A Home Away from Home in Tansen, Nepal
15 Jul 2019

A Home Away from Home in Tansen, Nepal

We humans are strange animals. We are different and divided, yet our hearts long to connect to other souls. Deep in the mid-hills of Nepal, I stayed in a picturesque village named Tansen on my way between Lumbini and Pokhara. The kind people of Tansen offer their local hospitality through

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The Story of Patan's Bhoto Jatra
25 Jun 2019

The Story of Patan’s Bhoto Jatra

Nepal is one of my favourite destinations for spiritual journeys. The Himalayan country, full of sacred sites, is a centre of love, peace, and serenity. It’s also a land of age-old myths and traditions. Even today these myths and traditions are deep-rooted in the culture of the Nepali people. During my

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Monks Steal the Show at Bhutan’s Punakha Festival
17 Jun 2019

Monks Steal the Show at Bhutan’s Punakha Festival

Located in the picturesque Punakha-Wangdue Valley, Punakha is the former capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Terraced rice fields, fruit orchards and wooden houses against the backdrop of the Himalayas and glacial rivers make it an ideal retreat for those looking to indulge in nature and culture. Each year in

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Bumthang chain bridge. Photo by Abbie Synan
24 Apr 2019

The Alps of Asia in Bumthang, Bhutan

The verdant rolling hills, cows grazing in the valleys and the plate overflowing with Emmental cheese at your homestay would lead you to believe you’re vacationing somewhere in the Swiss Alps. But this is a common scene here in Bumthang, Bhutan. It is the perfect place for farming, and the

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A Grass Routes Tour of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan
24 Mar 2019

A Grass Routes Tour of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan

Nepal is, of course, famously known for trekking, mountaineering, and the world’s highest peaks. But there’s so much more to the country. On a recent one-week tour of Nepal, I got to know the country just a little bit better by visiting homestays, villages, nature reserves, and national parks. Starting in

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The temples of Panauti. Photo: Axel Drainville/Flickr
13 Mar 2019

Why You Should Visit UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage Sites in Nepal

Most travellers to Nepal visit several of the country’s well-known UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. These are must-visit attractions that shouldn’t be missed, but they’re not the only worthwhile heritage sites in the country. There are currently 15 sites in Nepal that are on UNESCO’s tentative list. This means that although

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Gumbo Ranjan, Zanskar’s Sacred Mountain
28 Feb 2019

Gumbo Ranjan, Zanskar’s Sacred Mountain

A sudden crack comes from the direction of the mountain. Dust is rising from behind a rocky crag. Then I see it, gathering speed, ploughing over the scree down the mountainside, a trail of debris behind. I watch as the huge boulder continues unforgivingly, crossing my walking path and slapping

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Exploring Kohima, the Capital of Nagaland
14 Dec 2018

Exploring Kohima, the Capital of Nagaland

Through the large bay windows ahead of me, I see emerald peaks peer over a blanket of fog. It’s almost 9 AM in this town and the only noise I can hear is the static-y hum of the radio playing inside my room. The peaks are an extension of the

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The way to Lukla as seen by air. Photo: Guillaume Baviere / Flickr
30 Nov 2018

Trekking the Solukhumbu Cultural Trail

The area below Lukla and Namche Bazar is fascinating, beautiful, and somewhat neglected. Lukla Airport was built in 1964, offering many travellers the option to catapult themselves directly into the main action, and allowing many hikers the opportunity to tick off the region’s most famous highlights in just a few

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The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal's Holiest Temples
05 Nov 2018

The Beauty of Muktinath, One of Nepal’s Holiest Temples

Though I have visited Muktinath twice–once crossing from the Thorong La and another walking from Beni–I did not fully grasp the significance of this place until a friend proudly posted photos of himself there: “A life dream,” he had written. I knew I needed to learn more. Muktinath (3,710 meters)

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