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Bouddhanath Stupa under renovation after Nepal earthquake. Photo: Sudeep Singh
24 Apr 2016

Post-Earthquake stroll through Kathmandu

Any delusions of the scale of destruction within Kathmandu were completely blown away after seeing with my own eyes. Scanning the streets as the taxi made its way from the airport, the apprehension of seeing widespread destruction following the earthquakes in Nepal faded quickly. In fact at first it was

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Everest Base Camp Trekking. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
22 Apr 2016

Let’s spot a Yeti back home!

I write this blog, especially for friends and Nepalese living abroad. I am a Nepali and I work in Bangalore, India. I went home in October 2015, my first visit since the quake. Houses are still standing in my neighborhood and that’s a blessing. I couldn’t venture far and wide

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Changu Narayan Temple
15 Apr 2016

Lesser- known heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley

Visitors to the Kathmandu Valley know about the three splendid Durbar Squares—in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur—and make a point of visiting at least one, if not all three. But lesser-known are some old and important sites situated in small towns at the edges of the Valley. If you have a

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Bricks Cafe
12 Apr 2016

An evening at Bricks Cafe, Kupondole

Recently reopened after being rebuilt following earthquake damage, Bricks Cafe provides a classy but relaxed setting for tasty Nepali and continental food. Set back off busy Pulchowk in Lalitpur, the spacious old Newari house and garden is a peaceful place for an after-work drink or full meal. I started with

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Buddhist Art
08 Apr 2016

Nepal’s Beautiful Buddhist Art

You’ll find Buddhist art depicted in stone, wood, and metal works, most of which are images of Buddhist deities, and as paubhas/thangkas (religious paintings). Although most early sculptures were of Hindu deities, Buddhist art is an important part of Nepal‘s ancient history. While the earliest stone sculpture discovered was the

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Himalayan range, Everest region. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
08 Apr 2016

The Nepal Himalayas

It is the greatest mountain chain in the world. It is the majestic Himalayas (Abode of Snow House). It stretches over some 3,500 km and covers about 1,000,000 sq km of surface area between Afghanistan and South China. Approximately 800 km of the Himalayas is in Nepal, including eight of

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Photo: Tashi Sherpa
07 Apr 2016

Mountain Tourism

A substantial number of tourists to this small country come to trek in the high mountains and in the regions of the majestic Himalayas. Nepal’s prime asset, without doubt, is this great chain of ice capped peaks, which has eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks, including the highest in

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Photo: Tashi Sherpa
31 Mar 2016

Mountain and Environment

Nepal is famous as a great country to go trekking. There are numerous trekking routes suitable for all types of individuals. Some are graded mild to moderate, meaning you won’t have to hike to high altitudes, while others may be graded challenging and difficult, in which case you’ll be doing

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Innovation with lokta paper. Photo: Niraj Maharjan, www.craftyhand.com
30 Mar 2016

Shopping in Kathmandu for high-quality souvenirs

Many visitors to Kathmandu stay in the Thamel district, which is chock-a-block full of souvenir shops and trinket sellers. But while good-quality items and reasonable prices can be found in Thamel, and it is a great place to buy books and cheap clothing, it’s generally better to shop elsewhere if

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