Some Useful Tips

Some Useful Tips

Do’s And Don’ts

The Nepalese people are friendly and hospitable by nature and the tourists in general will have no difficulty in adjustment. With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. At the same, one may be confused regarding some customs, traditions and manners as in coming into any unfamiliar society. Nepal like any other country has its own ways of regulating life though it might be different in degrees to each individual visitor. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white Himalayas and sparkling rivers, it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country. Here is a list of things which may be helpful to you.

  • The form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” and is performed by joining the palms together.
  • While travelling, dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
  • We are hard on drug abuse; trafficking and possession of drugs are taken as serious offences.
  • Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
  • Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may mean “Yes”.

Religious Way Of Life

Religion is an integral and deep-rooted part of Nepalese life. Temples, images, sacred paintings are to be seen everywhere. Majorities of the people in Nepal are Hindus but Buddhism also has an important place in this country. Hinduism and Buddhism are closely connected in Nepal and it would take a lifetime’s study to understand the complexities of the country’s religious life. Some hints regarding religious matters. Visitors to Hindu temples or Buddhist shrines are expected to be unshod as a mark of respect.

  • Seek permission first before entering a temple. Some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a Nepalese temple and stupa.
  • Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside the temple precinct.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on the way to shrines.
  • Beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • No female animal is killed for food.
  • Walking around temples or stupa is traditionally done clockwise.
  • It is better to ask authorized persons for permission before using a camera for temples, stupa and monuments.

Social Outlook

Since the majority of our people live in rural areas, their outlook to life is simple and traditional. In fact, they take special delight in the company of foreign visitors but there are certain things that are alien or embarrassing to Nepalese people. We want the visitors to observe and see the ways of Nepalese people and share with them. Here are few things to keep in mind.

  • Do not be offended if a Nepalese lady hesitates to shake hands. In Nepal, normally women, do not shake hands when they greet one another.
  • Public display of affection between man and woman is frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our culture.
  • Before entering a Nepalese home, remember to remove your shoes.
  • Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.
  • In typical and traditional Nepali houses, plates, knives, forks and spoons may be absent from the dinner table. While eating, Nepalese people use their right hand. However, the guests are not to sue forks and spoons.
  • Any food or utensils touched by used knife/spoon/finger/lips or into which spittle has fallen is considered as “Jutho” means contaminated. It would humiliate a person if such food were offered to him/her.

Some Other Important Tips

In this spirit, we offer some practical guidelines that could help to make the stay delightful and rewarding.

  • Cheap charity breeds beggars but does not solve their basic problem. Do not encourage beggary.
  • Beware of touts who claim to be representing companies and offer to take you bargain hunting.
  • Use hotel safety boxes for your valuables. Do not leave cash and other valuable things lying around in the room.

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