Nepal and Israel established diplomatic relations on 1st June, 1960. The Government of the State of Israel established a residential Mission in Kathmandu in 1961. The Embassy of Nepal in Egypt was concurrently accredited to the State of Israel until the opening of the residential mission in Tel Aviv. Following the decision of the Government of Nepal, constituted after the success of historic Peoples' Movement 2006, to have a residential embassy established in Israel, the Embassy of Nepal came into being on 13 August, 2007. The establishment of a residential embassy in Tel Aviv underscores the importance of evolving multidimensional relations between Nepal and Israel. The Embassy is located in Tel Aviv Yafo.
In addition to the State of Israel, the Embassy of Nepal in Tel Aviv is concurrently accredited to the Republic of Cyprus.
Embassy of Nepal
2 Kaufman St.
Tel Aviv 68012.
Tel: +972(0)3 510 0111
Fax: +972(0)3 516 7965
Opening hours: Sunday through Thursday
9:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:30 (summer), 9:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:30 (winter)
Sunday through Thursday
10:00 - 14:00 hrs.
Pick-up time – shall be informed at the time of submission of application. Usually the Embassy will try its best to process such applications the next working day. Please give a call to the Embassy before coming to submit or pick up the documents to avoid inconvenience in case of irregular public holidays or the concerned officials may be deputed in field work.
The application processing time for other consular services for Nepalese nationals would vary depending upon the volume of applications and the specific nature of the services. It takes 7 business days to process documents related to recruitment of Nepalese workers after the application is received. However, if further verification of documents is needed, it depends on how early the Embassy receives response from the agencies concerned in Nepal.
These timings don't apply to those services, which have to be referred to Nepal Government in Kathmandu and necessary approval is required.
The Embassy observes some of the Israeli as well as national holidays of Nepal. (See List of Holidays in the home page)
From Ben Gurion International Airport
From Tel Aviv Central Bus Station (Takhana Markajit)
From Tel Aviv Central Train Station
From the City Center (Dizengoff Center)
From Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheva, Ashkelon and other long distance cities and places, follow the instruction from Tel Aviv Central Bus Station (Takhana Markajit)
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Diplomatic Personnel in the Embassy:
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Mr. Rameswor Paudel ,Charge d'Affaires a.i. Counsellor
Mr. Harihar Kant Poudel, First Secretary
Ms. Astha Subba, Second Secretary
Mr. Kamal Prasad Koirala, Attaché
Mr. Bhoj Kumar Bhattarai, Attache
Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources and bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meters, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in climatic conditions from Sub-tropical to Arctic.
Nepal – occupying only 0.1% of the earth – is home to:
Country Name: Official: Federal Democratic Republic. Commonly used: Nepal
The Northern Himalayan People
In the northern region of the Himalayas are the Tibetan-speaking groups namely Sherpas, Dolpas, Lopas, Baragaonlis, Manangis. The Sherpas are mainly found in the east in the Solu and Khumbu region; the Baragaonlis and Lopas live in the semi-deserted areas of Upper and Lower Mustang in the Tibetan rain-shadow area; the Manangis live in Manang district area; while the Dolpas live in Dolpa district of West Nepal, one of the highest settlements on earth at 4,000 meters.
The Middle Hills and Valley People
Several ethnic groups live together in harmony in the middle hills and valleys. Among them are the Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Sunuwars, Newars, Thakalis, Chepangs and majority of Brahmans and Chhetris. The Brahmans and Chhetris have long dominance in all pervading social, religious and political realms. There are also some occupational castes namely: Damai (tailor), Sarki (cobbler), Kami (blacksmith) and Sunar (goldsmiths). Though, there exist numerous dialects, the language of unification is the national language, Nepali.
Ethnic Diversity in the Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley represents a cultural cauldron of the country, where, people from varied backgrounds have come together to present a melting pot. The natives of the Kathmandu Valley are the Newars. Newari culture is an integration of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The Newars of Kathmandu Valley were traders or farmers by occupation in the old days.
The Terai People
The main ethnic groups in Terai are Tharus, Darai, Kumhal, Majhi and other groups that have roots in India. They speak north Indian dialects like Maithili, Bhojpuri. Owing to the fertile plains of Terai, most inhabitants live on agriculture. There are, however, some occupational castes like Majhi (fisherman), Kumhal (potter) and Danuwar (cart driver).
Nepali art has been deeply influenced by religion since very early times. Early art of Nepal can be seen as stone sculpture and temple architecture. Other art include Newari Pauva and Tibetan Thanka paintings, wood and metal crafts, ceramics and clay pots, textiles, paper, Tibetan carpet, music and literature. Contemporary Nepali art represents two distinct segments, traditional idealistic paintings and the contemporary western style works. The contemporary painting is specially noted for either nature based compositions or compositions based on Tantric elements or social themes. Nepali painters have also earned international reputation for abstract works based on these themes.
Kathmandu Valley houses a number of museums and art galleries displaying art work of the past and present. Some are: The National Museum at Chhauni, Museums at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Museum of Natural History at Swayambhu, National Library at Puchowk, Kaiser Library at Thamel, National Birendra Art Gallery at Naxal, Asa Archives at Tangal, National Art Gallery at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, National Woodworking Museum at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bronze and Brass Museum at Bhaktapur, Nepal National Ehnographic Museum at Bhrikuti Mandap. Museums outside the Kathmandu Valley are such: Dhakuta Museum, Hattisar Museum in Bhimphedi, Mustang Eco Museum in Jomsom, Tharu Cultural Museum in Thakurdwara and International Mountain Museum in Pokhara.
