Dos and Don’t in South Asia

Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Ethnically, I belong to India. But I was born and brought up in New York. Once, I attained the age of eighteen years, I set out on a solo trip to explore the world. South Asia has always allured me. So, I decided to pack my bags and head out for exploring the South-Asian countries. Of course, India was at the top of my must-visit list.

I must say that the experience was indeed a fulfilling one. The beautiful culture and magnificent history of South Asian countries made an indelible print on my mind and soul. The warmth and affection that I got from these countries, made me feel very lucky.

Also, the enriching experience taught me a lot about the people, their culture, and their nature and so on. Let me share some dos and don’ts that you must follow in these countries in order to have a smooth experience. Let’s have a look:

· Try to dress modestly: South Asian countries are very popular for their temples and religious places. Make sure that when you visit these religious places, you wear appropriate attire. Your shoulder, midriff, knees should be covered. This goes for both boys and girls.

· Do not attempt to touch the top of someone’s head:

Head is the most sacred part of the body and feet is the dirtiest in the Buddhist religion. It is offensive to touch the top of someone’s head or show the bottom of your feet.

· Be amicable and friendly:

These countries are full of warm, amicable people. Try being friendly with them and you will experience lots of love and affection from them.

· Use your right hand for greeting someone or offering something:

In South Asian countries, people think of the left hand as dirty or impure. It is meant for toilet activities. So always greet or welcome someone or receive an offering with your right hand.

The above tips will definitely come handy to you if you are traveling down the South Asian countries. Keeping these things in mind will save you from embarrassing situations. The native people will love the fact that you are following their customs and cultures despite being an outsider. Enjoy your trip and have an enriching experience in these countries.