Nepali time, also known as Nepal Standard Time is a time zone of Nepal, which is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (+5.75 hr / UTC+5:45), as it sets the meridian of Nepal Standard Time at Gaurishankar, a mountain east of Kathmandu valley.

Time zone abbreviation:NST
Time zone name:Nepal Standard Time
Time offset:UTC/GMT+05:45
Observe DST:No
Current Time:

It is used throughout the country, including in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu.


While almost all the countries in the world has hourly time zones (some are half-hourly), Nepal is one of only two places in the world that has a quarter hourly time zone, the other being the Chatham Islands (although Eucla in Western Australia unofficially uses GMT+8:45).

In Nepali culture, time is seen as a relative concept, and punctuality is not always emphasized in the same way as it is in other cultures. Despite this, Nepali time is still an important aspect of daily life and is used to schedule appointments, meetings, and other events.

In addition to its use in Nepal, Nepali time is also used by some communities in neighboring countries, including India and Tibet. This helps to maintain consistency in scheduling and coordination among people who travel frequently between these areas.

Overall, Nepali time plays an important role in the daily lives of Nepali people and helps to keep the country running smoothly by providing a common reference for scheduling and coordination.