Nepal is famous for its great Himalaya with the lush green hills equally renowned for trekking among the lovers of trekking all over the world. There is no country like Nepal where the mountaineers and trekkers theri most. Its cultural heritage with its indigenous art called pagoda style. The homecountry of pagoda art is Nepal from where it got spread all over Asia. It is the homecountry of one-horned rhinocerous and Royal Begal Tigers.
To make best out of Nepal, please do read the travel information on Nepal. You will have a great time with us.
Food (Eating Out)
It is good to know that eating out in Kathmandu & Pokhara is enjoyable in the restaurants with a plenty of choices of cuisines as Nepali, Continental, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Tibetan and Bhutanese. While eating out, please avoid fresh green salads and fruits which need not be peeled.
Currency, Foreign Exchange & Credit Cards and Shopping
The monetary unit in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees. Bank note denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 rupees are in circulation. One rupee comprises 100 paise (e.g., penny or cent). Coins of less than one rupee does not carry any commercial value.
Especially in the Kathmandu & Pokhara valleys, money exchange facilities are available in plenty. Major credit cards like Master Card, Visa and American Express are accepted by the major shops, restaurants and hotels. In all major cities, 24 hour ATM facilities are available for your credit cards. However, you are advised to carry local currency when you are in trekking.
Please note that foreign visitors, other than the Indian nationals, are required to pay for hotel bills and air tickets in foreign currency.
Shopping in Nepal has different charm. There is a wide range of Nepalese handicraft products such as hand-knotted woolen carpets, jewelry , pashmina shawls, woolen knitted wears, embroidery, thangka paitings, wood carvings, metal works, ceramics, pottery, rice paper and stationery, etc. Besides, buying foreign products including cameras, shoes, sports wears, etc are worth trying. Shopping here is better sometimes than in Singapore, Hong Kong and even Dubai duty free shops.
Bargaining is always a fun everywhere, if you know how.
Time and Business Hours
Nepal time is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT. Banks are open from 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Govt. offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. However, most of the business organizations and shops are closed only on Saturdays.
Visitors to Hindu temples or Buddhist shrines are expected to take off their shoes as a mark of respect. In some of the temples, entrance may be prohibited for the non-Hindus. Leather articles are prohibited inside the temples of precinct. It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on their way to temples. Beef is strictly prohibited among the Hindus. No female animal is killed for sacrifice. Walking around the temples or shrines is traditionally undertaken clockwise. In some temples, particularly, inside the temple of Pashupatinath & Muktinath, photography is prohibited.
The world is very small these days. 3G & 4G mobile SIMs are available in every major cities easily. All star hotels and restaurants in all major cities provide Wi-Fi services.
Electricity is AC of 220 volts / 50 Hz. Socket sizes vary. So, it is advisable to take a multi plug adapter.
Travel light! Hotel laundries are efficient. Your heavy luggage problem may not enable you to enjoy the charm of shopping.
You are responsible for your luggage at all times. We take care of group porterage for your luggage. Make sure that your luggage is always locked and please take care of your hand bags yourself, even upon the porter’s request to help you out.
Clothes & Accessories
For the culture tours, please bring the following.
01. Sun Hat
02. Suntan Lotion
03. Sun Glasses
06. Small Rucksack
07. Medical Kit
08. Swiss Knife
12. Swim Suit
13. Woollen Sweater/Jumper
14. Woollen Socks
15. Cotton Socks
16. Rain Coat/Umbrella
If you are trekking, please add the following in your packing.
17. Down Jacket
18. Trekking Boots
19. Sleeping Bag (If personal, better)
20. Unbreakable Water Bottle
21. Flash Light
23. Woollen Cap
Booking and Reservation
Minimum of 2-3 weeks in advance, a firm booking with full payment either by bank transfer/credit cards along with full passport details should reach us.
50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation fee if you cancel the tour within 7 days prior to the start of the tour. No refund thereafter, also for no show, delayed arrivals or whatsoever reason.
Risk & Liability
LALIMA TRAVELS PVT. LTD. always puts its all efforts in making your journey smooth and pleasant. However, as all tours are strictly run under Nepal Tourism Board and Dept of Tourism, LALIMA TRAVELS PVT. LTD.or its agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of programs due to any unavoidable circumstances such as road blockade, flood, snow, unrest, strikes, cancellation of flight, delayed arrival of clients, sickness or accidents, breakdown of vehicles, etc. Hereafter, any extra cost incurring thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot. So, it is most advised that the clients should bring full insurance against personal health, accident risk and cancellation of tour.
Shrestha, A. M. 2002 Man from Nepal. Robin Books
Rana, D.S.J.B, 1999 Seto Bagh – The Wake of the White Tiger. Translated by Greta Rana,
Climate Climatically, Nepal can be divided into three major regions. 1. Sub-tropical Plain 2. Hilly; and 3. Alpine with the Himalaya 1. The sub-tropical plain extends from east to west ranging from 300 m to 350 m. It bears sub-tropical monsoon climate. June, July and August are the wet months with heavy rainfall. 2. The hilly region with…Read more
Maghe Sankranti: (January – February) In the holy month of Magh (local month) the sun enters the southern hemisphere and the days begin to grow longer and warmer. People take early morning baths in the holy river, visit the shrines of Vishnu and offer fowers, incense and food to him. They enjoy feast in along with special local food…Read more
All visitors willing to undertake trekking in Nepal or elsewhere are advised to know beforehand about the grading of trek so that one can choose the trek with the right grade as per their ability and experience. Otherwise, it may invite problem during the trek on the way. An idea about the grading of trek has been given below. Please…Read more
It is highly advisable for all visitors to follow the health tips given below so as to make you tour/trek more enjoyable. 1. Never drink tap or unbottled water. Bottled water is easily available around. 2. Wash your hands if you are using your hands to eat. Spoons and forks are better advised. 3. Do not eat…Read more
With a view enabling you to have a glimpse of Nepal, a list of major attractions of Nepal have been given below. It will give you an idea in planning your tour/trek. MAJOR ATTRACTIONS IN THE KATHMANDU VALLEY The valley comprises the three royal cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur which share amongst themselves seven world Heritage sites. The valley…Read more
Nepal is inhabited by a majority of Hindus. However, recently the country has been declared a secular state by constitution, but not by a general referendum. But, in reality, t is interesting to find that there is a harmonious blending between Hinduism and Buddhism which presents a vivid picture of every facet of life with colorful festivals, daily rituals, family…Read more
With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white Himalayas and sparkling rivers, it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country. Here is a list…Read more
Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu is the only international airport of Nepal. The Immigration Office at TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying into Nepal by providing visa on arrival. 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during the peak tourist season. If you wish to…Read more