Do’s and Don’t’s in Nepal

Nepal prides itself as a land of great hospitality. We happily welcome all visitors to our wonderful country. Whether you are in our cities or in rural areas to trek you are respected and treated like 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 to keep in mind. Please be aware of some do’s and don’t mentioned below:

  • The form of greeting in Nepal is “NAMASTE” and is performed by joining the palms together with bowing your head.
  • Respect privacy and do not take photographs in holy places where you are not allowed to take photos. If you don’t know, ask your guide.
  • Remember not to point with a single finger or feet but use a flat extended hand. Especially do this to indicate a sacred object or place.
  • Always use your right hand while eating. Remember Nepalese people don’t use a spoon or fork. Instead, Nepalese use their fingers to eat food. 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 food, it is considered polluted.
  • Avoid touching women and holy men. Do not shake hands when greeting one another. Instead, press palms together and say “Namaste.” Touching between same sexes is normal but with different sexes it is not preferable. In public area mutual affection i.e. kissing and hugging between male and female are strongly considered taboo. It makes Nepalese uncomfortable. Maintain safe distances while talking to women in Nepal.
  • Remember before entering a holy temple, Nepalese house, or a stupa – take off your shoes and sandals. Never spit in or around temple premises. Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside. Cows are sacred in Nepal
  • Respect local people and culture. Protect natural land. Do not shout about any problems – we are a developing country. Being rude about our problems will anger the Nepalese people.
  • Giving to beggars or children does not solve their problems. Instead it encourages them to continue begging. If you want to donate, Trekking Planner will show you a suitable place where your donation will be beneficial.
  • Wear clothing that covers your knees and your shoulders, especially for women. It’s uncomfortable when you wear short dresses, skirts, or shorts.
  • Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhists. Beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.