Do’s and Don’ts

    • Always greets in Nepal is “NAMASTE” and it is performed by joining the palms together.
    • Among Hindus, avoid touching women and holy men. In Nepal, people especially women, do not normally shakes hands when they greet one another.
    • Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to Nepalese people and respect their local customs.
    • Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and stupa remember to remove your shoes.
    • Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.
    • 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 taken inside the temple premises.
    • Respect holy places.
    • Refrain from giving money to children as it encourages begging.

Don’t eat with your left hand. The left hand is for…where the sun never shines.

  • Never eat beef in front of Hindus & Buddhist because beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
  • 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.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines, especially if you are non-Hindu.
  • Don’t offer food to a Nepalese after tasting it, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
  • Don’t take photographs of locals, holy shrines & temples unless they have clearly given their consent.