Some important hints about Nepal.
Beware of touts who claim to be representing companies
and offer to take you bargain hunting.
Use hotel safety boxes for your valuables. Do not leave
cash and other valuable things lying around in the room.
Table manner in Nepal is quite different from those at
home. In typical and traditional Nepali houses, plates, knives, forks
and spoons may be absent form 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.
Any food and utensils touched by the used knife or spoon
or fingers or lips or into which spittle has fallen is considered "Jutho"
which means "contaminated". It would humiliate a person if such
were offered to him. Nor should the dish containing the food be used again
without it being properly washed.
Hospitals and Drug Store: The hospitals,
drug houses, dispensaries and pharmaceutical shops of Kathmandu sell all
kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas. The major
general hospitals and private Clinics are available in Kathmandu Valley.
Veterinary: For all veterinary needs
there are excellent veterinary hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley which
are as fellows Newspapers and Magazines: The major newspapers in Kathmandu
are The Rising Nepal (Daily) – English, The Kathmandu Post (Daily)
– English, Gorkhapatra (Daily) – Nepali, Kantipur (Daily)
– Nepali. Besides a number of other newspapers and magazines –
local and international are also available in the book stalls.
Radio: Radio Nepal broadcasts different
programs in both short wave and medium wave transmissions through three
session in a day from 5:00AM to 11:00 PM. Now a days number of FM Radio
program are broadcasting for entertainment. English news bulletins are
broadcasting daily at 8AM and 8PM in Radio Nepal.
Television: We have various TV Channel
now a Day such as Nepal1, Image Metro, Kantipur, CEC, Nepal Television(NTV
Govt Media), NTV Metro etc. Nepal1 television transmits for 24 hrs and
other channel transmits from early morning 12AM. On Saturday special entertaining
programs are transmitted from 12 noon to 5 PM. Except that you can have
other various News, Sports, Music, Movie oriented int'l channel such as
MTV, CNN, BBC, Star Movie, ESPN, TEN Sports, according to Local Cable
Operator. As well as you can watch English, Indian, Korean, Chinese, French,
German, Italian, Japanese and many more channels in Nepal.
Entertainment: There are many types
of entertainment in the city of Kathmandu. These include theatrical shows
including classical and light performances. The cinema hall in Kathmandu
screen Nepali, Indian and other regional movies. There are private art
galleries and a national art Gallery called NAFA in Kathmandu which exhibit
and sell all sorts of modern and traditional paintings.
Shopping: Shopping can be very rewarding
and exciting in Kathmandu. There are numerous tourist shops on the main
street and in the arcades of hotels with tempting jewelries, image, clothes
and typical Nepalese crafts. In some of the small village shops (like
Thimi) one can obtain in traditional makes and beautiful potteries. Antiques
can be taken out of the country with special permission granted by the
Department of Archeology only. Traditional Craftsmen's Colony in Patan
is also a famous shopping center for Nepalese handicrafts.
Some do’s and
don’ts: The Nepalese people are friendly and hospitable
by nature and the tourists in general will have no difficulty in adjustment.
At the same, into may be confused regarding some customs, traditions and
manners as in coming into any unfamiliar society. Nepal like any other
country has its own way of regulating life though it might be different
in degrees to each individual visitors. We want the visitors to observe
and see the way of Nepalese people live and share with them. It is in
this spirit that we offer some practical guidelines that could help to
make the stay delightfully, homely and rewarding. The religious way of
life Religion is an integral and deep – rooted part of Nepalese
life. Temples, images, scared paintings are to be seen everywhere. Majority
of the people are Hindus in Nepal, never – them less, Buddhism has
also important is place in this country. Hinduism and Buddhism are closely
connected in Nepal and it would take a life time’s study to understand
the complexities of country’s religious life. Some hints regarding
religious matter. Visitors to Hindu temple or Buddhist shrine are expected
to be unsold as a mark if respect. In fact, a pair of open sandals is
more convenient and comfortable while visiting the temples and stupas.
In some of the temples entrance may be prohibited
for the non Hindus.
Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside
the temple precinct.
It is better not to touch offerings or persons when
they are on the way to shrines.
Beef is strictly prohibited among both Hindus and
Buddhist. No female animal is killed for food.
Walking around temple or Stupa is traditionally done
Generally temples, stupa and monuments are permitted
to be photographed but it is better to ask authorized persons to have
permission before using the camera.
Social outlooks: Since the
majority of our people live in rural areas, their outlook of life is simple
and traditional. In fact, they take special delight in the company of
foreign visitors but there are certain things that are alien or embarrassing
to Nepalese people. Here are few things to keep in mind.
- It is better to decently clad when
visiting any place. Sun and beach wear is not proper when roaming around.
- Briefs, shorts, bare shoulders and backs may not be appreciated. One
need not be stiff and overdressed but comfortably and decently covered.
- 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 the palms together in a prayer –
like gesture known as "Namaste".
- Public display of affection between man and woman is frowned upon. Do
not do something that is totally alien to our environment.
- We are hard on drug abuse, trafficking and possession of drugs are taken
as serious offences.
Cheap charity breeds beggars but
does not solve their basic problem. Therefore, do not encourage beggary
by being benevolent.