Practical Information

KIBS Location

KIBS is situated in Kirtipur, a small ancient town, 5 km southwest of Kathmandu, just past the prestigious Tribhuvan University.

KIBS is ideally located on a hilltop, with a relatively mild and cool weather throughout the year and surrounded by private housing apartments. From the institute, one will be able to enjoy a scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the snowy mountains. Students will be immersed into a peaceful and tranquil environment, allowing them to focus on their studies and practices.

How To Get to KIBS

The only international airport is the Tribhuvan Airport . Students or guests coming from overseas can take a taxi from the airport or from anywhere in Kathmandu . As KIBS is situated on a new road, the road name may not be familiar to all taxi drivers. However, most of them would know where it is if you refer to it as "the new gompa (monastery) in Kirtipur". The ride is about 20 minutes from the airport / Thamel, 30 minutes from Boudhanath.

Dharma Chakra on the Roof of the Institute

Alternatively, you could request for KIBS to help you arrange for the transportation from the airport to the Institute, but please make the request at least two weeks in advance.

Shopping Location

There is a nearby town ('Narya Bazaar' meaning 'the new market') via a 15 minute walk where students can obtain all their daily needs, e.g. toiletries, pharmaceuticals, stationery, foods, etc. Alternatively, students can also visit other shopping areas in Kathmandu during the weekends.

For the convenience of the students, the cafeteria in KIBS also supply few items of normal daily needs.

Please note that there may be limited choices and most of the goods are locally / Indian / China made.

Cleanliness, Neatness and Quietude

The institute is a place for all. Students and residents are expected to help to maintain the cleanliness and neatness of the institute and its premises.

Climate

Locating on a hilltop, the weather at KIBS is pleasant throughout the year, though the night during winter can be quite cold for many of us.

Below is the typical climate of the Kathmandu valley :

  • February - April (Spring), the tail end of the dry season is the second-best period to visit Kathmandu: visibility is not so good because of dust, but the weather is warm and many of Nepal 's wonderful wild flowers are in bloom.
  • May - August (Summer) are generally too hot and dusty for comfort, and the monsoon from mid-June to September obscures the mountains in cloud and turns trails and roads to mud.
  • September - November (Autumn) begins with the end of Monsoon and ends with beginning of winter in November. It is also a festival season. You can enjoy lots of green and blue sky. Best season for out door activities like trekking, rafting, and wild life jungle safari.
  • November - February (Winter), the climate and visibility are good but it can be chilly. Winter days are also dry days with a few rains. The typical day of Kathmandu valley in winter season is as warm as 20 degree Celsius in a sunny days but night temperature falls below freezing.

Clothing

Casual but modest clothing is recommended in the institute. Students coming during winter should bring along some warm clothing (like wind breaker, thermal wear, jacket) although you can also get them at reasonable rate in Kathmandu . You might also want to bring along a sleeping bag (if you have one), especially if you are traveling outside Kathmandu during the term holiday.

For warmer months, light clothing for the daytime and a lighter jacket for the evening are recommended.

Accommodation

Lodging during term time is available in the Institute; rooms are double-occupancy with private bathrooms. Allocation of rooms will be on based on registration number and availability. Occupancy of rooms is single gender except for married couples.

Garden with Administration Building

Bedding (pillows, mattresses, blanket and bed sheets) will be provided, but please bring along a sleeping bag to keep warm during the cold weather. Heater will only be available on request and a small sum will be collected to cover the utility cost. Occupants are expected to maintain the cleanliness of the rooms themselves.

Lodging in the Institute during semester breaks have to be registered separately, at least 2 weeks before the break starts. Alternatively, you could check out some hotels according to your budget from the following websites:

Health Issues and Medical Care

Medical care in Nepal is limited and is generally incomparable to Western standards. Serious illnesses often require evacuation to the nearest adequate medical facility (in Singapore, Bangkok or New Delhi ). Alternative medical care like Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda, commonly used by the locals, are readily available.

Immunizations recommended for travelers to Nepal can be found at the website: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/immune/index.html

For a more comprehensive medical advice for travelers, the Travel Medicine Centre in Kathmandu has an informative website: http://www.ciwec-clinic.com/

Students who need to take own prescribed medicine of certain brand, we recommend that you bring get enough supply for your stay in the Nepal.

Visa Requirements

In order to enter into Nepal , a passport and visa are required. Tourists may also purchase two-month, single entry visas or two-month, multiple entry visas upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu . You may bring along several passport-sized photos for the visas, to avoid the long queue for photo-taking at the airport.

Upon departure from Tribhuvan International Airport , all foreigners must pay an airport exit tax, regardless of the length of their stay.

Tourists may stay in Nepal no longer than 150 days in any given calendar year.

All extension of visa can be applied at the Department of Immigration, located at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu.

Tel : +977-1-4223590 / 4222453 / 4223681/ 4221996 / 4224757

Fax : +977-1-4223127

Email : deptimi@ntc.net.np

Web : http://www.immi.gov.np

Department of Immigration Office Hours

Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. in summer

9:00 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. in winter (Mid-November to mid-February)

All extension of visa can be applied at the Department of Immigration, located at Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu.

Department of Immigration Application Hours

Monday to Friday : 9:00 a.m. - 15:00 p.m. in summer

9:00 a.m. - 14:00 p.m. in winter

Web : http://www.immi.gov.np

Financial Matters

Major international currencies (US dollars, pounds sterling, etc.) are readily accepted. There are money exchange counters at Kathmandu 's Tribhuvan airport and banks. Some hotels and resorts are also licensed to change money. Rates and commissions vary from place to place, so it pays to shop around.

There also licensed moneychangers in Kathmandu , where the rates are marginally better than the banks, but the commissions are higher, so check before changing. The advantage of the moneychangers over the banks is that they have much longer opening hours (typically from 9am to 7pm, seven days a week, as compared to the usual banking hours of 10am to 2pm Sunday to Thursday, and until noon on Friday).

Nepal Grindlays Bank has ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara, from which you can get cash advances on both Visa and MasterCard, at no charge. These ATMs are accessible 24 hours a day.

Money transfers from overseas can be very time-consuming, if you do not follow the right steps. Ensure that you know which bank the money is going to, make sure they have your name exactly right. If possible, ensure that you are notified of the transfer at the same time as the bank. More importantly, check that your bank has links with a bank in Nepal and does not have to operate through an intermediary. You should also check with your bank if you can access money that has been deposited by someone at home into your account; and if so, how soon you can access it.

Communication and Personal Devices

Local calls can be made using the phones in the Institute. Long distance call can be made from the nearby town (10 mins walk). You can also bring along your mobile phone and subscribe to the local phone service or use it via a prepaid card. Email service is available at KIBS' cybercafe. Alternatively, it is readily available at the Internet cafes in the town nearby.

You may find it convenient to bring along your own laptop for private use. However, there will be no Internet connection available.

Please bear in mind that the Institute bears no responsibility for the loss of any personal belonging. Hence, please take good care of them, especially these technologically-advanced items.