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Flying to Kathmandu from India

The journey from India to Nepal (Kathmandu)is best done by plane but there is also the extended but less comfortable route by train and bus dependent upon where you are leaving India from. I was leaving from Delhi and decided on a flight costing approx £60 one way from Delhi International Airport to Kathmandu Tribhuban International Airport. The airport is easily accessed using the new and efficient metro from down town Delhi. An Airport Hotel In my …

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Paragliding, Pokhara, Nepal – Gallery

Pokhara, Nepal is arguably the best place in the world to para-glide and the numbers for pilots, schools and companies making it possible to do are numerous. From the launch site above Pokhara you can see the whole of the town and the beautiful Lake Fewa. Gliding high over the lake and surrounding hills/mountains make this a most memorable experience. Tandem flying is so safe and so comfortable...just do it!!!

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Thulopatal, Everest, Nepal – Gallery

Everest, the top of the world, Living with the Tamung people, volunteering in Nepal. Look through these photos and get a true feel for the culture of this area. John O'Connell enjoyed his time here and will return to these wonderful people in the near future. This is a poor area but the people have such rich culture.

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Kathmandu, Nepal – Gallery

I visited Kathmandu for 1 week and stayed for 2 months...yes it's chaotic, yes it's dirty, yes it's dusty, yes it's smoggy or muddy BUT it is also fascinating. Temples, distinct districts, tradition and culture along with ever smiling people make this a worthwhile place to come...and not JUST to head off trekking in the Himalayas. Waalk around here an marvel wide eyed at the diversity of sights and experiences.

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Friends in high places – Living with the Tamang

A Guest post from John O’Connell: This story begins in North Eastern Thailand near a place called Nong khai on the Thai – Laos border, which is ironically where I am writing this story from now. In April 2012, on the advice of a friend, I went to work at Sarnelli house, an orphanage in North Eastern Thailand for children with H.I.V. There we taught the children English and generally kept them entertained and content. …

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Bhaktapur, Nepal – Gallery

Bhaktapur is an absolute "must visit" when you come to Nepal. This beautiful ancient city is world renowned for art, Newar culture, marvellous buildings and monuments. There are fantastic shopping opportunities for local crafts and you can witness pottery being sculpted or thrown or Thanka paintings being hand painted. There are numerous festivals (as there are all over Nepal) in this UNESCO world heritage site. There are temples and Museums so there is no end of things to experience here. In the Bhaktapur Durbar Square you find temples, Palaces ad monasteries with the backdrop of the Himalayas. You must visit here.

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Beautiful Pokhara, Nepal – Gallery

Pokhara, Nepals second city is such a beautiful place and a gateway to the Himalayas. Boating, trekking and paragliding enthusiasts all come here for their fix. You can look out over Lake Phewa and enjoy wonderful sunsets. Views of the Annapurna mountain range draw you into the trek to Annapurna base-camp. Super lake view restaurants cater for all needs and tastes.

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Peace Pagoda Pokhara – Gallery

Built on a hill/mountain overlooking the second city in Nepal, Pokhara, and the beautiful Lake Phewa, the brilliant-glistening white World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Japanese Buddhist monks of the Nipponzan Myohoji movement. The paths up to the pagoda are a wonderful walk and you are rewarded with fantastic views from the cafes on the summit once you get to the Pagoda. This is only a small gallery but will be added to in the future. Superb views.

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Volunteering Abroad – a Debate

Volunteering abroad can produce remarkable experiences for volunteers and the community in which they offer their services but is it a simple decision on the correctness of the volunteering gesture? I have spent a long time debating the issue of volunteer work in foreign countries and have found it really difficult to come to any fixed conclusions. I am therefore presenting this blog post by way of opening a debate on the subject and canvassing …

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L’histoire de trois semaines d’aventure autour du trek des Annapurnas…

Bonjour amis passionnés de nature et de montagne ! L’envie de vous faire partager mon aventure du tour des Annapurnas l’an dernier du 11mars au 1er avril 2012, soit trois semaines inoubliables autour de paysages spectaculaires et une expérience unique….Me revoici au Népal depuis plus d’un mois, et cette fois-ci je vis ici, enfin!!! Voici donc pour vous le récit de cette formidable expédition au coeur des Himalayas dans ce fabuleux pays du sourire qu’est …

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Donating Blood Overseas

Have you ever missed your blood donor appointment because you are travelling? Have you ever considered giving blood overseas and thought it must just be a hassle? Well let me tell you that there are opportunities everywhere you go and the procedures are mostly less complicated than the UK. Early start I have been really lucky starting early when in the RAF to give blood and I remember well that we were given an option …

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In Giving We Receive, Nepal – Gallery

This brief gallery is intended to give a view of the great work being done by the Oz based charity, In Giving We Receive (IGWR). I photographed these happy kids in a Kathmandu house purposely and tastefully refurbished to accommodate these children. Well done Peter, Lia, Marie and Raja

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Volunteer Work for Free – Nepal and India

Volunteering and voluntary work is an activity researched by many of us, young and old alike, wishing to do something meaningful and worthwhile either at home or abroad. This can take the form of working with charities, animals, nature or often the most sought after; working with local less fortunate people and children, this time in a less well off foreign country. Sadly there is one thing which often curbs our enthusiasm to venture abroad …

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Namabuddha Temple, Nepal – Gallery

This beautiful and spiritual place is in the Kathmandu valley and a short distance from Panauti. The bus trip to the Buddhist temple and monastery is interesting and sometimes exciting. The relatively new monastery at namabuddha is in such a great position overlooking the surrounding countryside. The paintings by the monks are a joy to behold and are still in the process of being painted on the walls even as worship is in progress. A really wonderful place to visit. It is disrespectful to photograph inside the monastery and so you will have to walk or bus it to the top to witness the beautiful works.

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Kumari – A Living Goddess in Nepal

The Kumari is a living goddess in Nepal and revered as such. She is a young girl and remains the living goddess until the time of her first menstruation at which point she will cease to have Kumari status and the complex selection process will begin again to find the replacement. There are more than one Kumari in Nepal but I had the privilege to see her appear at the courtyard window of her residence …

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Extending your Visa in Nepal

Extending your visa in Nepal has its own difficulties and the main one can be the time taken to complete the process through the Nepal Immigration. I was well aware of the difficulties because Paul, my son, had recently renewed his visa and had explained it was a bit of a pain doing so. The standard tourist visa issued upon entry to Nepal will usually be a month visa costing $40US but if you are …

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