AND OFFICE HOURS
business hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. In
winter, government offices close one hour earlier,
at 4 p.m.. All offices are closed on Saturdays.
Banks do business from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from
Sunday to Thursday (winter months until 2:30 p.m.)
and from 9 a.m. to 1. p.m. on Fridays.
monetary unit is the Nepalese Rupee. Bank notes in
the denominationof rupees 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50,
100, 500 and 1000 are in circulation. Coinsfrom 5
paise to 5 rupee are also in circulation.
currency should be exchanged only through
authorised exchange centres, i.e. banks and
hotels. Foreign exchange encashment receipts are
issued when converting foreign currency. These
should be retained as they will be required to
obtain trekking permits, visa extensions and to
convert surplus rupees on departure.
Master Card and American Express Card are accepted
at major hotels,restaurants and carpet shops. Most
of the commercial banks and AmericanExpress Office
provide services for these cards.
baggage must be declared and cleared through the
customs at theport of entry. Foreign visitors can
bring in 200 cigarettes, 50 cigarsand one bottle
liquor duty free. There are restrictions on
exporting certainitems of archaeological or
historical value, antiques and precious andsemi-precious
stonnes. Such items bought by visitors must be
checked andcleared by the Department of
Archaeology before shipment out of Nepal.