Nepal Travel Guide
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Nepal Do's and Don'ts
Meeting People
Visiting Religious Sites
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Do's and Don'ts
Do's and Don'ts

Since the majority of our people live in rural areas, they have an outlook of life that 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 our people. Here is few thin keep in mind.

Meeting people
It is better to be decently clad when visiting any place.
Sun and beachwear is not the ideal when roaming around the city or village. Briefs, shorts, bare shoulders and backs may not be appreciated.
One need not to be stiff and overdressed but just comfortably and decently covered. Do not take seriously if a Nepalese lady hesitates to shake hands.
In Nepal, people and specially the ladies, do not normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer like gesture known as "Namaste."
Public displays of affection between man and woman are frowned upon.
Do not do something that is totally alien to our environment.
Nepalese are hard on drug abuse, trafficking and possession of drugs are taken as serious offences.
Cheap charity breeds beggars but does not solve their basic problem. Therefore do not encourage beggary by being benevolent.


Visiting religious sites
Religion is an integral and deep-rooted part of Nepalese life. Temples, images, sacred paintings are to be seen everywhere.

Majority of the people is Hindus in Nepal, nevertheless, Buddhism has also 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 country's religious life. Some hints regarding religious matters.

Visitors to Hindu temple or Buddhist shrine are expected to be unshoed as a mark if respect. In fact, a pair of open sandals is more convenient and comfortable while visiting the temples and stupas.
In come of the temples entrance may be prohibited for the non Hindus.
Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside the temple precinct.
It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines.
Beef is strictly prohibited among both the Hindus and Buddhist. No female animal is killed for food.
Walking around temple or stupa is traditionally done clock wisely.
Generally temples, stupas and monuments are permitted to be photographed but it is better to ask authorized persons to have permission before using the camera.
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More hints
Beware of touts who claim to be the representative of companies and offer to take to bargain hunting.
Use hotel safety boxes for your valuables. Do not leave cash and other valuable thing lying around in the room.
Table manners in Nepal are quite different from those at home. 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. But this does not mean, however, that the guests are not to use forks and spoons.
Any food or utensils touched by the used knife or spoon or fingers or by lips or into which spittle has fallen is considered "contaminated". It would humiliate a person if such food were offered to him. Nor should the dish containing such food be used again without it being properly washed.
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