Starting this blog to document my travels to Nepal and hopefully connect with some other expats living in Kathmandu. I am moving in March to Kathmandu to begin volunteering at a childrens' orphanage. I am a graduate student from the US... having just finished my Masters in Education and planning to attend law school. My interests lie in international education equity issues and women's rights. That is largely what brings me to Nepal. My initial intent is to stay for 3 months, perhaps longer. I… Continue
These kids seemed really cute till they tried to run off with my camera.
I have found Nepal t o be pretty safe. I've never had any problems but I get scammed every time I come to Nepal. I don't actually mind, I find it a bit of a game trying to avoid paying 5 times the local price or going the long way in a taxi. Everytime I visit i make a little mistake, I forget and leave my window down in… Continue
There was a festival at the temple on top of Chobhar hill, and from the road below hordes of devotees could be seen making their way up to it. The day was clear and sunny, and one could look at a part of Kathmandu ’s sprawl with a glimpse of snowy peaks beyond the hills. The winter sun was mild and the breeze from the north stirred the leaves of trees and grasses. Cars,…
I've already described the basic trek up to Kyanjin Gompa in the Langtang valley in this post so I'm not going to discuss it again in detail. The main difference was that this trip was done in October, so it was drier, the scenery was much less green, and the river was…Continue
Kartik Naach, one of the pearl immersed out from ocean of Nepali culture is the annual ritual dance drama staged in the open air of Kartik Dabali, Patan Durbar Square. It is celebrated week long and the final night features the much anticipated tableaux of Hindu lion-headed god Narasimha an incarnation of god Vishnu. The final two days of the dance festival is important and are performed on Kartik Sukla Dwadashi and Thrayodashi – the twelfth and the thirteenth day of bright half of Kartik,… Continue
On his return from the Fridge snowboarding festival in Budapest, World famous Australian beatboxer and dubstep street performer DUB FX will be performing a live show in Kathmandu at the 1905 Restaurant and Bar in Kantipath. The performance will be the main act at the first Kgarira.com festival on 24 November 2010.
When people have asked me which of the classic treks they should do during their trip to Nepal I have often floundered, as each offers something unique that might appeal to some people more than others. After this last trip though I will definitively say that a trek from Jiri to Everest including Gokyo is the best trek in Nepal. The Jiri to Lukla section of the trail lets you see first hand the villages of the middle hills, cultural components that are lacking in the heavily traveled…
Many travelers take Kathmandu at a sprinting pace. I can understand. I'm from Pokhara, generally I try only spend a day in KTM at a time. KTM is a big dirty, scary city and the rest of Nepal is relaxed and beautiful. Why would you hang around, right?
Well, there are a few reasons to stay and soak up the atmosphere. When my friends come to visit me in Nepal I tell them to take a few days to settle in to KTM and i share my 'Best of KTM List' with them. Now I am going to share…