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Poon Hill: A sneak peek into the Annapurnas

The monsoon clouds settled down and a few patches of rain scattered the distant mountains. As dust was washed away, beautiful weather soon set in. It all began when Dashain approached the city, and the torrential rains faded away. I had to head into the woods and up the mountains. I carefully designed my trip […]

Shivapuri National Park and Nagi Gompa: Strangers on a Monastery Lawn

Photo: René Maya/Flickr Setting out in the pre-dawn grayness, driving through a sleepy Kathmandu, my cousin and I were already filled with a sense of expectation. The roads that I was used to seeing choked with vehicles, horns blaring, was empty, its surface the same color as that of the sky. My cousin, a photographer […]