As you travel around Kathmandu City you may need the services of meter taxis or tempos. A percentage, according to government published rates, is added to the tariff on the meter by tempos. Company taxis provide reliable service and so does the Night Taxi Service, tel: 224374.
Tourists who need information on Nepal can receive free posters and brochures at the Department of Tourism, Babar Mahal, New Road, and also at the office soon to be opened in Thamel. The information counter is open fro Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. On Fridays, it closes at 3 pm. In winter, the department stays open until 4 pm, except on saturdays and fridays.
Travel information centers are also located in Birgunj, 22083; Pokhara, 20028; Bhairawa, 20304; Janakpur, 20755; and Kakarbhitta, 20208.
Casino Nepal, Casina Anna, Casino Everest, and Casino Royale are located in Soaltee Holiday Inn, Hotel Annapurna, Hotel Everest, and Hotel Yak and Yeti, the four five-star hotels of Nepal respectively. They are run by professionals with manu years of international experience and games such as Flush, Roulette, Blackjack and many others entertain visitors. The casinos are open 24 hours a day. Special pick up services are available.
Nepal Grindlays Bank (tel: 415228) and Himalayan Bank (tel: 227749) are both located in Thamel and provide reliable services.
Opening times are as follows:
Himalayan Bank: Sunday to Thursday 10.00am to 3.30 pm Friday 10.00 am to 12.30 pm Nepal Grindlays Bank: Sunday to Thursday 9.45 am to 3.30 pm (winter) 9.45 am to 4.15 (summer) Friday 9.45 am to 12.45 pm (winter) 9.45 am to 1.15 pm (summer)
You may use American Express, Visa, Master Card, Himalayan Bank Card, JCB, and Diner's Club at hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, and carpet and curio shops who are licensed to accept them.
The general post office is located at Sundhara and is open from Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. During winter, the office closes at 12 o'clock, The Foreign Post Section is close to the GPO and is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10.15 am to 1.30 pm. Foreign parcel mailing and receipt services are available untill noon on Fridays.
Antique paintings, valuable manuscripts, and sacred images are checked by the Department of Archaelogy before permission is granted to take these items out of the country. You may get more information from travel agents or craft dealers on this matter. The Custom Department located at Tripureswor will also provide necessary information. Tel: 220363, 215525, 221781.
You are required to pay airport tax of Rs. 600 if departing to SAARC countries and Rs. 700 to other international destinations. Rs. 50 is the domestic airport tax.
Route No. From To 1 City bus park Airport/Maharajgunj 2 City bus park Jorpati/Thali 3 City bus park Sundarijal 4 City bus park Sankhu 5 City bus park Narayansthan 6 City bus park Chhamhasingh 7 Bagabazar Bhaktapur/Kamalbinayak 9 Bagabazar Old Thimi/Bhaktapur 10 Bagabazar New Thimi/Bhaktapur 11 City bus park Panauti 12 City bus park Banepa/Dhulikhel 13 City bus park Godavari 14 City bus park Laganknel 16 Bhaktapur Lagankhel 19 City bus park Kalanki Buspark 20 City bus park Thankot 21 City bus park Kirtipur 22 City bus park Pharping 23 City bus park Balaju 26 City bus park Patan Gate
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