Everest trek

By Rajesh KC

Khumbu is one of three sub-regions of the main Sherpa settlement of the Himalaya, the other two being Solu and Pharak. Khumbu is located in northeastern Nepal and includes the town of Namche Bazaar and the famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche. Solukhumbu, the heartland of the Everest Region and an integral part of the Himalayan mystique, thus provides a welcome destination for the adventurers. more »

Majestic Khaptad

By Bhojraj Bhat

Khaptad — situated in the midmountain region of Far-Western Nepal — lies on a plateau where the districts of Bhajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham meet. The vegetation of the park varies from sub-tropical in the lower altitudes to temperate forest with grasslands on the Khaptad plateau with 225 square kilometer of area. The common tree species are rhododendron, chir pine, spruce, fir, maple, birch and alder. Dense stands of bamboo (nigalo), prairie flowers, and a variety of medicinal herbs occur inside the park. more »

The life of the Nepalese in Qatar

By Tristan Bruslé

With 266,000 people, and 100,000 more to come in 2008, the Nepalese in Qatar are about to become the first foreign community in this tiny Gulf country. They are also the first concentration of Nepalese outside Nepal and India. As soon as one steps off the plane from Kathmandu at Doha airport, one is struck by a certain kind of familiarity with the airport staff. more »

Palanchowk Bhagawati

By Rajesh KC

Palanchowk Bhagawati is one of the most beautiful and most important Goddess images in Nepal, a three feet tall finely carved on black stone and decked with Jewelry. Many pilgrims visit the temple especially on Tuesday and Saturday and animal sacrificing are also offered to the Goddess. During great Dasain festival season, people from all over make a pilgrimage to Palanchowk Bhagawati. more »

Fascinating Gulmi’s Resunga and Ridi

By Rajesh KC

Gulmi district, a part of Lumbini zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal. The district with Tamghas as district headquarters has holy places, like Ridi and Resunga hill with its rich biodiversity and historic value, are some of the fascinating places of Nepal. more »

A sojourn to Muktinath

By Rishi Amatya & Bhusan Timla

Muktinath, located within the famous Annapurna Circuit Areas, is one of the most famous and respected shrines in the country. The beautiful aspect of the shrine is that followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism regard the shrine with utmost respect. Pilgrims come to pay their homage to the god all throughout the year. more »

Clear skies in the Valley

By Rajesh KC

For a week Nepal had cloudless blue skies starting from November 15 (2007). Kathmandu illuminated under the mountain range from Dhaulagiri to Gaurishanker. Mets said the clear skies in Nepal are due to a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal. When the skies are clear in the Valley, 80% of the Himalayan range can be seen from Lalitpur area. more »

A trip to Jumla

What is to change?

jumla.gifBy Kshitiz Adhiraj

And here it was a dream finally coming true, despite the Sita air flight from scorching Nepalgunj wasn™t the best of aviation Nepal had to offer, the stop across the mountains covered in the next 20 minutes more »

Nuwakot Heritage

nuwakot_02.gifBy Rajesh KC

The historical palace area of Nuwakot located at 76 km far west-north of Kathmandu has been regarded as an important place since ancient time. Before 1744 AD, nepal was devided into numerous tiny States. In order to build a single strong nation, Kind Prithvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha led the unification campaign from this region. During that time, Nuwakot as a colony of Kantipur (Kathmandu) was regarded as the western main gate to enter the valley. This place was also popular as the main route for trade with Tibet.

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Kashmir Calling!

By Surendra Phuyal

As dusk falls upon the Dal Lake in the heart of the militancy-wracked summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, two young men sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the sidewall of the lakeshore. The two look different and speak a different language – Nepali. Bijaya Rai, 20, of Katari, Udaipur, and Laxman Dhakal, 22, of Puttar, Tanahun, never met each other in Nepal. more »

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