Travel Tips and Info
The information from this
section is excerpted from the guide books, "India"
and Braja Mandala / A Practical Guide
by John Howley.
Getting to Vrindavana
Getting Around Vrindavana
Valuables and Security
Money Matters Weather
Cultural and Social Behavior Temple Etiquette Begging
Cultural and Social Behavior
Here are a few tips:
people use their right hand to eat, as well as to offer and take things from
people. The left hand is considered unclean, as that hand is used for the
toilet. It is considered impolite to give or accept something from someone with
your left hand. It is considered unclean to serve food with your left hand or to
put your left hand in your mouth.
Women do not generally shake
hands with men. Also men and women should not touch each other in public,
especially in holy places and temples.
To greet someone, it is good
manners to put your palms together and say “Namaste” or “Hare Krishna”.
When you enter someone’s
home you should take off your shoes.
After someone has begun
eating, they should wash their hands before serving themselves or others more
food. You should not take a bite
out of something and then hand it to someone else to eat, or eat off the same
plate as someone. After eating, Indians wash their hands and mouth.