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Changu Narayan Temple
15 Apr 2016

Lesser- known heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley

Visitors to the Kathmandu Valley know about the three splendid Durbar Squares—in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur—and make a point of visiting at least one, if not all three. But lesser-known are some old and important sites situated in small towns at the edges of the Valley. If you have a

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Bricks Cafe
12 Apr 2016

An evening at Bricks Cafe, Kupondole

Recently reopened after being rebuilt following earthquake damage, Bricks Cafe provides a classy but relaxed setting for tasty Nepali and continental food. Set back off busy Pulchowk in Lalitpur, the spacious old Newari house and garden is a peaceful place for an after-work drink or full meal. I started with

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Buddhist Art
08 Apr 2016

Nepal’s Beautiful Buddhist Art

You’ll find Buddhist art depicted in stone, wood, and metal works, most of which are images of Buddhist deities, and as paubhas/thangkas (religious paintings). Although most early sculptures were of Hindu deities, Buddhist art is an important part of Nepal‘s ancient history. While the earliest stone sculpture discovered was the

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Himalayan range, Everest region. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
08 Apr 2016

The Nepal Himalayas

It is the greatest mountain chain in the world. It is the majestic Himalayas (Abode of Snow House). It stretches over some 3,500 km and covers about 1,000,000 sq km of surface area between Afghanistan and South China. Approximately 800 km of the Himalayas is in Nepal, including eight of

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Photo: Tashi Sherpa
07 Apr 2016

Mountain Tourism

A substantial number of tourists to this small country come to trek in the high mountains and in the regions of the majestic Himalayas. Nepal’s prime asset, without doubt, is this great chain of ice capped peaks, which has eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks, including the highest in

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Photo: Tashi Sherpa
31 Mar 2016

Mountain and Environment

Nepal is famous as a great country to go trekking. There are numerous trekking routes suitable for all types of individuals. Some are graded mild to moderate, meaning you won’t have to hike to high altitudes, while others may be graded challenging and difficult, in which case you’ll be doing

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Innovation with lokta paper. Photo: Niraj Maharjan, www.craftyhand.com
30 Mar 2016

Shopping in Kathmandu for high-quality souvenirs

Many visitors to Kathmandu stay in the Thamel district, which is chock-a-block full of souvenir shops and trinket sellers. But while good-quality items and reasonable prices can be found in Thamel, and it is a great place to buy books and cheap clothing, it’s generally better to shop elsewhere if

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Tharu styled huts in Barauli Community Homestay. Photo: Tashi Sherpa
29 Mar 2016

A weekend in Barauli Community Homestay

As a foreign traveller in Nepal, it’s easy to meet and talk to a lot of Nepali men. Most guides are men; men are the point of contact at most travel companies; and although many women work in shops and restaurants in Kathmandu or in family-run enterprises, most Nepalis working

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Rafting on the Bhote Kosi River. Photo: Elen Turner
29 Mar 2016

White-water rafting on the Bhote Koshi

The Bhote Koshi is known as one of the best white-water rafting rivers in Nepal. In March, with the waters quite low before the monsoon season, a day-long rafting trip lived up to that hype. The expert guides shout instructions from their perch at the back of the inflatable boat:

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14 Mar 2016

Buying Organic Food in Kathmandu

A review by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine concluded that organic food does not have any significant advantage over normal food. However, this holds no water with millions of health conscious people around the globe, including in Nepal, where interest in organic food is growing stronger every

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Newari Food Platter. Photo: Sudeep Singh
05 May 2015

Must try food when in Nepal

Attending a traditional Newari feast (lapate bhoye) in Kathmandu is one of the best ways to try Newari food. In fact, the Newar cuisine is famed in the country for its range of different dishes. At a lapate bhoye, all the guests sit on long, narrow straw mats (sukuls) facing

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Old Tibetan woman making yarn. Photo: Sudeep Singh
04 May 2015

Experiencing the Tibetan Way of Life

In 1959, when Tibet was invaded by China, many Tibetans fled to neighboring countries like India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal. A sizeable number, about 20,000, took refuge in various parts of Nepal, from Ilam and Taplejung in the east to Jumla and Humla in the far west. Many settled down

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Workers picking tea leaves. Photo: RMT
17 Apr 2015

Tea gardens in Nepal

This first flush fetches the highest prices, not only for its fine flavor, but also as it is produced in much lower quantity. Many people don’t know this, but the tea grown here can be better than that of neighbouring Darjeeling. Though similar to the world famous Darjeeling teas, it

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Swayambhunath "Monkey Temple". Photo: Sudeep Singh
16 Apr 2015

Buddhism in Nepal

In many areas, Hinduism has absorbed Buddhism to a large extent, but the two religions have many shared deities and temples. As every Nepali is proud to tell you, the Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. That is to say, he was born in the Shakya Kingdom of Kapilvastu which

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Photo: Denis Oliver Poulet
15 Apr 2015

Hidden Valley of Happiness – Tsum Valley

One of the less well-know and more recently opened up areas for trekking is the Tsum Valley. It has been only open to visitors in the last five years. This enchanted valley is a beautiful and sacred pilgrimage site located in northern Gorkha, and is often included as part of

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Mt. Manaslu. Photo: Igor Kulishov
15 Apr 2015

Manaslu Trek

In May 2013 my father, Richard Tyler and I, hired a guide and a porter and undertook the Manaslu trek.  We’d already been to Everest Basecamp a few years before and were hungry to get out and see more of the beautiful mountains of Nepal.  However, Everest Basecamp had been

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Culture & Tradition

Celebrating Tihar, the Festival of Lights
02 Apr 2017

Celebrating Tihar, the Festival of Lights

Nepal is a traditional country with diverse customs, and there’s a high chance your visit will coincide with some kind of ancient festival. Grounded in Hindu and Buddhist culture, the colorful festivals are a good way to witness local traditions and customs. Dashain and Tihar are the major Hindu festivals

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The Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas
23 Mar 2017

Stunning Portraits that Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

The Himalayas are an enormous mountain chain that spread from Pakistan in the west, to Bhutan in the east, as well as encompassing Nepal, parts of Tibet and several states of India. So while there is some cultural similarity between the peoples living in this region, there are also lots

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Witnessing Tamang Death Rites in a Nepali Village
21 Mar 2017

Tamang Death Rites in a Nepali Village

In Nepal, rural lifestyles and traditions are still alive. As a visitor, you can easily witness them if you immerse yourself in the countryside for a few days. You don’t have to go very far from the capital, just be open and willing to embrace whatever opportunities arise. Such opportunities

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