Nepal Everyday Life

Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Exchange rate: 141 NPR per € (12.2020)

Time zone: UTC +5.45

Country code (phone): +977

Climate (for capital): Monsoon climate

Everyday life

According to topb2bwebsites, the official Nepalese calendar follows the North Indian calendar Bikram-Sambat (BS), which is 56 years and 8 months ahead of the international calendar. The year starts in mid-April. The months of the Bikram Sambat follow the lunar cycle, the dates are flexible compared to the international calendar. There are also other calendars that are used by certain groups of the population, such as Newar Sambat and Tibetan calendars. Some festivals take place on specific calendar days, with many religious festivals the astrologers determine when they are celebrated.

The business and office life begins at 10am. Banks close at 2 p.m., authorities between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., shops at 8 p.m. or later. Saturday is the day off.

There is no German school in Kathmandu, but there is a British, an American and the Kathmandu International Study Center. There are other international schools in Pokhara, Kavre and Biratnagar.

Due to difficulties with the power supply was nationwide power cut off every day for several hours. This was especially true in the hot season when air conditioning and irrigation pumps also consumed electricity. A targeted management of power distribution, control of power thieves, the use of new and the addition of old hydropower plants provided the residents of Kathmandu with a 24/7 power supply. The whole of Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and Chitwan are now supplied with electricity 24 hours a day.

The voltage is 220V / 50 Hertz, flat plugs often fit. You have to reckon with stronger voltage fluctuations and power outages. An adapter should be carried.

Everyday life in Bhaktapur Nepal

Money

The local currency is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). 100 paisas make up one rupee. Banknotes are available in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 rupee.

Major credit cards are accepted in most banks and international hotels. The ATMs in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara accept Visa and Mastercard debit cards and credit cards.

Money should only be changed at authorized locations (banks, hotels and licensed exchange offices). We recommend that you bring enough cash with you, as credit cards are not accepted everywhere.

The import and export of the local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currencies must be declared for an amount equivalent to US $ 2,000 or more. The export of foreign currencies is permitted up to the amount declared on entry, minus the exchange amounts.

Security

During the monsoon season, which lasts from June to the beginning of October, floods (especially in the border area with India) and landslides occur again and again throughout Nepal.

Road blockades and general strikes (“Bandh”) are usually announced at short notice. They are often accompanied by additional tension, unrest, hindrances and delays in road and air traffic. Sometimes they can paralyze the whole country. In the Terai local can riots occur blockades and indefinite strikes are frequent. Due to political instability and the unreliability of the legal system, violence and crime are increasing across the country. There have been a number of violent clashes since July 2015 between security forces and strikers (especially in the central and eastern districts of the Terai).

Nepal is in the middle of one of the most active earthquake areas in the world. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the rules of conduct in the event of an earthquake before arriving.

The Federal Foreign Office recommends that German nationals add themselves to the crisis prevention list so that they can be contacted quickly in an emergency.

Stay healthy

Vaccinations are not required for Nepal. The vaccinations against polio, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A are recommended by the Center for Travel Medicine. Malaria prophylaxis is necessary for stays in southern Nepal.

During and after the rainy season, the risk of cholera and dengue fiber diseases increases. Since the first cases of the disease in May 2019, Denguer Fiber infection has spread rapidly in Nepal. In September 2019, 56 districts were affected by the dengue outbreak, including mountain districts such as Manang (in the Annapurna Conservation Area). The Sindhupalchowk, Sunsari, Chitwan and Dotiund areas have recorded several deaths from dengue fever.

The hygienic conditions are poor. The risk of diarrhea is very high. You should pay attention to boiled water and avoid raw salads, ice cream and ice cubes.

The medical care is only in Kathmandu on a high medical level. In addition to adequate health insurance abroad, a reliable repatriation insurance is recommended.

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