Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival, Part 1
16 Mar 2018

Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival, Part 1

On March 27 2018, the Tundikhel ground in central Kathmandu will reverberate to the thundering beat of many hooves, as a score and more magnificent steeds race one another. The skilled riders will demonstrate their excellent horsemanship by putting them through their paces and displaying some amazing feats. The occasion

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Myths of Nepal: The Holi Story
13 Mar 2018

Myths of Nepal: The Holi Story

Holi fell on March 1-2 this year, and is known as the ‘festival of colors’. It is celebrated by throwing colors on one another. Copious drinking of bhang (a cannabis infused drink) add to the revelry, making for a boisterous milieu. Like most other Hindu festivals, it celebrates the victory

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A Princess' Deadly Curse: Myths of the Bisket Jatra Festival
09 Mar 2018

A Princess’ Deadly Curse: Myths of the Bisket Jatra Festival

This year, Bisket Jatra, the most important festival of Bhaktapur, will be held from April 11-18th, amidst the usual high-spiritedness. Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities were reported last time; it’s not uncommon to hear about somebody losing his life after being crushed by a chariot’s massive wheels, or a crashing

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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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01 Feb 2017

Major Festivals of Nepal in 2019

Festivals in Nepal are as number as there are days in a year. Blessed to be one of the most diverse countries in the world, almost everyday Nepal and Nepalese are participating in some sort of festivals and celebrations. October 05 – 09, 2019, Dashain  A kid after receiving blessings

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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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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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