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May
01

A month-long chariot festival to honour Machhendranath, the god of rain. Over the course of a month, a revered statue of the deity is paraded from...

May
17

Buddha’s birthday is celebrated with enthusiasm by Buddhists across Nepal. In Kathmandu, the most animated celebrations are at Bodhnath and...

September
28

The festival of Indra Jatra is intimately linked to the harvest season as devotees give thanks to Indra for rains and good crops. This is one of...

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Nepal Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

147,181 sq km (56,827 sq miles).

Population

30.4 million (2013).

Population density

206.8 per sq km.

Capital

Kathmandu.

Government

Republic.

Head of state

President Ram Baran Yadav since 2008.

Head of government

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala since 2014.

Electricity

230 volts AC, 50Hz. There are frequent power cuts. Plugs usually have two or three round pins.

Soaring ice-topped mountains shimmer with rainbows of prayer flags, while the intense streets of Kathmandu are a ceaseless frenzy of honking mopeds, chattering vendors and garish signs: Nepal is a thoroughly colourful slice of Asia.

If there is a hikers' paradise, then this is it. Nepal's craggy chunk of the Himalayas offers world-class trekking terrain - from leafy Annapurna to distinguished Everest - peppered with rustic mountain villages, and hundreds of undulating trails that have been trodden upon for centuries.

But spiritual and nature-rich Nepal is certainly not only for mountaineers set on scrambling to Everest Base Camp; from the lime-green grasses of Chitwan National Park rustling with the charcoal flash of an Indian rhino, to the eclectic cafés and bohemian vibe of lake-side Pokhara, Nepal is an intriguing and welcoming destination for all.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 17 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Most visits to Nepal are trouble-free.

If you’re trekking, use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk in groups. You should never trek alone.

Nepal is considered to be at high risk of a major earthquake.

All air carriers from Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to safety concerns.

The Monsoon season in Nepal normally runs from June to September and can make travel in rural areas hazardous. Natural disasters.

There is a general threat from terrorism.

Edited by Jane Duru
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