Bhutan's Proposed World Heritage Sites
31 Aug 2018

Bhutan’s Tentative World Heritage Sites

Despite being a naturally and culturally very beautiful country, Bhutan does not yet have any UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, eight sites appear on the ‘Tentative List’, which means that a number of criteria need to be met before they can become fully fledged World Heritage Sites. Here’s a look

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6 Monasteries in Ladakh You Should Definitely Visit
28 Aug 2018

6 Monasteries in Ladakh You Should Definitely Visit

Along with trekking, rafting and the high-altitude lakes, visiting the monasteries of Ladakh is a highlight of any visit. There are monasteries perched upon every second craggy hill, it seems, but some of them are more visit-worthy than others. There are two main monastery circuits that visitors to Ladakh take—to

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World Heritage Sites in Tibet
28 Jun 2018

World Heritage Sites in Tibet

Tibet is home to three UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites, all in the capital city, Lhasa. These three places–the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka Palace, and the Jokhang Temple–are all fixtures on Tibet sightseeing itineraries, and are well-worth visiting. UNESCO states that “the beauty and originality of the architecture of these three

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Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018
04 Jun 2018

Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018

The Hemis Monastery, 43 kilometres from Leh, is one of the richest and most important monasteries in Ladakh. It is also one of the few monasteries to hold its annual festival in the summer. Therefore, it’s very popular with tourists. If you’re lucky enough to be in Ladakh in June/July,

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community-homestay-nepal
18 Dec 2017

Getting Local in Nepal’s Community Homestays

While luxurious hotels with all the mod-cons can be a nice way to travel, travellers interested in getting to know local people and culture can find this a limiting way of experiencing a country. If you’ve seen the inside of one generic hotel you’ve pretty much seen them all. But

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The centuries old Kagbeni Palace, now a private residence. Photo Elen Turner
02 Nov 2017

Lower Mustang, a Land of Lamas and Buddhism

“Kag, I was later to discover, had in the past been an important fortress town, one of the most advanced bastions of the Kingdom of Mustang. The sight of it showed that we had now left behind all contact with the Nepalese Hindu world and had entered the land of

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Wildlife in the Himalayas You Might See
23 Aug 2017

Wildlife in the Himalayas You Might See

A major attraction of travelling in the Himalayas is encountering unique wildlife. From colourful birds to elusive big cats, you can’t see these animals at home, outside a zoo. Read on for information on wildlife in the Himalayas you can expect to see, and where to spot these beautiful creatures.

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Tips for Tackling the Everest Base Camp Trek
20 Aug 2017

Tips for Tackling the Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is a classic, and for good reason: the landscape is stunning, the wildlife is unlike any that you’ll find in most other places, the infrastructure is good (meaning you will be well fed and rested), and the culture along the way is fascinating. It is

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A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
28 Jun 2017

A Weekend in Boudhanath at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Although most visitors to Kathmandu opt to stay in Thamel—the central neighbourhood full of travel companies, hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants—a calmer alternative is Boudhanath, or Boudha for short. The area is known especially as a Tibetan enclave. The Boudhanath stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet

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The Monastery Circuit of Tibet
04 Jun 2017

What to Expect When Travelling to Tibet

Travelling to Tibet is different. Even the most confident solo traveller will have to accept that independent travel here is not possible. The Chinese Government—which rules Tibet—restricts where tourists can travel, and how they can do it. But as a long-time independent traveller (oftentimes solo), I must admit it was

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