Celebrating Tihar, the Festival of Lights
02 Apr 2017

Celebrating Tihar, the Festival of Lights

Nepal is a traditional country with diverse customs, and there’s a high chance your visit will coincide with some kind of ancient festival. Grounded in Hindu and Buddhist culture, the colorful festivals are a good way to witness local traditions and customs. Dashain and Tihar are the major Hindu festivals

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Modern Cultural Festivals in Nepal You Can’t Miss
23 Feb 2017

Modern Cultural Festivals in Nepal You Can’t Miss

Nepal is well-known as a land of ancient culture, diverse ethnic groups and colourful festivals grounded in Hindu and Buddhist culture. However, there is also a growing, vibrant arts scene throughout the country, particularly visible in Kathmandu and Pokhara. So, when planning a trip to Nepal, you might want to

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Festivals of Nepal
01 Feb 2017

Major Festivals of Nepal in 2017 – 2018

August 14 2017, Krishna Janmastami Krishna Janmastami marks the birth of Krishna. Considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is the most important character in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharat. On this day Hindu devotees visit Krishna temples. In particular, thousands of devotees gather at the stone Krishna Mandir

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Yomari, A Newari Food for the Gods
05 Jan 2017

Yomari, A Newari Food for the Gods

During one of my visits to Nepal, I stayed in Bhaktapur, at the home of a Newari family. Newar are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley and nearby areas. They have their own language, culture and cuisine. Not only did I enjoy their heartfelt hospitality, but also daily feasts

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03 Dec 2016

The New Sanga-Panauti Community Hike Initiative

On a Sunday in late November, a throng of 40+ Nepali and international tourism-industry professionals undertook the new Sanga to Panauti Community Hike for the first time. This new ten kilometre route has been established by Royal Mountain Travel, CommunityHomestay.com and a global community of change-makers, Travel Social Good (TSG+)

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26 Oct 2016

Deepawali in Janakpur

Janakpur, 120 kilometres south of Kathmandu and just twenty kilometres from the Indian border, isn’t exactly on Nepal’s main tourist trail. But for a taste of a more North Indian landscape without actually crossing the border, Janakpur is an excellent little town to spend a day, especially if you can

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indra-jatra-kumari
20 Sep 2016

Indra Jatra

Indra Jatra   The festival where Gods and Human amass. Natives of the Kathmandu Valley admit the atmosphere and the ambiance of the capital city, Kathmandu, throughout the Indra Jatra festival has a different liveliness. Which is, of course, because of the enthusiasm of the volunteers commencing the festival, some

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Bisket Jatra - Bhaktapur
27 Apr 2016

Bhaktapur: City of Festivals

An ancient Newar city in the Kathmandu Valley 13 kilometers from Kathmandu, this was the largest of the three Newar kingdoms in the valley. It was Nepal’s capital until the second half of the 15th century. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its temple complexes, traditional wood

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