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    Nepal is a culturally diverse and rich country. To help you navigate Nepali culture and etiquette, here are some tips to keep in mind:


    The traditional Nepali greeting is "Namaste" (pronounced nuh-MUS-tay), which means "I bow to you." It is usually accompanied by a slight bow and hands pressed together in a prayer-like gesture. This gesture is called "Anjali Mudra."

    Greeting in Nepal-Namaste

    Dress modestly

    Both men and women should dress modestly, covering their shoulders and knees. Avoid revealing or tight-fitting clothes. Wearing traditional Nepali clothing such as the "kurta suruwal" for men and "kurta" or "sari" for women is appreciated but not required.


    Remove your shoes when entering temples, monasteries, or someone's home. It's considered disrespectful to wear shoes indoors in these places.

    Respect religious customs

    Nepal is a predominantly Hindu and Buddhist country. Be respectful around temples, stupas, and shrines. Avoid touching religious artifacts and never take photos of people worshipping without their permission.

    Public affection

    Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon in Nepal. Avoid hugging, kissing, or holding hands in public places, especially in rural areas or near religious sites.

    Eating etiquette

    Eat with your right hand, as the left hand is considered unclean. If you are offered food or drink, accept it with both hands as a sign of respect. It's also considered polite to take a small portion of food first, and then ask for more if you're still hungry.

    Eat with right hand


    If you're invited to someone's home, it's polite to bring a small gift, such as fruit or sweets. Always present and receive gifts with both hands.

    Personal space

    Nepali people tend to stand closer to each other than in Western countries. However, be cautious about touching someone, especially those of the opposite gender.

    Gender roles

    Traditional gender roles are prevalent in Nepal, especially in rural areas. Be respectful of these norms and act accordingly.


    Bargaining is a common practice in Nepal, especially at markets and souvenir shops. Be polite and friendly during the negotiation process, and remember that it's a cultural exchange as much as a financial one.

    Nepali Market

    By keeping these cultural tips in mind, you'll have a more enriching experience in Nepal and show respect for the local customs and traditions.

    Important Articles regarding traveling in Nepal

    Introduction of Nepal
    Before You Plan Nepal Trip
    While You are in Nepal
    Before Traveling Nepal

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    Jyoti Karki is an expert travel blogger. She has been writing blogs for a long time. Along with writing about diverse locations. She personally travels to many different places, went hiking and trekking in Nepal, and has also visited several areas of India and enjoys writing on her blogs about them.