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Do's & Don'ts
If you are travelling to Nepal we do suggest the following Do's & Dont's so that you could easily adjust in the new place with different culture. It also helps to maintain the cultural settings.
The form of greeting in Nepal is "Namaste" and is performed by joining the palms together.
Before entering a Nepalese home, temple and monastery remember to remove your shoes
Leather articles are prohibited in most religious places.
Never touch anything with your feet. And try not to step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth. This is considered and offence among Nepalese.
Use your both hands to show appreciation and respect rather than one while giving or accepting something from others.
Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
Among Hindus, avoid touching 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.
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.
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.
The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to Nepalese culture.
Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Don't lose your cool. Raising your voice or shouting is seen as extremely bad manners in Nepal too and will only make any problem worse.
Do get a receipt of in authenticity when purchasing an antique replica—otherwise, you will not be allowed to take it out of the country. And 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.
Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
Kissing and hugging in public especially between men and women is social offence in Nepal.