More than a really tall mountain
Kathmandu and the South ~
How to Fit In:
LanguageAlthough the national language of Nepal is Nepali, there are more than 800 languages spoken throughout the country. Travelers needn't worry, most business people in and around the capital can speak English.
- Most Nepali are Hindus or Buddhists, and therefore most do not eat beef. Don't expect to find it in local restaurants or homes.
- In Nepal, men are normally the workers and support the family while women stay home to care for children and cook.
- During meals, it is custom to eat with your right hand. Although some higher caste families use silverware, it is most common to eat by forming a scoop with your right hand.
- Family meals are most often eaten together on the floor, sometimes people will be seated on mats or rugs.
- Nepal has a caste system, and marriages are arranged by parents within the caste.
- Sit with your feet up, or show anyone the bottom of your feet, it is considered very rude.
- Touch a child's (or anyone's) head. The head is considered sacred and the hands unclean. Touching someone on top of the head is offensive.
- Shake hands with a man unless he offers his first, and never shake a woman's hand.
- Engage in PDA. Even hugging or kissing on the cheek may be very offensive in some parts of Nepal.
- Wear shorts, short skirts, or low-cut tops. Although it is sometimes okay for men to wear shorts in the southern agricultural areas, revealing clothing will be inappropriate in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas.
However, pieces of old Nepal can still be found. The Sherpa people, or mountain dwellers, still live a traditional lifestyle in the Himalayas, and traditional temples and places of worship are abundant.
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