Nepal Tourist Traps

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    Western entrance of Durbar square
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    Bhaktapur
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Nepal Tourist Traps

  • Street Peddlers

    Nepal Tourist Traps

    Street peddlers in Thamel get to be a frustration at times, but don't let them get the best of you. They will try to sell you anything from tiger balm to drugs. Simply say no thanks and keep walking. If they follow you keep walking or walk into a store. They may even try to insult you, but just ignore it.

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  • Kathmandu Airport

    Nepal Tourist Traps

    Be wary of groups of young men who try to carry your bag/open taxi doors etc for you as soon as you come out of the airport, then demand a 'trinket' - usually currency. It can be quite dazing and confusing after a long haul flight, and a long time waiting in a queue for a visa - I thought the guy who carried my bag was from the 'pick up' guy from...

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  • Mountain Flights

    Nepal Tourist Traps

    Most of these Everest sightseeing flights say that you will get a very close view of Everest - well you do see Everest but not really that close. These trips are great if you want a general mountain view or don't/can't hike in the Everest region. Enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayas, because it really is nice - if it's a clear day! Go hiking in...

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  • Outside KTM airport - annoyances!

    Be wary of groups of young men who try to carry your bag/open taxi doors etc for you as soon as you come out of the airport, then demand a 'trinket' - usually currency. It can be quite dazing and confusing after a long haul flight, and a long time waiting in a queue for a visa - I thought the guy who carried my bag was from the 'pick up' guy from...

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  • Pokhara Cyber Cafe - warning

    I don't recommend Pokhara Cyber Cafe run by Tamagi T&TP LTD. Cafe on the same side of the street as STandard Chatered bank, you have to go upstairs to get to Cafe. Computers infected by viruses (they infected my flash memory), slow connection, unhelpful and grumpy staff. Choose another Internet Cafe :)

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  • Mountain Climbing In Nepal with...

    Nepal is a country full of many opportunities for adventure. It also has the most spectacular and breathes taking beautiful scenery not to be seen in any other parts of the world. There is also the world-famous mountain range, the Himalayas, a part of which of course is the highest mountain on this earth, Mt. Everest 8848m. The travel agency...

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  • Crossing to india

    If crossing the border from nepal to india at sunauli and someone offers to sell you a ticket in nepal that will get you on a bus in india do not believe them. I bought a ticket from the nepal side that was apparently going to get me to varanasi. I was told to meet a guy called babu once on the india side. I met him and of course the usual story...

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  • Warning for Film Processing in Kathmandu

    Having just returned form an Excellent though Expensive trek to Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Nepal, My friend took 9 films for processing to “The Image Centre” (Colour Link) JP Road (Same street and same side as the kathmandu Guesthouse) Tel 4251468They Destroyed 9 films and then blamed her Camera, which is fine and an expensive SLR model (Also she...

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  • Stealing 'Dhal Bat woman'

    Everything got more expensive in Nepal over the last ten years, as everywhere, yes, but... it is crazy sometimes, the new 'magic menu' as we started calling it. Everywhere you will find it, in the Annapurna region, and it is especially magic because it conjurs up a load of money for the people that in many small places cannot even conceive of how...

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  • Thamel Peddlers

    Street peddlers in Thamel get to be a frustration at times, but don't let them get the best of you. They will try to sell you anything from tiger balm to drugs. Simply say no thanks and keep walking. If they follow you keep walking or walk into a store. They may even try to insult you, but just ignore it.

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  • not really a complaint, BUT...

    ..... the street peddlers can get a little on the nerves after you have firmly, but politely said, no, for the hundreth time because you have already bought all the souvenirs you're planning to buy, and even if they drop their price another 100 rupees you're not going to change your mind.Now, please do not get me wrong. I have a lot of empathy for...

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  • Touts at the airport

    When we were checking in for our flight back to Delhi, there were a few uniformed guys at the baggage counters, openly demanding a bribe to let baggage thru without paying excess baggage charges. Also, to help you jump the queue etc...Infact, we had forgotten to X-ray our bag since we we thought we were running late. The guys at check-in didnt seem...

