Other Practical Information On Nepal
During your stay in Nepal if you wish to travel around the places of Nepal alone, you must hire a means of transportation. You can hire bicycle, taxi, jeep or motorbike. Prior to making a 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 .
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.
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.
Credit Cards: all major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 5% mark-up on top of the price.
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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.