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“Atithi Dewo Bhawa”, in Sanskrit, literally means Guest is God. This adage expresses Nepali cultural character since the time immemorial. This reflects age-long cultural characteristics of the Nepali civilization that derived its linguistic, religious and socio-cultural features from Sanskrit. In the bygone days when lodges and hotels were nonexistent, travelers all over the country used to stay at any house they came across when it was too dark to move further. The inmates of the house used to treat the stranger as God for they believed that the guest would bring good omen, blessing and happiness to the house he/she stayed overnight. The guest would be treated with respect and all sorts of hospitality so that he/she would go out well satisfied and would in return bestow blessings.


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Guidelines for Nepalese Citizens

General Guidelines for Nepalese Citizens on How to Interact with Visitors

At the Airport:

  • If a visitor asks, provide the correct information. Clearly say that you don’t know if you do not know what they are asking for.
  • Do not try to call them or shout at them to rent your taxi unless they ask for it first. Do not haggle or bargain - just follow the meter. Provide them receipt upon reaching their destination.
  • If you think they are confused or they have lost the way, kindly ask if you can help them.
  • Lost & Found:

  • If you find a passport or foreign papers, take them to the nearest police station.
  • At Attractions & Historical…

    Guidelines for Visitors

    Greeting:

    While greeting, it is not customary to shake hands but instead you should join palms together and say “Namaste”. Namaste can be used for saying both hello and goodbye.

    Men in urban areas are comfortable with a handshake upon meeting, but for women, allow them to offer their hands first.

    Like in many other cultures around the world, women usually do not shake hands with other women.

    Show respect for the elderly and greet the eldest person first when you enter the room.

    Personal space is very much valued. Avoid touching or getting too close to another person.

    In Public:

    Public display of affectionis considered a…

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