Do’s & don’t in Nepal. The nepalese are a tolerant people, but this should not be underestimated. As in any other society, there are also specific behaviors that should not be violated. One must always remember that the tourist is not a conqueror or colonialist but a guest.
1. Entering Hindu temples:
In Hindu temples may only the Hindus entered. Non-Hindus are only allowed to visit the surroundings of a temple, but not in the courtyard of the temple. On many major temples, there will be prohibition signs “Admission for Hindus only”.
2. Entering dwellings:
The dwellings of Nepal may not be entered with shoes. This also applies to the sacred area of a temple. shoes are considered impure because they have the dirt of the street and because in the case of leather shoes they are from dead animals. Entering a house with shoes would be equivalent to spitting on the floor in a western home.
3. The kitchen:
In the traditional houses in Nepal one cannot enter the kitchens without volition. The kitchen is usually a screened area. This rule applies strongly to traditional Brahmin families. In view of the increasing number of restaurants in Nepal, the importance of this rule in the cities is decreasing, but nonetheless it is still valid for foreigners – “caution kitchen”
4. The clothes:
The other important things to know about do’s & don’t is for many women in Nepal, the western women appear as “half naked”. Respect for decency and morals in Nepal. Women should not present daring snippets. Occasionally urban girls sometimes wear “shorts”, but this is not very popular.
According to tradition, Nepalese women are not allowing to perform “half naked” in the public, so they completely cover their bodies.
When you are in Nepal, you have to place your feet so that the soles of your feet do not point at anyone. This would then be an insult. The rubbing and the massaging of the feet, while one sits, one does not like very much.
6. Public Tenderness:
Among Nepalese, even holding hands could become a sensation. There can be no talk of kissing. This is considered outrageous shamelessness. In Nepal, holding hands among men is merely a sign of friendship. Some Nepalese take the hand of the visitor in conversation. Attention this could be embarrassing for the visitor.
with increasing popularity, the Nepalese like to be photographed. But a permit of that would not hurt. Photos of a tourist nature can sometimes be financially important to the person concerned.
One most important things that do’s & don’t is that handshaking in Nepal is not common practice. the form / style of greeting is something like that. One puts the palms together like a prayer in front of the breast and says “Namaste” the word “Namaste” translate from Sanskrit means “I greet the God in you” formula like “good morning “Good day and so on do not say in Nepal. Occasionally you greet informally with ” Jay Nepal ” or “Namaste”.