When travelling of course you should have an enjoyable time but in far away foreign climes you should also exercise more care than you do at home.
Part of the enjoyment of travelling abroad is experiencing a different way of life and cultures but it may also mean experiencing different safety standards than those you could be used to, your travel company we will do their best to ensure that your trip is safe and trouble free, however we do ask that you take that little bit of extra care whilst you are away.
Our Safety Matters travel safe guide will hopefully raise awareness and reduce the risk of accidents and illness abroad. Continue reading
The ultimate Nepal street food and delicacy – dumplings filled with delicately spiced meat and vegetables, generally eaten as a snack. Delicious steamed, fried or served in a soup made from fresh stock. Continue reading
Morningside Matters Magazine’s Expedition Coverage. Scouts reach new heights during a summer on top of the world in Nepal with Himalayan Footsteps.
India is a country rich in history and heritage. The abundance of forts, temples and monuments present here stands true to it. For this reason, the country is home to a number of historical sites that attract throngs of tourists from all parts of the world. If you are a keen enthusiast who loves to explore historical sites, look no further; a visit to India will deeply impress you. Here, we will discuss the top historical travel destinations in India. Continue reading
Some of the latest trip photos from our hugely successful Scout Expedition to Nepal; 53 Scouts trekking the Himalaya, renovating a village school, elephant safari, and cultural exchange. Continue reading
Here is what Ross Donald, Primary School Teacher and Scout Leader, has to say about our service and company:
You’ll have heard a lot of noise, or see a lot of pictures, from our expedition to Nepal. We were fortunate enough to be supported by a great wee travel company called Himalayan Footsteps. They helped with our in-country logistics and looked after us on our trek, amongst other things. Continue reading
Chef Freddie Southwell joins the team at Himalayan Footsteps to deliver our new and fun Cookery Holidays.
Freddie’s love of food began from his exposure to worldwide cuisine and culture from extensive travelling. A career in food therefore seemed a logical step, to share and create exciting, exotic world cuisine for the British public presented an exciting prospect and so it began. Continue reading
Parliamentary well wisher Stephen Lloyd MP of the UK Parliament read our press release in the news and writes to our Managing Director to offer his support for our trip to Nepal with 52 Scottish Explorer Scouts, he goes on to say; Continue reading
Fifty Scottish Explorer Scouts are gearing up for the volunteering trip of a lifetime to Nepal by getting to grips with some of the local customs – including forgetting everything they knew about traditional British table manners.
The intrepid Edinburgh troupe from South Morningside are being urged to ditch the cutlery and, instead, learn to eat with their hands as they do in the village of Chang Patan. Continue reading
The flag of Nepal, it’s national flag, is the only non four-sided flag left in the world.
Meaning of the flag
Two triangles – symbolise the Himalayan Mountains.
Crimson red – the colour of the rhododendron national flower.
Blue border – is the colour of peace & harmony.
Sun & Moon – represents permanence, the hope that Nepal will last as long as the sun & moon. Continue reading
As a teenager hearing the word Kathmandu conjured up wild images of a distant exotic land, at that time I had no idea that land is Nepal. Now, as an adult, I know Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and I’m as familiar with it as I am with my own hometown. Continue reading
We’ve worked closely with the leadership team for over a year and struck up a remarkable friendship, this weekend was the first time meeting the scouts of SMESU, young people aged 14-18, and we were looking very much forward to our Nepal Expedition Training Weekend With SMESU
One bone chilling morning last Friday Isha and I flew from London Gatwick up to a not so warmer Edinburgh Airport to stay with Neil Mackenzie the head leader of the South Morningside Explorer Scout Unit (SMESU). Neil runs SMESU with the help of other leaders such as Barry Hewitt, Ross Donald, Stuart Coyle and other hard working volunteers. Continue reading
How To Tip in Nepal and India
Even if you are used to tipping doing so in a strange foreign culture can be daunting for the most experienced of us. Do I need to tip? How much do I give? Will I offend anyone? If you are travelling to Nepal or India the first thing to remember is that tips are a very important source of income and you should be prepared to give tips for good service. Continue reading
This vast country on the Asian subcontinent abounds in sights, and to do justice to all of India’s most spectacular sights would involve a journey lasting at least a year. For travellers with less time available the best plan is to decide on one or two regions to visit, and fully exploit the opportunity to take in the awe-inspiring sights of major attractions and incredible scenery. Continue reading
To date I have celebrated Dashain at least 8 times in Nepal, and a couple of times with the Nepali ex-pat community in the UK. I’ve seen it through the eyes of different castes (ethnic groups) and celebrated with friends before marriage and with my Nepali in-laws after marriage. My wife and I always try to make it to Nepal for this festival as it is a time when most people are free from work, it’s the longest festival in Nepal, and the sentiment of the festival which is the triumph of good over evil lifts the spirits of even the most unfortunate person. Continue reading
The Himalayan mountain ranges contain some of the most challenging walks, treks, and climbing opportunities in the world. Home to the highest ranges on Earth, the Himalayas link up Nepal and China to the North of the Indian subcontinent, and have long been a challenge for explorers. While its highest peaks include Mount Everest, there are many smaller peaks that still afford outstanding views across the mountain ranges, glaciers, and the inland valleys and Tibetan Buddhist sites of the region. With this in mind, some of the top 3 views from the Himalayas that can be experienced include: Continue reading
Last night I followed the hype and the recommendations to go for dinner with my sister and wife to Kilroy’s of Kathmandu the ego restaurant that lacks substance.
I am a seasoned diner in Kathmandu, with more than 11 years eating out here, and my expectations are difficult to raise. I know that in Nepal menus are often the same in every restaurant, foreign chefs don’t run the kitchens, and to expect western style food is only building yourself up for disappointment. I accept all these facts and am always happy and grateful with what I receive. However something happened last night that has meant this morning I still can’t reconcile the rage that was thrust upon me by this restaurant, in fact by Thomas Kilroy himself, I shall explain why. Continue reading
My trip to Seto Gumba, Druk Amitabh Mountain, Nepal was quite extraordinary. Firstly it was spur of the moment decided only the night before and I really had no idea how far away it was or what I was going to see. Turns out that it was only and hour away situated at the western parts of the Kathmandu Valley, the turning to get there exits the ring road opposite Swayambhunath Stupa and winds it’s way up the foothills of the Himalayas. Continue reading
The Garden of Dreams, a neo classical historical garden, is situated in the Thamel area of Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu. After the completion of this Garden in 1920 it was considered as one of the most sophisticated private gardens of the time. I like to visit the garden on every trip to Nepal as I find it oozing with beauty and peace. I always go with my wife and I recommend you take your loved one as there is something about the garden that excites romance, you will nearly always see young Nepalese couples enjoying the garden.
The garden was a private garden of Kaiser Sumsher, he created an exquisite ensemble of pavillions, fountains, decorative garden furnitures and European inspired features such as varandas, pergolas, blustrades, urns and birdhouses. He erected six impressive pavillions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal.