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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25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley
09 Aug 2017

A Guide to Camping at Hattiban, Kathmandu Valley

One of my favorite weekend activities is to spend a Friday or Saturday night camping at Hattiban with a group of friends. Hattiban is a forested area located in the hills to the southwest of the valley, above Pharping. The Himalayan Height Resort is located up there and provides nice

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Weekend Escapes from Kathmandu
30 Jul 2017

Weekend Escapes from Kathmandu

Everyone needs an occasional break from Kathmandu – the traffic, pollution, noise, and chaos can be a little overwhelming. Whether you live in the city or are just visiting for a while, there are several easy-to-reach places that make for good weekend trips away from Kathmandu. Here are a few

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Local Homestay in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon
05 Jul 2017

Local Homestay in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Our trip around the Kingdom of Bhutan was marked by unusual cultural experiences, best described as ‘authentic’, despite this word being overused in the travel industry. The obscure, little-explored Kingdom nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, famous for giving priority to Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product, 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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Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal
12 Jun 2017

Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal

There’s nothing quite like seeing Nepal from the seat of a mountain bike. A bicycle brings you onto trails and into remote villages that are inaccessible to motorized vehicles. Biking is (usually) faster and more fun than walking, and mountain bikes inevitably draw the interest of local people and provide

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Sunset at Barauli Community Homestay
10 May 2017

6 Nepal Holidays that Don’t Involve Climbing a Mountain

The Himalayan nation of Nepal—home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world—is rightly known as the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. However, you don’t have to be a mountain climber or a super-fit long-distance trekker to explore the country and see some of its best sights. Travellers

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7 Beautiful Sustainable Hotels in Nepal
06 Apr 2017

7 Beautiful Sustainable Hotels in Nepal

Sustainable tourism is tourism that is committed to making a low impact on the environment and local cultures, while helping to generate future employment for local people. It aims to ensure that development is positive for local people, tourism operators and tourists. While Nepal has great potential as a sustainable

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A Surprise Homestay in Arunachal Pradesh, India
30 Mar 2017

A Surprise Homestay in Arunachal Pradesh, India

On the eastern end of the Himalayas, bordering both China and Bhutan, lies the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is nothing like many people imagine India to be. Instead of dirty, crowded cities, the mountainous green land is sparsely populated by ancient tribes and clans. Many of these people

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