Do’s and Dont’s for Travel in Tibet

Tibetan Cultural Etiquettes: Do’s and Dont’s for Travel in Tibet

Do’s and Dont’s for Travel in Tibet is so important. Followings are some dos and Donts for travel in Tibet. Following are the list of Tibetan conducts, we think it is very important for every visitors to Know to some of them. Do’s and Dont’s for Travel in Tibet


Don‘t smell your food Don’t ask to be shown the food while people are cooking Don’t throw away leftover tea Eat and drink at least a little of whatever the host offers you You don’t need to finish everything you are offered If you want more food, ask the host – don’t just help yourself It is not impolite to ask for more Don’t rub your belly or stretch your arms after a meal You may burp and eat noisily during a meal Don’t take leftovers for yourself Eat as much as you need

Elders and Lamas

When lamas or elders come in or leave, you should stand up Answer clearly when elders or lamas address you If you meet a lama, remove your hat and bend down a little If you speak Tibetan, do your best to use polite words Don’t sit with your back facing elders Don’t call elders directly by name Be patient with elders, and flatter them a little from time to time

Modest Conduct

Don’t wear revealing clothing, for example short pants or clothes that show your arms Don’t kiss or hug people of the opposite sex. You can shake hands Apart from questions about sex and love, feel free to ask any questions Don’t touch people on the top of the head Men and women shouldn’t sit too close to each other Don’t stare at anyone for a long time Don’t fart when you are with another person(s) Don’t boast about yourself

Shrines and Religious Objects

Don’t point your fingers at image of lamas, Buddhas or deities Use your outstretched hand with upturned palm Don’t put your shoes or socks beside the shrine Don’t wash or comb your hair near the shrine Don’t take photos in the shrine Don’t smoke in the shrine

Seating and moving

Take off your hat when you enter a house Sit wherever the host asks you to sit Don’t stretch out your legs when sitting Don’t step over other people (not even their feet) or their clothes Don’t step over or straddle books or photographs If you are a woman wearing a skirt, gather it together when you pass people sitting on the floor and don’t let the skirt brush others Men should generally sit on the right hand side


Don’t put your shoes or socks beneath a pillow Don’t pass things like clothes or shoes over the stove Don’t wash or comb your hair near the stove Don’t step on pillows or quilts Take bowls and cups with two hands So when you will be traveling to Tibet we request all our clients to respect and thourghly follow our Do’s and Dont’s for Travel in Tibet

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