Dos and Don'ts

Nepal heartily welcomes all of our valued visitors. Either you are trekking in the mountains or touring the Kathmandu valley, we suggest you that you treat the land its people with care & respect. 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. Below are some tips on how you can keep the environment clean and show appreciation for age-old culture and traditional religious beliefs. Nepal's Culture might be astonishing and surprising for newcomers therefore these tips are sometimes necessary:

 Greetings:

  •  The form of greeting in Nepal is " Namaste" and is performed by joining the palms together at your chin (it is also the respond).
  • Do not offer if a Nepalese lady hesitates to shake hand. 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 as “Namaste”.

 Visiting Religious Sites: 

  • You should not enter a Hindu temple if you are wearing leather shoes or a leather belt, so remove your leather shoes and belt if appropriate.

  • Before entering anyone’s house or temple take off your shoes.

  • In some temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus. Buddhist Gompas (monasteries) are less restrictive, but you should still ask permission to enter.

  • Walking around the temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.

  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, especially if you are non-Hindu.
 
  • Leave an offering in the donation box or on the altar.

  • Always ask permission before photographing religious festivals, cremation grounds and the inside of temples.

Photographing Peoples:


  • Always ask before photographing women.

  • You may be able to overcome shyness with a smile or a joke or by using a telephoto lens,  but don't pay people for taking their picture.

Food and Etiquette: 

  • Most Nepalis eat with their hands. They use only their right hand for eating and will expect you to do the same. If you eat with your hand, manners dictate that you wash it before and after eating. In small teashops you may not be offered a spoon, but one is often available if you ask.

  • Don't touch food or eating utensils that local people will use. Any food that a non-Hindu has touched becomes polluted and cannot be eaten by a Hindu. This problem does not apply to Sherpas.

  • 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.

  • Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.

       Dress and Behaviour:

  • Nudity is completely unacceptable and brief shorts on either men or women are not appreciated. Men should always wear a shirt. Public display on affection are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our culture.

  • Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.

  • Don't point the soles of your feet at people.

  • When giving or receiving money, use your right hand and touch your left hand to your elbow as a mark of respect.

  • Raising your voice or shouting shows extremely bad manners in Nepal and will not solve your problem, whatever it might be. Always try to remain cool, calm and collected.

 Shopping:

  • Do get a receipt of inauthenticity when purchasing an antique replica—otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country.

  • 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.

Special Instructions to our Clients : :

Before leaving your country, you are suggested to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months. Please book your trip as early as possible; giving us enough preparation time for your trip means your trip will be managed well so that you will get full satisfaction from our services. Please make sure that you have got confirmation receipt from our company about your booking. If you need any special facilities that are not included in the listed itinerary, make sure that you have informed us about it at the time of booking. Should you want to book any programs that are not listed in this website as tailor made package, please let us know by email; we will design it as per your travel need.

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