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 »

It’s okay to eat vegetarian food in Thailand

Published in: Thai food | August 12th, 2015
avocado salad thai

I am a carnivore. The type that’s nearly always hungry if they don’t have meat in a meal. I do eat loads of vegetables though. But, always with meat. In Thailand dishes are usually quite small to begin with so I’ve never once thought of “just” ordering a vegetarian dish. I’d be starving afterwards. That all… Continue reading more »

Nepal in two weeks: planning a visit with a 14 day itinerary

Published in: Nepal | July 29th, 2015
World Peace Stupa Pokhara Nepal_resize

Can you have a great time in Nepal with only two weeks? Long trips to Nepal are the best way to get the most from this great country. However this is not always possible with today’s working lifestyle. I’ve already written a popular one week itinerary for Nepal. However, if you have 14 days you’ll fit twice… Continue reading more »