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Nepal - Facts for Tourists
Entry requirements and customs: A visa is required. Cholera, smallpox, typhoid vaccinations may be required. Check with your doctor for his recommendations. Tourists may bring in 200 cigarettes, 2 btl liquour, 1 btl beer, 1 camera, 6 rls film.

Currency: The Rupee... 100 Paisas to the Rupee. Bills are 1,2,5,10,50,100,500,1000. Coins are 5,10,25,50.

Language: Nepali. English is spoken in tourist areas.

Religion: 85% Hindu, 12% Buddhist.

Temperature: From tropical to Artic, depending on the altitude. The monsoons are from early June to late August. Best season is fall - September-November. Average temperature in October is low of 48 with a high of 83, and 4 days of rain.

Bank hours: 10-2 Sun-Thu, 10-12 Fri

Shop hours: 10-8

Things to buy: Hand wrought boxes decorated with semi-precious stones, jewelry, Buddhist prayer wheels, religious figures, woodcarvings, masks, homespun cottons, woolens, and carpets. Hard bargaining is required.

Food: Curry dishes based on chicken or pork and vegetables served with Nepalese rice. Cheese. Deserts are very sweet. Western food is available.

Drink: Do not drink tap water. Mild beer called "Jand". Imported liquour is expensive. Coffee and tea are popular. The better hotels purify their drinking water.

Transportation: Tribhwan Airport is 3 1 miles from Kathmandu. Metered taxis are available.

Miscellaneous: There is a departure tax. The time difference is 5 hours 40 min ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Electricity is 220V.

Note: Visitors are likely to be both shocked and enchanted during a visit to Nepal. The element of culture shock varies according to whether they have traveled elsewhere in the Orient or to Africa or South America. For those who have, the sight of poverty, crumbling old houses, dirty streets littered with piles of garbage, or cows wandering loose through the narrow streets will not be too shocking. With an inquiring mind travelers will find much with which to be fascinated in Nepal, including a warm and friendly people who will seem interested in the traveler.
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