5 things you should know before going to Nepal

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 5 things you should know before going to Nepal
Sandwiched between China and India, Nepal is one of the most fascinating places to visit on earth. Before you set foot on the hiking trails or walk the streets of Kathmandu, here are five things to know.

 Home to majestic Mt. Everest, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and one of few countries in the world never to have been colonized, this breathtaking country covers diverse landscapes from the Himalayan Mountains in the north to the flat expansive plains in the south. Deep gorges, towering mountains, vibrant culture and charismatic people – Nepal is the ideal destination for adventurers and culture vultures.

  • 1. Social Etiquette in Nepal

    1. Social Etiquette in Nepal1. Social Etiquette in Nepal

    First and foremost, you‘ll want to know how to greet the locals. The traditional manner of greeting in Nepal involves placing your palms together in a prayer style and saying "namaste" or "namaskar". Address anyone older than you with respect using the terms "dai" for men and "didi" for women. And avoid stepping over someone‘s outstretched legs or touching anyone with your feet as these are considered impolite.

    Note that it is never acceptable to wear revealing clothing (including shorts), particularly for women. While swimming, stick to a one-piece and leave the bikini at home. Public displays of affection are also frowned upon in Nepal. If you are lucky enough to be invited into a Nepali home, remember to remove your shoes before entering. At dinner time, you must always wash your hands and mouth prior to eating. Always wait for the host to serve you and avoid "polluting" food by letting it come into contact with a used plate or utensil. Whatever you do, don‘t use your own spoon or fork to serve food.

    The most important thing to do is respect everyone's beliefs. This is what makes Nepal such an accepting and dynamic culture. Ancient temples showing a blend of Newari, Buddhist and Hindu scriptures are a prime example of this. The chaos of Nepali streets in terms of traffic, congestions, sanitation is another thing altogether. But again, tempers rarely flare. Even in abject poverty, the people of Nepal are very warm, friendly and helping tourists arriving and exploring the Himalayan nation. Never lose your temper in Nepal no matter how frustrated you get. It's a sign of stupidity and although people will smile and nod at your, they'll really not be taking you seriously. The best thing in Nepal is to go with the flow!

  • 2. Adventure Experiences in Nepal

    2. Adventure Experiences in Nepal2. Adventure Experiences in Nepal

    While geographically quite small, 147,181 km2 (56,827 square miles), Nepal's lack of modern infrastructure makes relatively short trips rather epic journeys.

    Northern Nepal --- is the rich mountainous area filled with incredible trekking routes.
    Central Nepal --- is an area filled with lush valleys, hills and mountains filled with cultural heritage.
    Southern Nepal --- is divided into dense tropical jungles and vast flat areas.

    Given Nepal‘s incredible terrain, it‘s no surprise that it‘s one of the world‘s most popular destinations for adventure tourism. When you‘re grabbing your gear, make sure you grab a buddy too. Trekking or hiking alone is dangerous for a number of reasons. You may also want to hire a guide, as the woods and mountain areas can be tricky and getting lost or injured is a real risk. If mountain climbing is on your itinerary, be aware of and prepared for the possibility of altitude sickness and frostbite. Dress accordingly and don‘t take on more than you can handle.

    In addition to trekking and hiking, Nepal offers a huge variety of outdoor adventures sure to satisfy even the most daring traveler. Whitewater rafting in the Bhote Koshi and Trishuli, canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering, and paragliding are just a few of the many exhilarating options. If you‘re particularly brave, you can experience the second-highest bungee jump in the world, which happens to take place over the mighty Bhote Koshi River. Whatever your pleasure, be aware of the risks and use caution during your adventures.

  • 3. Water Safety in Nepal

    3. Water Safety in Nepal3. Water Safety in Nepal

    If you plan on staying in Nepal for a while, you may want to pack a boiling pan and filter for the tap water. Water from the tap is not safe for consumption, even if it‘s from your hotel. Remember to also avoid fruit that may have been washed in contaminated water or drinking soft drinks with ice in them, as the ice may have been made from tap water. Stick to bottled water, which can be found in just about every store in the country.

  • 4. Nepali Food

    4. Nepali Food 4. Nepali Food

    When you‘re heading to Nepal, don‘t forget to bring your appetite. Offering everything from traditional fare to popular international dishes, you‘ll never go hungry there. Typical Nepali food is called Dal Bhat, and is made up of rice and lentils. Side dishes usually include a variety of fresh vegetables such as potatoes and cauliflower. Traditional Nepali food is often spicy, but you can usually specify how mild or hot you want it when ordering. You can get a taste of this customary cuisine at just about any local restaurant, which is plentiful throughout the country.

    Avoid street food in Nepal at all costs. Unlike other parts of South Asia Nepal's street food is not safe for the vast majority of tourists to eat. Street food is not refrigerated in Nepal and is often heated up over many days. Parasites, viruses and bad bacteria have ruined many a trip to Nepal so avoid the problems by avoiding street food in Nepal. In restaurants it's best to check that the food is refrigerated and the area looks clean. Generally speaking, a busy restaurant is usually a good sign. Unless you are eating in a high-end establishment do try to appreciate that things like "gluten-free" "lactose-free" terms may not be understood or adhered too. Do avoid any type of frozen food in Nepal which may not be frozen poorly. Examples include prawns (shellfish), saltwater fish and to an extent mutton. The best food to eat in Nepal is fresh food which Nepal is known for. Fresh vegetables are commonplace along with chicken, pork and freshwater fish.

    You can get just about anything in the world in Pokhara and Kathmandu. The Nepali know how to cook food from around the world. Giant steaks, pizza, pastas and Chinese are easy to come across. Though the Mexican dishes are a little strange.

  • 5. Everest Mountain Flight Tours

    5. Everest Mountain Flight Tours5. Everest Mountain Flight Tours

    If climbing the infamous mountain isn‘t your forte, you can still behold its wonders and majesty by taking a scenic flight, which is offered by a number of different local airlines. All flights depart from Kathmandu between the hours of 7 and 9. Drift above the clouds, over snowcapped peaks, and view the spectacular array of lakes, glaciers, rivers, and gorges below. Most of the aircraft used have clear, non-tinted windows that allow excellent photo opportunities. You‘ll want to capture this view for sure!

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