reviews-Advanced_Adventures-Kathmandu_Kathmandu_Valley_Bagmati_Zone

Health and Safety Measures
You must take precautions, as we should be conscious about our health while entering Nepal you need to receive one or two vaccines against common diseases such as malaria. Safety/vaccination: Gastrointestinal issues are the most common issues in Nepal for Traveler. The visitors should be careful and sensitive with food and water as there is very poor sanitation in Nepal. You must bring a medical kit; make sure you have some courses of antibiotics and a decent supply of oral rehydration salts. These ORS can save your life in the case of diarrhea. Anything can happen on the way so we must have some vaccination and precaution.

Pre Departure Information

Visa Information 
Please for the more details about the visa information go via the given link about Nepal immigration.
Visas: Nepal issues visas on arrival for citizens of most countries. These can be purchased for 15, 30, or 90 days and range from $25 to $100. Check your visa requirements here. You must bring a passport-sized photo, or stand in line and pay for one when you arrive. Volunteers technically require a visa arranged by the place they are working with as volunteering on a tourist visa is expressly forbidden, though harder for them to enforce.

https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

Passport and Visa Requirements

All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. You can get from a Nepalese embassy overseas or on arrival in Nepal. Most people will obtain their visa on arrival to Kathmandu airport.

You will need one passport photo and the following fees dependent upon the duration of the multiple entry visa:
In Nepal you will require a visa which can be obtained in advance from the Nepalese Embassy from your country or you can get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu.

Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

You will require visa fee in cash (this is payable in any major currency but NOT traveller cheques) and 2 passport photos to purchase a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal entry point.

Please note regulations and costs do change frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate.

Travel Tips

(a)
All baggage must be declared on arrival and departure.

(b) Certain goods including cameras, videos and electronic goods may only be imported duty-free if they are exported on departure. They may not be left in Nepal.
(c) Export certificates need to be obtained from the Department of Archaeology for the export of any metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects.

Entering Nepal
Air Transport
The Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal and the only flagship Nepal Airlines (http://www.nepalairlines.com.np/home/schedule/international) and other international operators operate much international flight from the various corner of the world.

To know more about the international flight please follows the given link.
http://www.nepaliaviator.com/list-of-international-airlines-operating-in-nepal/
International

Flight Schedule
Air Arabia (G9)    Air China (CA)    Bahrain Air (2B)    Biman Bangladesh (BG)    China Southern (CZ)    Dragon Air (KA)    Druk Air (KB)    Etihad Airways (EY)    

GMG Airlines (Z5)    Gulf Air (GF)    Indian Airlines (IC)    Jet Airlines (9W)    Jet Lite (S2)    Korean Airlines (KE)    Nepal Airlines (RA)    Pakistan Airlines (PK)    

Qatar Airways (QR)    Silk Air (MI)    Thai Airways Int. (TG)        

Domestic Flights:

Agni Air    Buddha Air    Tara Air    Gorkha Airlines    Guna Airlines    Nepal Airlines    Sita Air    Yeti Airlines      

Some Common Issues 

Possible Issues:
Women should travel with guide and they should not trek alone in Nepal, not under any circumstances. It is better to have friend or find a trekking partner. 

Pre-Trip Reading Inspiration

Fiction & Nonfiction Books about Nepal is given here .They are highly recommended by BBC, the guardian and others.

  • Arresting God in Kathmandu by   Samrat Upadhyay. 
  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. 
  • The Snow Leopard. 
  • The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes: Notes from Nepal. 
  •  From Goddess to Mortal: 
  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
  • Everest: Kangshung Face by Stephen Venables
  • http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20110524-nepals-shrinking-annapurna-circuit

Travel Insurance
Throughout the trip, we must provide the adequate protection to cover personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation costs, helicopter rescue, air ambulances and adequate baggage insurance with the help of Travel insurance .So Travel Insurance is mandatory to cover all your prospective risk and accidents.

Some facts about Nepal

  • Instead of greeting, each other with handshakes please do Namaste (literally, "I greet you").
  • A popular and cheap "fast food" is Momo, which can be found in the various flavors.
  • You can see Bengal tigers and single horns rhinoceroses only in Nepal.
  • The Annapurna area has been nominated as best trekking route in the world- http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20110524-nepals-shrinking-annapurna-circuit
  • The Mount Everest is Sagarmatha, which means the goddess of heaven, which is 8,848 meters highest and (29,029 feet) above sea level.
  • Sherpa are not affected by the altitude, so they are in Mountain.
  • Nepal is the birthplace of the Buddha. 
  • Only in the Kathmandu Valley, there are seven World Heritage sites which is symbol of the Nepalese well known heritages.
  • The Nepali national Flag has two triangles that symbolize the Himalayas, representing two main religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, the red color of the flag symbolize the bravery and blue symbolize the tolerance and altruism. The sun and the moon of the flag symbolize the eternal existence of the Nepal.
  • The time zone is 5 hours and 45 minutes before GMT
  • Nepalese year can be divided into 12 months: Baisakh, Jestha, Asadh, Shrawan, Bhadra, Aswin, Kartik, Marga, Poush, Falgun, Chaitra. 

Should I leave a tip in Nepal?
In 2008 Nepal introduced a 10% service and 13% VAT charge. If this is included in restaurants then you are free to decide.  If you feel very happy by their services as appreciation, you can tip them little.

The hotel staff will be happy if you provide the tips for luggage and some other services.  Except some expensive hotels there are not high payment for the staff in Nepal, so the staff relies on tips. The tips are the matter of the appreciation as it has been practicing in Nepal since long time. The tips will make the hotel staffs very happy and they give you more attention and admiration. 

There is tipping system for Porters and guides, which is highly practiced since long time. They will be your parts of family member and they care you deeply. As an appreciation you will be tipping them according to your own desire .This is the main source of their income for the survival.

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