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Bhoto Jatra 2017

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What is Bhoto Jatra?

Bhoto Jatra simply means vest festival. Although its meaning is simple, the festival is deeply rooted in the Newari culture and has a lot of deeper reasons of why it is celebrated with vigor every year. Bhoto Jatra is held on the last day of month long chariot procession of the god of rain and harvest ‘ Rato Machendranath’.

When is it celebrated?

There is no specific date as such of it begins, but since this festival marks the beginning of rain and harvest, it begins slightly before monsoon every year. The Newar priests and highly regarded wise men come together and decide the date as per the lunar calendar.

Rato Machendranath Jatra in 2017 began on the 30th of April, 2017. This festival is celebrated in Patan and eight localities in Patan – Nator,Gabahal, Mekhabahal, Kusunti, Kayanni, Walmaya, Dhaugol and sachhi Chee – lead the procession of the chariot. There are several legends behind the celebration of this festival. According to one of the many folklores, a farmer was once working in the fi...

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Is Nepal safe for women?

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Despite our southern counterpart of India having a bad reputation as not a safe country for female travellers, Nepal is completely different when it come to travel safety of women on boots. We share some close cultural values with India and the way of life is somewhat similar but when it comes to female travellers, we Nepalese no way share similar thought...

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Khopra Danda

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When someone asks me where do I love travelling in Nepal, my answer is obvious, the mountains. These serene mountains are blessed with tranquility and works as a perfect escape to beat the heat as well as routine mental fatigue. One of my current favorites is Khopra Danda and Khair Lake. Mountains at a stone throw distance, beautiful pastureland, vivid flora and fauna, high altitude lake namely Khair and heart melting inhabitants is what anyone walking on the trai...

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Indra Jatra

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Indra Jatra is the biggest street festival of Kathmandu valley and is devoted to the rain god Indra. This year the festival was celebrated on 15th and somehow it as well marked the beginning of the tourist season. This festival which is rooted in the Newari community is celebrated significantly in the Kathmandu valley as it has been the home of Newars for centuries. However, it is observed throughout the country and is celebrated in its own way.

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Bhaktapur Darbar Square :Tours in Nepal

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 1 of the 3 durbar squares present in the Kathmandu valley. This 15th century, ancient palace courtyard is the best and most efficiently preserved out of all the 3 squares. Bhaktapur durbar square is around 13 Kilometers from the city center of Kathmand...

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Trekking in Everest Region : Trekking in Nepal

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With over 30,000 tourists hiking the trail every year, Everest is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. It is not just adventure, nature and culture that Everest and its mountains offer but standing in the mountain’s colossal shadow in this region would as well quickly make you realize just how small you are and how impressive Mother Nature can be. This smorgasbord of rugged mountains, beautiful valleys and winding rivers however attracts...

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Krishna Janmastami Celebration in Nepal

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Krishna Janmastami or simply Janmastami is a religiously important date on Hindu calendar and is the day where birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna is celebrated all around the world. Lord Krishna is considered as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

In India people practice breaking Dahi handi which means clay pot with yoghurt inside. Here in Nepal Krishna Janmastami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and you would see f...

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Chitwan: My First Adventurous Adventure in the Heart of Wildlife

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As planned, we were ready to head to the first and one of the largest National Parks in Nepal. When I said we, I meant me and 15 Spanish students who have been in the country and at Dormitory Nepal for slightly over 15 days in order to volunteer in Bal Mandir. On 29th of July, 2016, 15 of us hopped on a private bus and got en route to our destination.

Being a Nepali and the caretaker of the group I was responsible to m...

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Downhill Dreams

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NISHMA SHRESTHA HOPES TO SOMEDAY MAKE A LIVING AS A PROFESSIONAL DOWNHILL BIKER. BUT TO DO THAT, SHE’LL NEED TO OVERCOME MANY OF THE OBSTACLES STREWN ALONG HER PATH 

IN LAST YEAR’S NATIONAL DOWNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP HELD IN Hattiban, Pharping, Nishma Shrestha competed in the open category—which lumps together participants without regard to their gender, age or skill level. Nishma had to compete in the open...

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On the wild Side

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THE JUNGLES OF CHITWAN HOUSE THOUSANDS OF EXOTIC ANIMALS. AND THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO GET UP CLOSE AND ALMOST PERSONAL WITH THEM 

Jeep safari

The sun had just risen on the plains of the Terai. The scorching summer heat was yet to bake the plains. In fact, the weather was actually quite pleasant. There was a nip in the air, and a cool breeze rolled in every once in a...

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Annapurna Circuit Diary

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THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT IS A PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING TREK BUT ONE THAT WILL REWARD YOU WITH JAW-DROPPING VIEWS

EVERY YEAR, I MAKE IT A POINT TO PACK my bags and travel somewhere new. For a long time, I had wanted to trek the Annapurna Circuit. I had imagined walking the Thorong La pass (the world’s highest pass at 5,416m), and of cours...

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The Mystical Gokyo

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Trekking to the Everest base camp through breath taking emerald green high altitude lakes

With over 30,000 tourists hiking the trail every year, the Everest Base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It is not just adventure, nature and culture that Everest and its mountains offer but standing in the mountain’s colossal shadow in this region would as well quickly make you realize just ho...

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Into the forbidden: Lo Manthang

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Upper Mustang’s charm and mysteri- ousness has long attracted many to the region. The best way to explore the region is by trekking through the landscape and taking in the slow- er-paced lifestyle, which still exhibits centuries of Tibetan in uence. But if you are pressed for time, you can take the motorable road, which connects the old city to the rest of the country. 

Why should you visit? 

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On The Road Less Travelled in Nepal

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THE TREK TO LAKE KAPHUCHE, AT THE FOOT OF ANNAPURNA II, MAKES FOR NOTHING SHORT OF A PERFECT ADVENTURE 

The Orange Fire Creackled and hissed against the ambi- ent roar of the raging Madi River. The stars had already affixed themselves on the skies outside, as the four of us were huddled around the small fire—tired, hungry and cold. 

We had, after a...

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I Almost Got Killed by Rolling Stone

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I  saw my entire life in a split second, I saw a mother crying upon the dead corpse of the only son, I saw all the goods that I had done in my entire lifetime, most important I recalled all the sins that I had committed knowingly and unknowingly, my childhood, my close friends, my sister and my deceased father. There was nothing that I didn’t remember on the day that I almost got killed by Rolling Stone.


It was...

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Kathmandu – an unexpected Adventure

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Kathmandu is an amazingly vibrant city, and has not lost its charm regardless of the fact that the earth shook some months ago. The festivals are still on, the streets and shops are still as colorful and the people still full of energy.

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