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Rani Pokhari during Chatt Festival
08 May 2014

Historical ponds of Kathmandu

It could be said that the Kathmandu Valley itself was born of a pond. According to mythology, the valley was once a lake known as Nagdaha that was full of snakes. It was believed to have been drained by the Buddhist sage Manjushree. All over the city and in the

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Bandipur Bazaar
07 May 2014

Bandipur – A Newar Town Outside the Valley

Bandipur is a historical route and many merchants have passed this way in ancient times. It takes you to Tundikhel and on to Bandipur Bazaar. On the way to Pokhara on the scenic Prithvi Highway, you will come across a small town called Bimal Bazaar in Tanahun District. A half

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Mount Kailash
06 May 2014

Mount Kailash: Offering to the Sacred Mountain

Long shrouded in myth and mystery, Tibet lies on the roof of the world, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Central Asia. Amid this grandeur, rising alone from the western Tibetan Plateau, stands Mount Kailash (Kang Rinpoche) – the most sacred mountain of the world and earthly manifestation of the

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Yarsagumba
05 May 2014

Yarsagumba — The “Miracle” Mushroom

With the melting of the snows in the Himalayas, hordes of villagers of Nepal’s far western region trek up to the alpine pastures near the towering Himalayan peaks where they pitch camp for an extended stay of almost eight weeks, braving the cold and harsh environment.  They spend their days

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03 May 2014

Some of Nepal’s Unique Flora and Fauna

A diverse range of flora and fauna can be found in Nepal’s nine national parks and three wildlife reserves. Here are a few examples of the rich biodiversity found in this tiny landlocked country.

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Panauti Homestay
02 May 2014

Glimpse into Nepali life: Panauti Homestay Project

Located just 32 kilometers from the noisy and chaos of Nepal’s capital, time seems to have stood still in Panauti. This small town in the Kathmandu Valley retains much of its charm and is reflects a much more relaxed pace of life that is typical across Nepal.

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara
04 Mar 2014

Responsible Tourism in Pokhara

A few places in Pokhara to look out for, all with an eye to practicing responsible tourism. Douglas Maclagan has been working in Nepal since 1994 and set up his first medical health centre two years later in Lamjung. CWS (Child Welfare Scheme) was set up to provide access to

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21 Jan 2012

The Nepal Himalaya a different approach!

Everest Summit Lodges Everest Summit Lodges has redefined trekking and touring in the Nepal Himalaya with eight high-quality lodges. All lodges have been constructed with a strong awareness for protection of the environment, local culture and people. Exceptional locations offer fantastic mountain scenery be it in the Kathmandu Valley, in

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20 Jan 2012

Kiran Namaste

“Just call me “It”,” says Iet J. Schilder-Verboom. Iet is a tall lanky lady with reddish hair. She is from the Netherlands where she runs a small clinic as a psychologist. “I first came to Nepal some 18 years ago,” she recalls. That was when her husband (“who is a

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Potala-Palace
19 Jan 2012

From Beijing to Kathmandu Across the Himalayas – Michael Straus

It started on a spring day in May when J. and I took the plane bound for Beijing. A stopover and a couple of naps later, we arrived at Beijing. We just had time to get to the hotel where our hostess was already waiting for us. On our first

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Homestay in nepal
18 Jan 2012

A Home away from home

A homestay is a cultural exchange in which a person visiting or temporarily staying in another country lives with a family in the host country. There are home stays for short periods (one night or a weekend) and for longer periods. Nepal Tourism Year 2011 is expected to attract one

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bardiya national park
17 Jan 2012

Tiger hunting in Bardiya

“Chances of meeting a tiger here are pretty good,” said my guide, Santa Chowdhary, as we sat under the tree, facing across the river. It was 40 degrees and the sweat was pouring off us. I wondered at my sanity and how true the saying was about mad English (wo)men

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Guide
16 Jan 2012

The joys of being a guide

Baikuntha Simkhada and Puskar Aryal are registered as both city guides and trekking guide. They have been with Royal Mountain Travel for the last decade or so. Besides being, Fit and well educated, they both have an openness that draws people towards them. Baikuntha and Puskar are excellent personifications of

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Bricks Cafe
15 Jan 2012

Shopping and eating in Kupondole

It’s just a stretch of road between the Thapathali Bridge (that connects Kathmandu to Patan) and Pulchowk where Hotel Himalaya is situated, not a long stretch by any imagination, but it sure has a lot of boutiques and handicraft outlets. So many are the boutiques in particular, that, till not

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14 Jan 2012

The Great Himalaya Trail

Western Nepal – Richard Bull The Far West is one of the least explored areas of Nepal. Its area is bounded to the east by the mighty, turquoise Karnali River that flows from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash. Myth and superstition remain part of the fabric of life here. Though the Nepali

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13 Jan 2012

Responsible Travel

Royal Mountain Travel is well aware of its social responsibilities and has sponsored a number of projects to meet this obligation. We have identified a list of specific and worthwhile community projects for rural people in the areas of education and community support programs having both immediate and long term

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Culture & Tradition

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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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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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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