This unique Asian country located in the Himalaya between India and Tibet offers travelers a phenomenal mixture of experiences. It is Nepal, the popular travel destination, especially for trekkers. It offers a truly impressive scenery. Because of the Himalaya surroundings, the country is often called “The roof of the world”. Eight of the fourteen highest mountain peaks in the world, such as the Mount Everest and the Anapurna, are located in here. Aside from mountains, the scenery is also formed by large green hilled valleys, numerous waterfalls and many rice fields.
Whether you are all by yourself or traveling with a group, Nepal suits you very well, because it is full of opportunities. Cross the country by bus, motorbike or raft while exploring the stunning sceneries, adventurous activities, outstanding jungle wildlife, and a rich culture with golden temples. Moreover, discover the capital, Kathmandu.
Culture in Nepal
Kathmandu is located in central Nepal. It is well-known for its Buddhist and Hindu temples and monasteries. For instance, the giant Bouddha Stupa which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. Also, Kathmandu is the former royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. Hence, you find here several palaces, mansions and gardens. Nowadays, many of these buildings host parts of the government of the Nepalese republic.
A trekker’s paradise, it is for no reason Nepal is called this way. Whether you are a novice or an experienced trekker, Nepal is the land of trekking (and climbing) and offers travelers some of the best trekking tours in the world. There is no other place where you can trek for days in spectacular scenery knowing that a traditional meal is waiting for you at the end of the day.
The essence of the unique abundance in Nepal is due to various ethnic groups with their own customs and traditions. For example, the Chhetri, the Brahman, the Magar, the Taru, and the Sherpa. In comparison with the more Western-oriented cultures, the differences are huge. Among the Nepalese regions, cultural differences are distinct.
Traveling Nepal, it is nice to know about the do’s and don’ts. You can learn how to greet the Nepalese, for instance. First, fold your hands and bow your head and say “Namasté“. Also, you will learn never to touch a local with your left hand or your feet. The reason is that these body parts are considered as unclean.
Food of Nepal
Nepal has its own culinary delights, its national dish is Dal Bhat. Dal Bhat is made of rice, lentil soup, and curried vegetables. You can spice it up with achar (pickles), chapati (Indian bread), dahi (curd) or papad (a crispy fried lentil-flour pancake). This traditional meal which can help trekkers to keep going is often made vegetarian because most Nepalis are vegetarians. Some Nepalis simply choose to be vegetarian, while others are vegetarians out of necessity. However, in special occasions, chicken, goat or buffalo is added.
How to eat Dal Bhat the local way? First, pour the dal onto the rice, then mix it into balls. Thereafter, add pickles and vegetables and shovel it into your mouth using your right hand.
Besides, momos are very popular which are small balls of meat or vegetables, cooked in a shell of briefly steamed dough. Traditionally food always comes with chai, a tasty tea with milk and sugar.
ResiRest in Nepal
Because of the unique culture of Nepal, it offers great opportunities for ResiRest. Since Nepalese tourism is rising, ResiRest wants locals to benefit from this. We offer Nepalese locals a safe and easy way to participate because by joining us as ResiRest-hosts they can get a fair income.
Together with our local agent Maud, the Adopt a Tree in Nepal Foundation and Inspire Nepal, we want to give you the best local food experience. Not only in Kathmandu, but also in Pokhara, Chobhar, and other cities, you can sit down at the eating table of locals! Check our free mobile app to see all available places.
We can’t wait for travelers to enjoy the true Nepalese culture. Join us and share a meal with a local family. See you soon!