Going local in Nepal

  •   2017-03-10  |  nepaltraveller.com

Things to remember to make your stay in Nepal memorable


If you are planning for a trek or a Holiday, Nepal is the ultimate destination that to pick. Because this land of the Himalayas has so much to offer.  She will surprise you; give you good goosebumps and warm hugs. So, prepare yourselves to create the best memories of your life.


Here are a few things that you should know about Nepal before you roll with your backpacks and suitcases.


First thing first


Not many know where Nepal still is? But you should know that 8 of the world's highest peaks are in Nepal: Everest, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyo and Dhaulagiri.  So, if you are a trekker, traveler or a mountaineer, Nepal won't fail to give you that adventure that you were searching for. Because the Himalayas are home to Nepal.


Kathmandu which is even more popular than the country it belongs to Nepal, is the most densely populated cultural site of the world. It has seven UNESCO’s World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometers. A good amount of time can be spent just exploring these sites.


You should also know, the Nepalis live culture and breathe heritage; they are emotional and are lovers at heart. And hence, there is no doubt  that you will fall in love with Nepal by the end of your journey.


Bhat Khayo? = Greetings!

Nepalis love to address everyone as family; they fervor familiarity even before you strike a conversation with them. Be it with their smile, or with their simple Namaste. The easiest conversation maker for Nepalese is a question 'Bhat Khayo?' (Did you have lunch?), it's more like saying -"How are you?"


It's an important question because it is the start of some very memorable conversations and friendships.


Remember the staple: Dal Bhat and mo:mo

A Nepali never feels full until they have had Dal Bhat. Nepali people love to eat cooked rice with lentil soup. And therefore their lunch question always is, "Bhat khayo?" Most Nepalis preferably go with this meal three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. But if it's not that it's always the defacto mo:mo which is easy to please the Nepali tummy and heart.


Anyone you don't know still is your Dai-Bhai-Didi-Baheni


Nepal is a one big happy family, where you know everybody even before you know their name. Because, generally, everyone here is either Dai/Bhai(elder/younger brother) or Didi/Bahini (edler/younger sister). It is an easy ice-breaker- it is a comfortable way to start to know each other. So, remember the code, 'Dai-didi.'


Check your Calendars!

Nepalis follow their own Nepali Calendar with 12 unique months. Although it is 2017 in our English calendar, the year is 2073 here in Nepal. The calendar is full of celebrations and holy months, days and weeks. This is the parallel time Nepalis live in, so be sure to download an app which will help you keep track as all Nepalese follow these dates.


TGIF for Good Saturdays

It's not Monday morning blues; here it is Sunday as rest day and weekly holiday for all Nepalis is Saturday. Work week starts with Sundays instead of Mondays and therefore there is no lazing around on Sundays, instead it is a 'rise and shine day'. Hopefully, you will get used to it soon.


Carry your electric converters

The electric sockets are different in Nepal; moreover the regular volt that we use for sockets is 250v. To charge your valuables like phones, iPads, laptops and cameras be sure to carry converters and multiplugs. Also, some tea houses in the trekking regions charge you to re-fuel your electronics. And therefore, it's better to come with backups.


Some idiosyncrasies to remember

Nepalis eat with their right hands because the left hand is considered impure – and you obviously know why. Nepalis also don't usually eat from the same plate, so eating etiquettes also means eat only from your servings. A peculiar word people often use here is 'jhuto' (meaning impure), so no buffet gestures when eating with families. When visiting temples and worshipping gods, remember to take off your shoes, especially when you are donning leather, as it is considered adulterated.