I was really excited when I heard about the Nepal Tattoo Convention in Kathmandu. It is running as part of Digital Om’s Mountain Madness in April. I’ve wanted to get a tattoo in Nepal for a long time but I was too scared. I have seen plenty of my friends come home from trips abroad with badly…Continue
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When New Delhi resident Ketaki Gupta visited Nepal on her honeymoon this year, the bubbly copywriter and her sales executive husband Nitin dutifully visited popular tourist destination Pokhara city, the casinos, and the hallowed Pashupatinath temple, as recommended by their travel agent.
"It's after I went back home and met a chance traveller from Nepal that I came to know about Nepal's 'Taj Mahal'," the 28-year-old bewails. "Why weren't we told about it earlier? We would have…
I have said it before and I will say it again, Nepal the some of the most fascinating and crazy festivals I have ever heard of. In Dhulikehel Gods chase you and steal your money, at Maha Shivaratri every one gets high, Newari girls marry fruit trees, and in some villages the trees marry each…Continue
Every town in Nepal has its own special festival or celebration. Yesterday I headed out to Dhulikhel, 30 km SE of Kathmandu, to see their take on the Nava Durga Jatra. I was told it is Nepal’s version of the Running of the Bulls, though instead of bulls masked Gods, expecting substantial pay offs, chase…Continue
What started out as a peaceful event to mark the anniversary of the occupation of Tibet by China ended in violence and arrests for Pro Tibet residents in Boudha.
Yesterday's event was interrupted by Nepali police and when participants refused to leave Boudhanath temple the police resorted to violence to break up the event.
Children, women and tourists were caught in the middle of the dispute. One woman was hit in the face and another dragged away by police…Continue
Sherpa Lhosar is the celebration of Sherpa communities to signify the beginning of a new year and the starting of a new summer season.
It involves a week of festivities. In Kathmandu Sherpa families visit Boudha in traditional dress and make a round of the stupa. On top of the stupa people can be see throwing ashes and grains into the air.
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Last Year I celebrated Maha Shivaratri at my home in Pokhara. Like most guys I enjoyed the craziness of the festival. It’s an excuse to stay out late, drink, smoke and play with fire – all in the name of worship of Lord Shiva.
In Pokhara there is a tradition of building large fires in the street. Children often steal wooden things from house to fuel the fires. It is believed to be bad luck to discipline them because they are stealing for worship.
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I was visiting a friend’s family when his mother flourished a number of worn pictures of a small boy, wrapped in orange, with big scared eyes, and even bigger ears painfully accentuated by his newly bald head. “He is ready for marriage” she proudly announced. My first impression was that Bratabandha was a haircut that turned boys into men.
Bratabandha is a Hindu ceremony where boys, between 8 and 12, take the first steps in learning the traditional laws, ceremonial roles and…
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