The Nepal most travellers miss: Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur

The Nepal most travellers miss: Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur

When travelling to a new country it’s easy to visit only the main cities and sites. But what about the areas that aren’t so well known? Are they worth your time and effort? I’m here to say for certain that yes, they are. In Nepal, many travellers only base themselves...

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A spiritual tour of Nepal

A spiritual tour of Nepal

From the moment you touch down in Nepal, you can feel something different in the air. Nepal is one of the most deeply spiritual places I’ve ever visited. Beyond photos of Everest and the Himalayas, the images of Nepal most often circulated are of the painted, dreadlocked holy men, and...

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Where and what to eat in Nepal

Where and what to eat in Nepal

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,...

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Discovering Spiritual Nepal

Discovering Spiritual Nepal

In the middle of the throng of Tibetan monks, nuns, and Nepali locals spinning prayer wheels as they make their way clockwise around Boudhanath Stupa, an old man pauses beside a statue. Prayer beads looped loosely through his fingers, he presses his palms together and lifts them gently to his...

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Nepal: One year later, in photos

Nepal: One year later, in photos

It’s been one year since a devastating earthquake shook Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and leaving some 21,000 people injured. Now, one year later, we headed back there through the camera lens of travel bloggers The Common Wanderer, to see Nepal as it is today: recovering and ready to...

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The Seven Women of Kathmandu

The Seven Women of Kathmandu

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...

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Biking in Kathmandu: I did it for the mud and the momos

Biking in Kathmandu: I did it for the mud and the momos

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 little Kathmandu by Bike Urban...

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Photos: Kathmandu after the quake

Photos: Kathmandu after the quake

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 in Kathmandu, were destroyed. But what many travellers might not realise...

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Photo of the week: Monkey temple in Kathmandu

Photo of the week: Monkey temple in Kathmandu

It’s lunchtime for the monkeys at Swayambhunath in 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....

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New Year’s (and more) in Nepal

New Year’s (and more) in Nepal

It’s often said there are more festivals than days of the year in Nepal. Okay, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but this is definitely a country with lots of celebrations happening — there are seven different New Year’s holidays alone, reflecting Nepal’s rich diversity and multiculturalism....

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