Archive for the 'Nepal' Category

Teej: festival for women in Nepal

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Women in red Saris in Teej in Nepal

Celebrating Teej in Kathmandu Teej or the festival for women was celebrated today in Nepal. I went along to the celebrations in Kathmandu to give you an idea of what it’s like. Teej or Hartalika Teej is celebrated in August/September throughout Nepal by women. It is a Hindu festival that is also celebrated in North… Continue reading more »

Helicopter scams in Nepal: the unraveling of a dark industry

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
Helicopter taking off in Nepal

The Nepali medi-vac or helicopter rescue scam has rocked Nepal’s tourism industry Naively I first came across the helicopter rescue scam in 2011. An Italian tourist “suddenly” claimed to have a bad back on his return from Everest Base Camp and was getting a helicopter evacuation. I met him a week later in Kathmandu prancing… Continue reading more »

How to support the local economy in Nepal as a tourist

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Kinjal Bajracharya a local carpenter in Bungamati

How you can really help local people in Nepal Many people ask me how they can “help Nepal” either before they go on holiday or when they are there. The local economy is generally where people feel they can help the most. Tourists often feel that they prefer their hard earned money to go directly… Continue reading more »

Mystery of the Dhartimata statue solved

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
Head of Dhartimata or mother goddess statue in Kirtipur Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

A mother goddess statue in Kirtipur Have you ever visited a place and had a guidebook say something is there but it’s not. Or maybe say something that’s inconclusive about an object like “nobody knows”. A little bit of research goes a long way. That’s the purpose of a travel guidebook. You are buying research… Continue reading more »

Introducing: The Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks guidebook

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks book cover

The best guidebook for Heritage Walks in Kathmandu This has been a private project of mine for over ten years. Mapping out and creating some of the best original heritage walks in Kathmandu. Since I began publishing guidebooks to Nepal, I’ve always included heritage walks. This book goes far beyond anything else out there. The… Continue reading more »

Tourist bus stop in Kathmandu has been moved from Kantipath to Sorhakhutte

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
Kathmandu Tourist Bus Stop

On July 1st 2018 all tourist buses to Pokhara and Chitwan leave from Sorhakhutte in Kathmandu Kantipath bus stop is no more. All tourist buses to Pokhara and Chitwan now leave from the Sorhakhutte to the north west of Thamel (north of Paknajol). Since 2003 tourists have enjoyed the short relatively easy and quiet walk from… Continue reading more »

How did Swayambhunath and Boudhanath get their names?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
Boudhanath Stupa is known as Kasti chaity

Do you know why the names Boudhanath and Swayambhunath end with – nath? I hope you do. Because nobody else seems to. If you’ve ever noticed the naming structure of places in Nepal you’ll find many end with the letters “n a t h”. It turns out the answer is this is not as straight… Continue reading more »