Archive for the 'Nepal' Category

How Patan got its name Lalitpur “The Beautiful City”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Patan "Lalitpur" Durbar Square during sunset, Nepal

Patan is one of Kathmandu valleys greatest and oldest cities to visit. It’s also known as Lalitpur which translated means “Beautiful city” – there’s a good reason for this. Patan is a city filled with artisans, craftsmen and designers. It’s with this in mind that we can enjoy uncovering one of Patan’s oldest enigmas. A… Continue reading more »

From living goddess to former Kumari & schoolgirl

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
ari Samita Bajracharya,with a photograph of her when she was a goddess, Nepal

A return visit to my Living Goddess friend If you’ve not read about my previous visits to the Kumari living goddess in Nepal I encourage you to do so before reading here. It’s a fascinating journey that will take you from my initial search right up to becoming friends with the Kumari and her family.… Continue reading more »

All the sections of a Stupa (Boudhanath) named

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
All the parts of Boudhanath Stupa named

The “great stupa” in Boudhanath is one of the most important stupas in the world One of the guide book exlusions that always irked me was the lack of simple information telling me what each part of this great stupa was called. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my own guide to Boudhanath. It’s… Continue reading more »

Nepal in under a week: visiting with only a 7 day or less itinerary

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Can you have a great time in Nepal in under a week?

I’ve always suggested taking a long trip to Nepal to get the most from this great country. And, I always get emails from people saying “I’ve only got a week! Can I still do it?!”

The answer is of course yes!

With new budget airline routes from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and New Delhi opening up there has been an unprecedented rise in short trips to Nepal.

I’ve had great people from Malaysia wanting to make the most of these new offers as well as tourists visiting Thailand and India who never thought it possible to make it to Nepal so easily.

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon too for a short trip to catch up with some friends and business. It’s a much shorter trip than usual so I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some tips on what you can hope to see and do between 5-7 days in Nepal.

What would it be like to live in Nepal?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Crowds and rooftops of Patan, Nepal

Living in Nepal as a foreigner I usually end out a longer term stay in a country by writing about what it’s like to live there. These are my experiences and opinions. It’s a diverse world we live in. While some people “live in Nepal” as diplomats or Aid workers others work in regular jobs,… Continue reading more »

Nepalese souvenirs & shopping in Kathmandu

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Papier mache souvenir dolls from Nepal

Nepalese souvenirs are some of the best in the world You might notice a lot of low quality made in China type souvenirs invading the stands and stalls of many tourist destinations these days. From bracelets to clothes and the odd indigenous mask. They look great until you realize they weren’t made locally. If there’s… Continue reading more »

Cultural integration, racism in Nepal & the great white elephant syndrome

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
A Nepalese Elephant

Is social integration in Nepal possible for a foreigner? Racism in Nepal -  does it exist?  Or is it a reality everywhere today? Could racism in Nepal really be all that different? Perhaps living here as a foreigner has taught me too much about really integrating with an open society over the long-term. I’m desperately writing this before it’s… Continue reading more »