Newars are the historical and the native inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley and the surrounding areas. They are the ones who are responsible for the civilization of the Kathmandu valley, its culture and heritage. Nepal Bhasa is their native language and most of them follow Hinduism and Buddhism. They are from Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan ethnicity.
Newar community is known for their culture and tradition. For centuries they have lived in the central part of Nepal and helped in its civilization. Beside their culture and tradition Newar community is known for one other thing which is their traditional Newari delicacies.
Trying out the traditional Newari delicacies in Kathmandu is one of the most important thing which you cant afford to miss while you are in Kathmandu. As a matter-of-fact that will once in a lifetime experience for your taste-buds which you cant taste from any other part of the world other than Nepal.
The most awesome way of enjoying Newari delicacies is eating it out in a traditional way. There are many hotels and restaurants available in the Kathmandu valley which served Newari foods in their traditional way. Guests can sit on a long narrow straw mats which is called “sukul” in Nepali and eat from the plate made with leaves.
Well anyways, here I’ll be listing some of the most important and delicious Newari food items that are very popular among the local and foreign visitors while they were in Kathmandu.
- Mamacha or simply momo: non-veg item which is a meat dumpling can either be of steamed or fried
- Ju Ju Dhau: Milk yogurt or curd sweetened with sugar, Bhaktapur is famous for it
- Alu tama: curry made up of bamboo shoots and potatoes
- Bhuttan: non-veg item which prepared from the fried intestine and other abdominal parts of lamb or mutton
- Bara: fried snack made up of lentils
- Chatamari: delicious pancake made up of rice
All of these dishes are quite unique and should be a “must to try” in your list if you are visiting Kathmandu valley.
Since, tourism industry is one of the main source of income of many Nepalese people they are way more than hospitable. Beside these Nepal is rich in its natural beauty, cultural heritage, religious harmony and suitable climatic condition. This is the reason why millions of foreign visitors travel to Nepal each year. In Nepal there aren’t that much of strict rules and regulations. But here I’ll be listing some of the things that one should consider before visiting Nepal. There is a saying “While in Rome Do as the Romans Do” and it would be better if you can have a quick look over this simple article.
It is extremely illegal to sell and buy, capture or kill any wild animals and use their body parts for trading purpose without a license. Nepal is a country which is a notary to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) of Wild animals and plants which totally bans trading of wild animals and plant’s products without a legal government approved permit. Those who breaches these law and those who aids in this process of selling, buying and trafficking of these items will be arrested and receive prison sentences along with the fine.
While foreigners are in Nepal it is recommended for the women to avoid wearing sleeveless tops and shorts which are quite revealing. Nepalese people doesn’t digest these things especially in the holy places and temple areas. Also it is recommended to remove any leather items and shoes before entering the temples and holy sites.
It is recommended to all the foreigners to carry their passport at all times. And it will be wise to keep multiple passport size photos because they’ll be quite handy in filling the forms like permit papers and documents.