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08 Nov 2016

Yoga and a Monk on the Poon Hill Trek

I’m embarrassed to say that I had been living in Kathmandu for over two years and had only been on one four day trek. So when I was asked to teach yoga at Poon Hill this October, I was all over it. I didn’t take my ageing knees into consideration

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07 Nov 2016

5 Places Foodies Will Love in Kathmandu

Bricks Café Bricks Café serves some of the best wood-fired pizza in Kathmandu, as well as other international and Nepali dishes. Although the building was damaged in the earthquake of 2015, it underwent renovations and is now better than ever. The multi-story brick mansion and prayer-flag adorned gardens provide many

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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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31 Oct 2016

A Conversation with Billi Bierling, Who Ascended Cho Oyo Without Oxygen

Billi Bierling tried to ascend Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, in 1995. Heartbreakingly, after reaching Camp 2 at 7300m, her guide concluded that high altitude mountaineering just wasn’t for her. She thought so too, and turned around. Four years later, she summited Everest. Up until her

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sky diving
29 Oct 2016

9 Inspiring Nepali Instagram Accounts You Should be Following

Instagram is a great social media platform for both professional and amateur photographers. Through images and simple captions, you can be amazed, inspired and educated about new people and places. Here are 9 Nepal-related Instagram accounts that anyone interested in the mountains, rivers, people and culture of Nepal should be

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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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Bhutan's Colourful Tshechu Festival
27 Oct 2016

Stunning Images of Bhutan’s Colourful Tshechu Festival

The Tshechu Festival is celebrated every November in Lhuentse, one of the easternmost districts of Bhutan. The festival’s remote location puts it among the least-visited festivals, from a tourist perspective. It also just happens to be one of the most lively and colorful festivals in the country. Visit the festival

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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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21 Oct 2016

Painting my own Thanka

Thanka was the first thing I saw for the very first time I visited Nepal. I thought they were computer generated images. I didn’t pay them much attention. So uniform and exact, the lines were perfectly straight and the curves so consistent. Then I saw a lady painting one in

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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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19 Oct 2016

Trekking in Tibet

Trekking in Tibet offers you the opportunity to explore an incredible landscape and catch a glimpse of an ancient lifestyle. It is a fantastic experience and quite different to trekking in Nepal. The landscape does not come well-equipped with conveniently-spaced tea house accommodation, nor a ready supply of people waiting

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18 Oct 2016

Staying Healthy While Trekking in the Himalayas

My original Asian itinerary didn’t include Nepal. I only went to the beautiful country to renew my Indian visa. I’m so glad I did–despite the beating my body took in the Himalayas. I wasn’t prepared for the activities I chose to do in Nepal. As the old adage goes, you

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17 Oct 2016

Momo Making (and Eating) in Nepal

I’ve hiked the Himalayas and I’ve dived in Malaysian waters, but the Momo cooking course in Nepal remains one of the most fun activities I’ve done while traveling. Sometimes we travel to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily rat race; sometimes it’s to embark on an exhilarating adventure,

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16 Oct 2016

Feeling peckish?

Here are a few personal favourite restaurants in Kathmandu, and in around Thamel. Whether you want dal bhat or local Newari dishes, or fancy something from elsewhere in the world, Kathmandu has a wide choice of cuisines. Cafe Chikusa, Jyatha, Thamel My favourite cafe, this Japanese partnership offer the best

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Nilgiri and Rhododendrons
13 Oct 2016

Trek Among Blooming Rhododendrons in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan

Rhododendron in Nepal is known as Gurans; it is indigenous to the High Himalayas, and is also the national flower of Nepal. Indo-Burma and South Central China are considered biodiversity hotspots—that is, areas of high animal and plant diversity, but with high rates of habitat destruction. One group of plants

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04 Oct 2016

The Newari Metalsmiths of Patan

The Newars are a major ethnic group of the Kathmandu Valley, and one of the attractions of the Newari towns—Patan, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur, in particular—is the beautiful handicrafts on display. Intricate wood carving, bronze religious statues, elaborately adorned pagoda temples, exquisite stone carving. Indeed, much of what is taken to

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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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29 Sep 2016

A Smart New Hotel with a Twist: Traditional Comfort

Traditional Comfort is a new and stylish boutique hotel in Kathmandu, but it comes with a twist: as the name suggests, it is equipped with modern comforts, but the design principles are traditionally Nepali. Traditional Comfort sets itself apart from many  boutique hotels in Kathmandu—and indeed, the world over—for its

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Culture & Tradition

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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25 Sep 2017

Must-Try Experiences to Live Locally in Nepal

What makes a vacation authentic to the destination? There are many ways of answering that question. When you are in Nepal and want to live like a local Nepali, you need to cook like a Nepali, eat like a Nepali, sing and dance like a Nepali, and smile like a

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How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal
14 Sep 2017

How to Avoid Culture Shock in Nepal

Travelling to another country can be great fun, an educational experience or a life-changer, but it’s not always easy. There are language barriers, new food, and different cultural norms to contend with. Over my six months living in Nepal, I have found myself confused, offended, upset, or the object of

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