Archive for the 'Nepal' Category

Ugrachandi & Bhairab Statues in Bhaktapur & the Artist who lost his hands

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Ugrachandi and Bhairab Statues in Basantapur Chowk

The statues so beautiful they cost the artist his hands As tales go in Nepal the one about the Ugrachandi and Bhairab statues has been one that has stayed popular for the past 300 or so years. It’s a short one (no pun intended) that shows the rivalry of the Malla kings was not as… Continue reading more »

How to deal with stray street dogs in Nepal

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Street dogs fighting in Kathmandu

A tourists guide to not getting bitten by a street dog in Nepal About 12 years ago in Nepal there was a massive dog cull to deal with the out of control dog population problem within the country. The numbers reduced dramatically, as did the number of dog bites. However, international animal rights protests and… Continue reading more »

Making a trip to Nuwakot before it’s gone!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Nuwakot fortress in Nepal

Nuwakot, where kings of old plotted the downfall of the Kathmandu Valley It’s not easy reaching Nuwakot, one of the most important sites in Nepal. Few make the journey to this ancient crumbling fortress that was once one of the epicenters to the formation of Nepal as country. For hill walkers the area is a… Continue reading more »

The Forgotten Gods of Nepal

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Damaged Bhimsen Shrine in Kathmandu

Have the gods left Nepal or did the people leave the gods? Following the 2015 earthquake there was a spate of news articles about the how’s and why’s of it all. Most of it was scientific. In a country with a “living heritage” there were other cultural repercussions. This included why god or the gods… Continue reading more »

Stonemason at work in Bhaktapur

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Stonemason in Bhaktapur Nepal

A photograph of a stonemason symbolizes … You may recognize the above photograph from my article on reconstructing the Vatsala Durga temple. It was about being the first independently funded temple to be rebuilt. The donor list is virtual empty … and that’s okay. There’s much more going on with this photograph Nepal is looked… Continue reading more »

Reconstructing the Ashok Stupa in Thamel

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Ashok Stupa in Thamel

A community rebuilds an ancient stupa … The Ashok stupa is located along the little adjoining lane named Ashok Galli in southern Thamel. For many years I’ve taken this shortcut between two of Thamel’s main streets, Amrit and Thamel Marg,  leading to Jyatha. Prior to the 2015 earthquake the old Ashok stupa, whose fenced off… Continue reading more »

Bookshops in Kathmandu, Nepal

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Book Paradise in Kathmandu

Where are the best bookstores in Kathmandu? It’s a relative question, but all the answers on bookshops are here. Are you looking for travel books? International fiction (crime, thriller, western, romance etc) Nepali literature or non fiction? Are you a tourist or Nepali? The good news is that Kathmandu still has an impressive amount of… Continue reading more »