Nepal, a nation known for its warmth and humanism, extends a warm welcome to all guests. You will be respected and treated like a family member whether you are in one of our cities or a remote area on a trek. A common saying in Nepalese culture is "Athiti Devo Bhaba," which translates to "Tourist or guest is like our god."
However, because there are some cultural variations, it is useful to be aware of the following dos and don'ts:
The Nepalese greeting is called "NAMASTE," and it is made by clasping your palms together and bowing your head. Don't invade people's privacy by taking photos in sacred locations where it is forbidden.
When pointing at a sacred object or location, always use a flat, extended hand instead of just one finger or foot. Remember to always eat with your right hand and that spoons and forks are not used by Nepalese people. Remember not to share your meal with any Nepalese; Nepalese instead eat with their fingers. After defecating, Nepalis wash their hands with their left hand.
Food on your plate is deemed contaminated once it has come into contact with your lips or tongue.
Women and holy men should not be touched. Instead of shaking hands, say "Namaste" and press your palms together to greet one another. Touching between people of the same sexes is common, but it's not ideal. Mutual affection, such as kissing and hugs between men and women, is strongly frowned upon in public settings. Talking to women in Nepal requires maintaining safe distances.
Take off your shoes and sandals before entering a sacred temple, a Nepalese home, or a stupa, and never spit near a temple. It is forbidden to bring inside any leather items. Be respectful of the locals and their culture. Defend natural areas. Also, refrain from yelling about any issues because doing so will only infuriate the Nepalese population.
Giving to beggars or children does not address their main issues and only serves to motivate them to keep begging. Holiday Tours Nepal will show you a suitable location where your donation can be helpful if you want to make a donation.
Wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, particularly if you're a woman. Wearing short dresses causes discomfort. Never consume beef in front of Buddhists or Hindus. Both Hindus and Buddhists strictly forbid eating beef. In Nepal, cows are considered sacred.
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