A tourist’s guide to surviving the Dashain festival in Nepal (& the fuel shortage)

Published in: Nepal | October 20th, 2015
Nepalese man with a tika

Coming to Nepal during the Dashain festival? Here’s how to handle it It’s now Dashain in Nepal – commonly referred to as Nepal’s greatest festival.  However,  to a tourist,  you may not feel the same way. In fact, Dashain can be a serious annoyance to you on your holiday. That said, as with everything in Nepal,… Continue reading more »

A Nepalese Wedding in an Ancient Newari Temple

Published in: Nepal | October 14th, 2015
Nepal Wedding

Nepalese Weddings I’ve never been to an actual Nepalese wedding. I’ve come across a few, tentatively. Usually by accident on a Saturday when out for a walk. The most common sight is a tent, lots of ladies in colorful sarees and gents in suits. But as an outsider with a camera I never felt it… Continue reading more »

Celebrating Indra Jatra (Yenya) festival in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | October 1st, 2015
Kumari at Indra Jatra, Kathmandu, Nepal

Indra Jatra is Kathmandu’s largest festival After the Gai Jatra festival comes Indra Jatra. And between them are a number of smaller festivals and celebrations. Yes, this is Nepal’s peak time of year for festivals! For tourists visiting Nepal it is a unique opportunity to not only experience an awesome spectacle but also a chance to… Continue reading more »

Nepal Celebrates its New Constitution

Published in: Nepal | September 21st, 2015
Children celebrating Nepal's new constitution

Nine long years after Nepal’s civil war the people finally have a constitution About nine years ago I arrived in Nepal. The country had just ended a civil war, had removed a monarchy and were still battling Maoist violence. Bandas (strikes were common) as were riots and protests. For the following nine years political turmoil hindered nearly… Continue reading more »

25% off Nepal Guidebooks to mark the start of peak season!

Published in: Nepal | September 15th, 2015
Nepal Guidebooks

  25% off Kathmandu Valley Guidebook! September 15th marks the offical start to peak season in Nepal While some hoteliers will make you believe “September”, as in September 1st, is the start to the peak season in Nepal, it’s really September 15th. The reason for this is simple – sometimes the monsoon season hangs on… Continue reading more »

Gai Jatra – Nepal’s cow festival to celebrate the dead

Published in: Nepal | August 30th, 2015
Gai Jatra, Nepal

  Given the year, the 2015 Gai Jatra (Gaijatra / Sa Paru) festival in Nepal is perhaps one of the most meaningful events of the year for many families who lost loved ones. The festival has a long history dating back further than its 17th century modern day interpretation. The mean of Gai Jatra is… Continue reading more »

Is China still allowing foreign tourists to visit Tibet?

Published in: Nepal, Tibet | August 26th, 2015
Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet

Yes, you can visit Tibet in 2015/2016 but here are some things to know first One of the most popular questions I get is how to travel from Nepal to Tibet overland. It’s a very easy thing to do as that previous link to my guide will show. Likewise from mainland China into Tibet it’s also very… Continue reading more »