With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy a stay in Nepal, it is important to consider the different cultural aspects of the country.
The form of greeting in Nepal is "namaste" and is performed by joining the palms together. Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, or stupa shoes must be removed. It is considered offensive to touch anything with your feet. When visiting Hindu temples, one should ask permission first before entering, also leather articles are not allowed in temples. It is important that utensils do not touch other peoples’ foods or plates and eating from another person’s plate is considered impure. A person should always ask permission before taking photographs and sometimes, when people shake their heads, they might mean “yes”. Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
The official language of Nepal is Nepali and it is spoken by around 49% of the population. A census in 2001 reported that there were ninety-two living languages spoken throughout the country while many people in business and in government prefer to use English.
The majority of the population of Nepal follows Hinduism (80.2%). Buddhism represents 10.7%, Islam represents 4.2%, Yuma Samyo or Yumanism represents 3.6% while 1.2% of the population listed “other” according to a 2006 census.
Nepal Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Nepal.
Learn about the history and culture of Nepal, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Nepal's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Nepal for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Nepal tours today!
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