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Baudhanath Stupa, As Good as New Again
11 Dec 2016

Boudhanath Stupa, As Good as New Again

Two weeks ago the famous Boudhanath stupa was re-consecrated, following over a year of extensive work to repair the damage wrought by the devastating earthquakes of 2015. The stupa – a mound or dome-shaped structure built over a sacred place, or to house the remains of a Buddhist saint or

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5 Languages of Nepal You Might Encounter
09 Dec 2016

5 Languages of Nepal You Might Encounter

Nepal is home to 123 languages, some of which are spoken across entire regions, while others only have a small number of speakers. The more you travel around Nepal, the more you will get the chance to meet speakers of these languages. All native languages are recognised as national languages

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Everest Base Camp: Nepal vs. Tibet
07 Dec 2016

Everest Base Camp: Nepal vs. Tibet

After returning from my first trip to Nepal several years ago, I asked my six year-old nephew if he knew where I’d just been. I gave him a hint: “It’s where Mount Everest is.” He was a smart boy, so I knew he would get it. “Tibet!” he announced, proudly.

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bhutan
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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Catch the Sun: New Garden Restaurants in Kathmandu
05 Dec 2016

New Garden Restaurants in Kathmandu

The temperatures are dropping in Kathmandu, so it’s important to soak up the warmth of the sunshine whenever you can. Below are three newly opened or reopened garden restaurants in town. They each have a unique feel, and all are sensational spots for dining in the sun, and then snuggling

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up-the-hill-and-treat-your-eyes
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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Walk, Rest and Eat in Namo Buddha
02 Dec 2016

Walk, Eat and Relax in Namo Buddha

Just forty kilometres from central Kathmandu is the little village of Namo Buddha. Its small size belies its enormous importance to Buddhists, and what a worthwhile place it is to visit to escape Kathmandu for a couple of days. The air is fresher, the skies clearer, exceptional food and accommodation

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The Brokpa People of Bhutan
30 Nov 2016

The Brokpa People of Bhutan

Some of the most remote villages in Bhutan are found on the far eastern side of the country. It is the land of the Brokpa people. According to their oral history, the Brokpa originate from Tibet and came to Bhutan after they beheaded a tyrannical king in their ancestral village.

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The Colours of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh
28 Nov 2016

The Colours of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh

The Nubra Valley is situated at the end of the road, at the cap of India, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a hidden treasure with fine silver sand dunes cradled by gargantuan mountains. This is a politically sensitive area, and all visitors require an Indian

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Trek to Gosaikunda, the Frozen Lake
27 Nov 2016

Trek to Gosaikunda, the Frozen Lake

The five-day trek to Gosaikunda, a frozen lake in the Langtang Himalaya region, is a great challenging (but not too challenging!) trek. Here are my recommendations for an itinerary and places you should not miss. But before you start planning your trek to Gosainkunda, there are some practical things you

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Potala
25 Nov 2016

7 Amazing Things to See and Do in Lhasa

All tours to Tibet include several days in the capital city, Lhasa. Because the city is so high (at 3656 metres), it’s necessary to stay there for a little while before travelling around the region to help with acclimatisation. It’s a good thing there are so many things to see

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Getting to Know Tibetan Plants and Traditional Medicine
23 Nov 2016

Getting to Know Tibetan Plants and Traditional Medicine

The high elevation and stark habitat of Tibet create a unique home for plants and animals, and the region is a stunning location for trekking and touring. Visitors to Tibet may have a cursory knowledge of Tibetan culture, especially Tibetan Buddhism, but there is so much more to experience. One

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Farmer's Markets in Kathmandu
21 Nov 2016

Farmer’s Markets in Kathmandu

Whether you’re just passing through Kathmandu or living here, a Saturday or Sunday morning sampling goodies at a Kathmandu Farmer’s Market should be added to your itinerary. The Le Sherpa Farmer’s Market in Lazimpat is set out on a multi-tiered garden space, adjacent to the newly built Le Sherpa restaurant

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8 Tibetan Foods You Have to Try
20 Nov 2016

8 Tibetan Foods You Have to Try

A Tibetan food is mostly composed of dairy, meat, and a few grains. Rarely will you find fresh greens or vegetables. This makes sense as the environment is harsh, and few tender herbs will grow. However, the diet of meat, dairy, and grains is hearty and gives significant fortification after

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tilicho-lake
17 Nov 2016

Tilicho Lake Trek: Highest Lake in Nepal

The plan was to climb up to Tilicho Lake – the highest lake in Nepal (4,920m) the morning after. Tilicho Lake is well known for its outstanding beauty and after many days walking I was so excited to be there! In October 2015 I set off for the Tilicho lake

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tibet
16 Nov 2016

Packing Tips for Tibet

Travel in Tibet is different to travel in many other places, especially if you are used to independent travel. You have to travel with a tour guide, as independent travel in the region is not permitted. This means that even if you’re an excellent packer, you might need to rethink

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trek-to-everest-base-camp
13 Nov 2016

One Everest Base Camp Trek is not Enough

Although the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is often called the most dangerous in the world, on a good day, when the weather is clear, this the nerve-wracking fact is easily forgotten. Coasting above verdant hills, winding dusty tracks, small scattered villages and through wisps of cloud vapour, the flight

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The Friendly Phalli that Protect Bhutan
10 Nov 2016

The Friendly Phalli that Protect Bhutan

Shafts of soft light filter into the dusky inner sanctum, illuminating unfurling incense tendrils, their haze slightly obscuring the fading dharmachakra images and murals imprinted across the temple’s ancient walls. Dropping ngultrum notes into the bowl, I bow my head with hands in contemplation pose, waiting for the wang (blessing)

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Culture & Tradition

A Tour of Asan, the Oldest Streets in Kathmandu
26 Dec 2017

A Tour of Asan, the Oldest Streets in Kathmandu

Asan, conveniently located at the heart of Kathmandu, is more than just a place where locals do their shopping. A few blocks south of Thamel is this maze of little streets with one main street cutting through them all. This is Asan Tole, along which travellers and traders used to

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Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur
03 Dec 2017

Portrait of a Nepali: A Fruit Seller in Bhaktapur

Because of the language barrier, most interactions with local inhabitants will not go beyond a kind namaste and a smile. Like many other travellers in Nepal, I constantly wished I could communicate with the locals I met, to learn something about them. These portraits, therefore, shines a light on the

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