5 Faux Pas to Avoid in Nepal
Whether you’re trekking through the mountains or learning about the local culture, Nepal is a great country for travelers. However, although the country values its visitors, you need to make sure to respect both their age-old culture as well as their religious beliefs. Before you visit this landlocked Asian country, make sure to avoid these 5 common faux pas.
1. Not Paying Attention to What You Eat
Make sure to avoid ingesting any water that hasn’t been boiled or bottled. You should also stay away from raw vegetables and any pre-cut fruit.
2. Yelling or Shouting
Whether you’re angry or just trying to get someone’s attention always make sure to avoid raising your voice. Shouting is considered extremely bad mannered in Nepal. In fact, it can even make the situation worse.
3. Shaking Hands with Women or Holy Men
Hindus avoid touching both women and holy men. In fact, many women in Nepal do not typically shake hands in greeting. Instead the females will use the gesture known as the “Namaste” greeting. This is completed by pressing their palms together, similar to the prayer-like gesture. However, if offered, it is okay to accept a handshake from a female.
4. Showing the Bottom of Your Feet
The bottom of your foot is believed unclean, and thus showing the bottom of your foot is considered rude and an insult. While visiting, you should also make sure to remove your shoes when entering a home, temple, or monastery.
5. Giving Money to Beggars
You may think you are only helping the young children you see begging on the streets, but giving them money only encourages them. However, if you are truly set on helping out the local community, support one of their many charity organizations.