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Words by James Shackell | Photos by Ben McNamara Our taxi pulls up outside some rusty wrought iron gates. Inside is one of Nepal’s philanthropic success stories: a tiny business that’s slowly changing the lives of local women. It’s called Seven Women, and it began in 2006 as a grassroots...Read more
The rumour is that you become fitter when you spend time at altitude. Your lungs become stronger because your body is working harder to find oxygen with each breath. So, after spending two weeks over 3,000 metres in Nepal, I was not afraid of a littleRead more
Kathmandu by Bike Urban...
It’s been nearly two months since the 7.8 earthquake (and subsequent aftershocks) hit Nepal, killing more than 8,500 people and injuring more than 23,000 others. Homes, entire villages, and many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including parts of Durbar Square inRead more
Kathmandu, were destroyed. But what many travellers might not realise...
It’s lunchtime for the monkeys at Swayambhunath inRead more
Kathmandu. Every day, 100s of them gather to have a chat with their monkey friends at the temple appropriately nicknamed “Monkey Temple”. These holy monkeys who live in the northwest part of the temple get treated to a daily lunch by locals and devotees....
No matter where you travel, it’s the people you meet that make the trip. Whether it’s the friends you make, the locals you meet, or even those characters you have the pleasure of people-watching, they make your experience unique and memorable. If you’ve sat with a Sadhu in Nepal, you...Read more
This month, we’ve got beer on the brain with our Local Mission to share your foamy, hoppy, malty, craft-y beerventures on Instagram for a free tour! Our friends inRead more
Kathmandu fuelled our thirst by transporting us back in time to the days of Nepalese warriors! This crisp local beer was named after Gorkha soldiers...
There’s something about pictures of street scenes in Asia that always get our wanderlust going, and this photo is no different! Shot inRead more
Kathmandu, we love the mix of temple, people, market activity, and fascinating, narrow alleyways in this image, giving us a snapshot of one of the most fascinating...
One of the greatest things about travel is getting to see the planet; unfortunately, there are some aspects of travel that can harm the very thing we’re going out to explore. Carbon emissions, animal exploitation, water waste — there are a lot of eco-unfriendly factors that you could be contributing...Read more
‘Tis the season to celebrate! It’s that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas, New Year’s, Hannukah, King’s Day, the solstice… and how we’re going to fit into our pants after all those holiday dinners. But because we realise that all around this great big world of ours no two celebrations...Read more
With its influence from both Indian and Tibetan dishes, Nepali cuisine is rich in flavours and aromas. Expect extensive use of rice, lentils, chickpeas, and corn, which makes it a culinary heaven for gluten-free dieters. Here are my recommendations for first-time visitors to Nepal, with all the dishes you can’t miss,...Read more