Favorite thing: Thamel is the tourist enclave: most of the guesthouses and hotels (budget to mid-range, with a 4 stars thrown) are located there and, although deprived of any charm, it is a convenient place to stay. It's full of restaurants and shops and - above all - is totally ignored by local people, which means that the air is not polluted and one can actually breathe.
Fondest memory: While Thamel is really not a good place to spend your days, it is heaven to go back there at night and enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet... because after 10 PM there's very few people in the streets, the odd taxi or two, and nothing else... jsut silence!
Favorite thing: Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal as well as its largest urban agglomerate of Nepal, which means that most of the traffic congregates there - and the air reaches high levels of pollutions... despite beeing at 1400 metres above sea level, it is located in a valley the pollution seems to stagnate there, so it is often not pleasant to breathe - especially in the city centre. Garbage, unfortunately, is all over, especially in the Bagmati river.
Fondest memory: Pollution aside, the city itself has about 1 million inhabitants (the agglomerate 2.5 million) and it is steeped in history. Many stunning monuments date back to the 1400's (as in Durbar square) and are a true delight to the eye. The greatest charm of the city are the crowded little streets and lanes, and the adjoining courtyards. Each a something unique and religious shrines are just everywhere. As someone told us, jokingly: as soos as the city has some money, it builds a temple.
Home Staying in Thamel!
Favorite thing: When I go to Kathmandu I always stay in Thamel. Although it's a crowded place and I like to spend time in a quiet environment I love the crowd in Thamel. Thamel is full of shops from where everyone will get something to take with them as a memory of Nepal.
Fondest memory: I love to see the Americans or the Germans or the Aussies singing a Nepali song.
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Favorite thing: Now or then, we all need Contact Numbers in a New City. So here they are:
AMBULANCES PHONE NUMBER
Ambulance Bishal Bazar, New Road 4244121
Ambulance Kathmandu Model Hospital, Bagbzar 4240805,4240806
Ambulance Lalitpur Municipality, Pulchowk 5527003
Ambulance Nepal Chamber of Commerce 4230213
Ambulance Nepal Red Cross Society 4228094
Ambulance Paropakar 4251614, 4211959
Ambulance Shiva Sakti Yuba Sewa, Kathmandu 4478111
Lions Club of Kathmandu Central, Kathmandu 4472211
Strongtsen Bhrikuti Samajik Tatha Sanskritik Uthan Sangh, Boudha 4473166
BLOOD TRANSMISSION SERVICES PHONE NUMBER
Blood Transmission Service, Kathmandu 4229344, 4225344
FUNERAL VEHICLES PHONE NUMBER
Bir Hospital, Tundikhel 4221119
Nepal Chamber of Commerce, Kantipath 4222890, 4230213
Marwadi Sewa Samati, Phasikeb 4255540,4255740
Strongtsen Bhrikuti Samajik Tatha Sanskritik Uthan Sangh, Boudha 4473166
HOSPITALS PHONE NUMBER
Ayurved Hospital, Tundikhel 4221119
Bhaktapur Hospital, Doodh Pati 6610676
Bir Hospital, Tundikhel 4221119, 4223807
Bir Hospital Emergency, Tundikhel 4221988, 4223807
Birendra Police Hospital, Maharajgunj 4412530, 4412430
Birendra Army Hospital, Chhauni 4271940, 4271965
Blood Bank, Bhrikuti Mandap 4225344
Central Jail Hospital, Nakkhu 4212443, 4215466
Community Hospital, Jorpati 4470874
Eye Hospital, Tripureswor 4250691
Homeopathic Hospital, Harihar Bhawan 5522092
Infection Disease Hospital, Teku 4211112, 4211334
Kanti Children Hospital, Maharanjgunj 4411134, 4411140, 44111150
Kantipur Dental Hospital, Bansbari 4371603, fx. 4372976
Maternity Hospital, Thapathali 4253276, 4253277
Mental Hospital, Lagankhel 5521612, 5521333
Patan Hospital, Lagankhel 5522566, 5521048, 5522266
Til Ganga Eye Hospital, Til Ganga 4476575, 4474937
TU Teaching Hospital, Maharanjgunj 4412707, 4412808, 4412505
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT SERVICES PHONE NUMBER
International Flight Services, 4470311, 4472835
NIGHT TAXI PHONE NUMBER
Night Taxi Service, Dharmapath 4244485, 4224375
RESCUES PHONE NUMBER
Himalayan Rescue Association, Kathmandu 4262746
Himalayan Rescue Dog Squad, Pokhara 61-520374
TELECOMMUNICATIONS PHONE NUMBER
Complaint for Maintenance, 198
Domestic Trunk, (Via Operator) 180
International Trunk Booking (For India) 187
Overseas Trunk Booking, (Via Operator) 186
STD & ISD Maintenance 182
POLICE STATIONS PHONE NUMBER
Central Jail Guard, Tripureshwor 4253398, 4253308
Dilli Bazar Khar Guard, Charkhal 4414335
District Police Office, Kathmandu 4261790, 4261945
District Police Office, Lalitpur 5521350, 5521207
District Police Office, Bhaktapur 6614821, 6614708
Interpol Section, Naxal 4411210, 4412602
Nakhu Jail Guard, Lalitpur 5535381, 5521112
Police Headquarter Exchange, Naxal 4411210, 4410088
Police Traffic Office, Ramshah Path 4227348, 4227351
Police Traffic Office, Tourist Police, Bhrikuti Mandap 4247041
Regional Police Unit Office, Hanumandhoka 4262945, 4261360, 4223011
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They drive on the left side of the road.
