Male

Useful information about Male

  • The Maldives is considered as one of the wonders of the world by travelers. It has tropical warm climate. It has a tradition of welcoming visitors.
  • Maldives is famous for its rare underwater beauty. The profusion of psychedelic colors and the abundance and variety of life underwater have fascinated divers and snorkelers since it was discovered as a diving destination.
  • Friendly nature of Maldivians will make your holiday relaxing and welcoming.
  • There are many schedule flights which travel to Maldives from different parts of the globe, which traveling to Maldives makes it’s much easier. You don’t need a pre-arranged visa to travel to the Maldives. On arrival friendly staff at the Male’ International Airport will issues a 30 day visa for you.
  • It has the best beaches and dive spots. These are just few reasons why you should choose Maldives for your next holiday. When you book your holiday with worldescapes India we will make sure that everything goes smoothly as per your requirement, providing best of worldescapes Services to keep you comfort.
  • If your sole purpose is having an unforgettable surfing adventure our captain will take you there through that nice wave.
  • If you are on a fishing trip then we will make sure that you will get a big catch for that photo moment.
  • You can choose your resorts hotel among the world’s finest but you can still be in the Maldives.

LOCATION
The Republic of Maldives is a group of coral islands in the Indian Ocean to the west of India and Sri Lanka on the equator. The group of low lying islands consists of about 1200 islands, some smaller than a football field and some of the largest 1- 2 miles long. Only about 200 of these islands are inhabited by a population of about 250,000.

GEOGRAPHY
The Republic of Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean about 417 mi (671 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. Its 1,190 coral islets stretch over an area of 35,200 sq mi (90,000 sq km). With global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level.

CLIMATE
The Maldives enjoy warm tropical temperatures year round, and a great deal of sunshine. Local weather is affected by monsoons, with May to September being the wet season; seas can be rough and winds brisk. Severe weather conditions are rare; however, Indian Ocean cyclones do reach the islands on occasion.

CULTURE
Diverse and colorful, the culture of Maldives enwraps you in a pleasant mist of traditional color and sea charm. The genesis of Maldivian culture is cloaked in mystery and the vibrant culture of Maldives traces its roots to the colorful traditions of the diverse communities that have made this stunning paradise their home. Dhivehi is the most commonly spoken language in Maldives and is an integral part of the culture of Maldives, though there are several dialects that are spoken in different atolls all over Maldives. A land of festivities, Maldives celebrates all the festivals that feature on the traditional Muslim calendar. Islam is an inseparable part of the culture of Maldives.

Tour the local cemeteries and feast your eyes on profusely carved tombstones that adorn the graves, shop for souvenirs carved and shaped with skill. Buy tortoise shell ornaments, red mats, lacquer ware, pillboxes and flower vases as you tour the bustling local bazaars. Boat building is of course an important part of local culture of Maldives. See craftsmen at work as they create sturdy dhonis or fishing boats on your tours to tropical Maldives with Tourism in Maldives.

Enjoy local music and folk performances as you experience the vibrant culture of glorious Maldives. Tour the local mosques and be charmed at the calligraphy on their walls and be a part of the close-knit community where every family knows each other on the island.

Ramadan and Kuda Eid are among the most important festivals that are celebrated with pomp in Maldives. Tourism in Maldives takes you on a joy trip to this glorious tropical land located on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Local Time : GMT + 5 hours

Business Hours : Bank Hours Sunday to Thursday 7.30am – 2.30pm

Office Hours : Sunday to Thursday 7.30am – 2.30pm (public), 9am – 5pm (private)

Shop Hours As a general guideline : 9am – 12 noon; 2pm – 6.30pm; 8pm – 10pm (2pm to 6.30pm on Fridays). Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.

No prior visas are required, a tourist visa of 30 days will be granted to all visitors with valid travel documents provided the embarkation/disembarkation cards are filled properly As Maldives is a Muslim country, dogs, pigs/pork products, and pornography are forbidden. Alcohol cannot be imported without an official license, if imported without a license it should be declared at the customs and will be returned to you on departure. Wide ranges of alcoholic drinks are available in the resorts. Narcotic Drugs are strictly prohibited; the penalty for importing drug for any purpose is life imprisonment

Maldives weather is generally warm and humid. Sun shines all year through. Average temperature around 25 – 32 degrees Celsius. You will get an excellent amount of sun light throughout the year

The Maldives have a hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July. The temperature rarely falls below 25°C (77°F). The best time to visit is November to April.

Lightweight cottons and linens throughout the year. Light waterproofs are advised during the rainy season

Island Hopping
In an ‘island hopping’ excursion resorts or cruise boats may take you to another resort island or inhabited island or uninhabited island for a day or a half day tour. These trips will give you the taste of local island life. Sometimes you may get the opportunity to snorkel or enjoy a barbecue in one of these islands.

Some local islands offer special crafts and souvenirs for the tourist which you may be able to buy during these island hopping tours.

Excursions to the capital island Malé are organized by resorts or cruise boats on a regular basis. The resorts in Malé atoll have this as a fixture in their weekly activities. Other resorts in outer atolls may also offer opportunities to visit the capital. Malé is the commercial and political hub of the Maldives. There are places of interests in the capital worth having a visit to.

Water sports in the Maldives are a big attraction for adventurous tourists. While scuba diving remains a perennial favorite, with the Maldives rated among the best diving destinations in the world, the Maldives has a host of other options too.

