New & Best Backpacker accommodation in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | 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 »

Thamel Through Time: book review

Published in: Nepal | 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 »

Is it easy to travel around Nepal?

Published in: Nepal | October 2nd, 2018
Tourist in on the Streets of Thamel

How easy is it to travel around Nepal? Just arrived in Nepal or planning to go? It’s quite easy to travel around Nepal depending on where and what you want to do. Compared to neighboring India, Nepal is also very safe to travel around with low levels of crime. Likewise compared to it’s northern Neighbor… Continue reading more »

Celebrating Indra Jatra (Yenya) festival in Kathmandu

Published in: Nepal | September 21st, 2018
Kumari at Indra Jatra, Kathmandu, Nepal

Indra Jatra is Kathmandu’s largest festival After the Gai Jatra festival comes the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu. The entire celebration take place over an entire week. Below is a map of where the festival takes place in Kathmandu plus daily events. For tourists visiting Nepal it is a unique opportunity to not only experience… Continue reading more »

Teej: festival for women in Nepal

Published in: Nepal | 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

Published in: Nepal | 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

Published in: Nepal | 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 »