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April 2017

  • Writing the Epic Trek

    Writing the Epic Trek

    Don Messerschmidt

    "A good author should always suffer for his or her art. Well, the best travel writers suffer more than most, so perhaps that’s why their books are so memorable..." - AbeBooks.com In 1984, as Nepal was experiencing an influx intrepid world travelers with lax control over where

  • Historical Development of Temple Architecture in Nepal

    Historical Development of Temple Architecture in Nepal

    Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha

    “To probe the background of Nepalese temple architecture is to attempt to penetrate the greatest complexity of Nepalese life, to separate the inseparable religious and sub cults which have welded themselves together into a finished product” quotes Bernier in his book Temples of Nepal. Since ancient times,

  • When the  Mountains Moved,  an Unforgettable Trek

    When the Mountains Moved, an Unforgettable Trek

    Astha Shrestha Joshi

    April 2015's historic earthquake, experienced far from home, amongst the Annapurna mountains. Oh, you heard the whole commotion last night?” asked my guide. “I did try to drown out all the noise and go back to sleep, but it was really hard to,” I replied. To tell

  • Comforting Food, Tibetan Bread

    Comforting Food, Tibetan Bread

    Kashu Dhakhwa

    This may not be what you think of when you hear the word bread, but it's a delicious version of it you should try. It wasn’t long ago that I sat with my trekking buddies, listening to their various beautiful experiences and how much they got to

  • Where am I?

    Where am I? "Pop Open Summer"

    Miya Bajracharya

    There are some places that don’t need promotion, because their existence itself has been the talk of the town for years. One such place is this soda pasal. Guess where am I? With summer here, it’s time for sodas again.And, there is just this one place

  • Go West—Adventure Awaits!

    Go West—Adventure Awaits!

    Jeremy Vestal

    Calling all adventurers who want a taste of the “real Nepal”. I invite you to the Karnali Zone, where lies a district called Jumla. Jumla has remained untouched by Western tourism, and locals brag that a visit here is a taste of real Nepali life. Locals also eagerly inform you

  • Keeping Up with Tradition Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur

    Keeping Up with Tradition Hotel Heritage, Bhaktapur

    Avantika Shrestha

    Newari culture and architecture come together in a wonderful blend of traditional aesthetics and modern accommodation. Standing tall in the heart of Bhaktapur Durbar Square is Hotel Heritage, beautifully incorporated into the Newari architecture that surrounds it. Blending the beauty of tradition with the ease of contemporary

  • Flying the Nepali Skies

    Flying the Nepali Skies

    Amar B. Shrestha

    Travel into the past with reminiscences from Nepal's early aviation years. The first time I flew on an airplane was only when I was a teenager. It was the 15-minute flight from Simara, in the Terai, to Kathmandu, the capital, on a Twin Otter. At the time,

  • Wonders Out of Waste

    Wonders Out of Waste

    Evangeline Neve

    Two sisters make an effort to create a culture change in the way we deal with waste paper. Jamarko’s large, open working area has a pleasant feel, somehow both relaxed and industrious at the same time. At a long table, a number of employees—most of them women—are

  • Discover the Timeless  Energy of the Moment

    Discover the Timeless Energy of the Moment

    Anna Egan

    Not just for exercise, yoga has a deeper side that can do wonders when used as part of a healthy lifestyle. Yoga is a path of self-understanding that was developed in India over 5,000 years ago, and continues to evolve today. The path is a systematic approach

  • Drink To Your Health

    Drink To Your Health

    Sajan Shreemali

    Studies continue to show the beneficial value of regularly having a cup of tea. Not to mention, it's just plain good! A tea mood is usually driven by a wakeup call in the morning. A daily dose of three to four cups of tea is what we

  • Nature’s All-Purpose Miracle Drug

    Nature’s All-Purpose Miracle Drug

    Avantika Shrestha

    Discover just a few of the many amazing benefits to be found in one of nature's own sweet, delicious wonders. At my grandparents’ home, a spoonful of honey with a dash of ginger is the cure-all when it comes to any throat-related disease, especially the flu. This

  • A Place for Rejuvenation - Divine Spa &  Harmony Spa

    A Place for Rejuvenation - Divine Spa & Harmony Spa

    Shreesha Nankhwa

    De-stress with spa treatments that will get your body into balance with life and nature. Life in Kathmandu can be brutal—the pollution, the people, your job, not to mention all the everyday stressors that take away from your mental and physical wellbeing. As great as this city

  • Ancient Melodies, Young Performers

    Ancient Melodies, Young Performers

    Evangeline Neve

    Actively promoting Nepal’s traditional instrument, Project Sarangi is fostering a new generation of musicians being showcased all around the city. Recently I was lucky to meet Kiran Nepali. I say lucky, because meeting him felt inspiring and rejuvenating to me. In an age when many seem sadly

  • Hot Gwaramari on a Cold Morning

    Hot Gwaramari on a Cold Morning

    Shreesha Nankhwa

    A breakfast favorite, full of delicious memories to relive or create anew. If you are anything like me, the last thing you want to do in the morning is get out of bed. You’re warm and comfortable, and you are probably still halfway in dreamland. Getting up

  • Ayurveda Health Home

    Ayurveda Health Home

    It is a pioneer Pancha Karma center, with a history of more than one and a half decades. It is the first Ayurveda treatment center established under quality German management. Life is a functional union of sharira (body), indriya (senses), mana (mind), and atma (soul). A dynamic

  • Cleanse, Relax, Rejuvenate

    Cleanse, Relax, Rejuvenate

    Evangeline Neve

    Open now for two years, the center specializes in many facets of Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Yoga, and other wellness services, in a hygienic setup. I had a good feeling the moment I stepped through the gate. The entrance was filled with bright, beautifully tended flowers. Inside, we were

  • Nepali Medicine Man

    Nepali Medicine Man

    Evangeline Neve

    Ramesh Shakya dispenses knowledge and care to his patients as he continues a family legacy that is both fascinating and a little mysterious. When I approached Ramesh Shakya’s little shop, I was struck at once by the crowd surrounding it. To get here I’d passed several other

  • Wonderful Saffron for Beautiful Skin

    Wonderful Saffron for Beautiful Skin

    Shweta Upadhyaya

    Saffron is considered the ideal Tridoshhara: that means it is useful in pacifying all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). Keshar– Saffron(Crocus sativus)has been,since ancient times, used to achieve healthy and beautiful skin. In the olden days, its use was limited to the royals and the aristocrats

  • Some Tips for a Greener Life In Kathmandu

    Some Tips for a Greener Life In Kathmandu

    Evangeline Neve

    A few practical suggestions and ideas towards a more environmentally conscious lifestyle in our city. It’s no secret that these have been dusty days here in the city, with construction and pollution on the increase. And while there’s certainly some things we can’t do anything about, if

  • Tantalizing Turmeric

    Tantalizing Turmeric

    Shweta Upadhyaya

    Not just a spice, turmeric has been found to be beneficial to humans in multiple ways. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered as a Varnya herb, which means it’s anherb for enhancing the complexion. It has excellent antioxidant properties,which helps reduce premature aging of the skin.Traditionally,turmeric has been

  • What is Ayurveda?  A Beginner’s Overview

    What is Ayurveda? A Beginner’s Overview

    Rishi Ram Koirala

    Ayurveda is a science of life, a healing system, a culture-based health system. Legend of Ayurveda The root of Ayurveda dates back to the Vedic period. Vedas are the oldest recorded documents of human civilization. According to the CarakaSamhita, there were 52 eminent scholars, rishis, and