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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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Kapan homestay village
12 Jan 2012

Live the Simple Life

Kapan Homestay Village Kunsang Dorje Lama is the Coordinator of Kapan Homestay Village (KHV) in Kapan, Faika, Kathmandu, Nepal. KHV is a Community Project Office and Training Center that works in partnership with the Kapan Village Development Committee. Its logo is simple: “Live the Simple Life”. However, its ambitions are

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Tiger's Nest Bhutan
11 Jan 2012

Nature at its best – Bhutan

This small kingdom is one of the world’s last remaining Shangri-La’s. The country has effectively and courageously combated the ill-effects of rampant globalization and today stands at the forefront of nations active in the preservation of nature’s bounties. Yes, Bhutan is bountiful in natural beauty and rich in culture and

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Gyan Farm House, Hetauda
10 Jan 2012

Lifecycle

Hetauda Farm House Nestled in the foothills of the exotic Himalayas, the Lifecycle Hetauda Farm House offers travellers an experience of a wildlife. The resort is just a three-hour drive south of Kathmandu towards the Terai plains. Access to the resort is on foot across a suspension bridge and through

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09 Jan 2012

East meets West at the Hotel Vajra

Offering an architectural feast harmonizing beauty and practicality, Hotel Vajra welcomes you to use and enjoy its unique East meets West facilities. Hotel Vajra is one of Kathmandu’s most interesting places to stay in because it combines the ancient arts of Nepal with modern earthquake proof techniques. Guests can enjoy

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Hotel Shanker
08 Jan 2012

Hundred year old wonder Hotel Shanker

The Hotel Shanker can truly be said to be a monument showcasing the architecture of the Rana years, besides being a hotel with a history. A 100-year-old palace, situated in the heart of Kathmandu, it faces the north side of the Royal Palace. Located only five minutes from the pulse

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07 Jan 2012

Authentic and unpretentious Hotel Tibet

If you want to feel the real hospitality of Nepal in a lovely small hotel, with fantastic breakfast and helpful staff, this is the place to be in. It is famed for its hospitality and for making guests feel at home. Hotel Tibet Pvt. Ltd. is an unpretentious but reputed

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Sapana Village Lodge
06 Jan 2012

A Nepali dream Sapana Village Lodge

Sapana is the Nepali word for ‘Dream’. Sapana Village Lodge not only lets your dreams come true, but also those of the local community. Sapana Village Lodge is a beautifully designed hotel that offers great comfort and is designed in the local Tharu style. It offers a pleasant view over

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The Last Resort
05 Jan 2012

The Last Resort

True Eco-Adventure in Nepal – Michael Straus I’m in Nepal, almost into Tibet, in search of the perfect blend of eco-conscious adventure and relaxation. In the pristine mountainous region of Panglang, on a high cliff-top gorge above the wild Bhotekosi River, I find exactly what I’m looking for. The Last Resort.

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The Shangri-La Village Pokhara
04 Jan 2012

Heaven on Earth The Shangri-La Village

The resort is spread out arranged up into split levels, and attractive and unique features of this delightful resort. If the theme may be one of rustic elegance, the amenities provided are fully modern and up to date.

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03 Jan 2012

Cultural heritage Dwarika’s Hotel

Dwarika’s Hotel is an authentic experience of Nepal’s ancient cultural heritage. It houses an extensive collection of artifacts from the 13th century onwards, and the buildings and courtyards house some of Nepal’s best craftsmanship.   The hotel’s history which is intertwined with the life and times of the late Dwarika

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Annapurna Eco-Lodge Trek
02 Jan 2012

Annapurna Community Eco-Lodge Trek

Annapurna Community Eco-Lodge Trek provides a unique and close-up insight into village life in this beautiful area of the Himalayas. Mohare hill (3,300 m), offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), some of the highest mountains of the world, and forms a highlight of

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Culture & Tradition

Searching for Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala
10 Mar 2017

Searching for Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala

Perched in the Himalayas of India, Dharamsala shines with vibrant colors emitting forth from its quaint streets. It is impossible to ignore the unique beauty while walking through the city, but even simple sightseeing in what has been dubbed “Little Lhasa” is an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Dharamsala became a

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Religious Rituals at Pharping and Dakshinkali
26 Feb 2017

Religious Rituals at Pharping and Dakshinkali

Nepal is one of the most astonishing countries from a religious point of view. It is the land where both Hindus and Buddhists worship and pray in harmony, and sometimes at each others’ temples. You can see a square interspersed with wooden Hindu temples and a few streets away a

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Hiking through the Villages of the Kathmandu Valley
19 Feb 2017

Hiking through the Villages of the Kathmandu Valley

Whether you go to Nepal to climb the Himalayas or to experience Hindu and Buddhist culture, you’ll certainly spend a couple of days in Kathmandu. When you’re exhausted by the constant commotion of the city, a day-trip among the villages south of Patan (to the south of Kathmandu) is an

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