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Finding wildernesses around Kathmandu’s concrete jungle

The term concrete jungle has been used so often to refer to Kathmandu that I think it has created a wall in the minds of valley’s denizens. Very few people seem to mention – or even remember – the wonderful outdoors that are the hills that encircle the city. Kathmandu is blessed with wonderfully preserved […]

The halcyon hues of Pokhara’s World Peace Pagoda

The white-washed structure of the Shanti Stupa stands proud at the southwest end of the Pokhara valley, at only 7 km away from the city centre. This Buddhist pagoda-style stupa is positioned at a height of 1,100m; but the hike to the stupa is not a regular one. As the valley slowly welcomed winter last […]