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Added by Amanda S on July 12, 2011 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Cultural complexity in Nepal

I was recently asked to write about the cultural complexity of Nepal, focusing on Buddhism and Hindu faiths. As i am not Nepali, Hindu or Buddhist, and I have only been living in Nepal for a short time this topic was way out of my area of experience. I am not one to turn away from a challenge so here is my attempt... please feel free to point out any errors as I am new to the topic and this is how we learn!

 

Life in Nepal is a confusing mix of religious, caste, cultural and…

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Added by Amanda S on July 5, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Nagarkot... we hear there is a nice view

There are mountains behind all that cloud... atleast that is what we were told.

 

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about ‘nearly trekking in Kathmandu Valley’. We walked from…

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Added by Amanda S on April 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Bisket Jatra - a destructive New Year

 

Boys urging the crowd to pull the Bhairav Chariot faster

 

The Bisket Jatra is considered one of the liveliest cultural festivals in the world. The celebration in Bhaktapur (14km, 1 hour drive, from Kathmandu) is a nine day celebration at the time of Nepalese New…

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Added by Amanda S on April 18, 2011 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Searching for an apartment to rent in Kathmandu?

No floor covering, no stove or oven, no cabinets, no hot water - Nepali kitchens can be a shock.

 

I read a lot of the Nepal forums and I get asked all the time how to find long term accommodation in Kathmandu. It is difficult being a foreigner and looking for an apartment…

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Added by Amanda S on April 1, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Holi festival - I love it.



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…

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Added by Amanda S on March 24, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Nava Durga Jatra at Dhulikhel - the festival where Gods chase you down for cash

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…

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Added by Amanda S on March 16, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Bratabandha - When boys become men in Kathmandu.

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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Added by Amanda S on March 2, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Swasthani Purnima at Sankhu

The Swasthani Purnima comes to an end today at Sankhu, 16 km from Kathmandu. After a month of fasting, worship and bathing in the frigid…

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Added by Amanda S on February 18, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

(Nearly) Trekking in the Kathmandu Valley...

Two of my friends decided to accompany me on my first trek in Nepal. We had picked out a two day trek in the Kathmandu Valley but it didn’t exactly go to plan.

 

Our guide was an hour late. We were starting to think maybe we wouldn’t be going at all. We’d even started discussing what we should do with our day instead; Clean the apartment, go back to work, go back to bed?



When the guide arrived it seemed there had been a misunderstanding about the times. It also…

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Added by Amanda S on February 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Martyr's Day in Kathmandu

 

Martyr's Day in Nepal is the day Sukra Raj Shatri, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Ganga Lal Shrestha and Dhasrath Chand are honored for sacrificing their lives for the rights of Nepali people. It seems people may have forgotten the great price these men paid for the freedoms they now…

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Added by Amanda S on January 30, 2011 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Bike ride to Kusma

If someoneasks you: “Do you want to go to Kusma? It is not so far.” Here are my suggestions to you:

  • Clear your schedule and eat a good breakfast, you won't be back till dinner.
  • Pack a jacket.
  • Pack gloves.



I love traveling by motorbike in Nepal. It's a bit crazy, and a little dangerous, and definitely voids your travel insurance but when you are racing around those high mountain bends... When my friend asked if I wanted to go for a ride with…

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Added by Amanda S on January 15, 2011 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

Pokhara... its changing.

This river, just outside Pokhara, was a beautiful picnic spot on my last visit.

 

Kathmandu is a great party town and has some good shopping but for me…

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Added by Amanda S on January 13, 2011 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

Searching for Dal Bhaat in KTM

Three of my little friends, eating my favorite Dal Bhaat in Pokhara

 

I have been craving Dal Bhaat for 5 months while i was stuck in Australia. I tried cooking it for myself but it just isn't the same. I have no skill for preparing it.

 

Everyone tells me it…

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Added by Amanda S on January 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Stopovers on the way to KTM

Since I have to get my flights to get to Nepal I have been doing some research on stop over destinations. Where you take your stop over can vastly impact the price of your ticket due to airport taxes, transit visas, meals, and hotels. It isn't just about price, a bad stopover can be the difference between arriving at your destination in a stressed or pleasant state. So this is my feelings on my recent stopovers on the way to Nepal.…

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Added by Amanda S on December 14, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Finding Live Nepali Music







On any night of the week,…
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Added by Amanda S on November 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Scams, safety and other stuff





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

Added by Amanda S on November 21, 2010 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

World Famous Australian Beatboxer DUB FX to play in Kathmandu





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.


DUB FX is well…
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Added by Amanda S on November 4, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Pema Ts'al Sakya Monastic Institute

A blog post on the Tashiling Tibetan Settlement at Hyangja by Tenzin Namdhak reminded me of the two weeks I spent at the Pema Ts'al Sakya Monastic Institute earlier this year.…
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Added by Amanda S on November 4, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

My KTM Favorites

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…
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Added by Amanda S on November 3, 2010 at 2:10pm — No Comments

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