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Hiking through the Villages of the Kathmandu Valley
19 Feb 2017

Hiking through the Villages of the Kathmandu Valley

Whether you go to Nepal to climb the Himalayas or to experience Hindu and Buddhist culture, you’ll certainly spend a couple of days in Kathmandu. When you’re exhausted by the constant commotion of the city, a day-trip among the villages south of Patan (to the south of Kathmandu) is an

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Scenic Flight to Everest: Third Time Lucky!
16 Feb 2017

Scenic Flight to Everest: Third Time Lucky!

For the third day in a row I arrived at Kathmandu airport’s domestic terminal at 6am, optimistic that this was going to be the magical day that my scenic Everest flight would take off, and not canceled due to weather like the two previous mornings. When booking my trip to

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Colourful Handicrafts of Kathmandu
14 Feb 2017

Colourful Handicrafts of the Kathmandu Valley

As a traveller, it’s easy to disregard local souvenirs as being kitsch, mass produced, perhaps even inauthentic. But as a photographer visiting the Kathmandu Valley, I was lucky enough to witness traditional artisans creating outstanding souvenirs representative of the area, using natural local materials and that displayed truly amazing artistic

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Bhutan's Druk Path Trek...in Two Days
12 Feb 2017

Bhutan’s Druk Path Trek…in Two Days

We were short on time. “It says here that most people do the Druk Path in six days.” “Well, in four days I have to leave the country. In three days, you have to leave the country. So we better do it in two.” It was reluctantly decided. My friends

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Hike to the Gorkha Durbar
09 Feb 2017

Hike to the Gorkha Durbar

Gorkha is situated in the Middle Hills countryside, just 24 kilometers from the Prithvi Highway connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you don’t want to rush through the historic villages and ancient temples of this region, you may choose a one day stopover, change buses at Abu Khaireni and head north

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Cycling in the Kathmandu Valley: Swayambhunath and Ichangu Narayan
07 Feb 2017

Cycling in the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu is a fascinating, crowded city, sometimes even infuriating. But if you really want to experience its secret surroundings, you have to put aside a couple of days and explore lesser known sights. If you are a newcomer to Nepal, it’s highly likely that you’ll stay in the tourist quarter

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks in Nepal
05 Feb 2017

Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks in Nepal

Treks such as the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp are popular for good reason—the views are spectacular, the infrastructure is good and the terrain is varied, meaning that variations can be made to suit many fitness levels. However, if you’re trekking in Nepal for the second, third, or fifteenth

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Motorcycle Diaries, Himalayan Edition
03 Feb 2017

Motorcycle Diaries, Himalayan Edition

It was a long weekend in October, one of the best times of the year to explore the majestic mountains of Uttarakhand. My dream of going on a motorbike trip amidst the hills was long overdue. So, I planned a drive to one of the beautiful hill station regions of

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Festivals of Nepal
01 Feb 2017

Major Festivals of Nepal in 2017

February 1 2017, Basanta Panchami Devotees worship goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and creator of arts, education and music. Basanta Panchami also marks the end of winter and beginning of spring. February 24 2017, Maha Shivaratri ‘Shivaratri’ means the ‘night of Lord Shiva’. Devout Hindus bathe early in the

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10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Annapurna Circuit Trek
29 Jan 2017

10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit is considered to be one of the world’s best treks, and every year thousands of tourists come to Nepal to undertake the journey. But what’s so captivating about this 230 km route around the Annapurna peaks? Well, everything. The views, the ever changing landscape, the people you

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Culture & Tradition

Swayambhunath "Monkey Temple". Photo: Sudeep Singh
16 Apr 2015

Buddhism in Nepal

In many areas, Hinduism has absorbed Buddhism to a large extent, but the two religions have many shared deities and temples. As every Nepali is proud to tell you, the Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. That is to say, he was born in the Shakya Kingdom of Kapilvastu which

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panauti-homestay-nepal
03 Oct 2016

A Perfect Break from the City at Panauti Community Homestay

Panauti Community Homestay – A Perfect Break from the City. As lovely as many of Nepal’s hotels are, many visitors want to get a bit closer to ordinary Nepali people and to learn about how they live. A visit to Panauti Community Homestay is the perfect way to experience Nepali

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momo-making-class-nepal
17 Oct 2016

Momo Making (and Eating) in Nepal

I’ve hiked the Himalayas and I’ve dived in Malaysian waters, but the Momo cooking course in Nepal remains one of the most fun activities I’ve done while traveling. Sometimes we travel to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily rat race; sometimes it’s to embark on an exhilarating adventure,

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Nature

Yarsagumba
05 May 2014

Yarsagumba — The “Miracle” Mushroom

With the melting of the snows in the Himalayas, hordes of villagers of Nepal’s far western region trek up to the alpine pastures near the towering Himalayan peaks where they pitch camp for an extended stay of almost eight weeks, braving the cold and harsh environment.  They spend their days

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bardiya national park
17 Jan 2012

Tiger hunting in Bardiya

“Chances of meeting a tiger here are pretty good,” said my guide, Santa Chowdhary, as we sat under the tree, facing across the river. It was 40 degrees and the sweat was pouring off us. I wondered at my sanity and how true the saying was about mad English (wo)men

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Workers picking tea leaves. Photo: RMT
17 Apr 2015

Tea gardens in Nepal

This first flush fetches the highest prices, not only for its fine flavor, but also as it is produced in much lower quantity. Many people don’t know this, but the tea grown here can be better than that of neighbouring Darjeeling. Though similar to the world famous Darjeeling teas, it

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