Saturday, July 13, 2013


Nepal Dos:

  • do use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It's seen as a gesture of respect.
  • do walk around stupas clockwise, so that the outer walls are always on your right. If you encounter a stone wall covered with Tibetan inscriptions, do the same: Walk past with the wall on your right (and don't take any of the stones).
  • do get a receipt of in-authenticity when purchasing an antique otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country.
  • do wear a long skirt that covers the legs and men should always wear a shirt – it is very important etiquette in Nepal that men should not walk around ‘topless’. This behavior in Nepal would be considered extremely rude and disrespectful.

Nepal Donts:

  • do not point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
  • do not (among Hindus) touch women and holy men.  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 "Namaste" greeting is preferable.
  • do not eat with your left hand. The left hand is for...where the sun never shines
  • do not eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
  • do not step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth.
  • do not remove your shoes when entering a home , temple or monastery ( and leather items in Hindu temples ) and avoid smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings. Remember, some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
  • do not touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, especially if you are non-Hindu.
  • do not offer food to a Nepalese after tasting it, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
  • do not do something that is totally alien to Nepalese culture. The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon.
  • do not loose your temper Raising your voice or shouting is seen as extremely bad manners in Nepal too and will only make any problem worse.
  • do not  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.
  • do not give in to children who ask for just one rupee. Although a rupee is a small amount that anyone can spare, successful begging leads young children to drop out of school and take up panhandling as their trade. If you want to help, give to a trustworthy charity or a school.
  • do not  take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless they have clearly given their consent.

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