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 »

Thamel: ten years of change in Kathmandu’s iconic tourist zone

Published in: Nepal | April 5th, 2017
Scenes from Thamel, Kathmandu

Arriving in Thamel ten years ago It’s been over ten years since I first took tentative steps entering into Kathmandu’s main tourist and commercial zone known as Thamel. It was late at night as my bus from Pokhara had been delayed by nearly 7 hours. A local pointed me in the right direction though a… Continue reading more »

Nagarkot vs Dhulikhel: which is better to visit?

Published in: Nepal | March 29th, 2017
Nagarkot vs Dhulikhel, Nepal

If you only had time to visit one place, which would it be, Nagarkot or Dhulikhel? This is a question I get asked a lot. Surprisingly it’s Nepali people who are asking more than tourists these days as the economy improves and domestic tourism increases. Europeans are next as they look to escape the tourist… Continue reading more »