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Some Travel Rules

 

Some Travel Rules
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The form of greeting in Nepal is "Namaste" and is performed by joining the palms together. Do not be offended if a Nepalese lady hesitates to shake hands. In Nepal, people, especially women, do not normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press palms together in a prayer-hike gesture known as "Namaste".
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Seek permission first before entering a Hindu temple. In some of the temples entrance may be prohibited for non-Hindus.
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Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and stupa remember to remove your shoes. Leather articles are also prohibited to be taken inside the temple.
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Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
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Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
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Please do not sit or climb on the top of statues.
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Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.
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While traveling, dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
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Table manners in Nepal are quite different from those at home. In typical and traditional Nepali houses, plates, knives, forks and spoons may be absent from the dinner table. While eating, Nepalese people use their right hand. But this does not mean, however, that the guests are not to use forks and spoons.
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Any food or utensils touched by the used knife or spoon or finger or lips or into which spittle has fallen is considered "Jutho" which means, "contaminated". It would humiliate a person if such food were offered to him. Nor should the dish containing such food be used again without it being properly washed.
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Cheap charity breeds beggars but does not solve their basic problem. Therefore, do not encourage beggary by being benevolent.
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Beware of touts who claim to be representing companies and offer to take your bargain hunting.
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Use hotel safety boxes for your valuables. Do not leave cash and other valuable things lying around in the room.
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It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines. Beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
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Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may mean, "Yes".
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There is and export ban on certain items. Antiques can be taken out of the country only with special permission granted by the Department of Archaeology. It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for cultural & religious reason and belong to Nepal.
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You are requested to get the arrival/departure stamps on your passport at the entry/exit points to avoid further legal complications.