LOCATION : It borders with Tibet on the north and India in the east, south and the west.
AREA : 147,181 Sq. Kms.
ALTITUDE : FROM 70 Mts. TO 8848 Mts.
CAPITAL : KATHMANDU
POPULATION : 1,84,91,097
LANGUAGE : Nepali is the national language. Educated people understand and speak English as well.
TIME : Nepal time is 05 hrs. and 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes ahead of IST (INDIAN STANDARD TIME).
CLIMATE : Nepal has four major seasons - The winter (December - February), Spring (March - May), Summer (June - August), and Autumn (September - November).
PEOPLE : Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct racial groups - The Indo-Aryans and the Mongoloids. KATHMANDU valley has been the region of confluence of these two groups since historic times. The Nepalese people have culturally inherited the best elements of these ethnic groups making them very lively and their lifestyle very colorful.
RELIGION : Nepal is the only Hindi kingdom in the world. Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the mountains and valleys that make up the geographical shape of the kingdom.
Language : Nepali, the traditional national language, is spoken and understood by nearly everyone except in very remote regions for instance, along the northern border where people speak Tibetan-based dialects). Over 40 different languages and dialects are spoken in Nepal, but most people use Nepali to communicate with members of other ethnic groups.
TRAVEL ROUTE : Royal Nepal Airlines the national flag carrier of Nepal and other International airlines operate scheduled flights to Kathmandu from Bangkok, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Dubai, Dhaka, Paro, Varanasi, Frankfurt, Paris, Hongkong, Karachi, London, Moscow, Singapore & Lhasa. The international Airlines operating their flights to Kathmandu include Aeroflot, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Indian Airlines, Lufthansa, Pakistan International airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai international and Qatar Airways.
INTERNAL TRANSPORT : Royal Nepal Airlines has an extensive network of air services in the interior of Nepal. This include Taplejung, Bhadrapur, Rajbiraj, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Lukla, Lamidanda Tumlingtar, Rumjatar, and Biratnagar in the east; Nepalgunj, Chaurjhari, Surkhet, Dang, Ropla and Jumla, in the Mid-west, and Kolti, Mahendranagar, Dhangadi, Silgadi (Doti), Tikapur, Sanphebagar, Baitadi, and Darchula in the Far-Western Region. Besides Royal Nepal Airlines, the other domestic airlines such as Nepal Airways, Everest Air, Asian Airlines Helicopter, Necon Air provide regular and charter services to different popular domestic destinations.
MOUNTAIN FLIGHT : Royal Nepal Airlines and other domestic Airlines in the private sector also operate breathtaking mountain flights for the tourists round the year.
In addition to metered taxis, limousine service is also available at the airport for transport to major hotels in the city.
OTHER TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS:
Metered taxis having black plates with white figures are available in Kathmandu. Metered tempos (three wheeler Scooter) are also available and are slightly cheaper than taxis, Bicycles, motor cycles and rickshaws are also available on hire. The fare for the bicycles or motorcycles is fixed whereas the fare of rickshaws is to be negotiated. There are regular bus services between the main town of the Kathmandu Valley. The Bus Terminal is located at Gong Abu (new bus terminal) and Bagbazar (old bus terminal).