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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
This is a special place on a hill overlooking Bodhanath village and I recommend hiking here through little villages from Bodhnath. It can also be reached as a day trip from Kathmandu via tourist buses or taxi.
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Ganga Path, Kathamndu 44600, Nepal
It was the start of the monsoon season in Kathmandu, and although I had avoided the rain for five days, my luck finally ran out. After waiting out most of the shower in a small little family-owned general store, I headed out to the legendary...
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Every sunrise at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu brings with it the sound of ringing bells and mantras, the smell of incense, the spinning of prayer wheels, and woven in between it all, thousands of pigeons. Buddhist practitioners feed pigeons seeds...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Tourists call it the “Monkey Temple,” owing to the clans of rhesus macaque wandering through the grottos and recesses of this ancient shrine. The monkeys climb where they please, siblings squabble, parents scold and protect—a parallel simian...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
In a very silent temple with people praying, what better way to keep baby sis quiet than to lift her up to spin the prayer scrolls that fully line the walls of the temple.
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Stairways, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Late that afternoon, we reach the confluence of the Rongshar and Menlung rivers, where a promontory of ancient glacial shelf rises several hundred feet above the two swollen rivers. On its summit, the blackened tin roof and broken adobe walls of...
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Boudhanath, situated on the north east side of Kathmandu, is one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. The stupa's dome is 43 meters tall and it's painted-on Buddha eyes survey a flurry of activity in the square below. Pilgrims,...
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Bhaktapur, Nepal
The ancient capital of the Kathmandu Valley is an earthy composition of ornate brickwork and wood filigreed temples built by the Newar tribe. In Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square; the relief carvings on the golden Suun Dhoka Gate, and stone images of the...
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Nuwakot,, Trisuli 44900, Nepal
To experience Nepali life off the tourist trail, head to the one-lane town of Nuwakot, a four-hour bus ride northwest of the overcrowded alleys of Kathmandu and an easy detour on the way to the popular Langtang trek. Terraced rice paddies, pumpkin...
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Kot Square, काठमाडौँ 44600, Nepal
The ancient buildings of Durbar Square are interesting enough on their own, but what fascinates me is the way people interact with the old and ancient in Kathmandu. We came upon this stunning stone monument, and sat in to listen to a monk explain...
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Patan 44700, Nepal
Of all the cities in the Kathmandu Valley, my favorite was Patan mainly because there was traditional Nepalese arts and handicrafts was on display everywhere. When I mean everywhere, I mean everywhere….on walls, stairs and steps, building facades,...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
I’m not really much of a shopper but it’s hard not to look at the stuff for sale, especially when there’s a lot of it and it’s everywhere. One of my favorite places to *window shop* was Kathmandu. There, the vendors not only display their wares on...
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It is 6.30am and a lot of Tibetans are already at Bouddhanath, biggest Buddhist temple in Katmandu. I spend hours there and bask in their resilient energy. Every day they walk, pray, chant, meditate and prostrate themselves for a better world....
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Located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. In 1979 the Stupa was declared a World Heritage site. Tourists and Tibetan refugees alike flock to see the stupa...
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A stay at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu feels like traveling back in time to another era. Much of the woodwork found throughout the hotel dates back centuries. When owner Ambica Shrestha and her husband saw people burning intricate wood carvings...
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Pashupati Nath Road 44621, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
This elderly gentleman took about 20 seconds to step up on a curb. I watched him walk for almost 30 minutes, crouched in pain and with purpose toward the statues of Hanuman and Ganesha outside of one of the temples. He took great care to kiss the...
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Pharping, Dakshinkali 44600, Nepal
While in Nepal, I had the opportunity to host an event at the sacred Dakshinkali temple honoring abused Nepalese women. The temple was built to honor Kali, a powerful female Goddess, so naturally it was the perfect place to invite them. Hoping to...
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Subarnapur 44200, Nepal
When I found out I was going to Nepal I think I was most excited to visit Chitwan and to interact with the mahouts and see the beauty of the elephants. They literally will stroll down the street kissing you for bananas or attracting attention from...
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Phewa Lake, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
We weren't quite lucky to see the snowcapped covered mountains in the lovely lakeside village of Pokhara since we visited during monsoon season. But it was a perfect way to start our introduction to the area and cross over to the trail leading up...
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We set out to walk around Phewa Lake and head in the direction of the World Peace Pagoda. We were told it's anywhere between 10 and 15 km from town to the pagoda itself, so we figured that it was really more like 25 km. That meant we'd have plenty...
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Pokhara, Nepal
If you find yourself in Pokhara, there's no doubt you'll hear about the sunrise hike to the top of Sarangkot to witness the morning glow light up the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. With absolutely stunning views of Machapuchare, you're wise to...
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Mahankal Mandir, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur 44812, Nepal
About an hour's drive outside of Kathmandu, Nepal is the teeny-tiny sleepy town of Nagarkot. Here you will find some of the most stunning views of the Himalaya mountain range with beautiful hikes and gorgeous viewpoints. Stay at the Hotel at the...
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Pokhara, Nepal
Like to barter a little? Pokhara has a rug weaving center formed by refugees from Tibet. There are no synthetics and the wool used in tapestries and rugs is first rate.
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The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal, sits on top of a mountain overlooking the soaring Annapurna mountain range. It can be reached via a two-hour hike...if you know the right direction. It took me two attempts to get here, traversing through...
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Pokhara Valley, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
At a artisan loomery in the mountains above the Pokhara Valley, we waited for the haze to burn off of the Himalayan landscape from the upstairs viewing deck Followed by shopping handmade yak fur blankets, awesome knitted socks/bootys, scarves,...