While on holiday in the Maldives, you can indulge in a range of water sports and beach activities in Maldives. You can laze on the pristine white sand, you can build sandcastles on the beach; get a suntan or a massage from a beach masseur. You can swim in the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean; you can go snorkeling out along the coast, or try surfing along the rolling waves coming in from the sea, beyond the coral lagoons of the Maldives.

Windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, catamaran rides, speed boating and parasailing are other options for water sports in Maldives. If you love being near or in the sea, there’s no better place than the Maldives, where over a thousand uninhabited islands await your visit

Today best season to surf in the Maldives is the southwest Monsoon from April to October. Surfers are most likely to enjoy the biggest swells from June to September. The surf generally ranges in size from 3 -8 feet.

The best known surf breaks are in the North and South Male’ Atoll and most surfers stay in resorts close to these breaks. However cruise operators offer specialized surfing cruises, that give you the opportunity to test some of the less known surf breaks in the atolls further away from Male’ Atoll

Maldives is home to some of the most diverse marine fauna and flora in the world. Tens of thousands of reefs, a thousand recorded species of fish, over two hundred species of coral and hundreds more species of other marine life, no wonder many see this as one of the greatest dive destination on earth

Encases the road is blocked by landslides / flash floods or snow between Lhasa and Tibet / Nepal border (Kodari) as well as between Kodari to Kathmandu, or vice versa, additional transportation / rental expenses incurred for local transportation will be borne by the passenger directly.

Note that it is advisable to keep U.S. $ 40.00 net per person in portering and contingencies.

Mountain bikes are cheap and common bikes and the best way of transportation for economy tourists. One can hire in Thamel, Rani Pokhari and Jhochhen.

Day long distance night bus services are available from Kathmandu to all cities of Nepal. A new bus park has been built in Gongabu on the ring road near Balaju from where the different destinations. Six seater Tata Sumo van, van 12 seater, air conditioning, mini-bus are also available for long distance travel

Credit cards and foreign currency Payment in hotels, travel agencies and airlines are made in foreign currency. Credit cards such as American Express, Master and Visa are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants. Remember to keep the receipt for payment of Foreign Exchange, while foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepalese rupees. The receipts may be needed to change left-over Nepalese Rupees into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank. ATM is widely used in Kathmandu. Major banks, hotels and exchange counters at Tribhuvan Airport provide services for exchanging foreign currency.

The exchange rates are published in English dailies like The Himalayan Times, The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post. NRs are in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 10 paisa, 25 and 50. One rupee is equal to 100 paisa. The Indian currency: banknotes of 10, 20, 50 100 are valid in Nepal.

Nepal is five hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT.
Business hours within the Valley: Government offices are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday in the Kathmandu Valley. Outside the Kathmandu Valley it opens on Sunday also. Banks are open from Sunday through Friday from 10 am to 3:30 pm. open until 12 pm until Friday. Most business offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 10 am and close at 8 pm and are usually closed on Saturdays.

Business hours outside the Valley: Government offices outside Kathmandu valley open from 10 am to 5 pm from Sunday to Thursday. Fridays are open until 3 pm. Banks are open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. On Fridays, banks remain open until 12 pm only. Sales offices are open from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday through Friday. Embassies and international organizations are open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Most shops open after 10 am and close at 8 pm and are usually closed on Saturdays.
Holidays: Nepal observes numerous holidays, at least a couple in a month. So please check the holiday calendar. Government offices observe all the national holidays and banks observe most of them. Businesses observe major holidays only

Postal Services: The Central Post Office near Dharahara Tower, is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The counters are open from 7 am to 4 pm and provide stamps, postcards and aerogrammes. Remaining message is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm Express Mail Service (EMS) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.

Telephone Services: Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation in Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance calls.

Internet Services: Several Internet cafes and communication centers have opened up in the Valley and around the country in recent years. Visitors only have to find a place where they feel more comfortable to access the facilities to keep in touch with home. Email services and Internet are also offered by hotels.

Media: Nepali media has accelerated light years in just a few years and it used to be a controlled and tight knit community, is so no more. The government audio and television news networks are Radio and Television of Nepal, Nepal, respectively. However, numerous FM radio stations and upcoming regional television stations are dominating the market. Major newspapers are Gorkhapatra and Kantipur Nepali, while English dailies are The Rising Nepal, The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan. A number of other newspapers and magazines are also available.

Electricity: major cities have electricity and the voltage available is 220 volts and 50 cycles. Load shedding is sometimes experienced. However, most major hotels have installed their own generators

Insurance
A travel insurance policy that covers the treatment of theft, loss and the doctor recommended. Make sure the insurance also covers the activities carried out during your stay in Nepal such as trekking or river rafting. Immunization
Nepal does not require any particular vaccine for visiting. Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis binding globulin, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and Gamma should be considered for your trip. Please consult your doctor and get a complete check before departure.

  • The form of greeting in Nepal is "NAMASTE" and is performed by joining the palms.
  • Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and stupa remember to remove your shoes.
  • Do not touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offense among Nepalese.
  • While traveling dress appropriately. Women in particular should avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
  • Request permission before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners or non-Hindus to enter.
  • leather goods are prohibited to be taken inside the temple compound.
  • Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
  • Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
  • Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk with the people of Nepal and respect their local customs.
  • Please ensure that all your travel documents, including passports, visas and tickets are in order and by hand before leaving for the airport. Take special care to keep your documents safe throughout the journey.