Favorite thing: If you like me, come from a country where cars normally drive on the right side of the road then you should be a little ware the first couple of days in Kthmandu when walking the streets as the cars drive on the left side and the traffic in Kathmandu is quite chaotic and aggressive.
Be especially careful when crossing the big main avenues of the city as they can be packed with traffic, especially during rush hour.
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A great book to read before visiting Kathmandu.
Favorite thing: One book that is a really good read before visitng Kathmandu is the book called "Tiger for breakfast" by Michel Peissel.
This a book about the ukrainian adventurer Boris Lissanevitch who opended the first hotel ever in Nepal in 1955.
The book gives a really good insight to Nepal and what it was like there before the tourists arrived and it's also an interesting book about a very interesting person.
You can either buy it at home or buy it once you are in Nepal.
It's for sale in most bookstores in Kathmandu that deals with foreign tourists.
- Historical Travel
Power cuts are frequent in Kathmandu.
Favorite thing: Be ware that Kathmandu does not have the most reliable electricity supply and you should power cuts for several hours a day.
Because of that i highly recommend that you have little torch or even better a headlamp.
A headlamp is not just for miners, but also very useful for travellers as you can use both hands while it´s always pointing the way you look.
It´s also very good for reading in bed if the power is out.
At first the power cuts can be really annoying, but i suggest that you just take it as part of the adventure and get yourself a little headlamp.
The lamp is also a must if you plan to go trekking, especially if you are camping.
They can be bought easily in Kathmandu in one of the many outdoor stores and the prices are generally lower than you would pay in Western Europe, so i suggest that you buy one once you get to Nepal.
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temple and mountean
Favorite thing: you well come to my country Nepal. you can come via land from India but not from china. so first if you visit China then it is easy to come Nepal and then trip to India by train/plan/bus.
If you have any question about Nepal just mail me at email@example.com
Bunjee Jumping & Trekking
Favorite thing: I haven't been back in 8 years but one of these days, I will go there and I know a few things I can do there.
Go Bunjee Jumping, the second highest Bunjee Jump in the world and yeah its all natural. You will see a deep Bhote Koshi River flowing as you fall from the bridge
Go Rafting, this is about 3 hours away from Kathmandu but do not miss this
Go Safari at the Chitwan Park, You gonna see Bengal Tigers, Rhinos from the top of an elephant
Go to Pokhara and don't miss out on the Para Gliding
For hardcore trekkers, Annapurna Circuit is one of the best treks in the world. Mustang is another place I would love to travel to when I go back to Nepal.
Fondest memory: Flying Kites, Smoking up during Shiva Ratri ( Pot Day). Going to Kirtipur and getting hammered. Thamel Nightlife, Bike Trip to Dolalghat and Malekhu. Too Many
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What to wear in Nepal for November & December
Favorite thing: The weather in Kathmandu or Pokhara in November and December is usually plenty of sunny days where you will be in t-shirts but as soon as the sun goes down or you are in the shade then the temperature starts to drop and by the evening you will defiantly need a fleece or jacket to keep warm.
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- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: I did the EBC trek same time 2 years ago. I recommend:
1. That you wear your hiking shoes on the plane (everything else you can replace but you won't have enough time if you lose your hiking boots on the place to be able to wear in new hiking boots whilst you are over there)
2. Most of our group used bottled water and that was fine, just make sure you check the seal to make sure it hasn't just been refilled with local water. Tablets are good to have as well.