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  • Street Beggars

    Please don't be tempted to give to street beggars, I Know that this can be difficult but by giving, it can actually do a Lot of Harm. I have written a travelogue on this subject entitled "The Enlightened Tourist" so If this subject interests you then Please read it, Thanks -- Rob

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  • krua Thai Restaurant & Bar

    This is one place that I Definately would NOT recommend !!First the food is Overpriced and Poor Quality, Then I got my little bag stolen in here -- I Know that getting my bag stolen wasn't exactly the fault of the restaurant but afterwards they were Very unhelpful -- and there was a question as to who stole it ????I had hung this little bag over...

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  • "no need guide"!!!!

    Going down from Sarangkot to Pokara by the trail it is going to pop out from nowhere young boys saying you are going on the wrong way and that there is a short cut down...nosense...they want to serve you as a guide to show you "the only possible way "to go down...and then get some in payment. Unless you really want their company, just say thanks...

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  • Not as close-up as you would hope...

    Most of these Everest sightseeing flights say that you will get a very close view of Everest - well you do see Everest but not really that close. These trips are great if you want a general mountain view or don't/can't hike in the Everest region. Enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayas, because it really is nice - if it's a clear day! Go hiking...

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  • Red dot between your eyes

    It's a sort of welcome. Religious people want to put a red dot on your head. The meaning of the red dot is very peacefull; so don't worry. But very often a donation is required. So that's why many tourists only fall for it on the first day after arrival.So, the red dot now means; I am new here. (and still a little ignorant.) With a little soap you...

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  • What to buy in Nepal to take home?

    Hand-crafted goods from Nepal were coveted across Central Asia in ancient times for their superior quality and intricate workmanship. Today, the skills inherited from the old masters continue to be practiced with the same devotion to bring you works of art which you will forever cherish. Garments. Handmade garments like shawls, woolen sweaters,...

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  • Be ware of children guides!!

    When in Pokhara, I planned to visit " World Peace Pagoda" by walk but took the wrong way so that I chose to do it from "Devi's Fall" instead of Anduna. There were several children (actually teenager ~ 13~16 yrs.) inside and one og them came to me strating to introduce things. I asked him to take me to Pagoda at 150Rs. He said he wanted to be with...

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  • Holy men - holy paisa!

    At very strategic places holy men (sadhus) in various states of dress and undress and hairstyles will be strutting their stuff and encouraging you to take their picture.Once you have clicked a sudden agility assumes on part of the sadhus and outstrethced hands ask for money for having taken their picture. And not small money, please!You may only...

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  • Handling street peddlars

    In Kathmandu, and to some degree in Pokhara as well, visitors need to get acclimatised to locals selling a wonderful array of life's essentials in the street. It's hard to move without passing the opportunity to pick up Tiger Balm, Swiss Army Knife, flutes, an offer of a taxi, a guide for a trek... etc. First of all, don't get annoyed - these...

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  • Fake Sadhus

    For every real sadhu in Nepal there are ten fakes, so say my Nepali friends. Yes, in the cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, you are destined to find fake sadhus. And sometimes they are tough to distinguish from the real ones. First of all, sadhus are not beggars and actually do not want material possessions. So an openly begging sadhu is a...

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  • Kathmandu Durbar Square

    Kathmandu's Durbar Square was not only disappointing, but also annoying. There were more peddlers than pidgins, and believe me there were a lot of pidgins. I found Kathmandu's Durbar Square to be quite a tourist trip, including the "khumari dev of the living goddess", which itself has turned into more of a tourist attraction and she doesn't even...

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  • If I see ONE MORE peddler hawking Tiger...

    First of all, you can get Tiger Balm anywhere now AND, you might even get it for less in the U.S.A. But of course, then you won't be able to nonchalently inform others about how you bought it while you were HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD, VISITING KATHMANDU.....!Similar nuisances are the Indians coming up to you with marigolds or colored powders to rub...

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  • Photos with 'Holy Men' - be careful!