Commerce has been a major occupation in Nepal since early times. Being situated at the crossroads of the ancient trans-Himalayan trade route, trading is second nature to the Nepali people. Foreign trade is characterized mainly by import of manufactured products and export of agricultural raw materials. Nepal imports manufactured goods and petroleum products worth about US$ 1 billion annually. The value of exports is about US$ 315 million. Carpets are Nepal's largest export, earning the country over US$ 135 million per year. Garment exports account for more than US$ 74 million and handicraft goods bring in about US$ 1 million. Other important exports are pulses, hides and skins, jute and medicinal herbs.
Manufacturing is still at the developmental stage and it represents less than 10 percent of the GDP. Major industries are carpets, garments, textiles, etendoir a linge, leather products, paper and cement. Other products made in Nepal are steel utensils, cigarettes, beverages and sugar. There are many modern large-scale factories but the majority are cottage or small scale operations. Most of Nepal's industries are based in the Kathmandu Valley and a string of small towns in the southern Terai plains.
Eight out of 10 Nepalese are engaged in farming and it accounts for more than 40 percent of the GDP. Rolling fields and neat terraces can be seen all over the Terai flatlands and the hills of Nepal. Even in the highly urbanized Kathmandu Valley, large tracts of land outside the city areas are devoted to farming. Rice is the staple diet in Nepal and around three million tons are produced annually. Other major crops are maize, wheat, millet and barley. Besides food grains, cash crops like sugarcane, oil seeds, tobacco, jute and tea are also cultivated in large quantities.
Nepal is a developing country with an agricultural economy. In recent years, the country's efforts to expand into manufacturing industries and other technological sectors have achieved much progress. Farming is the main economic activity followed by manufacturing, trade and tourism. The chief sources of foreign currency earnings are remittance from the overseas workers, merchandise export, services, tourism and Gurkha remittances. The annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is about US$ 4.3 billion.
Kantipur - A Nepali language daily newspaper published in Kathmandu
The Rising Nepal - Government-owned English-language daily in Kathmandu
The Himalayan Times
The Kathmandu Post - Kathmandu Post is an English-language daily published in Kathmandu
Gorkhapatra - Government-owned Nepali daily
NepalNews.Com - News from Nepal As it happens.
Annapurna Post - Nepali Daily newspaper published in Kathmandu.
enepalnews.com - Daily newspaper related to Nepal.
freenepal.com - SWATANTRA NEPAL - GLOBAL NETWORK OF DAILY NEPALI NEWS, LITERATURE, ART AND CULTURE
Himal Khabar - Daily newspaper by Himalmedia.
Nepal Democracy - Information on Nepali politics, government and civil society.
Newslook - Nepal's First Online Newsmagazine, On the Web since 1999.
Sandhya Times - Daily in Newari published in Kathmandu
(April 13, 2012 – April 13, 2013 A.D.)
1 April 13, 2012 (2069, Baishakh 01) FridayNew Year’s Day 2. May 01, (Baishakh 19) TuesdayWorkers’ Day (May Day)3. May 06, (Baishakh 24) SundayGautam Buddha’s Birthday, Buddha Poornima(Ubhauli: Kirant, Rai, Limbu)4. May 28, (Jestha 15) MondayRepublic Day5. August 02, (Shrawan 18) ThursdayJanai Poornima/Raksha Bandhan6. August 09, (Shrawan 25) ThursdayShrikrishna Janmashtami/Gaura Parba7. September 18, (Ashwin 02) TuesdayHaritalika Teej- Festival (For women only)8. September 20, (Ashwin 04) ThursdayRishi Panchami (For women only)9. October 16, (Aswin 30) TuesdayGhatasthapana - Dashain Festival10. October 21, (Kartik 05) SundayPhulpati - Dashain Festival11. October 22, (Kartik 06) MondayMaha Ashtami - Dashain Festival12. October 23, (Kartik 07) TuesdayMaha Nawami - Dashain Festival13. October 24, (Kartik 08) WednesdayBijaya Dashami - Dashain Festival14. October 25, (Kartik 09) ThursdayEkadashi - Dashain Festival15. October 26, (Kartik 10) FridayDwadashi- Dashain Festival16. October 29, (Kartik 13) MondayKojagrat Poornima- Dashain Festival17. November 13, (Kartik 28) TuesdayLaxmi Pooja/Deepawali - Tihar Festival18. November 14, (Kartik 29) WednesdayGobardhan /Mha Pooja/ Nepal Sambat- Tihar Festival19. November 15, (Kartik 30) ThursdayBhai Tika (Brother’s Festival) - Tihar Festival20. November 19, (Mangshir 04) MondayChhath- Festival21. December 25, (Paush 10) TuesdayChristmas Day22. December 28, (Paush 13) FridayUdhauli Pooja/Mangsir Poornima/Yomari Punhi23. December 30, (Poush 15) SundayTamu Lhoshar -Festival24. January 14, 2013 (Magh 01) MondayMaghi Parba- Festival25. January 29, (Magh 16) TuesdayMartyrs’ Day (Shaheed Diwas)26. February 11, (Magh 29) MondaySonam Lhoshar –Festival27. February 18, (Phalgun 07) MondayNational Democracy Day28. March 08, (Falgun 25) FridayInternational Women’s Day29. March 10, (Phalgun 27) SundayMaha Shivaratri30. March 12, (Falgun 29) TuesdayGhyalwo Lhoshar- (Himalayan Sherpa community)31. March 26, (Chaitra 13) TuesdayPhagu Purnima- Holi Festival (for Hill region)32. March 27, (Chaitra 14) WednesdayPhagu Purnima- Holi (for 20 Tarai-Madhesh districts
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