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Places in Central Bhutan that You Can't Miss
24 Jan 2017

Places in Central Bhutan You Can’t Miss

While most travelers to Bhutan visit the capital city Thimpu and Paro (known for the Tiger’s Nest monastery), Bhutan offers much more if you have a bit longer. Many travelers skip Central Bhutan (either due to lack of time or because of the poor road conditions), but this is a

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The Best Treks in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India
22 Jan 2017

The Best Treks in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India

The Indian state of Uttarakhand–west of Nepal and north-east of Delhi–provides many opportunities for adventure-seeking travelers to climb its mountain peaks and explore its nature. It is also possible to trek in the Himalayas there year-round, including in winter and during the monsoon. Here are some of the best treks

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Jungle Walking in the Chitwan National Park
19 Jan 2017

Jungle Walking in the Chitwan National Park

The Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations, situated in the subtropical southern part of the country. It was the first national park to be established in Nepal, in 1972, and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984. The park covers an area

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Joining the Amarnath Pilgrimage in India
17 Jan 2017

Joining the Amarnath Pilgrimage in India

Hiking 32 kilometers didn’t at all sound like such a big deal. After all, so many pilgrims were doing this, why wouldn’t we? Clearly we hadn’t hiked much in mountains, especially at altitudes exceeding 3,000 metres, where the air becomes rarified and even in summer breathing can hurt your lungs.

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Hike to Pokhara's World Peace Pagoda
13 Jan 2017

Hike to Pokhara’s World Peace Pagoda

The World Peace Pagoda is a popular destination southwest of Pokhara, situated at an altitude of almost 1000 meters. Visitors can enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks, as well as Phewa Lake and Sarangkot Mountain. To reach the World Peace Pagoda, you can take a taxi from Pokhara, but you

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Hike from Panauti to Namo Buddha
11 Jan 2017

Hike from Panauti to Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is the third most important religious site for Buddhists in Nepal. Hence, it has a special charm. Walking there from the small village of Panauti can be as a small pilgrimage of its own. Panauti, the starting point can be reach in about two hour by public bus

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Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail
08 Jan 2017

Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail

The Tamang Heritage Trail is close to the famous Langtang Valley, but sees fewer trekkers. It can last between five and seven days (if an optional visit to the Tibetan border is included) and passes throught Tamang villages, high into the mountains. It was set up as a community-based project

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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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cycling-in-chitwan
03 Jan 2017

Cycling through the Villages of Chitwan

Sauraha is many travellers’ base while staying around Chitwan National Park, but lesser known are the other activities you can do in the area, besides jungle safaris. During an average two or three-day stay in Sauraha, you can easily rent a bike and cycle among the nearby Tharu villages. It’s

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Traditional Comfort
01 Jan 2017

The Most Unique Hotels in Kathmandu

Hotels belonging to every price bracket are available in Kathmandu, from budget backpacker to luxurious resorts. These five unique hotels offer style, comfort and elegant touches. More than just a place to rest your head, staying in these hotels in Kathmandu ensures a memorable hotel experience. Traditional Comfort Traditional Comfort is

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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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Escape to the Shivapuri National Park
27 Dec 2016

Escape to the Shivapuri National Park

I had two days, one night and a scooter. I also had a need to escape the dusty circus of Kathmandu, where I live and work, to breathe some clean air. Raj, the manager of Shivapuri Retreat, said that all you have to do is drive about 30 minutes from

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Horse Riding to Sarangkot, Pokhara
25 Dec 2016

Horse Riding to Sarangkot, Pokhara

Sarangkot is a popular destination northwest of Pokhara, and lies just below the top of the mountain, at an altitude of 1600 meters. From Sarangkot, visitors can enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks, as well as Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. To reach the top of Sarangkot mountain, you can

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The Epic Manali to Leh Road Trip
22 Dec 2016

The Epic Manali to Leh Road Trip

“The land is so harsh and the passes so numerous, that only the best of friends or the worst of enemies would visit you.” –Jimmy Nelson. To reach the city of Leh, Ladakh’s capital in the north of India, travellers can choose between the two following routes either the highway

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tibet
20 Dec 2016

The Monastery Circuit of Tibet

One of the main attractions of visiting Tibet is touring the region’s beautiful monasteries. While many thousand were destroyed during China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, and countless priceless artefacts lost, a number did survive. Plus, many more have been restored to some degree since. Each monastery is unique in

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vespa-nepal
18 Dec 2016

Touring Kathmandu on the Back of a Vespa

I’m a sucker for a scooter ride, and when I heard about Vespa Valley’s vintage Vespa tours of Kathmandu, I had to check it out. My guide, Surendera, picked me up near my house on a cherry-red ’80s model. He gave me a helmet and we cruised off into the

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True Adventure on the Trisuli River
15 Dec 2016

True Adventure on the Trisuli River

I have to admit: until last year I was not interested in white-water rafting in Nepal. I have done tours in Europe and have even worked as a white-water kayaking teacher myself. But I did not think I would really enjoy a trip on the river here. What changed my

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Flying High: Paragliding in Pokhara
13 Dec 2016

Flying High: Paragliding in Pokhara

Last time I went paragliding in Pokhara was nine years ago. Only a handful of companies were operating then, and there were more mountain peaks visible than fliers. My tandem pilot was five months pregnant, and we had a cushy ride floating in the thermals, seemingly as high as the

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Culture & Tradition

Photo: Vrindavan Lila/Flickr
28 Mar 2018

Celebrating Krishna, Most Flamboyant of the Gods

If you are here on September 2nd this year, you must visit Patan Durbar Square, for that is where you will see long lines of both young and old devotees queuing up in front of the Krishna Temple to wish Lord Krishna a very happy birthday. Actually, there are two

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Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival Part 2
19 Mar 2018

Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival Part 2

We told you the first part of the Ghode Jatra festival story the other day, in Part 1. Are you ready for the second half? This terrifying demon was the legendary Gurumapa, whose stories were often told by elders to their children all over the valley. Scared, Kesh Chandra remained

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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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