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A Solo Woman's Hike to Panchase, Nepal
13 Mar 2017

A Solo Woman’s Hike to Panchase, Nepal

Four girls with black, red-ribboned braids, collared white shirts, pleated navy skirts, and oversized pink backpacks asked me: “Where are you going?” “Panchase,” I answered, pointing up the dusty road we were on. “This way?” “Yeeeees,” they said giggling, braids twirling. “Where are you from?” “California. But I’m staying at

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Searching for Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala
10 Mar 2017

Searching for Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala

Perched in the Himalayas of India, Dharamsala shines with vibrant colors emitting forth from its quaint streets. It is impossible to ignore the unique beauty while walking through the city, but even simple sightseeing in what has been dubbed “Little Lhasa” is an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Dharamsala became a

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The Extended Ghorepani Trek
07 Mar 2017

The Extended Ghorepani Trek

The Ghorepani Trek stretches between the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, but is shorter and doesn’t need a prior acclimatization. It can last between three and seven days if an optional visit to the Chinu hot springs or a link to the Dhampus Trek is included. The

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Crossing Pakistan's Most Infamous Bridge
05 Mar 2017

Crossing Pakistan’s Most Infamous Bridge

“This is the one as in the pictures!” I stammered, as we bounced up and down the potholed trail. The collection of planks held together by some iron wire came closer into view. This was not supposed to be happening. We had been told that the government had constructed a

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Religious Rituals at Pharping and Dakshinkali
26 Feb 2017

Religious Rituals at Pharping and Dakshinkali

Nepal is one of the most astonishing countries from a religious point of view. It is the land where both Hindus and Buddhists worship and pray in harmony, and sometimes at each others’ temples. You can see a square interspersed with wooden Hindu temples and a few streets away a

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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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Winter Trekking in the Indian Himalayas
21 Feb 2017

Winter Trekking in the Indian Himalayas

Winter in the Indian Himalayas can be a challenge even to adventure seekers. Snow blankets the valleys, trails and meadows are packed with the dried leaves, and the weather can be extremely harsh. Yet, trekkers from all over head to the mountains in a quest to conquer the weather and

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Hiking through the Villages of the Kathmandu Valley
19 Feb 2017

Hiking through the Villages of the Kathmandu Valley

Whether you go to Nepal to climb the Himalayas or to experience Hindu and Buddhist culture, you’ll certainly spend a couple of days in Kathmandu. When you’re exhausted by the constant commotion of the city, a day-trip among the villages south of Patan (to the south of Kathmandu) is an

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Scenic Flight to Everest: Third Time Lucky!
16 Feb 2017

Scenic Flight to Everest: Third Time Lucky!

For the third day in a row I arrived at Kathmandu airport’s domestic terminal at 6am, optimistic that this was going to be the magical day that my scenic Everest flight would take off, and not canceled due to weather like the two previous mornings. When booking my trip to

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Colourful Handicrafts of Kathmandu
14 Feb 2017

Colourful Handicrafts of the Kathmandu Valley

As a traveller, it’s easy to disregard local souvenirs as being kitsch, mass produced, perhaps even inauthentic. But as a photographer visiting the Kathmandu Valley, I was lucky enough to witness traditional artisans creating outstanding souvenirs representative of the area, using natural local materials and that displayed truly amazing artistic

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Bhutan's Druk Path Trek...in Two Days
12 Feb 2017

Bhutan’s Druk Path Trek…in Two Days

We were short on time. “It says here that most people do the Druk Path in six days.” “Well, in four days I have to leave the country. In three days, you have to leave the country. So we better do it in two.” It was reluctantly decided. My friends

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Hike to the Gorkha Durbar
09 Feb 2017

Hike to the Gorkha Durbar

Gorkha is situated in the Middle Hills countryside, just 24 kilometers from the Prithvi Highway connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you don’t want to rush through the historic villages and ancient temples of this region, you may choose a one day stopover, change buses at Abu Khaireni and head north

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Cycling in the Kathmandu Valley: Swayambhunath and Ichangu Narayan
07 Feb 2017

Cycling in the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu is a fascinating, crowded city, sometimes even infuriating. But if you really want to experience its secret surroundings, you have to put aside a couple of days and explore lesser known sights. If you are a newcomer to Nepal, it’s highly likely that you’ll stay in the tourist quarter

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks in Nepal
05 Feb 2017

Off-the-Beaten-Path Treks in Nepal

Treks such as the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp are popular for good reason—the views are spectacular, the infrastructure is good and the terrain is varied, meaning that variations can be made to suit many fitness levels. However, if you’re trekking in Nepal for the second, third, or fifteenth

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Motorcycle Diaries, Himalayan Edition
03 Feb 2017

Motorcycle Diaries, Himalayan Edition

It was a long weekend in October, one of the best times of the year to explore the majestic mountains of Uttarakhand. My dream of going on a motorbike trip amidst the hills was long overdue. So, I planned a drive to one of the beautiful hill station regions of

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01 Feb 2017

Major Festivals of Nepal in 2019-2020

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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10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Annapurna Circuit Trek
29 Jan 2017

10 Frequently Asked Questions about the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit is considered to be one of the world’s best treks, and every year thousands of tourists come to Nepal to undertake the journey. But what’s so captivating about this 230 km route around the Annapurna peaks? Well, everything. The views, the ever changing landscape, the people you

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Rough Camping at Tso Moriri, Ladakh
26 Jan 2017

Rough Camping at Tso Moriri, Ladakh

For the next 480 kilometres there would be no gas station. Or a place to buy food for that matter. Our trip demanded some preparation and so in Leh, Ladakh, we stocked up and filled up the tank of our Land Cruiser. We left town, drove south and when leaving

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Culture & Tradition

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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