Do’s and Don’t’s in Nepal
Nepal, a land of great hospitality and humanism heartily welcomes all visitors. Whether you are in our cities or in rural areas to trek you will be respected and treated as a family member. “Athiti Devo Vhaba” is a traditional proverb in Nepalese society which in English means “Tourist or guest is like our god”. But there are some cultural differences, so it is helpful to be aware of some do’s and don’t as mentioned below:
- The form of greeting in Nepal is “NAMASTE” and is performed by joining the palms together with bowing your heads.
- Respect privacy and do not take photographs in holy places where you are not allowed to take photos.
- Remember not to point with a single finger or feet but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
- Always use your right hand while eating and remember Nepalese people don’t use a spoon or fork. Instead, Nepalese use fingers to eat food and remember do not share your meal with any Nepalese. The Nepalese use their left hand to wash themselves after defecating.
- Once your lips or tongue has touched the food placed on your plate, it is considered polluted.
- Avoid touching women and holy men. Do not shake hands when greeting one another, but instead press palms together and say “Namaste”. Touching between same sexes is normal but with different sex is not preferable. In public area mutual affection i.e. kissing and hugging between male and female are strongly considered uncomfortable. Maintain safe distances while talking to women in Nepal.
- Remember before entering a holy temple, Nepalese houses, and stupas- take off your shoes and sandals, and never spit around temple premises. Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside.
- Respect local people and culture. Protect natural land. And do not shout about any problems – it will make more anger to Nepalese people.
- Giving to beggars or children does not solve their major problems, and encourages them to continue begging. If you want to donate, Trekking Planner will show you a suitable place where your donation can be beneficial.
- Wear clothing that covers your knees and your shoulders, especially for women. It’s uncomfortable when you wear short dresses.
- Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhists. Beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.