Offbeat Tibet: Lesser-Known Monasteries on the Friendship Highway
18 Sep 2019

Offbeat Monasteries on the Friendship Highway Tibet

Tsang is Tibet’s most well-travelled region. Traditionally known as Ü-Tsang, this southwestern part of Tibet juts up against the highest Himalayan peaks and Nepal. The road from Lhasa to Everest, the Friendship Highway (the G318), passes straight through Tsang, zipping up over soaring mountain passes and by pristine lakes on

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An Eid to Remember in the Gurez Valley
12 Sep 2019

An Eid to Remember in the Gurez Valley

The Gurez Valley, tucked between the belligerent sides of Nanga Parbat, is a tiny part of a region known as Dardistan. The ancient land of the Dardic Aryan tribe stretches across both Pakistan and India, and its capital, the village of Dawar, is situated in the Gurez Valley. In the

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Rhino Conservation in Nepal's Chitwan National Park
22 Aug 2019

Rhino Conservation in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park

I felt encouraged by my conversation with naturalists at Chitwan National Park. I was briefed on the great conservation work being done not only in the park but on a national level in Nepal. Nepal celebrated four zero rhino poaching years: 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. A zero poaching year is when there

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14 Things to Do in Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan
15 Aug 2019

14 Things to Do in Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan

Although most visitors to Bhutan must travel with a guide, that doesn’t mean you can’t find some time to do a bit of exploring by yourself, or encourage your guide to take you to certain places. There’s a lot to see and do in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, despite

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Cultural Immersion at the Tansen Community Homestay Nepal
12 Aug 2019

Cultural Immersion at the Tansen Community Homestay Nepal

Have you ever wanted to spend time with local people to get to know a place better? Have you ever dreamed of having friends when you arrive at a new place for the first time? Friends to show you around, to host you, to help you have a memorable experience.

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On the Mohare Danda Trail
08 Aug 2019

On the Mohare Danda Trail

A little bit up. A little bit down. A little bit over past that town. This is, in its simplest form, an explanation of what it is like to trek in Nepal. Not only are you walking a little bit up and a little bit down, but your emotions will

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On Top of the World in the Valley of Flowers
05 Aug 2019

On Top of the World in the Valley of Flowers

Not everyone is lucky enough to see the Valley of Flowers in full bloom. First of all, as a high-altitude inner Himalayan valley, it remains inaccessible and under snow for most of the year. Second, it is not an easy trek—not just because of its altitude (around 3,500 metres above

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Understanding Lumbini
01 Aug 2019

Understanding Lumbini

While travelling through Nepal I experienced a kaleidoscope of cultural beliefs, and one of the most important places to me was Lumbini, the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Siddhartha Buddha. For anyone on a Buddhist pilgrimage, where’s a better place than the birthplace of Lord Buddha himself? Lumbini is a

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The Newari Festival of Death, Gai Jatra
29 Jul 2019

Celebrating Life and Death at Gai Jatra

The traffic moves at festival speed, like honey through an hourglass. The taxi rattles and hums with the smell of exhaust fumes. But the time passes easily with my companion for the day, Junu Shrestha, a tour guide from the medieval city of Bhaktapur. “In this celebration people are more

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The Honey Hunters of Nepal
25 Jul 2019

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

In the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya lives a brave tribe of Gurung people who risk their lives climbing up cliffs to harvest honey from one of the biggest and most dangerous honey bees in the world. This tradition dates back hundreds of years, and holds great religious and cultural

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