Chisapani with Himalayas on backdrop. Photo: RMT
08 Apr 2015

Stairway To Heaven – A weekend in Chisapani and the Shivapuri Forest

Late autumn, winter and early spring, as everyone knows, are the perfect times to head to the hills surrounding Kathmandu, to view the mountains and “chill” out, and the favourite spots are Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. But with a little more energy and a smaller budget, why not try Chisapani? Sure,

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13 May 2014

Traditional Shops of Asan Tole

The Shankha Pasal (Conch Shop) at the opposite on the road going towards Indra Chowk. It was the first one to start the spice trade in Nepal in addition to selling conch. Any local of Kathmandu Valley knows where to find a ghyao-tel pasal. In fact, there are half a

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10 May 2014

Going for a shave in Kathmandu

So many of the streets are dotted with local shaving joints. You seem not to notice them at first but when you’re on the lookout you’ll realise that they’re everywhere. I walked down a rubble-framed road in Gairidhara on my way to meet someone for a coffee. A subconscious stroke

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One-Day-in-Pokhara
09 May 2014

A Day in Pokhara

Let’s say you have one day to spend in the city by the lake in the west of Nepal. You’ll no doubt end up staying longer but here are a few things to prioritise from the moment you wake. First of all, you need to get to Pokhara. Book yourself

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Mount Kailash
06 May 2014

Mount Kailash: Offering to the Sacred Mountain

Long shrouded in myth and mystery, Tibet lies on the roof of the world, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Central Asia. Amid this grandeur, rising alone from the western Tibetan Plateau, stands Mount Kailash (Kang Rinpoche) – the most sacred mountain of the world and earthly manifestation of the

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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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03 May 2014

Some of Nepal’s Unique Flora and Fauna

A diverse range of flora and fauna can be found in Nepal’s nine national parks and three wildlife reserves. Here are a few examples of the rich biodiversity found in this tiny landlocked country.

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21 Jan 2012

The Nepal Himalaya a different approach!

Everest Summit Lodges Everest Summit Lodges has redefined trekking and touring in the Nepal Himalaya with eight high-quality lodges. All lodges have been constructed with a strong awareness for protection of the environment, local culture and people. Exceptional locations offer fantastic mountain scenery be it in the Kathmandu Valley, in

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20 Jan 2012

Kiran Namaste

“Just call me “It”,” says Iet J. Schilder-Verboom. Iet is a tall lanky lady with reddish hair. She is from the Netherlands where she runs a small clinic as a psychologist. “I first came to Nepal some 18 years ago,” she recalls. That was when her husband (“who is a

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Potala-Palace
19 Jan 2012

From Beijing to Kathmandu Across the Himalayas – Michael Straus

It started on a spring day in May when J. and I took the plane bound for Beijing. A stopover and a couple of naps later, we arrived at Beijing. We just had time to get to the hotel where our hostess was already waiting for us. On our first

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