Explore unusual facts and quirky tidbits that give a wonderful, insider's view of Nepal, including topics such as lifestyle, religion, festivals, the arts, and more.
» Nepali men often do the shopping for meat. Women are the bargainers for fruits and vegetables and it is not uncommon to see them haggling in the streets over the price of a merchant's wares.
» Street and roadside snack sellers are very popular in Nepal. On any given afternoon, you can find freshly cut pineapple, jackfruit, grilled corn, and sweet and salty snacks made from different varieties of gram, roasted peanuts, and pulses. People on the go typically stop for a quick bite, and then continue on with their errands.
» The small ornament Indian and Nepali women wear above the bridge of the nose is called a tika and signifies several different things. It represents the third eye of Shiva, which seeks out and destroys evil and is a sign of religious dedication and worship. If the tika is red, it indicates that the woman is married. The younger generation of Nepali girls don't always wear tikas, but when they do, it is often more of a fashion accessory than a religious symbol.