Travel Etiquette in Nepal
Whether it be for business or pleasure, knowing what to do and what not to do on a vacation is extremely important. Therefore, it is always a good idea to educate oneself on the customs and traditions of a place you are visiting.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” – Saint Augustine
With Visit Nepal 2020 in full swing, it is easy to get immersed in the excitement that the lovely home of the Himalayas can bring. Exploring all that Nepal has to offer is most definitely a worthwhile experience. However, that experience can be even more worthwhile and rewarding if one can take up some time to brush up on the history, customs, traditions and travel etiquettes for the different places in Nepal.
Here are a few tips we feel can be useful for our guests from far away.
- Learn about Nepal
While a lot can be learned on the go if you visit but it is definitely a good idea to read up on the history, customs, and culture followed by Nepalese people. Learning about Nepal and even the current affairs can really be insightful while travelling. These days a quick internet search or watching numerous travel vlogs can be sufficient enough keep you on your toes regarding the do’s and don’ts while in Nepal.
- Learn a bit of Nepali
Even though the majority of Nepalese people read, speak, and understand English, they will always appreciate you making the effort to converse with them in Nepali. Learning simple greetings such as ‘Namaste’, ‘Dhanyavaad’ (Thank you) or even “Malai Nepal ekdamai Mannparcha!” (I really like Nepal!) will definitely create an impression.
Of course there is always the route of utilizing Translation Apps on your phone to get a message through.
- Trying out Local Cuisine
Nepal has a variety of local cuisine to choose from if you are big on food. From small hawker stands to proper fine dining and everything in between, Nepal has got you covered. The food will definitely be both interesting and different from what you are used to. Therefore, it helps to research on Nepalese cuisine and be prepared for anything.
Additionally, in case of restaurants, always do make your conditions regarding allergies and medical situations related to food, if there are any, be known to your server or the establishment you are visiting.
- Opinions and Point of Views
Although, generally quite understanding, some Nepalese people can get sensitive when it comes to topics concerning their culture, customs, traditions, and religion. Each community has a long history dating back to centuries and having a set opinion about their way of life can result in a complicated situation to arise.
All in all, it is best to be mindful about sensitive topics such and culture, old traditions and religion.
- Code of conduct at Heritage sites.
Heritage sites are a great example of the past that has been handed down over the generations. Nepal has a great number of old and traditional Hindu and Buddhist sites to explore. So, in the name of exploration caution is to be avoided since many places may be off limits to foreigners. Additionally, it is best to dress respectfully while visiting such sites.