Practical Information for participants

Practical Information

Below you can find all the information you need to know before attending the Major Group-led Initiative 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal - download the Kathmandu Practical Information Guide to take with you.

Go here for more information about Nepal, Kathmandu and links to websites with more information.

Venue & Accommodation

Park Village Hotel and Resort is a verdant oasis set in five acres of tranquil, wooded gardens overlooking the hustle and bustle of central Kathmandu.More than two thousand flowering trees and shrubs cover the grounds and are home to butterflies, dragonflies and nearly 75 species of birds including hoopoes, heron and kingfisher. Park Village is located at the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, just below the subtropical Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park, less than half an hourÔÇÖs drive from central Kathmandu or the airport. The fresh, natural environment coupled with comfortable, well-appointed accommodation, good food, and a lovely outdoor swimming pool make it the perfect place to relax.

Self-funded participants that wish to stay at Park Village Hotel, should contact the workshop organizers for assistance at info@mgp-forests.org

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Hotel & Conference center

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Hotel & Conference center 27.778056, 85.362222

 

Park Village Hotel
Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal
G.P.O. Box: 21218
Tel: 977-1-4375280, Fax: 977-1-4371656
website: www.kghhotels.com

Airport arrival

Kathmandu’s┬áTribhuvan International Airport┬á(IATA:┬áKTM), is the largest and only international airport in Nepal, located 5.5km east of the popular tourist neighborhood of Thamel.

The airport has two public terminals; one for international and one for domestic traffic. The airport is connected to the cities of Kathmandu and Lalitpur (Patan) through the busses of Sajha Yatayat, which stop in front of the international terminal. Local busses are available outside of the airport gate. The journey time to downtown Kathmandu is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

There are local as well as pre-paid taxis available at both terminals. Taxis can be booked and paid for in advance at the taxi counter in the arrivals area. The journey time to the city is around 10 to 15 minutes, and fares start at Rs700.

The airport-hotel transfer is arranged for sponsored participants.

Visa information

All foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa. Check with the Nepali embassy or consulate in your country for document and visa requirements.

Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. A tourist visa will cost for USD25/40/100 for 15/30/90 days respectively.

All tourist visas are currently “multiple entry” type visa and permit multiple entries and exits during the period of validity. Your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months upon arrival in Nepal.┬áA valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Immigration Department has not specified the size of the passport-size photo. A tourist visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain their visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

For more information on visa requirements check http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/

Health

Vaccines
The government of Nepal requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever (for more information go to the International travel and health page of the World Health Organization and click here for WHO recommendations for yellow fever). Check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

It is recommended that you seek medical advice at least six weeks before travelling. Getting special vaccinations are not necessary when visiting Nepal, but it is still recommend that you consult with your physician regarding special immunizing against any tropical disease.

Other precautions
Use only bottled mineral water or boiled and filtered water only. Always wash your hands before eating. Do not eat unpeeled fruits or vegetables unless they have been thoroughly washed.
For more health tips and precautions, read the Health Guide of the Nepal Tourism Board.

Time zone

UTC+5.75 (or see http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/nepal/kathmandu)

Kathmandu weather

Kathmandu experiences warm and sunny days throughout March.  You can experience a good amount of sunshine, about 8 to 9 hours a day. The average daytime temperature generally hovers around a pleasant 26°C (79°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures generally drop down to5°C (41°F). The nights can get very chilly.

Dress code: The dress standard for the workshop is smart casual and it is advised to bring lightweight clothes and sandals/open shoes. The evenings can get chilly, so it is also recommended to bring a light jumper or cardigan.

Banks & Currency

The rupee is the official currency of Nepal and normally abbreviated with the sign┬áÔé¿. It is subdivided into 100┬ápaisa. There are coins for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees, and bank notes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000┬árupees (Note: away from major centres, changing an Rs 1000 note can be very difficult, so it is always a good idea to keep a stash of small-denomination notes).

Major international currencies, including the US dollar, Euro and Pounds sterling, are readily accepted.

ATMs
Standard Chartered Bank has ATMs in┬áKathmandu┬áand┬áPokhara; you can get cash advances on both Visa and MasterCard 24 hours a day, though travellers have reported that these machines don’t take cards that run on the Cirrus system. Other banks, such as the Himalaya Bank, also have ATMs but some only accept local cards. Using an ATM attached to a bank during business hours will minimise the hassle in the rare event that the machine eats your card.

Changing money
Official exchange rates are set by the government’s Nepal Rastra Bank and listed in the daily newspapers. Rates at the private banks vary, but are generally not far from the official rate.┬áThere are exchange counters at the international terminal at┬áKathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport and banks and/or moneychangers at the various border crossings.┬áThe best private banks are Himalaya Bank Nepal Bank Ltd and Standard Chartered Bank. Some hotels and resorts are licensed to change money but their rates are lower.

When you change money officially, you are required to show your passport, and you are issued with a foreign exchange encashment receipt showing your identity and the amount of hard currency you have changed. Keep the receipts as you need them to change excess rupees back into hard currency at banks. You can change rupees back into hard currency at most moneychangers without a receipt.

Credit cards
Major credit cards are widely accepted at midrange and better hotels, restaurants and fancy shops in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara only.

Tourists carrying more than US$2,000.00 or equivalent foreign currency are requested to declare in the Custom Declaration Form at the time of arrival in Nepal. Those returning from Nepal with undeclared money exceeding US$2,000.00 or equivalent foreign currency may be interrogated for further legal actions in accordance with Foreign Exchange Regulation Act of Nepal.

Electricity and Converters

Voltage: 220-240 V

Frequency: 50/60 Hz

In Nepal the power sockets used are of type C / D: [ezcol_1half]socket2[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]typeDplug[/ezcol_1half_end]

Language

The basic vocabulary of Nepali is Sanskrit in origin, but over the years the language has also borrowed words from other languages. Nepali is more conservative than other Indo-Aryan languages, borrowing fewer words from other languages and using more words derived from Sanskrit. Written Nepali is mostly influenced by Sanskrit, while spoken Nepali has many loanwords from neighbouring Tibeto-Burmese languages.

Below are a few words and basic phrases in Nepali.

HelloNamastē, नमस्ते
GoodbyeBidā’i, बिदाइ
Thank youDhan’yavāda, धन्यवाद
PleaseKr̥payā, कृपया
YesHō, हो
NoHoēna, होईन
ManManisā, मानिस
WomanMahilā, महिला