    If you wish to pose with any of the various 'Holy Man' in an around kathmandu, be prepared to pay for them for posing with you. Sometimes they may get quite rowdy if you don't pay. Last time I was there, one of my fellow travellers was chased by a bunch of them after he posed for photographs with them and refused to pay. Agree on a price first...

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  • Entering Nepal for the third time in one...

    It can be a problem to enter Nepal for the third time in one year. It's not that you can't enter the country anymore but some formalities had to be done. When it happend to me I had to go to the Imigration Office in Kathmandu.I had to fill in a form with some personal information and the officials would give me a new visa. Of course it is Nepal and...

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  • Fill up your travel visa (with photo)...

    Fill up your travel visa (with photo attached) beforehand and get ready exactly US$30 for the visa fees when you arrive at the Tribuvan Airport, so that they could process your visa. This will save you a lot of time especially if you are landing late at night, trust me.

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  • Have a plan before you walk...

    Have a plan before you walk out of the airport in Kathmandu. You will be astounded at the mob of people shouting and trying to take your bag to a cab. It isn't aggressive in a rough way but it was definitely intimidating. It was actually fun to stand back and watch as each person leaving the airport was overtaken by the mob. Also, beware of people...

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  • Sadhus...real or fake?

    Fake sadhus. My dictionary says that a sadhu is a 'Hindu mendicant ascetic.' Which means (in ordinary English) a holy man (about 90% of them are men) who depends upon charity to survive. In Nepal they usually wear orange robes and have hair and beards that have long remained uncut. Sadhus belong to many different sects or orders. When one joins a...

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  • When you arrive at the airport...

    When you arrive at the airport there will probably be a swarming crowd of people and can feel a bit intimidating. Try to have something arranged prior to your arrival such as transportation so you don't get sucked into an overpriced cab ride or something worse. A few fellows offered to carry my luggage to the van ( I stupidly thought out of the...

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  • When leaving the airport have...

    When leaving the airport have all your lugage in a firm grip. You will be stormed by men who want to carry your suitcases and backpacks to any expensive taxi they see, and expect a rather large fee for this 'service'. Be rude to them if that is the only way to get rid of them! Even if you are not a good negotiator don't pay more than 200 rupies for...

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  • Watch out in Bodhnath (Tibetan...

    Watch out in Bodhnath (Tibetan community outside Kathmandu) , or actually, anywhere where there are Tibetan-style traders. Hard to get a good price from those guys - especially in Bodhnath. Pity, some of the stuff is fantastic.

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  • THE STREETS OF KATHMANDU ARE...

    THE STREETS OF KATHMANDU ARE FILLED WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO SELL YOU SOMETHING OR OTHER. ON THE WHOLE THOUGH, I FOUND THAT THE THINGS OFFERED BY STREET MERCHANTS IN NEPAL TENDED TOWARD THE PRACTICAL, AND THE INTERESTING...

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  • Like in the usual way, taxi...

    Like in the usual way, taxi driver almost need to have more and more and more...Once a toke the taxi to the other side of Katmandou(bus terminal), I told the driver the name, the answer was Ok, then he toke a complete different way, afterwards he stoped to talk with a friend, I told him to go straighd to the bus terminal, and not to the place where...

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  • during the month of march 2002...

    during the month of march 2002 I did the circuit again and extended it with a Trek to the Annapurna BaseCamp. The problem nowadays is that on this trek the rooms are with fixed price as well as the foodmenu. Not as cheap as it used to be and a bit unfair.

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  • It's very easy to loose your...

    It's very easy to loose your temper when someone tries to jack you of again, but keep in mind that bargaining is a part of the Nepali culture and that you have a one-year Nepali salary in your backpack.

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  • Somebody had mentioned the...

    Somebody had mentioned the 'tiger balm and khukari guys' as a trap. There are many guys hawking stuff out on the street, especially in Thamel and Basentapur, but if you say to them, 'chine-dine-ahhh' they will repeat that and go away without a problem. It means, 'no, thanks, I don't want it'. I don't know WHY they always repeat that, but they do,...

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