Things to Remember
With great warmth and happiness we heartily welcome all the visitors who are keen to visit our country. Either you are a Local tourist or a International Tourist, the respect our country gives to you will always be the same. The great thing about Nepali culture is that we treat everyone as our family. Nepal believes tourists or guest are like our god. Nepal will help you experience it’s rich culture to the fullest, but before that is done some dos and don’ts should be kept in mind. Some of them are listed below:
Do’s and Don’t List
- The way everyone is greeted in Nepal is by saying “NAMASTE” and is performed by joining the palms together with bowing your heads, at the same time.To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It’s seen as a gesture of respect.
- Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand to indicate a sacred object or place.
- Among Hindus, avoid touching women and holy men. In Nepal, people especially women, do not normally shakes hands when they greet one another, but instead press palms together in a prayer-like gesture known “Namaste” greeting is preferable.
- Don’t eat with your left hand. The left hand is for…where the sun never shines.
- Never eat beef infront of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
- Try not to step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth.Remove your shoes when entering a home , temple or monastery ( and leather items in Hindu temples ) and avoid smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings.
- Remember, some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
- It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, esp. if you are non-Hindu.
- Don’t offer food to a Nepalese after tasting it, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
- The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon.
- Do not do something that is totally alien to Nepalese culture.
- Do walk around stupas clockwise, so that the outer walls are always on your right. If you encounter a stone wall covered with Tibetan inscriptions, do the same: Walk past with the wall on your right (and don’t take any of the stones).
- Raising your voice or shouting is seen as extremely bad manners in Nepal.
- Do get a receipt of authenticity when purchasing an antique replica, otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country. And don’t buy ivory or fur from endangered species, your purchases encourage the trade in such illegal goods, and you won’t be allowed to bring them back home anyway.
- Don’t give in to children who ask for just one rupee. Although a rupee is a small amount that anyone can spare,successful begging leads young children to drop out of school and take up panhandling as their trade. If you want to help, give to a trustworthy charity or a school.
- Don’t take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless they have clearly given their consent. One should always respect the privacy and not breach it. You should learn to limit yourself in taking photos where it is not allowed.
- Remember before entering holy temple, Nepalese houses and stupa do not forget to take off your shoes and sandal and spitting around temple premises is not considered ethical. Leather articles are not allowed inside any temples.
- Respect local people and culture. Protect natural land.