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Kathmandu, Nepal


Kathmandu is the largest city of Nepal and is incredibly diverse and historic. It is set in a valley surrounded by the Himalayan mountains and filled with breathtaking Newari architecture and centuries old Hindu and Buddhist religious sites. Stepping into Kathmandu is like stepping into another world that everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime; it is an opportunity to travel back in time and to relive in the history.


Nepal’s official currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR or Rs). Banknotes are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. The rupee is divided into 100 paisa (p). Nepali coins are also available in 1, 2 and 5 but are used less.  Automated teller machines are available throughout Kathmandu and accept popular international credit cards.


Nepal’s climate is mild and generally warm and temperate, with four distinct seasons. March is Spring time, and sees warm weather with rain showers and temperatures around 22°C. It is recommended to bring both light and warm clothing, as the evenings can be very cool.


Nepal has large cottage industries surrounding clothing, wood crafts, metal works and jewellery. Tourists will often find things unique to this region at great prices.

The Thamel area continues to be one of the most popular commercial hubs in Kathmandu City, offering the best collection of shops in the country. The maze of the streets that make up Thamel is home to numerous stalls, cultural monuments, cosy restaurants and narrow alleys. You can buy spices, embroidery, beads and jewellery, puppets, paintings, CDs, tea, pashminas, clothes and much more. You can expect all shops to be open by 10am through to 8pm.



The official language of Nepal is Nepali/Nepalese; an Indo-Aryan language of the sub-branch of Eastern Pahari. In the city of Kathmandu, Nepali and English are the most widely understood languages. The locals will be delighted if you learn just a handful of Nepali phrases.


Nepal operates on a 230V supply voltage and the frequency is 50Hz. The power sockets are of type C, D and M.

Food & Drinks

Nepalese food has been strongly influenced by both India and Tibet, given its location. It tends to be rich in flavour and spices and incorporates lots of rice, lentils and chickpeas. Some of the popular dishes include Dal Bhat (lentil soup and rice), Momos (steamed dumplings), samosas and Sel Roti (fried doughnut)

Get around

With notorious traffic and crowded streets, Kathmandu can be a difficult place to navigate and it’s easy to get lost. The easiest way to get around the historic centre is on foot.

Cycle-Rickshaw: These cost around Rs 80 for short rides around and offer a fascinating way to view the old city. You can expect to haggle hard and it’s essential to agree on a price before you start.

Taxis: Taxis are inexpensive, plentiful and easy to recognise in Kathmandu. Only few drivers are willing to use the meter, so you’ll need to negotiate a fare before you set off. Shorter rides around the town cost around Rs 200.

Buses: If you wish to use the public transport, you’d better have a local to help you with the stops. Also having 5 and 10 rupee notes can be very helpful.

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