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28 Mar 2018

Celebrating Krishna, Most Flamboyant of the Gods

If you are here on September 2nd this year, you must visit Patan Durbar Square, for that is where you will see long lines of both young and old devotees queuing up in front of the Krishna Temple to wish Lord Krishna a very happy birthday. Actually, there are two

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Running the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail
25 Mar 2018

Running the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail

On a weekend in mid-March, I accomplished something that I never thought I’d be able to do: I ran the full length of the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail essentially without stopping. This amounted to roughly 170-180km distance, with nearly 12,000 meters of elevation gain in a period of 38 hours.

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To the Back of Beyond: The Chepang Hills Trek
22 Mar 2018

To the Back of Beyond: The Chepang Hills Trek

About half way between Kathmandu and Pokhara, we got off the tourist bus at Hugdi. Adjusting our backpacks, my friend, our guide and I set off from the roadside up a narrow track that was to take us up to Hattibang. After walking a few hours up the narrow track,

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Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival Part 2
19 Mar 2018

Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival Part 2

We told you the first part of the Ghode Jatra festival story the other day, in Part 1. Are you ready for the second half? This terrifying demon was the legendary Gurumapa, whose stories were often told by elders to their children all over the valley. Scared, Kesh Chandra remained

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Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival, Part 1
16 Mar 2018

Local Lore of the Ghode Jatra Festival, Part 1

On March 27 2018, the Tundikhel ground in central Kathmandu will reverberate to the thundering beat of many hooves, as a score and more magnificent steeds race one another. The skilled riders will demonstrate their excellent horsemanship by putting them through their paces and displaying some amazing feats. The occasion

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Myths of Nepal: The Holi Story
13 Mar 2018

Myths of Nepal: The Holi Story

Holi fell on March 1-2 this year, and is known as the ‘festival of colors’. It is celebrated by throwing colors on one another. Copious drinking of bhang (a cannabis infused drink) add to the revelry, making for a boisterous milieu. Like most other Hindu festivals, it celebrates the victory

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A Princess' Deadly Curse: Myths of the Bisket Jatra Festival
09 Mar 2018

A Princess’ Deadly Curse: Myths of the Bisket Jatra Festival

This year, Bisket Jatra, the most important festival of Bhaktapur, will be held from April 11-18th, amidst the usual high-spiritedness. Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities were reported last time; it’s not uncommon to hear about somebody losing his life after being crushed by a chariot’s massive wheels, or a crashing

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10 Reasons to Stay at a Homestay in Nepal
07 Mar 2018

10 Reasons to Stay at a Homestay in Nepal

To engage with local people and delve into the heart of a country’s culture, staying at a family homestay is the way to go. This gives you things that a night in a hotel can never provide. You get to see the real side of the place, experience local life

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The Road to Jomsom
19 Feb 2018

The Road to Jomsom

Walking the trails is one thing; riding a bus down through them is something entirely different. Along certain points on the Annapurna Circuit, a well-traveled trekking route, buses carry hikers and locals to their destinations. Jomsom is an important stop. Coffee shops, restaurants and guesthouses line its single street, catering

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Discovering Kirtipur
13 Feb 2018

Discovering Kirtipur

I stare at the blurry white liquid in my cup with wonder: THIS is beer? My grandfather used to make his own wine from the grapes in his backyard. He loved doing that but had no knowledge of what a good wine is. The result was something rather sour and

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Ice Climbing and Winter Adventures in the Annapurnas
09 Feb 2018

Ice Climbing and Winter Adventures in the Annapurnas

Planning a mountain trip in the middle of winter can be difficult; temperatures are cold, snowfall can cause other risks, there are limited transportation options to get deeper into the mountains, and in some smaller places, there are no tea houses open because families have left the mountains during the

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The Chandragiri Cable Car in Kathmandu
05 Feb 2018

The Chandragiri Cable Car in Kathmandu

It’s that time of year in Nepal when the mountains appear on a daily basis – as if sketched from a palette of clouds in the distance. Down in Kathmandu it is easy to miss the beauty surrounding the valley: it hides just out of eyesight as a layer of

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What it's Like to Study in Bhutan
02 Feb 2018

What it’s Like to Study in Bhutan

American student Liam Kelly spent last summer in Himachal Pradesh, India on a study abroad program administered by Tulane University, New Orleans. He completed his final semester in Thimphu, Bhutan. In order to inspire others to travel and study in the Himalayas, we asked Liam some questions about his experiences.

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Mountain Biking in Bhutan
30 Jan 2018

Mountain Biking in Bhutan

Cycling is my favourite way to explore a new city or country. Bike riding tours in Bhutan are still in their infancy, and cycling in this mountainous country is not for the faint-hearted. My partner and I, both competent cyclists who’ve done a few biking holidays, signed up for a

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Mountain Biking Around Lower Mustang
26 Jan 2018

Mountain Biking Around Lower Mustang

The Annapurna Circuit is one of the three most popular trekking and mountain biking trails in Nepal, and provides breathtaking views of the Annapurnas, Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Tilicho Peak, Upper Mustang and the Tibetan plateau at various points along the epic loop. The literal high point of the circuit

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Bhutan's Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
23 Jan 2018

Bhutan’s Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

We hiked for five days in Bhutan and didn’t see another tourist. We had the mountains, the walking trails, the camp sites, the lakes, to ourselves. In a world where over-tourism is becoming a major concern for some countries, this was utter bliss. I’d wanted to visit Bhutan for many

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Culture & Tradition

Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018
04 Jun 2018

Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018

The Hemis Monastery, 43 kilometres from Leh, is one of the richest and most important monasteries in Ladakh. It is also one of the few monasteries to hold its annual festival in the summer. Therefore, it’s very popular with tourists. If you’re lucky enough to be in Ladakh in June/July,

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Chortens at Swayambhunath. Photo credit: chripell / Flickr
27 May 2018

Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Pictures

Nepal is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. But, this number is actually misleading because one of these sites (the Kathmandu Valley) includes seven monument zones. Here are some images that reflect why these sites are considered so culturally and naturally important, not just to Nepal, but to the

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Mangal Dhun, the Music of Nepal
16 May 2018

Mangal Dhun, the Music of Nepal

Once, I received a curious query from someone I knew in America; he wanted to know about the origin of the mangal dhun, one of the most familiar tunes in Nepal. The name means “auspicious tune”, and is played during festive and celebratory occasions. It is the tune that announces

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Nature

Jungle Walking in the Chitwan National Park
19 Jan 2017

Jungle Walking in the Chitwan National Park

The Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations, situated in the subtropical southern part of the country. It was the first national park to be established in Nepal, in 1972, and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984. The park covers an area

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The Colours of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh
28 Nov 2016

The Colours of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh

The Nubra Valley is situated at the end of the road, at the cap of India, in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a hidden treasure with fine silver sand dunes cradled by gargantuan mountains. This is a politically sensitive area, and all visitors require an Indian

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tilicho-lake
17 Nov 2016

Tilicho Lake Trek: Highest Lake in Nepal

The plan was to climb up to Tilicho Lake – the highest lake in Nepal (4,920m) the morning after. Tilicho Lake is well known for its outstanding beauty and after many days walking I was so excited to be there! In October 2015 I set off for the Tilicho lake

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