From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. In the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Nepal.
During your stay in Nepal if solo travel around the places of Nepal is what is on your mind, you must foremost hire a means of transportation. You can hire bicycle, taxi, jeep or motorbike. Prior to making solo travel, you must acquire detail information like travel route, safety measures, native people, culture, custom, tradition etc. Majority of Nepali people are very helpful and generous. But in some places local people may not react positively and when you inquire about certain things they may take that as an intrusion in their private lives. In such case you need to be more observant, cautious and sensitive. You can also hire a guide for roaming around the places of Nepal. If you get friendlier with Nepali, some may be willing to guide you around without charging you a penny.
Communication system improved impressively after the advent of modern technology in Nepal. Since the past few decades, Nepal Government has been providing reliable postal services. Many private courier service companies have opened up to provide high quality services. Besides hotels, communication centers in many places of the country provide telephone service for making local and international telephone conversation. They also have fax machines and other latest machines to help you communicate globally. Cell phones in today’s time have made communication very easy in Nepal. You can visit local cyber cafes for internet access. While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas, you can easily have access to telephone facility but sometimes bad weather may disturb telephone connection.
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the commencement of your trip. If you choose to trek or climb, the major health concern is altitude- related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). There are many hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics in Nepal. Before traveling, it is best to take a complete medical check up from the medical point of view. Carry a medical- kit along with you to be on safe side. Health problems can kill your adventure spirit. So stay fit to bask in the splendor of your journey.
Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.
Katmandu is a paradise for food lovers. Along with its own ethnic diversities Nepal has also attired international food culture. Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, and Mexican etc to Continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of Puffed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Katmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafe and pubs. It is also developing as a major hangout place for many young Nepalese and tourists as well. Some Pubs serve exotic and local beverages with DJs playing latest western music. After Katmandu, Pokhara is the most sought after tourist destination. Pokhara also houses numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste.
Nepali currency is termed as Rupee. Rupees come in the form of bank paper note with Rs.1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 inscribed on the notes. Nepali coins also come in 25 paisa, 50 paisa, 1 rupee, 5 rupee and 10 rupee coins. You can have your money exchanged at banks and hotels. Prior to any transaction, foremost inquire about the commission and charges that will be deducted for the money exchange at Nepal currency exchange rate. Banks are usually open from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are weekend holiday.
All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.
Drinking water from the tap can be risky. Hotels and lodges usually furnish safe water in a thermos flask in guest rooms. Bottled mineral water is available in every hotel and shops. If you are traveling in rural areas, carry iodine tablets with you. Drinking water containing iodine tablet will give you absolute protection from viruses, bacteria and parasites. At reasonable price, you can also purchase iodine crystals from local shops. Iodine can produce negative reaction on your body if taken in excess.
In the major cities of Nepal, like Katmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Pokhara, Chitwan, Dharan etc, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Katmandu, New road and Kingsway are the most popular places for shopping.
Normally; domestic consumption of electricity in Nepal comes to 220 Volts/50 cycles. Climatic conditions in Nepal may bring in fluctuation in electric supply leading to load shedding. However, Nepal hotels have UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to deal with this electric crisis. It is advisable to carry voltage converters and plug adapters with you while traveling in Nepal for using electric goods. Voltage converters and plug adapters are easily accessible at shopping malls in the cities of Nepal.
With the restoration of democracy, Nepal is reliving the bygone peaceful days. State of Emergency in the nation has been lifted. Days of strikes and bandhs have come to a halt. Maoists are initiating to come into mainstream politics which has come as a pleasant relief for those innocent rural people who were heart wrenchingly displaced by the insurgency. Reforming the past political impasse, all political parties including the Maoists are abiding by their road map to reach to a consensus for nation building. During people’s war, many regions of Nepal which used to be the major tourist destination remained restricted areas for security reason. Now travelers can just let go of their fear and insecurity and reignite their adventure spirit.