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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8 Questions to Ask Before Volunteering in Nepal
27 Oct 2017

8 Questions to Ask Before Volunteering in Nepal

If you’re looking for ways to give back in a different country, it can be challenging to find a reliable nonprofit and know how to best support on-the-ground efforts. Many volunteer programs provide accommodation and orientation programs for a fee, but the quality of services and supervision available to volunteers

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The Best Winter Treks in Nepal
29 Dec 2016

The Best Winter Treks in Nepal

The peak tourist seasons in Nepal are March-May and September-November, as this is when the weather tends to be best for outdoor activities. However, winter trekking shouldn’t be overlooked. The temperatures may be colder, but the views are often at their best. Plus, you won’t be competing for space along

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06 Dec 2016

Trek to Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

Perched in the hills to the north of Paro in Bhutan is a complex of white, fortress-like walls topped by wide, flat roofs that look like fans spread out to hold everything steady. Through the morning mist it seems as if it can only be magic preventing the whole structure

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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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03 Nov 2016

Keeping Nepali Wood-Carving Traditions Alive

Anyone who has visited the antique-adorned Dwarika’s Hotel near Pashupatinath in Kathmandu will have heard its origin story. Founder Dwarika Das Shrestha was out for a morning walk back in the 1950s, and saw people burning carved, antique door and window frames on their fires. Concerned by this destruction of

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28 Oct 2016

A Women’s Travel Guide to Nepal

Nepal is a great travel destination for women, either travelling solo or with friends. The people (read: men) are generally very respectful, and are not prone to staring or making annoying comments, as often happens throughout the world. There are usually designated seats for women at the front of public

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20 Oct 2016

Tourism: Making it Sustainable

By the day, tourism is spreading across the globe. Once just the preserve of the relatively rich from developed countries, increasing prosperity in countries like India and China having meant that now far more people are on the move, finding ways to enjoy their leisure time. Tourism is an important

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03 Oct 2016

A Perfect Break from the City at Panauti Community Homestay

Panauti Community Homestay – A Perfect Break from the City. As lovely as many of Nepal’s hotels are, many visitors want to get a bit closer to ordinary Nepali people and to learn about how they live. A visit to Panauti Community Homestay is the perfect way to experience Nepali

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31 Aug 2016

Nepal Tours: The Top Five

Nepal Tours – Beauty Comes in Simplicity. Though many people head straight to the towering Himalayas and mountain trekking circuits the moment they touch down, Nepal is a lot more than simply altitudes and conquered peaks. So, if you want to see as much of this mountain kingdom as possible during

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