Kathmandu Travel Articles

 
Full Moon at Mani Rimdu (5 of 5)
We chose the rocky path. Halfway up, under a relentless sun, three of us decided to turn back. I was disappointed our stamina had waned. I didn’t want to miss the Rimpoche’s blessing. We had come this far, but Jim assured us, “Save your energy for tomorrow’s ceremonial dances.” I demurred. The following day we […]
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Full Moon at Mani Rimdu (2 of 5)
Few people stumble into Nepal by accident. Jim had an ongoing love affair with the mountains and its Sherpa inhabitants. Susan had begun a jewelry business in California. Rick was Buddhist so for him coming to Nepal was a pilgrimage. My husband, Chris, and I were just plain curious. I had one problem (aside from […]
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Full Moon at Mani Rimdu (4 of 5)
We hiked along a wide, well-trodden path connecting Phaplu to Saleri (about forty minutes at a leisurely pace). On Saturday market day, the thoroughfare would swell with a flow of porters, merchants carrying produce, monks riding horseback, and local townsfolk, but this day, we had most of the road to ourselves. We followed its dips […]
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Full Moon at Mani Rimdu (3 of 5)
The Hotel del Sherpa, our home base for the next six days, brought eclecticism to new heights of grandeur. A cross between a four star Swiss ski resort and a painstakingly frescoed Buddhist monastery, this lodge embraced the best of spiritual aura and creature comforts – woodburning stoves and a fireplace in the main living/dining […]
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Full Moon at Mani Rimdu (1 of 5)
Chris Card Fuller hiked to the Chiwong monastery i
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Kathmandu, Nepal – September 1999
First Impressions My first time in Assan, the shopping district I have been here for two weeks now and have not yet ventured out of Kathmandu. I am trying to learn the language a little better before I set out anywhere. Anyone who tells you it is an easy language to pick up is lying. […]
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Kathmandu, Nepal
First Impressions My first time in Assan, the shopping district I have been here for two weeks now and have not yet ventured out of Kathmandu. I am trying to learn the language a little better before I set out anywhere. Anyone who tells you it is an easy language to pick up is lying. […]
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The Millennium Trip – Letter #8
Namaste everyone, I love Kathmandu. I am sorry, but I do. Without doubt it has been the most tourist-orientated city so far, unquestionably the most expensive. Despite all this, despite myself, I have been seduced by it’s filter coffees, it’s sit-down loos and it’s supermarkets selling Gillette shaving blades and Werther’s Original sweets. Yesterday evening […]
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The Millennium Trip – Letter #7
Namaste All, Like an infection, I seemed to pick up some bad karma in India. In Agra, while walking around the Taj Mahal in the 43°C heat, I caught bronchitis. The following morning I woke early and took a cycle rickshaw to the station in time to catch my 1st Class air-conditioned – with free […]
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