The Dog festival: Day two of Tihar in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 17th, 2015
Dog Festival Tihar in Kathmandu

The Dog Festival or Kukur Tihar Day two of the Tihar festival in Nepal is much more colorful than the crow festival. It’s the celebration of “man’s best friend” the dog. Known as Kukur Tihar (Nepalese) or Khichā Pujā (Newar) it’s celebrated all over the country by both Hindus, Newars and tourists alike. Why celebrate… Continue reading more »

The Crow festival: Day one of Tihar Festival in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | November 16th, 2015
Crows during Tihar

Tihar in Nepal is a festival of crows, dogs, cows, people and light Last week was the second largest festival in Nepal, Tihar (the largest is Shivaratri). Also known as Deepwali (India) or Swanti (Newar). It is an incredible festival of color, animals, lights and people. Over the next five days I will recreate the… Continue reading more »

The Fourth Kumari – last treasure of Bungamati

Published in: Nepal | November 4th, 2015
Kinjal Bajracharya, Kumari of Bungamati

The Fourth Kumari While many people have heard of the Kumari Living Goddess in Nepal, few more know that there are three main Kumaris in the Kathmandu Valley. Located in Kathmandu city, Bhaktapur and in Patan. What many people may not know about the Kumari culture is that there is a fourth, main, Kumari. The… Continue reading more »

Patan’s new skyline after the earthquake (photograph)

Published in: Nepal | October 29th, 2015
Patan's new cityscape in Nepal

Patan’s famous cityscape has not changed much! Patan, or Lalitpur as it’s known locally, is one of the central attractions in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s known as the “city of artists”. After the 2015 earthquake people said Patan had been flattened. This is simply not true. Patan lost over five temples. However some are not… Continue reading more »

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 »