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Embassies & Consulates in Kathmandu
Australia
4371678
Japan
4426680
Austria
4434891
Maldives
4223803
Belgium
4228952
N. Korea
5521855
Brazil
5527223
New Zealand
4412436
Canada
4415193
Norway
5545307
Chile
4221585
Poland
4250004
China
4411740 / 4416485
Russia
4412155
Denmark
4413010 / 4413020
S. Korea
4270172
Finland
4417221
Spain
4470770
France
4418034
Sweden
4220939
Germany
4416832
Switzerland
5538488
Holland
5523444
Thailand
4371410
Hungary
5522871
Turkey
4490248
Iceland
4415557
UK
4411590
Israel
4411811
USA
4411179 / 4412718
 
 
 
 
Language
Nepali is the national language of Nepal. Educated people understand and speak English as well. There are hundreds of local dialects spoken by people from various ethnic groups.
 
Climate
Nepal has four major seasons, namely, (1) Winter: December-February, (2) Spring: March-May, (3) Summer: June-August and (4) Autumn: September-November. Nepal can be visited all the year round.
 
People & Religion
Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Nepal is the only Hindu Kingdom in the world. Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the Light of Asia. Hindus and Buddhists live together in harmony. Muslims, Christians and other nature worshippers, too, exist.

The country can be divided into three main geographic regions:
 
Himalayan Region: The altitude of this region ranges between 4877 meters and 8848 meters with the snow line running around 48848 meters. It includes 8 of the existing 14 summits in the world which exceed an altitude of 8000 meters. They represent. (1) Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) 8848 m, (2) Kangchenjunga - 8586 m, (3) Lhotse - 8516m, Makalu - 8463m, (5) ChoOyo- 8201m, (6) Dhaulagiri - 8167m, (7) Manaslu - 8163m, and Annapurna- 8091 m.
 
Mountain Region: This region accounts for about 64 percent to total land area. It is formed by the Mahabharat range that soars upto 4877 meters. To its south lies the lower Churia range whose altitude varies from 610 meters to 1524 meters.
Terai Region: The low-land Terai region which has a width of about 26 to 32 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 305 meters, which occupies about 17% of total land area of the country. Kechanakawal the lowest point of the country with an altitude of 70 meters lies in Jhapa District of the eastern Terai.
 
Currency & Foreign Exchange

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in 5 paisa, 10p, 25p, Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations.
 
Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transaction are to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival. Visitors other than the Indian nationals have to make the payment in foreign currency (non-Indian currency) in hotel, trekking agencies or travel agencies.
Money changers are open normally 8am to 8pm everyday. Banks are open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.
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