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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 »

Mining the river Seti in Pokhara

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Families working in a river mine in Nepal

River Mining the Seti river in Pokhara Nepal Quite often you will hear people saying “if you go back to a place it will never be the same as it was before”. One of the most enduring, albeit slightly haunting, memories I have of my previous journey to Nepal was meeting a 12-year-old river mining… Continue reading more »

The Kumari Living Goddess – photograph

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
The Kumari Samita Bajracharya - Living Goddess

Photographing The Kumari Living Goddess There’s really no doubt that this Kumari photograph is going into my main photography gallery. It was one of those events that meant a lot to me personally rather than purely for a “photographs” sake. If you’d like to find out more about the Kumari then check out the links at… Continue reading more »

Where to Volunteer in Nepal? Maybe nowhere …

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Collecting water in Nepal

  Want to volunteer in Nepal? Choose carefully and with knowledge If tourism is Nepal’s number one profitable industry then the tightly bound world of volunteering and NGO’s (Non Government Organisations) must surely come a close second. They are of course closely linked to tourism and rather unfortunately often times merged into one. Prepare yourself… Continue reading more »