Nepal Travel Guide
Electricity in Nepal
Suggested Reading and News:
- Electricity used in residence of Nepal is 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ.
- Electric plugs are of two to three round prongs. Flat prongs are not in use in Nepal.
- Travel plug adapter should be used if the plug of your appliances does not fit in the shape of sockets.
- It is better to bring voltage adapter and plug adapter along with you while traveling.
- Universal adapter and converter kit are useful if you plan to use several electric appliances.
- Fluctuation in voltage is common in Nepal.
- Nepal is struggling with its endless power cut problem.
- Online News:
For online news of Kantipur: www.ekantipur.com
For online news of Nagarik Daily: www.nagariknews.com
Trekking and Climbing in Nepal by Steve Razzetti
Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal by Lonely Planet Guide
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya by Stan Armington
Nepal Insight Guide which is collection of glossary and photos
The Trekkers Handbook by Tom Gilchrist
Once you enter Nepal, all of your baggage needs to be cleared from the customs department. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport without dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without baggage check.
Along with personal belongings, passengers can bring cigarette (200), cigars (50), liquor (one 1.15l bottle) and film (15 rolls). Binocular, camera, laptop and portable music system can be brought free of duty on condition that you will take them with you while you leave.
Special permit from Department of Archaeology is required to export antique stuffs. Objects over 100 years old are considered illegal to export.
Nepal is a mountainous and land locked country that wedges between two large nations- China and India. The elevation of Nepal varies from 70m above sea level to 8848m which is the height of Mount Everest- the highest point on earth. Nepal is divided into Terai, hilly region and mountainous region. Nepal abodes:
2% of all the flowering plants in the world
8% of world’s population of birds (848+ species)
4% of mammals on earth
11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies (500+ species)
600 indigenous plant families
8 of 14 high mountains (above 8000m) of the world
319 species of orchids
Its area is 147181 sq. km. and its capital city is Kathmandu. It has federal democratic republic system of Government while its official language is Nepali. 25million people is the population in Nepal.
Seasons in Nepal:
Autumn (Sep, Oct and Nov)
Spring (March, April, May)
Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
Monsoon (June, July, Aug)
Getting into Nepal:
12 major International Airlines are regularly operating flights in Nepal. Royal Nepal Airlines (RA) is national Airlines Company from Nepal which is operating flights in Delhi and Mumbai in India, Bangkok in Thailand, Osaka in Japan, Shanghai in China, Dubai in UAE, Kuala Lampur in Malaysia, and other countries. Other International Airlines Companies include Biman Bangladesh of Bangladesh, China Airlines of China, Druk Air of Bhutan, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Thai International.
If you are planning to enter Nepal through land, you either need to pass through India or China. Entry points to Nepal from India are at Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Belhiya, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi and Mahendra Nagar while Kodari Pass is the entry point for entering Nepal from China. International Passport is necessary for entering Nepal through land.
With the rise of democracy, Nepal has achieved tremendous success in Media and communication. There is availability of postal service, telephone service and internet services and several Media Giants like Kantipur, Image and Nagarik have emerged in the Media field of Nepal.
Where to Stay in Nepal:
There are 300+ hotels ranging from local to 5 Star standards that are registered with Department of Tourism. So, you can always find the best hotel that serves your accommodation purpose in the city area. But you might have to accommodate in camps if you are traveling to the remote mountainous regions of Nepal.