Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus – problems & avoiding scams

Published in: Nepal | June 28th, 2017
Pokhara Kathmandu bus

Taking a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara should be nice and easy but … I was going to write this about three years ago to help other travelers. But decided to postpone it to give “Nepal” a chance to fix the most traveled bus route frequented by tourists in the country. Time’s up Nepal! I’ve been… Continue reading more »

Introducing the best paperback guidebook to Nepal

Published in: Nepal | June 14th, 2017
Nepal guidebook print edition cover

The best print edition guidebook to Nepal has arrived! The latest book in my Nepal guidebook collection has been published in print with the release of Nepal: the complete guidebook (print edition). The book is published by Himalayan Travel Guides and 100% printed in Nepal by Nepali people. With the popularity and success of my digital PDF Nepal guides… Continue reading more »

From Digital Ink to Paper Print: the making of a travel guidebook

Published in: Nepal | May 26th, 2017
Draft measuring sheets of the Nepal guidebook

Redesigning the travel guidebook for the better I initially thought my first book would be a paperback about my overland journey. That idea started over 15 years ago. Then, the smart-phone came out followed by the Kindle and tablets which led all but a few to proclaim the death of the paperback book. Ebooks sprang up as… Continue reading more »

Where to buy beads & jewellery in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | May 17th, 2017
Beads and pendants hanging in a store in Kathmandu

How finding great beads and jewelery became easy in Kathmandu A little known secret about my travels is that in every country I go there’s always one thing I try to find. A traditional bracelet. It all started a long time ago on another journey before The Longest Way Home ever started. I’ve kept the tradition… Continue reading more »

The Temples of Thamel: discovery through photographs

Published in: Nepal | May 3rd, 2017

Discovering the temples of Thamel in Kathmandu Thamel is more known for its eclectic selection of trekking stores, cafes, pashmina stalls, restaurants, ramshackle guesthouses and emerging boutique hotels than for its temples. However the very name Thamel comes from Thabahi whose true origin center point is the 1000 plus year old Bikramashila Mahabihar (Bhagwan bahal)… Continue reading more »

Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu book review

Published in: Nepal, Reviews | April 26th, 2017
Thamel - Dark Star of Kathmandu book cover

A book about one of Kathmandu’s most famous destinations Thamel: Dark Star of Kathmandu is not a travel book as such. It’s more a part memoir part narrative of memories from people who have lived in and experienced this iconic location over the years. Written by Rabi Thapa, from Kathmandu, it’s an insightful, thought provoking and well… Continue reading more »

Thamel at night: from dusk till dawn

Published in: Nepal | April 18th, 2017
Walking home in Thamel at night, Kathmandu

Thamel is very different at various stages throughout the night Though Thamel has changed over the past 10 years not many get to experience this area of Kathmandu at night. During load shedding in the past (power cuts) Thamel shut up shop by 10pm most evenings aside from the odd bar. Today on a Friday… Continue reading more »