Tips to avoid Holiday Stress

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Holidays are fast approaching and you are met with a blank canvas – you could go anywhere!  You are spoilt for choice, but inundated with information.  And by the time you have sorted through the information and made a decision, is there even any time left to actually go for the holiday?  And that’s without considering the time needed for work commitments or things to be done around the home (spring cleaning, renovations, etc).

Holidays are not supposed to be stressful, but somehow the planning and preparation can leave us frazzled and wondering if it’s really worth it.  This article offers step-by-step guidance for smooth travel planning and you will be sipping cocktails on the beach before you know it. Read More

10 Tricks for Finding Cheap Flights

Finding cheap airline tickets sometimes feels like a matter of luck. Ticket prices often jump for no obvious reason, and can fluctuate widely over the course of just a few days. Fortunately, there are a number of techniques you can use to find the best possible airfare.
Take these simple steps to land a good deal on airline tickets.

Know your travel date

Timing is important when looking for the best deals on airfare. According to a post by the travel editor at CBS News, tickets for domestic flights are at their lowest price 45 days before departure, while international tickets are at a low 60 days before. Tickets purchased outside those windows will likely be more expensive, since the airlines’ computers have not yet been fed discount information for upcoming flights. An exception to this rule is peak travel dates such as Christmas. Read More

Most Beautiful Cities in the World

Need some travel inspiration? Can’t decide where to go? How about one of the world’s most beautiful cities? If you’re looking for a destination with urban pleasures but also with natural and man-made beauty, consider one of the cities below. They offer a combination of magnificent architecture and breathtaking vistas; art and nature in perfect harmony. If you want to make a list of the top places to see before you die, start with these beautiful cities:

1. VENICE

Venice

Among those who’ve seen it in person, the conclusion is unanimous: Venice is the most beautiful city in the world, and the only one that can truly be described as unique. Each building is a work of art, with their beauty enhanced when reflected on the canals that cross the city. Its magical scenery is fascinating and breathtaking at first sight, evoking the feeling of entering the setting of a real-life fairy tale. It’s perhaps even unfair to all other cities to call Venice a city, as it is a place unlike any other, that no other can compare to, or ever be like.
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10 Things You Should Know Before You Go to Tibet

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Everyone knows Tibet—at least, they think they do. The word alone conjures images of monks, meditation, and mountaintops; of blue skies, white ice, and red robes; of a spiritually pure Shangri-La. Yet, in truth, few people know the reality of 21st-century Tibet, and that’s because it is one of the least trammelled areas in the world. Getting to Tibet is difficult—the borders spend more time closed than open—but it’s not impossible. Here are some lesser-known facts about Tibet to study up on before you journey there. Read More

Shivaratri observed in Nepal

Kathmandu, Feb 17 – Hindu devotees all over the country celebrated the great festival of Mahashivaratri by worshipping Lord Shiva at various rivers, ponds and temples since early morning. Shivaratri, literally means an auspicious night, is one of the four nights known as Kaalratri, Moharatri, Sukharatri and Shivaratri, and is regarded as one of the greatest festivals in the holy scriptures of the Hindu—the Puranas. Read More

American in bid to set Himalayan trail record

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Martin Coleman, a climber from Colorado in the US, said he was attempting to cross the Great Himalayan Trail in record time this spring. “On March 17, I’ll be leaving for Nepal to complete the Great Himalayan Trail. It is 1,250 miles from the border with India to the border with Tibet. I am taking the route that was used to set the record for the traverse and it will involve more than 2.6 million steps and more than 500,000 feet of elevation change,” he said. Not many people have ever completed the traverse and typical times are five months. The record for the traverse is 49 days 6 hours and 8 minutes.

Source : thehimalayantimes.com

Sadhus a ubiquitous sight at Pashupati as Shivaratri draws closer

saddhus in Pashupatinath

KATHMANDU, Feb 16

As the Maha Shivaratri festival draws closer, sadhus (holy men) are a ubiquitous sight at the Pashupatinath temple premise, drawing attention of the devotees for more than one reason.

While some sadhus could be seen sauntering around the temple or just taking a nap, several others gathered around the fire smoking cannabis or having conversation with fellow sadhus.

“Arrival of sadhus breaks the monotony of regular rituals. This is why they draw a lot of attention,” said Bishnu Ram, who was at the temple to see sadhus on Friday.

Over 6,000 sadhus are expected to visit the temple for the Maha Shivaratri festival, which falls on Tuesday. Read More