Dress code - Nepal and India

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1. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am leaving in about 3 weeks to go to Nepal where i will be volunteering in Pokhara and was just wondering what is appropriate dress? I know not to wear vest tops etc. but how covered up should I be? Are normal T-shirts OK? What about legs? How much of them should be covered?

Also, on another note, can anyone recommend if I need the Japanese Encephylitis injection? I am going to be spending about 10 weeks in Nepal and then over to India, where I won't be likely to go outside of the 'Golden Triangle'.


2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Normal T-shirts and knee length bottoms are okay in most cities of india except if ur visiting some religious places or some interior villages where u have to cover even more...

Dont buy the indian dresses available in Uk, u can get plenty of them in India and at much cheaper rates:)

Do let me know if u need more info

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

T-shirts should be fine, perhaps nothing too tight. Generally for the legs I think it's custom to cover the knees so just follow that rule (and for the top, cover the shoulders).

Mind you in Lakeside, Pokhara there will be a lot of tourists who don't follow the rule and just wear whatever - but I'd say this isn't respected as much by the locals. I think to ensure the respect (especially while volunteering) just cover up a bit.

If you follow those rules I don't think you necessarily have to dress Hindu style - that's more about personal preference (although it might be encouraged if you attend any special events) but if you think that's cool then go ahead - I'm sure locals would be impressed.

I'm not sure where you're volunteering but keep in mind that if you're in a small village they may wash in a communal place, where it is necessary for women to still cover up their naughty bits - so in that case you can wash in what you'd bathe in.

Hope you enjoy volunteering as much as I did. If there's any other questions about that in Nepal feel free to ask me. As for the encephylitis thing it might be better to ask some sort of health professional!


4. Posted by nepaltreks (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi , nepal august is hot so t-shirt is ok , but winer will be so cold , if u need anyinformation about nepal please contact me

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5. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the help guys, just wanted to make sure I don't offend anyone!

6. Posted by Ardy (Full Member 62 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I wear almost constantly basic v neck T, these baggy PJ pants (both knee length and ankle length, you can adust them - they rock) you can buy them here for like 100rup, and a pashmina most of the time. I wore a head scarf a bit in Amritsar and that's about it. I have kept the same dress code through out Himanchal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradash, and Rajasthan. Just watch the people around you is all you pick up on it pretty quick.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 4, 2008, at 6:23 AM by Ardy ]