A Grass Routes Tour of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan
24 Mar 2019

A Grass Routes Tour of Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan

Nepal is, of course, famously known for trekking, mountaineering, and the world’s highest peaks. But there’s so much more to the country. On a recent one-week tour of Nepal, I got to know the country just a little bit better by visiting homestays, villages, nature reserves, and national parks. Starting in

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Kathmandu
17 Dec 2018

How to Spend 24 Hours in Kathmandu

Most travelers to Nepal choose to visit the country for the culture and some of the world’s best outdoor experiences. And, while Kathmandu is worth a visit in itself, many visitors simply spend a night or two here before taking off to other areas of Nepal. At least, this is

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Where to Go Running in Kathmandu
27 Aug 2017

Where to Go Running in Kathmandu

Whether you’re in Kathmandu for a holiday or are a long-term resident who would like to take up running, fear not! There are plenty of ways to pound the pavement in and around the city. Here’s a guide to running in Kathmandu. Day-to-day running in Kathmandu It can be daunting

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birdwatching in Kathmandu
28 Apr 2016

Birdwatching in the Kathmandu Valley

The Kathmandu Valley boasts well over 400 species of recorded bird species and provides an unbelievable range of habitats for the birds that reside, migrate or pass through. In spite of rapid urbanization and the human degradation of habitats in the Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings, that these beautiful feathered

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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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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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Asan kathmandu
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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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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