The best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley (updated 2016)

Published in: Nepal |
Kathmandu Valley Guidebook cover

 The evolution of travel guidebooks continues (updated 2016) The second and latest edition of my Kathmandu Valley Guidebook in my Nepal guidebook collection has been published. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this guidebook is for the entire Kathmandu Valley region. The Nepalese tourism board are encouraging tourists to come back which will help Nepal recover. And, I agree.… Continue reading more »

Visit Panauti: preservation & tourism at its best

Published in: Nepal | May 25th, 2016
Panauti, Nepal

Panauti – last of the great Nepalese Heritage sites? I’d heard of Panauti before. It was that little Newari town most people said was “nice”. Not much to do, but still it was “nice”. I’ve already learned not to pay too much attention to local information when it came to cultural heritage appreciation in Nepal.… Continue reading more »

Space Invaders in Kathmandu!

Published in: Nepal | May 10th, 2016
Space Invaders Kathmandu

Have you seen any space invaders in Kathmandu? Bear with me on this one as there’s more to it than just a title. I’ve seen them before, space invaders in Kathmandu. But, I just passed by. Kathmandu is full of weird, quirky things so sometimes walking by is best. It wasn’t until I was updating… Continue reading more »

Nepal: one year after the earthquake

Published in: Nepal | April 25th, 2016
Man waving Nepalese flag

What has happened in Nepal since the 2015 earthquake It’s exactly one year since a devastating 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Nearly 9 thousand people lost their lives and over 21,000 people were injured. Millions were displaced. Continuous aftershocks created more damage including a 6.7 aftershock on May 12th which killed 200 people. For 12 months aftershocks ranging from 5.5 down rattled… Continue reading more »

Taking Archery Lessons in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | April 19th, 2016
Archery in Kathmandu

Taking Archery Lessons in Thamel Archery is not something you would often associate with Kathmandu or Nepal. It does have a long history in Nepal just as it has around the world. Hunting both on foot and on horse Nepalese archers were once prolific with a bamboo bow and arrow. Then came progress and it… Continue reading more »

Bardia National Park – in search of wild tigers

Published in: Nepal | April 5th, 2016
Tiger at Bardia National Park Nepal

Into the Bardia jungle at dawn The day begins at dawn with an early shower. No deodorant, no cologne and no soap. In other words, no chemical smells. Tigers and other wildlife can smell you from miles away. If they smell something as disgusting as fragrance chemicals they are less likely to come out and… Continue reading more »

Holi Festival of Colors in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | March 23rd, 2016
Girls celebrating Holi in Nepal

A day of color in Kathmandu, Nepal I’ve celebrated many Holi festivals in Nepal. By far the most enjoyable place to enjoy it is Kathmandu city. Though physical reminders of the 2015 earthquake were ever present you would be difficult to see it from the smiles and cheers throughout the day. Here is how the day… Continue reading more »

Bardia – a bus journey to Nepal’s “best” wildlife park

Published in: Nepal | March 16th, 2016
Bardia National Park Entrance at Ambassa Nepal

Planning a trip to Bardia is easier than it seems Bardia National Park is in Nepal’s far south west region. I’d heard the rumors for years of Bardia being like Chitwan was before the tourists arrived 20+ years ago. It was the “real jungle” of Nepal where tigers, elephants and one-horned rhinos roamed freely. There… Continue reading more »