responsible-tourism
20 Oct 2016

Tourism: Making it Sustainable

By the day, tourism is spreading across the globe. Once just the preserve of the relatively rich from developed countries, increasing prosperity in countries like India and China having meant that now far more people are on the move, finding ways to enjoy their leisure time. Tourism is an important

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16 Oct 2016

Feeling peckish?

Here are a few personal favourite restaurants in Kathmandu, and in around Thamel. Whether you want dal bhat or local Newari dishes, or fancy something from elsewhere in the world, Kathmandu has a wide choice of cuisines. Cafe Chikusa, Jyatha, Thamel My favourite cafe, this Japanese partnership offer the best

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Old Tibetan woman making yarn. Photo: Sudeep Singh
04 May 2015

Experiencing the Tibetan Way of Life

In 1959, when Tibet was invaded by China, many Tibetans fled to neighboring countries like India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. A sizeable number, about 20,000, took refuge in various parts of Nepal, from Ilam and Taplejung in the east to Jumla and Humla in the far west. Many settled down

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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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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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05 Apr 2015

Roads and trails in Solukhumbu

There has been an explosion of road building. Roads are springing up everywhere. Not only are they reaching villages that were only connected by rough and narrow trails, but for the past few years, the  road from China that ended ten years ago at Lo Manthang, in Upper Mustang, now

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Shamans of Nepal
12 May 2014

Shamans of Nepal

Shamanism exists in different variations worldwide, but shares common beliefs that spirits exist (good or evil) and that they can communicate with the spirits. They can usually also cure sickness caused by evil spirits and induce trance-like states to incite a visionary ecstasy. They can sometimes also tell the future.

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11 May 2014

Homestays – Alternative Style Accommodation

Homestays can be seen as a much better alternative to conventional hotel accommodation, providing a great opportunity for visitors to experience local culture and lifestyle firsthand. Homestay tourism is becoming very popular in Nepal. During 2011’s Nepal Tourism Year (NTY 2011) it was realised that with an estimated number of

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Rani Pokhari during Chatt Festival
08 May 2014

Historical ponds of Kathmandu

It could be said that the Kathmandu Valley itself was born of a pond. According to mythology, the valley was once a lake known as Nagdaha that was full of snakes. It was believed to have been drained by the Buddhist sage Manjushree. All over the city and in the

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Bandipur Bazaar
07 May 2014

Bandipur – A Newar Town Outside the Valley

Bandipur is a historical route and many merchants have passed this way in ancient times. It takes you to Tundikhel and on to Bandipur Bazaar. On the way to Pokhara on the scenic Prithvi Highway, you will come across a small town called Bimal Bazaar in Tanahun District. A half

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