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A Tribute to Kathmandu’s Historical Landmarks

Swayambhunath Temple

This past week, my thoughts have been with Nepal and its people, who are now in crisis after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday. The catastrophic disaster has so far killed more than 5,200 and injured 9,200. It has been the most severe earthquake to hit the country in over 80 years. Thousands of people […]

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Help Raise $100,000 for Nepal Earthquake Victims

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wo days ago, Nepal was hit by a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter in the populous region of Kathmandu Valley. The death toll has surpassed 5,000, and 9,200 have been to reported injured, but the numbers continue to climb. It’s the biggest earthquake to have struck the country in over 80 years. The disaster has affected almost the entire country […]

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Photo Essay: The Ancient Town of Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Terracotta-roofed pagodas tower over the squares and courtyards. Narrow cobblestone streets weave their way between the houses, red-brick temples, stone statues and cisterns. Artisans are drying their pottery out in the open, while women weave cloth and knead clay by the roadside. This is Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved ancient towns in Nepal. Thanks to its location in […]

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Learning the Himalayan Way of Life in the Kathmandu Valley

The Himalayan ranges above Kathmandu Valley

The pointy snow-slathered peaks of the Himalayan Ranges stretch across my horizon like an endless sea of mountains. A blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, giving the illusion that they are floating in the air. Where I’m standing is almost 5,250 feet (1,600m) above sea level — the world seems so immense and I feel so small […]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part II: Walking from Sunrise to Sunset

My favorite spot

Read first – Annapurna Foothills Trek Part I: A Walk in the Clouds Day 3: Arriving at Dhampus in the darkness – 18km It’s 7am by the time I leave the warmth of my sleeping bag and head down to the breakfast table on the open porch of Breeze Teahouse. The view before us comes as quite a shock to my […]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part I: A Walk in the Clouds

On the gravel path

It’s almost late evening by the time we arrive in Nayapul, the starting point of the Annapurna Foothills Trek. After a hectic eight-hour drive from Kathmandu, we have dodged the random fires and riots of election day in Nepal and made it safely to the Himalayas. But now that we’re here, the sky is painted […]

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Colors of the Tibetan Prayer Flags

Prayer flags made into the shape of a stupa

On my recent trip to Nepal and Bhutan, I was truly captured by the colorful and vibrant Tibetan Buddhist architecture — their prayer wheels, the intricate carvings on their stupas, their regal fortresses, and most of all, their prayer flags. It’s hard to miss them. They’re everywhere. Strung from one tree to another, erected on a […]

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Dawn on Nepal’s Rapti River: Birds, Crocodiles and Pink Skies

the gharial

Out on the brackish water, a pair of eyes lurks above the surface. Our boat man paddles gently to get a closer look. It stares straight at us and doesn’t move an inch. When we are just a few feet away from it, the motionless creature comes into full view — all of its marble-like […]

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Colorful Nepal: the Temples, Squares and Pagodas of Kathmandu

Swayambunath

Stepping off the plane to arrive in Kathmandu after a long-haul flight was an exhilarating shock — the chaotic traffic, the dusty and polluted air, and the overcrowded streets caught me by surprise. Regardless of where I went in Kathmandu, I found myself surrounded by blinding swirls of colors and senses-assaulting smells. The sensory overload was intoxicating: melodic Hindu prayers echoed through temple […]

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A Glimpse of Nepal through Instagram

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I’ve just spent the past two weeks in Nepal and have been completely swept off my feet by this stunning Himalayan nation. I love how Nepal makes me feel: silenced by awe and giddy with excitement, like a first-time traveler all over again. In all honesty, I haven’t felt that enthusiastic about a place in […]

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The Himalayas Calling: Off to Nepal and Bhutan!

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Namaste from Nepal! I know it’s barely been two weeks since my trip to East Africa and here I am, in the opposite end of the world. This time, I’m in an area that I know very little about and is completely new to me so I’m really looking forward to discover and learn. The […]

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