If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might know that I travel nearly 20+ days out of 30 days in a month. There are cases when I don’t have a chance to go home for an entire month and my family has to travel to different cities just to meet me. During my recent visit, one of my acquaintances suggested that I should blog about my travel experiences as well. This can be helpful to others who are traveling to the country or city.
I have previously written about my experience about all the airlines in India. I would be writing about a few tips about traveling to the beautiful country Nepal today.
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is very scenic. There are lots of historical places to see and visit. I was fortunate enough to stopover the Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur, Vasantpur and the temple of Kumari Goddess. I also visited casinos there, but even if I have stayed in Las Vegas for 3 and a half years before, I was not keen on them so I left the casinos just like what I did in Las Vegas . I also traveled to the famous Thamel area by car.
Here are my quick tips for anyone who is planning to visit Nepal. They are not categorized but just written in the order that came to my mind.
Please note that if you are an Indian, you will get a special privilege everywhere in Nepal, beginning right from the Indian airports.
- Use the expression “Nameste!” If you want to greet any Indian or Nepali.
- Indian Nationals do not need visa/passport to enter Nepal. In fact, Indian Nationals can just walk in to Nepal without any passport; but should have any valid Indian ID. There is no use of a passport since it will not be stamped at any immigration ports, whether in India or Nepal.
- Indian currency is widely accepted everywhere. However, please bring only Rs. 100 bills/notes as Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 are not accepted. However, casinos there will accept larger bills.
- Indian National Language – Hindi is widely spoken and understood everywhere. I did not find a single person who had trouble speaking it.
- Nepali language uses the scripting language as Devnagari, which is similar to Hindi.
- Here, you will find food of almost every country. The taste of Nepali food is authentic and very delicious.
- It is very safe to travel and move around in Kathmandu (despite what media suggests). However, it will really help if you have a friend who speaks Nepali.
- You can negotiate a few deals and cut off to almost 1/5 of the original quoted price of products sold here.
- If you are from Gujarat, India – you will find Nepali language sharing many common words.
- Temples are everywhere, so do not miss to visit a few of them. Pashupatinath is a must.
- Only followers of Hindu religion (from Nepal and India only) are allowed in most of the holy places.
- Camera is allowed everywhere except on the holy places.
Now it is your turn to share your opinions or any suggestions. I think Nepal is a great country as there are lots of places to visit.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)