Archive for the 'Nepal' Category

Is overtourism a problem in Nepal?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Tourists in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Can Nepal handle more tourist arrivals? Nepal wants more tourists. The country set lofty numbers of 1 million tourists in 2018 and 2 million by 2020. Keep in mind in 2014 Nepal had about 790,000 tourists. Nepal, these days, keeps pushing for more and more tourists to arrive. Meanwhile, one must ask how is the… Continue reading more »

Donating old travel guidebooks to tomorrow’s heroes

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Boy reading from a Nepal guidebook

Giving non-curriculum based books to school children I hitched a lift with a friend of mine who has been involved in supporting a local children’s home with children aged from 7 to 20 outside of Kathmandu. I’d been there several years ago after the earthquake. Things had improved. At first in typical Nepali, or should… Continue reading more »

Street Art in Kathmandu

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
Lakhey and Space invader house mural

The street art scene in Kathmandu is starting to emerge Nepal is known for it’s beautiful mountains, mysterious temples and fantastic wildlife. New treks emerge and Nepal’s animal conservation is among the world’s best. Nepal’s Malla period is renown for creating a huge artistic boom in Nepal. Then there was a lull. Boring concrete buildings… Continue reading more »

Discover the unique Koti Mahadev temple in Kathmandu

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Woman sitting on Koti Mahadev Temple

Koti Mahadev Mandir is easy to find, but often overlooked! Although it may look like a standard two roofed Newari pagoda temple, Koti Mahadev is worthy of a closer look as it holds a secret in plain sight many overlook. One clue is that the word “Koti” in Nepali means thousands upon thousands. It’s a… Continue reading more »

New & Best Backpacker accommodation in Kathmandu

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Fireflies Hostel in Paknajol, Kathmandu

Thamel is no longer the best backpacker area in Kathmandu For decades the area of Thamel in Kathmandu city was “the” place to stay if you were a backpacker. Even today big media still refers to it as a backpacker hub filled with cheap guesthouses and cafes. This has not been the case for about… Continue reading more »

Best restaurants in Kathmandu (2018)

Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Chicken tagine with eggplant

The best restaurants to eat out in Kathmandu Over the past 3 years restaurants in Kathmandu’s culinary scene have improved dramatically. Previously I’ve not written much about them as they would come and go every year. The chefs would often leave to the middle east or to another restaurant. And to be frank, the standards… Continue reading more »

Thamel Through Time: book review

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Thamel Through Time book cover

A historic look at Thamel & the iconic Kathmandu Guest House Is there anywhere else in the world that can rival Thamel for its addictive kaleidoscope of sensory bombardment? The moment you enter its hallowed boundaries you are assaulted from all sides in ways that either want to make you run for your hotel to… Continue reading more »