• Phalchas Much More Than Just Resting Places

    Phalchas Much More Than Just Resting Places

    Resting places have been part of the Nepali culture in the hills and the terai; in Kathmandu Valley, they are artistically constructed with bricks, stones, and wood.  Traditional resting houses were very important architectural features of towns the countryside since ancient times in Nepal.  Outside the valley in the hilly regions, chautaris, or elevated resting places under the shade

  • Remembering Visitors to Tiger Mountain

    Remembering Visitors to Tiger Mountain

    Every time I visit the hills or jungles of Nepal, I wonder why do we sell ourselves so cheaply today, when we have such peerless tourism attractions? What is it about Nepal that attracted pioneers, poets, princes, and pop stars since the doors were first opened to the world in the early 1950s? Was it the legends of Shangrila,

  • The Himalayan Inspiration

    The Himalayan Inspiration

    50 years ago, constructing the highest hotel in the world, where there were no roads, let alone construction vehicles, was a daunting prospect to say the least. Even the thought of it was brave. Takashi Miyahara first laid eyes on the magnificent Everest range from a ridge in Syangboche, in the spring of 1968. His heart was caged by Himalayan

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  • Rich Architecture of Itumbahal

    Rich Architecture of Itumbahal

    Abhas D Rajopadhyaya

    Architecturally,  one of the biggest  Bahal of Kathmandu, Itumbahal is a fascinating confusion of open courtyards and narrow alleys.  R?jamat? gana du? Itumb?h?lay chhamha du Hay? biu R?jamat?-ch?. (Where is R?jamat?? There is one at Itumbah?. Bring me R?jamat?.) A popular Newar folk-ballad, also made

    Dec.08.2016
  • Nothing about Anger

    Nothing about Anger

    Srizu Bajracharya

    Kalu Kumale is a name synonymous with wrathful deities, and thus when your interest builds up in his craft, you will most definitely try to trace the buried anger, rage, and indignation his works emote. But, it won’t be a surprise if you are left aghast to see this humble

    Dec.06.2016
  • Phalchas Much More Than Just Resting Places

    Phalchas Much More Than Just Resting Places

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    Resting places have been part of the Nepali culture in the hills and the terai; in Kathmandu Valley, they are artistically constructed with bricks, stones, and wood.  Traditional resting houses were very important architectural features of towns the countryside since ancient times in Nepal.  Outside the valley in the

    Dec.05.2016
  • Contemporizing Tradition

    Contemporizing Tradition

    Ichchha Pradhan

    “Nepali artisans are among the most gifted in the world, and we seek to prove it by creating superior products that match modern aesthetics with traditional skills.”    Hidden in the alleys of Mangalbazar, Yala Gallery exhibits local fine art and craft in an old heritage edifice. Consisting

    Dec.04.2016
  • Weekend Getaway: Dhampus Trek

    Weekend Getaway: Dhampus Trek

    Namoti Nembang

    It was already November. And I couldn’t bear the thought that I was going to end this year without traveling to any new place. So last weekend, without any planning, I went on a two-day trek to Dhampus.  I think there aren’t many places so close to

    Nov.28.2016
  • Uncharted trail to Khopra

    Uncharted trail to Khopra

    Going local: trekking off the beaten path with a student group from Europe. Raj Gyawali of socialtours.com travels & socialtreks.com shares his story with Alex Buri of kimkim.   Raj Gyawali, a local social and travel entrepreneur from Kathmandu, recently took leave of his day job as director of socialtours to

    Dec.06.2016
  • Exhibiting the Best of Nepal

    Exhibiting the Best of Nepal

    Amar B Shrestha

    1966 was a watershed year in the history of Nepal tourism, it being the year when both Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) and Nepal Association of Travel Agents (NATA) were born. It was also the year when the country’s second 5-star hotel, Hotel Soaltee, opened its doors. All this signified that

    Nov.29.2016
  • Remembering Visitors to Tiger Mountain

    Remembering Visitors to Tiger Mountain

    Lisa Choegyal

    Every time I visit the hills or jungles of Nepal, I wonder why do we sell ourselves so cheaply today, when we have such peerless tourism attractions? What is it about Nepal that attracted pioneers, poets, princes, and pop stars since the doors were first opened to the world

    Nov.28.2016