Do's and Don'ts
* Nepal's Culture is so astounding and surprising, that some tips for new visitors are sometimes necessary.
* To showappreciation and respect, use two hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money.
* Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.
* Among Hindus, avoid touching women and holy men. The traditional palms-together "Namaste" greeting is preferable.
* Don't eat with your left hand nor eat beef among Hindus.
* Try not to step over or point your feet at another person, a sacred place or a hearth.
* Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples) and avoid smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings.
* Do not offer food from your plate, nor eat from a common pot, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking vessel.
* The sight of men holding hands is common, but men and women holding hands, and general acts of affection, are frowned upon.
* Ask for permission before taking pictures, especially inside holy shrines and temples.