Namgyal is on the face of it just like any other Sherpa from Nepal – tough, weather-beaten and a survivor of the numerous brushes with death that befall the men who scale the world’s highest mountains.
The remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world which puts happiness at the heart of government policy.
First it was the Lost Tigers, as the BBC called them, found at around 4,000 metres above sea level in Bhutan, all happy and breeding. And now, caught on camera is a four-year-old elephant at 3,419 metres amid snow on a … Continue reading
“Better luck for the cats in Jan, Shivang bhai!” these were the parting words of Salim Ali – one of India’s top naturalist – when we tracked the cats for 6 drives in fresh post-monsoon lush green forest of Ranthambhore … Continue reading
India mimics the rhythms of the ocean. At times, it’s benign, lapping gentle waves at your feet, tickling your toes. Then there are the trying moments, a violent storm that slams your body, jarring nerves to the brink when you … Continue reading
In Europe, little girls dream of becoming a princess. In Nepal, little Newari girls dream of becoming a living goddess. This wish is not quite as unlikely to be fulfilled as it sounds: Many towns in the Kathmandu valley have … Continue reading
The temple city of Khajuraho is a popular tourist destination - well-known for its many erotic carvings. Between the 9th and 12th century, the city was the religious capital of the region and as important as the holy city Varanasi. Of the … Continue reading
Everest May 2012 – the climb of a lifetime. After the outstanding success of the North Pole expedition, Walking with the Wounded have set their sights higher for 2012 – to successfully summit Mount Everest and put 5 wounded servicemen … Continue reading
The first animal that comes up in people’s minds when they hear Tibet is the Yak, the official animal of Tibet. Around 10 million of them roam the Tibetan plateau – that’s about 85% of the total yak world population! … Continue reading
The Newari girls of Nepal celebrate the greatest day of their life not just once, but three times. A girl is wed for the first time at the age of 6 and a second time around the age of 9. … Continue reading
Few things inspire travel like a good movie. After watching The Lord Of The Rings, hordes flocked to New Zealand, while The Beach, set in exotic Thailand, gave rise to a million backpacker adventures. I was so captivated by Eric … Continue reading
This is probably the most frequently asked question of all: How to get money while travelling in Nepal? How much to take and where to exchange it? The currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (Rs). A Rupee is divided … Continue reading
Many people are reluctant to travel to Tibet because they imagine the weather to be really harsh and cold. But it’s not that bad, really! Temperatures are suitable for travelling between April and November, for some areas the best time … Continue reading
The Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden in Howrah near Kolkata in India is home to a very special tree: The Great Banyan. It is over 250 years old and its enormous canopy made it the widest tree in the … Continue reading
While trekking you are on your feet and walking for several hours a day, often far from tea houses or shops. To make sure you always have the energy to keep going, you should pack some snacks for on the … Continue reading
Often parents limit their holiday plans more than necessary for their children. For example, many think trekking in the Himalayas is completely out of question, too strenuous or dangerous for their offspring. That’s not quite true: Most children absolutely love … Continue reading
Pokhara in Nepal is one of the worlds best paragliding spots. The currents make it possible to soar above the exceptionally beautiful landcape for hours, taking in the views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, crystal-clear lakes and lush vegetation. But there’s … Continue reading
Nepal may only be a small country, but its biological diversity is huge. For example it is a birdwatcher’s paradise: It is home to 8% of the world’s total bird population, staggering 864 species have been recorded so far!
The world’s biggest conservationists are not found in a place where nature is in lush bloom and full of live, but in the hostile environment of the desert North India. The Bishnoi religion is not based on a higher entity … Continue reading