A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Nepal
Nepal might be my favourite place, lovely people, stunning ancient cities, and of course the Himalayas. Do not trek alone, there are frequent changes to the paths due to avalanches and some can be risky. If you hear mule bells on a high path hug the wall. The mules coming will push everything out of their way and you want to be on the good side of that. Avoid water that is not bottled or boiled. Avoid raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit as much as possible.
While in Kathmandu be sure to visit Durdur Square, a place dedicated purely to ancient temples. While several of the temples collapsed in the 2015 earthquakes this is still a stunning location. Do not give money to beggars that you see on the streets. Even though they look pitiful, your giving away of money that will probably go to someone else. Be sure to exchange back all the Nepalese currencies before you leave. They are not accepted (or even exchanged for that matter) outside of Nepal. The US Dollar is widely accepted in Nepal so you can usually use that in most places.
Do not fully rely on schedules and times that are committed to you whether in verbal or written while you are in Nepal . They may not commence in time as stated or committed and may end up disrupting all your subsequent schedule. Have time buffer as much as you can between your major plans and activities, especially if you have a hard stop date that you need to fly out by. You can get a visa for Nepal on arrival at the airport, if you are planning to apply for the Visa at the airport, make sure to have passport size photo available. Plan B is to have your photo taken at the booth at the airport.
Now keep in mind that the Nepalese Rupee can not be exchanged outside of Nepal, so unless you want a huge wad of currency you cant use after you leave Nepal, try to only get out what you need. And spend it all before you leave. The Nepalese Rupee is not accepted after you go through the departure gates at the Duty Free shops, so try to spend it before then. The US Dollar is widely accepted in Nepal and you can usually get by using that to avoid any conversion hassles.
The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Nepalese rupee.
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