Greetings and Cultural Etiquette: When in Nepal, embrace the traditional greeting “Namaste,” which involves joining your palms together. This gesture signifies respect and acknowledges the divine in both you and the person you’re greeting.
Safety and Trekking:
- Ensure your safety while trekking by avoiding solo expeditions. Either trek with a group or hire a guide. Connect with fellow travelers through online forums to find companions. Inform your loved ones about your travel plans.
- Prioritize food safety by consuming bottled or boiled water. Minimize raw vegetables and pre-cut fruits to prevent health risks.
Transport and Travel:
- 1. While Nepal’s natural beauty is renowned, urban areas can be crowded and polluted. Consider alternatives to bicycles or motorbikes for city travel. Explore off-road mountain bike trails for a more enjoyable experience.
- 2. Refrain from giving money to street beggars, as it can perpetuate begging. Instead, support reputable charity organizations making a positive impact in Nepal.
- Exchange Nepalese currency before leaving the country, as it’s not usable outside. Taking local currency out is against the law.Show respect by avoiding touching someone’s head and refrain from pointing the soles of your feet at others, as it’s considered impolite.
- Allow for flexibility in schedules, as commitments might not always be punctual. Buffer time between activities to accommodate unexpected delays.
- Stay informed about potential strikes (Bandha, landslides etc.) that can disrupt transportation and plans.
- Avoid assuming that marijuana (ganja) is legal; it’s not. Picking and carrying it for personal use can lead to legal issues.
- Seek clarity when receiving a “yes” response or affirmation. Confirm directly to avoid misunderstandings.
Nightlife and Behavior:
- Steer clear of dance bars known for scams and inflated prices. Some places might have a history of intimidation and violence.
- If obtaining a visa at the airport, have a passport-size photo ready. Alternatively, you can get one taken at the airport booth.
- Note that nightlife generally ends by 10 pm, with a few exceptions in the Thamel area.
- Bring a universal plug and voltage adapter for your electronics, as Nepal uses 220V
- Be prepared for entrance fees at temples and public areas for foreigners, usually ranging from 250R’s to 700R’s
- Carry tissue paper and hand sanitizer, as some public toilets may require squatting.
Transportation and Environment:
- Use taxis with running meters; after 10 PM, fares might be double. This is the customary practice.
- Avoid displaying food near monkeys around temples, as they are known to snatch it.
- Contribute to Nepal’s non-plastic initiative by minimizing plastic use during your stay. Let’s work together to create a more sustainable Nepal.
Remember, respecting local customs and being considerate towards the environment and culture will make your journey in Nepal more enjoyable and rewarding.