When traveling to a country where there is little or no homework, feeling a cultural shock is normal. Especially in Nepal, if you have come to climb the majestic mountains or to experience Nepali’s unique culture, some things will definitely scare you!
From the moment you arrive at Nepal’s only airport – Tribhuwan International Airport, you’ll start to wonder how it all works – from immigration procedures, to cargo handling and finally to the city’s available transportation system, like everything else. you are confused!
Finally when you have your luggage and get the supplies and when you think the part of the riot was done, you will be out of the airport into the chaos of the city!
TRAFFIC LAWS AND ROAD RULES
With Kathmandu’s narrow streets seeing five times as many cars as it could handle, he is sure to be stuck in traffic jams.
The cultural shock that started as soon as you arrived will continue on the way from the airport to your hotel as you will see places you will not find anywhere else in the world.
You will notice everyone and everything in the middle of the road including cars, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, people, cattle, dogs, garbage, and more.
Seeing all this chaos happening right in front of your eyes, you may think that there are no rules at all, but there are – It takes time to understand it! Local people throwing these rules out the window does not help, but you will get used to it soon.
You will see people crossing the streets everywhere, anytime and anywhere, without looking at oncoming traffic and very few using zebra crossings!
For those who want to drive alone (although it would be nice if you stay a short time in Kathmandu traffic), and for those who do not know, we drive on the left side of the road and not on the right.
There are no speed checks within the city so public transport here is notorious for their heart-stopping speed or snail speed.
You will not know until you find one, and it is usually full! Also, be prepared to listen to MOST of Bollywood and local songs at full volume while traveling by bus and cellphone of other passengers.
Buses / minibuses will stop at any location, if there is no traffic officer nearby. All you have to do is move your hand – as if you were climbing mountains but without your thumb, indicating that you want to get on the bus.
Just be careful and maybe back off as the bus comes at you in an unfamiliar way, stopping too close – it might just hit you!
Thousands of cars in a small town means there will be pollution. An increasing number of people are beginning to wear masks to protect themselves from the dark smoke of cars or dust from the air.
The loud banging sounds will never escape your consciousness!
You will get another sense of shock after seeing a herd of cattle and street dogs roaming the streets and grazing, eating and sleeping on the piles of garbage dumped on the side of the road.
You should also be aware that Kathmandu street dogs are known for their relentless barking and barking at night.
Also, the locals wake up very early and there will be lots of racket from very early in the morning if you live in the heart of the city.
So fix your earplugs!
Also, there are crows and doves everywhere to get bird-poo for you. Carry wet wipes while traveling, if possible.
BLACKS / RESTRICTIONS
Load schedule – everything you do here will depend on this!
This may be a new word for you, but in Nepal, there is a power outage that lasts 16-18 hours each day during the dry season. Load shedding is a term used for this power outage.
Surprisingly, Nepal is the second richest country in the world with water resources!
If you live in a nice hotel with inverters or generators, you have nothing to worry about, but many small areas do not have the energy to save, making it difficult for you to do your job or charge. your electronics.
So be aware of load shedding times.
Also, you do not want to be stuck in a dark shower!
If you visit any of the temples or shrines, you will see clearly signs that you are not permitted to enter the courtyard or to wear shoes or carry leather goods.
Also, shoes should stay out of the door before entering a person’s home, as shoes are considered contaminated and can make the home dirty. And this is 100% right in the case of Nepal- just look at the outer roads!
People here are often upset and angry when they see shoes or sandals turned upside down, believing that they bring bad luck. Always keep it straight!
Strikes / BANDS
Strikes, bandhs or chakka jam (no transportation) were common, though not uncommon recently.
But when they do, everything stops in the city; no transportation, no schools and offices, shops are closed, so there is a good chance you will find yourself in a situation where you can do nothing or go anywhere, unless you live in a place like Thamel, where restaurants and bars are always open.
If this happens, just go out and do what the locals do or see how they deal with these bands. You will see most of them visiting places. Get help from your guide or ask for help from local people who would be more than happy to help you.
When it comes to food, the locals have ‘Dal Bhat’ – which you create with hot rice, almost daily – twice a day! Do not use your left hand which is used for cleaning after defecation, and it is considered dirty.