Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget–priced guests houses. Since the advent of the tourism has increased in the country, the large number of hotels commences to build in the country. The rate varies from USD 5 to USD 200 dollars per night. All, it based on quality of hotels. In addition, some famous trekking regions such as Everest, Annapurna and Lang tang regions have also provide sufficient number of hotels and lodges en-route.
Drinking water is the very important factors to be considered while trekking in the Himalaya. Drinking water from the tap can be fatal. While traveling to the rural areas of areas of Nepal, carry iodine tablets with you. However, the mineral water easily available in most of the guest house or lodges. In addition, some area like, Annapurna circuit, where Annapurna conservation area projected have been provided the Ozonated treated water in cheap price as compare to mineral waters with an aim to preserve the fragile environment. However, the mineral water is available in the guesthouse or shops. On the other hand if you trekking to Annapurna Base camp trek, the mineral water are strictly banned instead of it they provide the well-boiled filter waters to enhance the economic status of the rural people as well as to protects environment. Therefore, we would like to suggest, that you should carry the bottle for the waters or can easily buy in Kathmandu.
Clothing is also a very important matter to think what sorts of clothes that should bring while traveling. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Katmandu. In Nepal, clothing for traveling purpose should be light and comfortable. In the months of November to the end of March, Day are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the daytime but in the evening and night, it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather, you can have your clothes well packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs in Katmandu or other cities of Nepal.
Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan, Pokhara and chitwan, are the major shopping places in Nepal. However, Kathmandu valley is, indeed known as the shopper’s paradise for real work of art and cheap souvenirs. Some of the popular things that foreigners usually shops in Nepal are embroidered clothes, Tibetan carpets, pottery, masks and puppets, metal work, species of tea, jewelries, wood carving, statues, Thanka Paintings and hand made paper and productions. Other things are electronic goods, cosmetics, and food, decoration items to kitchenwares. Whatever you would like to make shopping in and out of Kathmandu, you can find the pretty good and genuine items in reasonable price.
Time and Business Hours
Nepal is Five hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT. Government offices are open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to through Friday in Katmandu valley. Saturday is the HoliDay of Nepal. Banks are open from Sunday through Friday from 10am to 3.00pm. On Friday banks, remain open until 12pm only. Business offices are open from 10am to 5pm Sunday through Friday. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Nepal celebrates many festivals through out the year that make the holiDay at least couple in a month. However, the rates of the holiDay have reduced gradually.
People and Religion
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Kathmandu Valley is the spiritual and cultural meeting point of all these groups. Nepal is the Hindu Kingdom. Hindu Temples and Buddhist shrines are scattered all over the kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the Light of Asia. There is a complex blending of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal.