Making a trip to Nuwakot before it’s gone!

The Nuwakot Fortress-palace still stands … it’s one of the largest remaining palaces in Nepal just outside of Kathmandu – but be quick, it might not be standing for much longer Nuwakot, where kings of old plotted the downfall of the Kathmandu Valley It’s not easy reaching Nuwakot, one of the most important sites in Nepal. Few make the journey to this ancient crumbling fortress that was once one of the epicenters to the formation of Nepal as country…

The Forgotten Gods of Nepal

A Bhimsen shrine stands lopsided in a small Newari courtyard in Kathmandu, behind it a crumbling chaitya, around it are new residents who walk by on the way to work … a few old people still pass by to stop and pay respect to the god Have the gods left Nepal or did the people leave the …

Stonemason at work in Bhaktapur

A stonemason chisels at a solid stone block atop the ruins of the Vatsala Durga Temple in Bhaktapur A photograph of a stonemason symbolizes … You may recognize the above photograph from my article on reconstructing the Vatsala Durga temple. It was about being the first independently funded temple to be rebuilt. The donor list is virtual empty … and that’s okay. There’s much more going on…

Painting of a fisherman in Begnas Nepal

Watercolor of Fisherman in Begnas Lake, Pokhara, Nepal A watercolor of a fisherman at Begnas Lake, in Pokhara, Nepal Pokhara is known for rest, relaxation and adventure. It’s also known as a the city of seven lakes. True be told, this is a bit of exaggeration. Of the seven lakes only three to four are “real” lakes. The others fill…

Reconstructing the Ashok Stupa in Thamel

The newly reconstructed Ashok stupa in Thamel, Kathmandu A community rebuilds an ancient stupa … The Ashok stupa is located along the little adjoining lane named Ashok Galli in southern Thamel. For many years I’ve taken this shortcut between two of Thamel’s main streets, Amrit and Thamel Marg,  leading to Jyatha. Prior to the 2015 earthquake the old Ashok stupa, whose fenced off …

Bookshops in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is a still a treasure trove of “paradise” location for book lovers to explore … here is the best list of bookshops in Kathmandu! Where are the best bookstores in Kathmandu? It’s a relative question, but all the answers on bookshops are here. Are you looking for travel books? International fiction (crime, thriller, western, romance etc) Nepali literature or non fiction? Are you a tourist or Nepali? The good news is that Kathmandu still has an impressive amount of bookshops that …

Painting of a Bodhi Tree overlooking the Himalayan Mountains

A Bodhi tree overlooking the Himalayan Mountains in Bandipur A watercolor of a Bodhi tree overlooking the Himalayan Mountains in Bandipur This majestic Bodhi tree sits on a high hill over Bandipur in Nepal. The view from here is of the majestic Himalayan mountains. The tree is reachable with a 45 minute hike from the town itself. The mountains aren’t always visible though. Dawn and dusk are the best times to view them during peak season. Bodhi tree For those new here you can read all about Bandipur here. There are not too many Bodhi trees in Nepal this size. …

The Bestselling Guidebook to Nepal & Bitcoin Cryptocurrency purchase options!

My Nepal guidebook has outsold all the others … & is now available in Bitcoin! Two announcements! Part I: Making it to the bestseller list Part II: New Bitcoin, Litcoin crypto purchase options of the guidebook here From strength to strength: the best Nepal guidebook for all travelers to Nepal It made…

Painting of flower petals by a temple

Flower petals by a temple in Nepal A watercolor of a flower petals by a temple in Nepal It’s very common to see flower petals or whole flowers being left as offerings by temples in Nepal. Sometimes the flowers are placed on the shrines themselves. Sometimes they are placed in the wooden slates outside. In this case they are resting outside on wooden railing. Temples & offerings in Nepal If you visit Nepal you will come across three main kinds of “temple”. Newari, Hindu and Buddhist. All three have a common …

Liquid Gold: finding & losing the best coffee in Nepal

Finding a near perfect cup of coffee in Nepal What’s coffee like in Nepal? If I’d had the ability 10 years ago, I’d have invested in Nepali coffee. I still might, if it weren’t for Nepali bureaucracy. The coffee in Nepal is amazingly good but poorly roasted (do see my review on the best coffee beans in Nepal). It’s one of the few things that remains relatively “undiscovered” in the world. Well, you don’t often…

Colorful Boats on Begnas Lake, Pokhara, Nepal – photograph

Boats on Begnas Lake Pokhara Colorful boats on a Begnas lakes quite waters Pokhara is known for it’s famous Phewa lake. Many tourism posters depict the paddle boats there under majestic mountains. The reality is those views are hard to come by any more. The secrets you can learn on this website will change everything in an instant. If …

Solo trekking to Everest is NOT banned in Nepal – climbing might be

There is NO ban on solo trekkers to Everest Base Camp! Nepal bans solo “climbing” of Mount Everest Nepal has not banned solo trekking to Everest Base Camp or anywhere else! I’ve been getting a lot of emails over the Christmas and New Year holidays about big news media …

Lakeside Pokhara: over ten years of change in Nepal’s iconic resort town

Sunset over Lake Phewa in Pokhara’s Lakeside is still a lovely experience 10 years later Arriving in Lakeside over ten years ago After crossing the India Nepal border in Sunauli, Pokhara’s Lakeside was my first destination over ten years ago in Nepal. I was expecting a commercial tourist hub but instead got a near …

Is China still allowing foreign tourists to visit Tibet? update 2017

The Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet Yes, the Nepal China overland border opens again on September 16th 2017 One of the most popular questions I get is how to travel from Nepal to Tibet overland. It’s a very easy thing to do as that previous link to my travel guide will show. Likewise from mainland China into Tibet is also very …