What to expect on your first trip to Nepal

1. Culture

Cultural elements like music, art, and tradition are an integral part of Nepalese culture. Cultural etiquette and social norms are so pervasive in his Himalayan country that taking some time to understand it before hand may help you adjust and adapt to the Nepalese culture ahead of time. Although Nepalese population of Kathmandu valley seems to look very modern, they are inherently very traditional at the same time. Even though the youth may be dressed in modern attire, they still carry the social custom of holding hands and doing “Namaste” every time they greet each other. Don’t try someone’s food or taste someone else’s food from the same plat or cup. This is term “jutho” is used which basically translates into polluted and unfit to be offered to someone else or in other severe cases the food may become unfit for consumption. Feet and head are parts of body that are considered scared. If you happen to accidently touch someone’s head to feet, it’s polite to say sorry. 

2. Spice

It may come as a surprise to first time visitors that Nepalese food is akin to Indian food. A large variety of Nepalese cuisines use similar spices and methods of cooking. Be prepared to tantalize your taste buds with some spices.

3. Weather

Don’t let the beautiful shots of the mountains and the landscape in Nepal deceive you into believing that scenic view is available all year round. In fact, the biggest factor to consider before making your travel plans would be to look at what weather you could expect. During winter you will experience teeth chattering cold. With frequent power cuts winters are perhaps the most difficult season to endure for everyone. During spring, the weather remains warm with chilly nights. Throughout monsoons, weather is fairly warm accompanied by frequent showers. Sometimes torrential rains make roads muddy, causing vast landslides in the mountains.

4. Language

Although Nepalese is the official language of Nepal, and is undoubtedly the most common language spoken, don’t be surprised if you hear many other dialects. Some languages may be specifically related to a particular geographic region or a caste as well. There is a great effort to keep the linguistic fervor alive in Nepal. In certain parts of Nepal the cacophony of various languages may even startle you.

5. Ethic variety

Nepal is rich in its ethnic diversity. Each ethnic group is unique in its language and culture. There are over 40 different tribes and castes that make up the demography of Nepal. However, intermarriages within different groups are not always favored. Most ethnic groups have their own special cuisines which are often served in mainstream restaurants If you travel extensively through the country, you may be overwhelmed by their customs, rituals and costumes, all adding to the cultural richness of the nation.


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