Capital City: Kathmandu
Timezone: UTC+5:45
Country Calling Code: +977
Currency: NPR

1 CNY = 14.12 NPR

1 USD = 88.25 NPR

1 EUR = 108.62 NPR

1 GBP = 128.36 NPR

1 AUD = 88.25 NPR

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit


There are four seasons in Nepal. In spring (mid-March to May), warmth and rain nourish flowers and plants, while the monsoon season (June through September) gets unpleasantly hot with frequent rain. Thunderstorms are prevalent during April and May, along with rain and strong winds. In autumn (mid-September to November) the weather is clear and mild with chilly nights. Winter (November-March) brings occasional snow storms and gets colder. Autumn is the most ideal time for trekking and is also the most popular time for visitors due to the pleasant weather conditions.

Events & Festivals


Nepal is known as the “Land of Festivals”. It is believed that “in Nepal every other building is a temple and every other day is a festival.” The rich social-cultural heritage of Nepal is expressed in different kinds of festivals that occur almost every day of the year.


Shivaratri is an honoring day among the Hindu population for Shiva’s birthday (March), and it is one of the country’s major festivals. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Pashupatinath for an all-night vigil and sadhus gather from all over of the world, dressed in loin cloths and carrying tridents in an amazing spectacle. During Happy Holi, a week-long spring carnival (February through March) children wander in the streets throwing colors and water balloons on pedestrians. The majority of people will have colors smeared all over them. Ghodejatra, also known as the Horse Racing Day (March or early April), is one of Kathmandu’s most exciting events. Horse races and other sports take place at Tundikhel, while other parts of the capital parade images of various deities around on chariots.



Visas are required for most tourists, and with a valid passport and passport photos, you may obtain a Tourist Visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.You will need passport photos and US$25 for multiple entry visa valid for 15 days. During peak travel periods you may want to consider getting a visa in advance to avoid queues on arrival.


Visa costs can change without notice. Please double check before departure:



Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) situated 5.6 km east of Kathmandu city in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley, is the sole international airport in Nepal. It has a Domestic Terminal and an International Terminal in a single building. There are also many airports serving domestic flights which can arrive in major cities of Nepal.


An airport tax is payable when departing the country from Kathmandu airport. For most international departures this is Rs 1130.


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Things to Consider


  • The common form of greeting in Nepal is "namaste" and is said in conjuction with joining the palms together.
  • Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and remove leather items in Hindu temples). Also avoid smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings. Some temples may prohibit entrance for non-Hindus.
  • Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
  • Don't take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless they have clearly given their consent or you have been granted permission.
  • Avoid touching others’ food, plate, or utensils with the same utensils or hand that you used to eat with.
  • Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.
  • Public displays of affection between man and woman are frowned upon
  • Water is not safe to drink from the tap in Nepal. Stick to bottled water which is readily available and avoid salads and ice unless you can be sure the water has been properly filtered and boiled.
  • Tipping is relatively new to Nepal. Hotels, restaurants, touring and trekking staff often get paid low wages and appreciate tips to acknowledge good service. Some hotels and restaurants add 10% service charge to the bill, so no further tipping is necessary.
  • Check with your doctor and get the relevant vaccinations before you depart. There are clinics and hospitals in Nepal but the level of care and hygiene may not be up to international standards, particularly outside of Kathmandu. Make sure you are adequately covered by your travel insurance policy.
  • Driving is the easiest way to get around Nepal, however be prepared for some long drives, honking traffic, and roads that are not all in good condition.
  • Wherever you go, respect local customs and holy places, and protect the natural environment. Avoid giving candy and trinkets to local children and do not encourage begging. If you’d like to give back, consider donating to a responsible local charity or NGO instead.



Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport  terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.