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 »

Discover the secrets around Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Published in: Nepal | December 2nd, 2016
Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal

The unique and iconic Swayambhunath stupa Just under two kilometers west of Thamel perched on top of a hill is one of the must see highlights of Kathmandu city. Swayambhunath or Swayambhu is a unique looking stupa complex that you’ll briefly see in the latest Marvel movie Dr. Strange.  It benefited from a recent renovation in 2010,… Continue reading more »

Why can’t Nepal get festivals right?

Published in: Nepal | November 16th, 2016
Kumari during Indra Jatra in Nepal

Confusion about Nepali festival dates, names, religions and disorganization In most countries with a high number of tourists and where tourism is a primary source of national income, festivals are a huge beneficial attraction. Nepal is known for having more festivals and public holidays than most other countries in the world. Moreover, the festivals are… Continue reading more »

Chhath: ancient worship of the sun festival

Published in: Nepal | November 2nd, 2016
Chhath Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

Chhath in Nepal Chhath is the ancient Hindu festival dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and Chhathi Maiya. It’s a rare occasion to witness its followers give thanks to the sun god for providing light that sustains the earth and also giving wishes. The rituals involved in Chhath for devotees are quite rigorous and take… Continue reading more »

Thimi: the forgotten heritage town in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | October 19th, 2016
Siddhikali Temple in Thimi, Nepal

The “middle place” in Kathmandu known as Thimi Thimi or Madhyapur, as it was once called and wants to be known as again, is a small township sandwiched between Kathmandu city and Bhaktapur. Ironically Madhyapur means “Middle place”. Thimi used to be the fourth largest city in the Kathmandu Valley but was basically squashed out of… Continue reading more »

Introducing: First Time Trekking in Nepal Guidebook

Published in: Nepal | October 7th, 2016
Trekking in Nepal Guidebook cover

The best guidebook for first time trekkers in Nepal Nearly three years ago I began publishing guidebooks to Nepal because I truly wanted to deliver something that would help people get the most out of their trip to this great country. I did this because I found the current crop of big publisher guidebooks to Nepal were just not up to… Continue reading more »

Trekking Mardi Himal: Day five (or a recommended day six)

Published in: Nepal | September 28th, 2016
Yak on the Mardi Himal Trek, Nepal

Low camp to Sidhing or Pokhara? Following on from the previous day’s trek I recommend that day five of the Mardi Himal trek takes you from Low Camp to Sidhing. So after base camp on day four go back to Low Camp for the night or even spend the night in High Camp. Then on day… Continue reading more »

Trekking Mardi Himal: Day four

Published in: Nepal | September 14th, 2016
Mardi Himal Trek, Nepal

Mardi Himal High Camp to Base Camp The day started early with a cold frost covering yesterdays hailstones. I like the cold though and after a hearty breakfast of yet more pancakes we set out on the final leg of the ascent on day four of the Mardi Himal trek. The impressive mountainous view from High… Continue reading more »