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Chisapani with Himalayas on backdrop. Photo: RMT
08 Apr 2015

Stairway To Heaven – A weekend in Chisapani and the Shivapuri Forest

Late autumn, winter and early spring, as everyone knows, are the perfect times to head to the hills surrounding Kathmandu, to view the mountains and “chill” out, and the favourite spots are Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. But with a little more energy and a smaller budget, why not try Chisapani? Sure,

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Photo: Marianne Heredge
05 Apr 2015

Roads and trails in Solukhumbu

There has been an explosion of road building. Roads are springing up everywhere. Not only are they reaching villages that were only connected by rough and narrow trails, but for the past few years, the  road from China that ended ten years ago at Lo Manthang, in Upper Mustang, now

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13 May 2014

Traditional Shops of Asan Tole

The Shankha Pasal (Conch Shop) at the opposite on the road going towards Indra Chowk. It was the first one to start the spice trade in Nepal in addition to selling conch. Any local of Kathmandu Valley knows where to find a ghyao-tel pasal. In fact, there are half a

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Shamans of Nepal
12 May 2014

Shamans of Nepal

Shamanism exists in different variations worldwide, but shares common beliefs that spirits exist (good or evil) and that they can communicate with the spirits. They can usually also cure sickness caused by evil spirits and induce trance-like states to incite a visionary ecstasy. They can sometimes also tell the future.

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11 May 2014

Homestays – Alternative Style Accommodation

Homestays can be seen as a much better alternative to conventional hotel accommodation, providing a great opportunity for visitors to experience local culture and lifestyle firsthand. Homestay tourism is becoming very popular in Nepal. During 2011’s Nepal Tourism Year (NTY 2011) it was realised that with an estimated number of

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10 May 2014

Going for a shave in Kathmandu

So many of the streets are dotted with local shaving joints. You seem not to notice them at first but when you’re on the lookout you’ll realise that they’re everywhere. I walked down a rubble-framed road in Gairidhara on my way to meet someone for a coffee. A subconscious stroke

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One-Day-in-Pokhara
09 May 2014

A Day in Pokhara

Let’s say you have one day to spend in the city by the lake in the west of Nepal. You’ll no doubt end up staying longer but here are a few things to prioritise from the moment you wake. First of all, you need to get to Pokhara. Book yourself

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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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Culture & Tradition

The Mystical Kingdom of Lo
09 Apr 2017

The Mystical Kingdom of Lo

Tucked away behind the Himalayas and bordering Tibet lies one of Nepal’s most remote and special places: Upper Mustang, or the former Kingdom of Lo. For a long time, this Tibetan kingdom was isolated from the rest of Nepal. Until 1992 it was even forbidden for foreigners to enter the

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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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