Foreign Exchange: Foreign currencies must be exchanged only at the banks or at the authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can also exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at TIA upon arrival.
Airport Tax: Airport tax for domestic departure is Rs. 170.
Banks: Banks are open between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM from Sunday to Friday. They are closed on Saturday and on public holidays. But some banks open on Saturday and on public holidays too.
Time: Nepal Standard time is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 mins ahead of Indian Standard time.
Official History: Saturday is the weekend holidays in Nepal when most government offices are closed. Most business houses, however, remain open on Saturday as well.
Working Hours: Government offices open from 10 AM to 5 PM in summer and 10 AM to 4 PM in winter.
Some Do’s & Don’t’s
• The form of greeting in Nepal is ‘Namaste’ and is performed by joining the palms together.
• Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and stupa, remember to remove the shoes.
• Do not eat from other people’s plate and do not drink from other people’s bottle of glass. It is considered ‘Jutho’ or impure by Nepalese.
• While travelling, dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
• Seek permission first before entering a Hindu Temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter.
• Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
• Always try to discourage beggars and hawkers.
• Touching offerings or person when they are not on the way to religious shrines.
• Avoid kissing and hugging in public especially between men and women. It is taken as a social offence in most of the areas of the country.
• Opt for eco-friendly journeys. Encourage porters and other trekking staffs to save environment.
Local Transport Kathmandu
Airport Transfer: There is a fixed rate taxi service from the airport to the city (6 kms). Transport available almost round the clock.
Private Taxi (Car): There is a 24 hours private taxi service operated by major hotels. The fare is slightly higher than metered taxi. You can also manage it through travel agency.
Hired private cars: For long tours (within or out of valley) one can rent a private car or taxi through travel agency or a car rental firm.
Hired Motorbike: Motorbike for hire is generally available at Thamel, Jhochhen (Freak Street), Thaity, New Road etc. It will cost about Rs. 350 per day. But one has to deposit passport. Helmet is necessary for driving and should be provided by the rental firm.
Around Town: Metered taxis can be hailed on the streets. The charge for metered taxi is Rs 23 per km. There is an extra 50% charge from 8 PM to 6 AM.
Buses: There is buses, mini buses, micro buses, and three wheelers that ply on fixed routes at regular intervals. The service is fairly frequent. Most of these buses operate from dawn to dusk. City buses (that ply within Kathmandu and go to Bhaktapur, Patan as well as those going to Kirtipur, Banepa, Dhulikhel and Thankot) leave from the city’s bus park located at the eastern side of Tundikhel parade ground. Buses on long route leave from Central Bus terminal located at Gongabu via Kalanki. Tourist coaches for Pokhara and Sauraha leaves from Kantipath.
Rikshaws: Two seated tri-cycles are funny way to travel around Kathmandu. They are especially useful for short trips within the older parts of the city where cars can be problem because of narrow lanes and crowed market place. The fares should be negotiated before hand.
International Airlines’ operations from/to Kathmandu
|ETIHAD Air||Kathmandu-Abu Dhabi|
|Pakistan Int’l Airlines||Kathmandu-Karachi|