Discovering Kirtipur
13 Feb 2018

Discovering Kirtipur

I stare at the blurry white liquid in my cup with wonder: THIS is beer? My grandfather used to make his own wine from the grapes in his backyard. He loved doing that but had no knowledge of what a good wine is. The result was something rather sour and

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Understanding Buddhism in the Himalayas
16 Jan 2018

Understanding Buddhism in the Himalayas

Regardless of one’s beliefs, the plethora of monuments, temples, statues and spiritual imagery representative of Buddhism in the Himalayas have a special attraction that locals and visitors alike feel while walking through remote villages, valleys, and ridges. It seems that wherever one looks, shrines, mantra stones, prayer flags, and other

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A Tour of Asan, the Oldest Streets in Kathmandu
26 Dec 2017

A Tour of Asan, the Oldest Streets in Kathmandu

Asan, conveniently located at the heart of Kathmandu, is more than just a place where locals do their shopping. A few blocks south of Thamel is this maze of little streets with one main street cutting through them all. This is Asan Tole, along which travellers and traders used to

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Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur
03 Dec 2017

Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur

Because of the language barrier, most interactions with local inhabitants will not go beyond a kind namaste and a smile. Like many other travellers in Nepal, I constantly wished I could communicate with the locals I met, to learn something about them. These portraits, therefore, shines a light on the

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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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Backstreet
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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How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal
14 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal

Travelling to another country can be great fun, an educational experience or a life-changer, but it’s not always easy. There are language barriers, new food, and different cultural norms to contend with. Over my six months living in Nepal, I have found myself confused, offended, upset, or the object of

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Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim
16 Aug 2017

Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim

We have reached the end of the world—or so it feels. After this village, the road stops for vehicles and if you want to travel deeper into Sikkim, you have to walk. However, we are visiting Yuksom during the monsoon, which comes with zillions of leeches. Freaked out as I

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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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