Sunday, March 20, 2016

How to Find a Toilet in Kathmandu

People often remark on the lack of infrastructure in Nepal and I agree. Sometimes even finding a clean toilet can be a problem. I’ve learned a few tricks during my 7 years in Nepal; this is one of them.

First, you can ask to use the toilet anywhere and no one ever seems to mind, however, you will find toilets locked in many businesses. Someone will be happy to provide you with a key.

You will come upon some toilets that are monitored by a woman who sits there and expects 5-20 rupees per use. Sometimes these toilets are a bit cleaner, but not always.

The cleanest toilets are at banks. I was quite surprised to find a condom dispenser of free condoms in the ladies toilet in the Standard Chartered Bank in New Banaswhor, but it’s the same with most toilets at banks. This is usually convenient, but keep in mind that banks close early on Friday and there are many holidays. 

The city of Kathmandu has recently started providing mobile toilets in enclosed trucks in the busy, Ratna Park, City Center and along the highway. I recently decided to stop in to check one of these portable facilities. It was quite nice and clean and even had soap. 

If you are a budget traveler you will find most guest houses do not provide toilet paper. If you buy this kind of paper you can save the last half and easily tuck it into your pocket or purse. In my first 5 years I'd only seen 3-4 toilets with toilet paper on the roll, but it's much better now. Yes, you can buy one roll at a time.

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