Nepal: Creative Travel

 

Established in 1977, Creative Travel has grown to be among India's leading Destination Management Companies covering all of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. This region is a special place for travellers and our vast experience in handling clients from all over the world allows us to create the most memorable programs for you. Our excellent relationships all across the sub-continent with hotels and others who make up this labyrinth of a destination allows us to get priority when others are just others.

Our attention to detail and creativity in planning is fostered by the independence in our ownership, which we would consider to be one of our biggest strengths. This against our more corporatised competitors give us an inherent advantage in quality control, continuity in projects and accountability. Backed by a team of over 120 professionals, the Kohlis and Creative Travel have earned a reputation for being amongst India's most quality conscious travel companies. We are proud of our history and the future it gives us.

Website: travel2india.com

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Key Contacts
Rajeev Kohli, Jt. Managing Director
Ashish Sehgal, General Manager-Sales
Priya Saighal, Manager-Incentives

Nepal - Destination Factfile

Local Time GMT +5.45hrs

Flying Time From UK London - Kathmandu approx 14 hours via Doha/Dubai.

Main Airport Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Transfers Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu) is 6km from the city centre; approximately 20 minutes depending upon the traffic.

Immigration Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require a visa. Other non-Nepali visitors do not need a visa to be in Nepal for three days. Visas must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Free visas are given to tourists for re-entry to Nepal provided they stay at least for 15 days in the country in that visa year.

First single entry to Nepal for 60 days from the date of entry is US $30 (or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepali currency). The second entry in the same visa year for 30 days from the date of entry is US $30.

For further advice contact the Nepal Embassy in London as follows:-

Embassy of Nepal, 12A Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QU
Tel: +44 (0)207 229 1594 / +44 (0)207 229 6231 / +44 (0)207 2295352
Fax: +44 (0)207 792 9861
Email: consular@nepembassy.org.uk

Office hours: 09:00-17:00 hrs Monday to Friday (lunch break 13:00-14:00) Visa hours 10:00 to12:00.
Click for further Visa Information www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php

Nepal Embassy (London) website

Customs All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you must pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.

Import: Apart from previously used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 litre bottle) and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, stills camera, laptop computer and portable music system.

Official Currency NR Nepali Rupee – symbol Rs. 1 rupee equals 100 paisa.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 rupees / 10, 25, 50 paisa.
Notes: 1000, 500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 20, 10, 5, 2, 1 rupee.

Away from major centres, changing a Rs1000 note can be very difficult, so it is always a good idea to carry small-denomination notes. Even in Kathmandu many small businesses - especially rickshaw and taxi drivers - don't have sufficient spare money to allow them the luxury of carrying change.
The Nepali rupee has a fixed exchange rate to the Indian rupee.

Foreign currencies - must be exchanged only through banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. The receipts from such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange money at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival also. Indian currency of Rs500 and Rs1,000 bills are not allowed to be brought into Nepal. They will not be exchanged and will not be accepted for transaction of any kind.
The import of US$5,000 or more, or the equivalent amount in any other currency, must be declared on arrival. The export of local and foreign currency must be declared.

Credit cards like the American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted. Convertible currencies are as follows: Dollar (US, Australian, Hong Kong, Canadian, Singapore); Euro(Swiss, French, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy); Pound (UK);Yen (Japan). Please retain your encashment for changing back local currency into foreign currency on departure at exit points or at Tribhuvan International Airport departure lounge.

Climate There are broadly two seasons in Nepal - dry and wet with monsoon. The dry season is from October to May while wet season of the monsoons lasts from June to September. September till November is the autumn and is the best time of the year to visit Nepal. With the end of monsoons and the advent of Autumn, many different kinds of celebrations start in Nepal. The countryside is green and lush during this period. Nepal celebrates the two popular festivals of Dashain and Tihar during this period. The summer months in Nepal are from April to September while winter is from November to March. In the north, summers are mild and winters harsh while in the south summers are extreme and winters mild.

Geography Nepal is the home of the world's highest mountains, with a strong historic tradition having population of more than 18 million people of different religion and culture. There are many beautiful and interesting cities in Nepal including Kathmandu (Capital), Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Tansen etc., known for their natural beauty. More than 10% of Nepal's land area is covered by national parks & wildlife reserves. Over 30 species of large wild animals and 180 species of mammals make their home here. Royal Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park in Nepal.

Electricity Major towns have electricity and the voltage is 220v / 50 Hz. Load shedding is sometimes experienced. However, most major hotels have installed their own generators.

Official Holidays
Some of the public holidays listed here are Hindu festivals, which are declared according to local astronomical observations. It is not possible to predict the exact dates of festivals occuring and the dates published are approximations. Travellers should check locally nearer the time for precise dates.
* Date to be confirmed.

28 January - Vasant Panchami
30 January - Martyrs' Day
18 February - Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day)
20 February - Shivaratri (in honour of Lord Shiva)
8 March - Holi
8 March - Nepalese Women's Day
1 April - Rama Nawami (Birthday of Lord Rama)
1 April - Chaite Dashain*
1 April - Ghode Jatra (Festival of Horses)*
14 April - Navabarsha (New Year's Day)
28 April - Buddha Jayanti (Birthday of Lord Buddha)
10 August - Krishna Janmashtami
1 October - Fulpati Saptami*
1 October - Maha Ashtami*
16 October - Ghatasthapana
23 October - Maha Navami
24 October - Vijaya Dashami
9 November - Constitution Day
13 November - Lakshmi Puja
14 November - Govardhan Puja

Health Advice Medical facilities in Kathmandu Valley are good. All kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal. However, these facilities are not to the same standard of those found in Kathmandu Valley.

A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is recommended. Make sure the insurance also covers any activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking, rafting, etc.

Visitors do not need any particular immunisation to visit. Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and gamma globulin should, however, be considered. It may be a good idea to get a complete check-up before departure.

Language The region has a local language known as Nepalese. English is widely spoken throughout the country. Guides and travel professionals offer services in most major international languages.

Communications
Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone facillities.

Dialling code from UK to Kathmandu: 00 977 1

Postal Services: The Central Post Office located near Dharahara Tower - open 9am - 5pm Mon to Fri. Counters are open 7am – 4pm for stamps, postcards and aerograms. Post Restante is available Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm. Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.

 
 
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