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02 Dec 2016

The New Sanga-Panauti Community Hike Initiative

On a Sunday in late November, a throng of 40+ Nepali and international tourism-industry professionals undertook the new Sanga to Panauti Community Hike for the first time. This new ten kilometre route has been established by Royal Mountain Travel, CommunityHomestay.com and Travel Social Good (TSG+) as a way of bringing

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Walk, Rest and Eat in Namo Buddha
02 Dec 2016

Walk, Eat and Relax in Namo Buddha

Just forty kilometres from central Kathmandu is the little village of Namo Buddha. Its small size belies its enormous importance to Buddhists, and what a worthwhile place it is to visit to escape Kathmandu for a couple of days. The air is fresher, the skies clearer, exceptional food and accommodation

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The Brokpa People of Bhutan
30 Nov 2016

The Brokpa People of Bhutan

Some of the most remote villages in Bhutan are found on the far eastern side of the country. It is the land of the Brokpa people. According to their oral history, the Brokpa originate from Tibet and came to Bhutan after they beheaded a tyrannical king in their ancestral village.

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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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Trek to Gosaikunda, the Frozen Lake
27 Nov 2016

Trek to Gosaikunda, the Frozen Lake

The five-day trek to Gosaikunda, a frozen lake in the Langtang Himalaya region, is a great challenging (but not too challenging!) trek. Here are my recommendations for an itinerary and places you should not miss. But before you start planning your trek to Gosainkunda, there are some practical things you

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potala-durbar
25 Nov 2016

7 Amazing Things to See and Do in Lhasa

All tours to Tibet include several days in the capital city, Lhasa. Because the city is so high (at 3656 metres), it’s necessary to stay there for a little while before travelling around the region to help with acclimatisation. It’s a good thing there are so many things to see

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Getting to Know Tibetan Plants and Traditional Medicine
23 Nov 2016

Getting to Know Tibetan Plants and Traditional Medicine

The high elevation and stark habitat of Tibet create a unique home for plants and animals, and the region is a stunning location for trekking and touring. Visitors to Tibet may have a cursory knowledge of Tibetan culture, especially Tibetan Buddhism, but there is so much more to experience. One

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Farmer's Markets in Kathmandu
21 Nov 2016

Farmer’s Markets in Kathmandu

Whether you’re just passing through Kathmandu or living here, a Saturday or Sunday morning sampling goodies at a Kathmandu Farmer’s Market should be added to your itinerary. The Le Sherpa Farmer’s Market in Lazimpat is set out on a multi-tiered garden space, adjacent to the newly built Le Sherpa restaurant

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8 Tibetan Foods You Have to Try
20 Nov 2016

8 Tibetan Foods You Have to Try

A Tibetan diet is mostly composed of dairy, meat, and a few grains. Rarely will you find fresh greens or vegetables. This makes sense as the environment is harsh, and few tender herbs will grow. However, the diet of meat, dairy, and grains is hearty and gives significant fortification after

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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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Culture & Tradition

Swayambhunath "Monkey Temple". Photo: Sudeep Singh
16 Apr 2015

Buddhism in Nepal

In many areas, Hinduism has absorbed Buddhism to a large extent, but the two religions have many shared deities and temples. As every Nepali is proud to tell you, the Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. That is to say, he was born in the Shakya Kingdom of Kapilvastu which

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Gai Jatra Nepal
25 Aug 2016

Upcoming festivals of Nepal with Dates

Festivals of Nepal. Festivals in Nepal are as number as there are days in a year. Blessed to be one of the most diverse countries in the world, almost everyday Nepal is participating in some sort of festivals and celebrations. Teej Festival – 4th September, 2016 Teej is a festival

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panauti-homestay-nepal
03 Oct 2016

A Perfect Break from the City at Panauti Community Homestay

Panauti Community Homestay – A Perfect Break from the City. As lovely as many of Nepal’s hotels are, many visitors want to get a bit closer to ordinary Nepali people and to learn about how they live. A visit to Panauti Community Homestay is the perfect way to experience Nepali

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Nature

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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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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Workers picking tea leaves. Photo: RMT
17 Apr 2015

Tea gardens in Nepal

This first flush fetches the highest prices, not only for its fine flavor, but also as it is produced in much lower quantity. Many people don’t know this, but the tea grown here can be better than that of neighbouring Darjeeling. Though similar to the world famous Darjeeling teas, it

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