• Background info
  • Festivals Nepal
    Whatever time of year you visit, you will almost certainly experience some festival or other. Underneath are the most notable. There is usually some type of celebration in the temples at full moon. February: Shivaratri ...
  • Culture Nepal
    The cultural differences between Europeans and Neapli are so vast that one could write a book about them. Below you will find an overview of the most important points to take into account when interacting ...
  • Food and drinks Nepal
    Eating habits in Nepal differ greatly from Europe and adjusting can prove tricky. People usually sit on the floor and eat with their right hand from a metal plate. Hands and face are washed before ...
  • Landscape Nepal
    Nepal is a rectangular country that stretches over a distance of 530 miles from the north-west to the south-east and has a maximum breadth of 136 miles. It has an area of 57,000 square miles, ...
  • Background Info Nepal
    Shoestring supports the projects carried out by the charitable organisation GIFT for AID, which gives tourists in Nepal the chance to contribute towards a better standard of living for the local populations. In their information ...
  • Population Nepal
    Anyone who visits Nepal is always captivated by the Himalayas, but the Nepalese themselves are equally unforgettable. They are friendly, modest, extremely polite and cheerful, regardless of religion or roots. They dress for the most ...
  • Religion Nepal
    In Nepal, nothing is more confusing than the colourful array of gods, angels, demons, cultures and rituals. Nepal’s religious doctrine consists of a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism. Besides these two religions, there are a ...
  • Tipping Nepal
    Hotel staff will expect a tip for the carrying of luggage and other small errands. Aside from the most expensive hotels, the wages of hotel personnel in Nepal are next to nothing, so the staff, ...
  • Weather and climate Nepal
    Northern India has a hot, dry climate, with cold winter months and very high temperatures between May and June (day temperatures can reach above 40°C!). Apart from the monsoon season between July and September, there ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Nepal
    On your first day in Nepal, take it easy. Take time to adapt. The change of climate, culture and food can be quite challenging. Particularly in the larger cities, traders can be quite intrusive. Stay ...
  • Other info Nepal
    European passport holders require visa for Nepal. Please note: Shoestring will not arrange this visa for you. We recommend that you contact the embassy of Nepal in your home contry. ...
  • Electricity Nepal
    Nepal has 220 volt, 50 hertz current. However, there are regular power cuts, so bringing a torch with you on the trip is advised. In our sleeping accommodation during the hiking trip in Nepal, there ...
  • Health Nepal
    Southern Asia is a region where more diseases are rife then in Europe. The situation is comparable to that in our parts before the Second World War. All dangerous diseases that are common in Nepal ...
  • Information for people at home Nepal
    Ensure that those at home know which country you travelling in and how long you are planning to stay away. You may wish to fix a date when you will contact them again. Making telephone ...
  • Luggage and clothing Nepal
    Appropriate clothing is very highly valued in Nepal. Men should wear long trousers and a shirt , women should make sure that their shoulders are covered and they wear a skirt that at the very ...
  • Money Nepal
    The pocket money we recommend is a minimum to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entry fees, local airport taxes and tips. Clearly, the amount that you spend depends on your personal purchasing behaviour, ...
  • Photographs Nepal
    Never leave a film or camera in a locked bus. The mounting temperatures can badly affect the quality of the photographic material. It is better to have the prints made at home. Not all types ...
  • Safety Nepal
    In many ways, Nepal is a safe country. Mugging and other forms of physical violence against tourists occur only sporadically. Theft is also less frequent than in Britain, despite the wide difference in wealth between ...
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