An Eid to Remember in the Gurez Valley
12 Sep 2019

An Eid to Remember in the Gurez Valley

The Gurez Valley, tucked between the belligerent sides of Nanga Parbat, is a tiny part of a region known as Dardistan. The ancient land of the Dardic Aryan tribe stretches across both Pakistan and India, and its capital, the village of Dawar, is situated in the Gurez Valley. In the

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The People You Meet on the Tamang Heritage Trail
09 Sep 2019

The People You Meet on the Tamang Heritage Trail

The bus ran along the route between Kathmandu and Syabru Besi, the starting point for several treks in the Langtang region. I could see bottomless ravines that opened deep down the valley, while the rudimentary coach we were traveling in slowly braved the tight bends of the road. At one

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Above Gosai Kunda: Highland of Sacred Alpine Lakes
05 Sep 2019

Above Gosaikunda: Highland of Sacred Alpine Lakes

The crystal clear still water of Gosaikunda Lake in Langtang National Park is a well known destination in Rasuwa District for trekkers and pilgrims alike. Gosaikunda, “Holy Lake of the Lord of Senses.” A ‘kunda’ is not any kind of lake, but actually refers to the holy dipping tank at

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The Lunar Losar Festival
02 Sep 2019

The Lunar Losar Festival

The monks’ faces show traces of exhaustion. They have spent days preparing for Losar, sitting for hours molding torma, intricate statues made of butter and wax. I stare at the large figure of Mahakala, one of the Buddhist deities sculpted out of the same waxy clay and painted black. At

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Lubra, the Hidden Bon Village of Lower Mustang
26 Aug 2019

Lubra, the Hidden Bon Village of Lower Mustang

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. In 2017, a total of 158,000 international tourists visited the Annapurna Conservation Area, including a record 27,000 foreign trekkers. However, semi-arid Lubra village (also called Ludak), nestled deep in the Panda Khola gorge of Lower Mustang

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Understanding Lumbini
01 Aug 2019

Understanding Lumbini

While travelling through Nepal I experienced a kaleidoscope of cultural beliefs, and one of the most important places to me was Lumbini, the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Siddhartha Buddha. For anyone on a Buddhist pilgrimage, where’s a better place than the birthplace of Lord Buddha himself? Lumbini is a

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The Newari Festival of Death, Gai Jatra
29 Jul 2019

Celebrating Life and Death at Gai Jatra

The traffic moves at festival speed, like honey through an hourglass. The taxi rattles and hums with the smell of exhaust fumes. But the time passes easily with my companion for the day, Junu Shrestha, a tour guide from the medieval city of Bhaktapur. “In this celebration people are more

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The Honey Hunters of Nepal
25 Jul 2019

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

In the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya lives a brave tribe of Gurung people who risk their lives climbing up cliffs to harvest honey from one of the biggest and most dangerous honey bees in the world. This tradition dates back hundreds of years, and holds great religious and cultural

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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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