6 Awe-Inspiring Natural Phenomena Around the World

By Leigh Ann Henion, author of Phenomenal

Leigh Ann Henion is the author of Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World. It’s a memoir about how—during her first years as a mother—she set out to reawaken her own sense of wonder via the northern lights, a solar eclipse, and other natural phenomena. In her travels, Henion connected with a global subculture of phenomena chasers and heard of many lesser-known marvels. Here, she shares five fantastical phenomena that are still on her list. Read More

Kathmandu in TripAdvisor’s top destinations list

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KATHMANDU, March 26
At a time when tourist arrival is decreasing, here is good news for Nepali tourism industry.

TripAdvisor, world’s largest travel site, has listed Kathmandu in the list of 25 destinations in its ‘Travelers’ Choice Destinations 2015′ list. The site has placed Kathmandu 19th position.

TripAdvisor has determined the top 25 destinations using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. Read More

Tourism sector generated 487,000 jobs in 2014

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KATHMANDU, March 26
Nepal’s tourism sector is providing 3.5 percent of the total employment in the country, directly providing 487,000 jobs in 2014, according to a research report published by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and research partner Oxford Economics.The report, however, shows that direct job from travel trade sector is decreasing. In 2012, tourism sector had employed 553,500 people. It went down to 504,000 in 2013. However, WTTC expects that number of jobs to increase by 4 percent to 507,000 in 2015.

The report has included jobs provided by hotels and restaurants, travel agents, airlines, passenger transportation services and leisure industries. Read More

Everest 101

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Reaching 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. Located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, the mountain’s summit straddles the border separating China and Nepal and is mainly in Nepal. It is situated in at the edge of Tibet on the border between Nepal and Tibet. It is surrounded by a number of substantial peaks, including Lhotse, (27,940 feet/8,516 meters); Nuptse, (25,771 feet/7,855 meters); and Changtobse, (24,870 feet/7,580 meters). Read More

Mysterious and Exotic Far East – Top Destinations

GoldenPalace in OldBagan, Burma

Southeast Asia (or Southeastern Asia) is a sub region of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India and north of Australia.

South-East Asia covers an area of about 4,100,000 square kilometers containing the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Explore shop and unwind in the magical Far-East. The Far-East offers an all-around holiday for retail therapy, relaxation and historical exploration. Read More

Pullahari—The monastery and its architectural influences

Pullahari monastery, built high on a ridge in the northern hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley, is at the apex of the three monasteries situated in that area, starting from the Kopan monastery, which is lower down, followed by a closed off, mysterious monastery reputed to conduct esoteric tantric practices (this could be an urban myth, I have only heard anecdotal evidence supporting this theory). Read More

Sporting in the hills

KATHMANDU, MAR 18

The Himalayan Outdoor Festival IV will take place from March 20-22 at the Hattiban Community Forest, Pharping.

The outdoor sports and lifestyle festival will see athletes from Nepal and around the world competing in various sporting events like trail running, horizontal bungy, mini zipline, slackline, bouldering dyno, ice-axe pullup, rock climbing and all kinds of mountain biking. Read More