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kathmandu & menstruation

November 2, 2023

You’ve made it to the capital of Nepal. An abundance of history and exploration awaits you, and you don’t want your adventures to be disrupted by your period. So below are some top tips to ensure you have an enjoyable time.

Public toilets

Public toilets are non-existent. There are, of course, toilets in the museums in the historic centres, which if you are in and around areas such as Kathmandu, Patan or Bhaktapur, you are probably going to be there. Please note, tourists require a ticket to access these areas.

If you are out and about exploring the streets all day, you will have to nip into a café or restaurant and buy something to use their toilets. Luckily, the streets of cities such as Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur have a plethora of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Most toilets don’t have toilet roll. So, it’s a good idea to bring some tissues with you. It’s also a good idea to bring hand sanitiser because some facilities don’t have soap.

The toilets are usually

Buying sanitary products

You will not find any products in the bathrooms. When buying products in the cities, you should try to find either a pharmacy, sometimes called medicine distributors or some female beauty stores have sanitary products. The sanitary products I saw were exclusively pads, so if your product of choice is something else, it’s best to bring them to Nepal with you

- Example of pharmacies that sell sanitary products in Kathmandu Valley
Example of pharmacies that sell sanitary products in Kathmandu Valley
Example of beauty stores that sell sanitary products in Kathmandu
Example of beauty stores that sell sanitary products in Kathmandu

Cultural awareness

If you are spending some time around Kathmandu and Kathmandu Valley, you are probably planning to see some of the old squares and the ornate historic temples in the cities. Nepal is an intensely devout country and the main religion is Hinduism. In the Hindu religion, it is often practised that people menstruating should not enter some Hindu temple.

The Hindu temple restrictions are linked to the practice of puja and forbids idol worship while menstruating. Additionally, there are many temples that only allow those of the Hindu faith to enter.  

Some travellers may take a, ‘But, how do they know?’ stance. Whether this is your opinion or not, it is important to be aware of the customs and beliefs in the country you are visiting, regardless of whether you personally assign to them or not.

Learn more about menstruation in Nepal here.

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Rebecca Clifton

Rebecca is a writer and editor working in print and online. She’s passionate about travelling, and there’s nothing she loves more than exploring somewhere new—especially if it involves a long walk with a few pitstops for coffee.

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