Archive for the 'Nepal' Category

Nepal: one year after the earthquake

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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 »

Hanuman Sadhu, Shivaratri Nepal

Monday, March 7th, 2016
Hanuman Sadhu Shivaratri Nepal

The Hanuman Sadhu at the Shivaratri Festival in Nepal Today is the Shivaratri festival in Nepal. An annual Hindu festival to celebrate the God Shiva who is also the lord of yogis (practitioners of yoga). Hanuman, also known as Mahavira or Bajrangbali, is another Hindu god who is devoted to Rama however in certain texts he is… Continue reading more »

The best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley (updated 2016)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
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 »