Inside Himalayas Print Magazine 2017

Inside Himalayas Print Magazine 2017

I’m a writer and editor with many projects on the go at a time. One that I’m especially proud of (and attached to!) from 2017 is the publication of the annual Inside Himalayas magazine. I edit the blog, as well as the print magazine, and also do a lot of writing for it. It is one of my most enjoyable jobs, and has seen me travel all around Nepal as well as to Tibet in the last couple of years, so truly is a travel writer’s dream job. The print edition came out a few months ago, but it’s just been shared online. Meaning, those of you who aren’t in Kathmandu and aren’t able to pick up a print copy can access it for free online now. As well as edit this edition, I wrote about 50% of the articles inside. These are on travel in Nepal, India, and Tibet. My titles are: Everest from the Seat of a Helicopter Clouds of Wildflowers and Rain: Monsoon Trekking in Himachal Pradesh Getting Local in Nepal’s Community Homestays Luring the Rains: Patan’s Rato Machchhindranath Festival Major Festivals of Nepal 2017-18 Lower Mustang: A Land of Lamas and Buddhism A Tibet Diary There are also some great articles on Bhutan, Ladakh and other parts of Nepal from other authors (including my good friend, and one of my favourite writers, Ross Adkin). I hope you’ll take a look! It’s available here.

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Honeymoon in Nepal

Honeymoon in Nepal

While tropical beaches and elegant cities might be more what comes to mind on hearing the word ‘honeymoon’, Nepal shouldn’t be overlooked! If you’re looking for romance you can’t do much better than snuggling together in a tent, watching the sun rise and set over the Himalayas, and staying in some seriously beautiful luxury and boutique accommodation. Read my latest article on Kimkim, Planning Your Honeymoon in Nepal, for my tips, including treks, where to stay, and what to do in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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Best Overnight Escapes Around the Kathmandu Valley

Best Overnight Escapes Around the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu can be a hectic place, but fortunately you don’t need to go far from the center of the city to enjoy some fresh air, peace and quiet, beautiful views, and chilled-out ambience. These places — which are either on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley or just outside of it — are the perfect antidote to Nepal’s capital city. Read my article on Kimkim to find out more about the following beautiful properties, or click through to other blog posts that I’ve written about them: Shivapuri Heights Cottages Gokarna Forest Resort Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel Namo Buddha Resort Neydo Hotel, Pharping Himalayan Height Resort, Hattiban Herb Nepal

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The Impact of Tourism in Panauti, Nepal

The Impact of Tourism in Panauti, Nepal

Although it’s hard not to enjoy staying in a beautiful, luxurious hotel while travelling, the reality is that most budget hotels—and some mid-range ones, too—simply end up being a place to rest your head. For travellers who want much more from their accommodation, the Community Homestay project in Nepal offers just that. As well as providing guests an opportunity to experience authentic Nepali life, get to know small-town locals and participate in non-touristy activities, there is a serious social benefit to the host communities. The Community Homestay project, run by Kathmandu-based Royal Mountain Travel, has been operating their flagship collection of homestays in Panauti since 2013. The Panauti Community Homestay project has recently partnered with Planeterra as one of the new projects for the 50 in 5 Campaign. Initially, 13 homes were involved. Now, 26 beds in 17 homes are open to visitors in Panauti. Read the rest of my article, The Impact of Tourism on Panauti, Nepal on the Planeterra Foundation website.

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A Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

A Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

A couple of weekends ago I got the chance to stay at the lovely Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, a five-star hotel in the Boudhanath neighbourhood. Aside from the luxury, I was happy to explore Boudha a little bit more, as it’s a part of the city that I haven’t spent much time in. I wrote about the weekend on Inside Himalayas. You can read the full article on the site, or an extract below. You can also read my review of the Club Oasis Spa here. “Although most visitors to Kathmandu opt to stay in Thamel—the central neighbourhood full of travel companies, hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants—a calmer alternative is Boudhanath, or Boudha for short. The area is known especially as a Tibetan enclave. The Boudhanath stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet itself, and has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Although the golden pinnacle was damaged in the 2015 earthquake, swift fundraising within the local and international Tibetan community meant that restoration was complete by the end of 2016. In November 2016, a grand re-consecration ceremony was held, which was an important day for Tibetan and Nepali Buddhists. While there are accommodation options in Boudha to suit all budgets, a stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is a real treat, and worth the 5-star price tag. A great thing about this luxury hotel is that its range of facilities provide a full experience, rather than just a comfortable night’s sleep. As well as the 280 elegant,…

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