DOC’S TIP OF THE WEEK
JAPANESE ALPS culture is the perfect way to start. Parts of World Heritage-listed Durbar Square, in front of the royal palace, are still under reconstruction after the 2015 earthquake but its temples, idols, open courts and fountains are still worth a visit.
Julie also recommends a Nepali cooking class – Urban Adventures (urbanadventures.com) has a fourhour tour that visits Seven Women, a social enterprise which helps local disadvantaged women, and all of the $90 cost goes to them. Julie also loves Garden of Dreams (also known as the Garden of Six Seasons), an immaculate garden built in 1920 in Kaiser Mahal. Entry cost is about $2 and it’s open daily, 9am to 10pm.
You can also climb the stairs at Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), a site for ancient religious temples and shrines atop a hill in the Kathmandu
west of the city.OAnftFearcDebeOlhOi,k Julie recommends a short-stay Wendy Wu tour (wendywutours.com.au/ india) called Delhi to the Taj Mahal – designed to take in the iconic sites and treasures of India. All arrangements are taken care of, including a guide with local knowledge.
SPENDING IT UP IN ITALIA
My family and I are heading to Italy for three weeks and I would like to know the best way to take spending money. With all the bank fees, am I better off taking traveller’s cheques, currency or just using my credit card from my bank?
Loading euros onto a currency card is a way to use your money, with no fees. I am a fan of NAB prepaid traveller cards as you can load your money onto it, and transfer it back if you have any left after your trip – or save the card, and money, for the next holiday. It doesn’t cost anything – just use it as you would any EFTPOS savings card – and it’s accepted everywhere, but do keep in mind international ATMs may charge a small fee. You don’t have to be an NAB customer to get one, and branches can issue them on the spot.
I would alsOontaFkaecesebvOeOrkal hundred euros in cash, in small notes for incidentals, tipping and just to have money on hand. For large purchases – accommodation or car rental, for example – use your credit card. Just double check with your bank that the international fee isn’t exorbitant.
A regional rail pass offers modest value for travel to Hakuba, in the Japanese Alps; explore the Garden of Dreams, an oasis in Kathmandu, Nepal; shop with a prepaid traveller card in Italy.