Thamel: The most happening area in Kathmandu

July 2, 2014

Every weekend, cab drivers line up in an intersection just beside the Narayanhiti Museum where it’s packed with people of all ages swarming the glittering and magical streets of what is known these days as local Las Vegas—Thamel.

In the core of the valley surrounded by nature, traffic and hotels, Thamel stands tall, the only one of its kind in the culturally rich country of Nepal. It almost serves as a utopia for the locals as well as the numerous tourists that the capital welcomes each day. This little piece of heaven in the heart of the city illuminates every night, and mostly the weekends look like scenes straight out of our TV screens. Every Friday, the restaurants, bars and clubs look like they’ve been set for a festival—with little flickering lights and peppy music pulling our attention, everything feels awesome.

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The aroma and the aura of Thamel at around 9:30 PM during the weekends are to die for. Everyone is sociably drunk and hyped up because of the atmosphere that particularly surrounds this little area. Varying genre of music that leaks from here and there gives the streets and alleys of Thamel its signature atmosphere, while all the good looking guys and girls from schools, colleges, workplaces and even retired people strolling around make Thamel look like the ultimate place to be. Read more

Experience the jungle this monsoon

June 20, 2014

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If you are looking for a jungle experience this monsoon, then Chitwan is where you should be headed to. Set right in the heart of Nepal down in the humid plains, Chitwan offers one of Asia’s best wildlife-viewing spots. These subtropical plains hide an array of wildlife worthy of The Jungle Book. Nature buffs from around the world come here to scan the treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of lumbering elephants. There’s plenty to keep you busy here, from joining the elephants at bath time to visiting local Tharu villages, and the brave can even take a guided walk through the jungle, surrounded by the hoots and roars of the forest. Read more

Following Buddha’s footsteps

June 15, 2014

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A spirtual odyssey, this pilgrimage tour takes you into a journey through time as you retrace the footsteps of Lord Buddha. A meditation on the road, this tour traverses through four significant pilgrimage sites marking various epochs of Buddha’s life- Lumbini (birth place of Buddha), Kushinagar (death site of Buddha), Bodhgaya (where Buddha attained enlightenment) and Sarnath (Buddha’s first sermon). Discover the universal truths and acquire the divine Buddhist wisdom as you travel through Southern Nepal, Gangetic plains of Northern India and pay homage to the sanctified Buddhist sites. For those who wish to get closer to the world beyond and are in search of Nirvana, our ‘Footsteps of Buddha Tour’ might just be the soul-cleansing experience that you have been looking for. Read more

Nepal Village Home Stay Tour: The Perfect Escape

June 2, 2014

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Soak up the untainted culture of this under-the-radar village in Sirubari with our home stay program. Discover the local culture and experience life in the countryside the Nepali way! Our Nepal Village Home-Stay program offers an opportunity to be a part of the fascinating ethnic Nepalese village within the remote vicinity of Trans-Himalayan region whereby you can observe the genuine Nepalese culture and tradition at its best.

Sirubari village, located at a distance of three hours walk from the beautiful lake-city – Pokhara, is nestled beneath the snow-crested Annapurna massif. The village comprises of untouched Gurung settlement set against glorious Himalayan vistas allowing you to live and thrive in the rich Gurung culture bringing you closer to the locals. Read more

Bhaktapur: A journey through time

May 15, 2014

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Known as the city of medieval art, Bhaktapur is the third of the medieval city states located 14 km east of Kathmandu. This best-preserved medieval town bursts with temples, pagodas and ornate pools. Formerly known as ‘Bhadgaon’ or ‘Khowpa’ in Newari meaning ‘City of Devotees’, Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, carved wooden columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines flaunting rich history and vibrant culture in every nook and cranny, making it a living heritage. Read more

Visit the past at City Museum Kathmandu

May 5, 2014

City Museum Kathmandu (CMK) will be open to the public from today with personalized guided tours available for everyone.
The museum’s founding collection is based on museum director Kashish Das Shrestha’s family archives. Shrestha will be available for tours and questions by visitors.

“The Museum is designed to provide a sense of the past so we can understand our present and plan for our sustainable future better, using photography as a the primary medium. As the fastest urbanizing country in South Asia today, Nepal must engage in this discourse, and we hope CMK will inspire reflection and debate at all levels,” says Shrestha. Read more

Elephant Polo: A giant’s play

May 5, 2014

Known as the “sport of kings”, polo also becomes the sport of giants when players ride elephants instead of horses. The month of November/December is the time when the country’s major event of elephant polo is organized, with thousands of tourists hammering in from all around the globe. First held in 1982, the five-day championship event invites the polo chapters from India, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand and Nepal to Tiger Tops, a conservation resort in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park.

Elephant polo, played primarily in countries like India, Nepal and Thailand, follows similar rules as the traditional sport, though the pitch (or field) is a bit smaller, players wield longer mallets made from cane or bamboo and two people ride the elephant: the player and the mahout who steers the animal. Each team has four players and four elephants who work to score across the opposing team’s goal line. The tournament is played on a grass airstrip at the northern edge of Chitwan National Park, with players and guests staying at the nearby Jungle Lodge. Read more

Nagarkot: Haven of peace and tranquility

April 18, 2014

Located 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is the premiere Hill Station on the Kathmandu Valley Rim. One of the most scenic spots in Bhaktapur district, Nagarkot is renowned for its spectacular views of the sunrise and the lofty Himalayas. Historically, Nagarkot was a place for the royals of Nepal to escape the scorching heat of summer and a hectic city life. From any clear point on the ridge, you can take in a panorama, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga in the east, via Ganesh Himal (7406m), Langtang Lirung (7246m), Shisha Pangma (8012m), Dorje Lakpa (6975m) and Gauri Shankar (7146m). It also offers an excellent view of the Indrawati river valley to the east. With an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Valley and is described by visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round.
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