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 However, to enjoy
your stay in the 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.
1. The form of greeting in Nepal is " Namaste" and
is performed by joining the palms together.
2. Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and
stupa remember to remove your shoes
3. Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or a hand
being used for your eating to touch other's food,
plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish. Do not
eat from other people's plate and do not drink from
other people's bottle or glass. It is considered
impure by the Nepalese.
4. Never touch anything with your feet. This is
considered an offence among Nepalese.
5. While travelling dress appropriately. Women
should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
6. Seek permission first before entering a Hindu
temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners
or non-Hindus to enter. Leather articles are
prohibited to be take inside the temple precinct.
7. Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally
8. Take photographs only after receiving permission
for the object or person being photographed.
9. Public displays of affection between man and
woman are frowned upon. Do not do something that is
totally alien to our environment.
10. Remember, many times, when a person shakes his
head from left to right, he may mean "YES"
11. Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to
Nepalese people and respect their local customs.