3. Make sure you don't exchange too much money as you only get 50% when you exchange back at the airport. Exchanging money in Namache Bazaar is fine to do so you can always wait to you get to Namache before making your decision about how much you want to exchange.
4. When we did EBC there was a ban on slaughtering of animals above a certain altitude which meant all meat had to be carried and some for long distances. If this is still the case you might want to think about whether you want to eat the meat above a certain altitude.
5. Outdoor gear is very cheap and in great supply when you get to Kathmandu and Namache bazaar however mainly fakes so you will have no problem getting the equipment that you want when you get over to Nepal, just be prepared to haggle.
6. Make sure you take plenty of hand sanitiser and toilet paper and also supplies of chocolate. The higher you get the more expensive things get. It wasn't uncommon to get a chocolate bar for £2.50 in Gorak Shep.
7. Blister plasters are a good investment and also some good painkillers & imodium etc. There were very few people that were not affected in some way or another.
8. There are 2 very long hiking days, make sure you have enough sleep in the lead up to them.
9. I took a 4 season sleeping bag at the end of March and was pretty glad as it got pretty cold some nights.
10. Try not to over pack your bag as it makes it a lot more stressful packing it each day.
11. Get a good head torch as towards the top some of teahouses (I am presuming your staying in teahouses) have little light at night if none at all.
Lastly have a great time. I had a great time at Nepal and hope you do as well :)
Visa on arrival- a good choice?
Favorite thing: As a citizen of a SAARC country (Pakistan), gratis visa can be obtained upon arrival. However, I called the Nepalese Embassy in Islamabad. They advised me it would be better to get the visa in Islamabad from the Embassy, as it takes time and money at the airport upon arrival.
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World Heritage Trekking Company
Favorite thing: The company runs by Mr. Dil Gurung who speaks fluent Japanese, with lots and lots of his Japanese clients. I heard Dil has also lived in Germany too, so I expect he could speak fluent German as well. World Heritage Treks organizes every kind of tours, treks and expedition, both domestically and internationally (e.g. transportation to Tibet) BTW for women solo travelers, please read my Dangers & Annoyance Tips.
P.O. Box 4738 Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 4701700, 4257660
Cell: (Dil Gurung) 9803628227 , 9851072869
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
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Trivobhan International Airport- Kathmandu.
Favorite thing: Though a small airport, I will rate this airport a hassle free airport. Their customer handling is better, the airport staffs treat the passenger with respect, Luggage handling is efficient, customs clearance is fast. The airport has duty free shop, it can not be compared with Changi, Schipol but has good stock of Spirits and Cigarette, though a bit pricy but the staffs help you to chose the items of your choice.
They dont allow photography inside the airport ( I dont' know why? In the days of Google Earth? Foolish decision ) but as soon as we landed people took out their cameras, mobile phones and started taking photographs. So we too took out our cell phone and took some photographs at the turmac of Trivobhan International Airport. I really liked this airport, I feel it is better than many Indian airports in terms of courtesey shown to the people.
Immigration and Police checking? Well it is same everyehere!
Favorite thing: CIWEC clinic is used by most foreign residents in Kathmandu and by foreign tourists. The clinic is staffed by foreigners and a doctor is on call on the clock. A consultation 45 USD, CCs accepted.
I went there to get malaria pills (since i was going to the Chitwan for the weekend). however, the doctor said since its' winter time, there is no risk at all. However, i brought some pills "just in case".
Some other piece of advice i gor from them on Malaria
no tablet is 100% effective against malaria, thus avoid mosquitos, take malaria tablets reqularily and treat fevers immediately not after one or 2 days.
Most common medicines
-chloroquine and paludrine – 2 weeks before exposure and 4 weeks afterwards
-mefloquine – take weekly, 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after, 10 USD/tablet, difficult to find but most effective
-doxycycline – take daily, 2 days before and 4 weeks after
-malarone – daily, 1 day before and 1 week later, 7 USD per tablet
Fondest memory: www.ciwec-clinic.com
phone - 4424111
opening hours - 9 am – 4 pm 1 hour (lunch break from 12 to 1), Monday – Friday
location - just across the UK embassy northeast of Thamel
Refrain from buying malaria pills form the local pharmacy around the corner in Nepali cities…..reports say as per the tests performed, over half of them are fakes….Chinese gangs copy virtually all brands….. not even the shopkeeper knows whether he’s selling an original or a fake one…..with the risks of getting adverse side effects or even worse, malaria resistant viruses higher than ever.
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