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Founder of Touristlink.com a social network for travel. Touristlink lets travelers connect with each other and with locals for tours, transport, cultural, language exchanges, friendships and more. Touristlink is now one of the fastest growing “big” social travel sites and we expect to grow our member base from 30,000 today (January 2014) to 300,000 in the next 8 months. I am an avid traveler and have to been to over 40 countries. I started Touristlink out of my passion for travel. I recently, raised seed funding for Touristlink in both Chile and Kenya and had a chance to live in both these countries.
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6 Great Day Trips around Kathmandu
Published 5:35 am, 30 Mar 2015
Most trekkers heading out to Everest or Annapurna save at least one day on the end of their treks for Kathmandu. If you are wondering what are the best sightseeing options here are 6 great ideas to get you started. 1. Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple The Monkey Temple lies on a hill top about 20 minutes walk from Thamel. Walk-up the 365 steps to the stupa at the top which is a important pilgrimage place for Buddhist and enjoy the birds-eye views of Kathmandu. The stairs are home to numerous monkeys that are said to be holy and are quite used to humans. Make sure to keep a safe distant as monkey bites are serious, but you can certainly get some great pictures. It takes no more than a few hours to enjoy the Monkey Temple. When you reach the top of the stairs you need to pay an entrance fee of 200 Rs. If you are coming from Thamel in a taxi the charge should be no more than a few hundred Rupees. 2. Kathmandu Durbar Square and Freak Street The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is one of the easiest places to visit in Thamel and one of the […]
Kathmandu’s Temple of Monkeys
Published 4:21 am, 28 Mar 2015
If you are looking for something to do in Kathmandu before heading out trekking the Monkey Temple is a good way to spend a few hours. Laying just to the west of Kathmandu it’s only a 30 minute walk from Thamel. To reach the Monkey Temple it’s a steep climb up a series of 365 stairs. It’s one of the highest points in Kathmandu and offers expansive views across the city. The site itself is situated on a small hill top and consists of a large central stupa surrounded by a myriad of shrines, temples and small shops that specializes in paintings, singing bowls and a variety of religious artifacts. Also known as Swayambhunath the site is a popular pilgrimage spot for Buddhists. If you get up before dawn you might catch a glimpse of the many Buddhists and Hindus alike who climb to the top to make homage. It might be tempting to play with or feed the many monkeys lounging about on the stairs, but while appearing tame they can be quite dangerous so it’s recommended to avoid getting at all close. Although you can get some great monkey pictures! Some of the numerous monkeys around […]
A Day Trip to the Ancient City of Bhaktapur
Published 9:47 am, 26 Mar 2015
If you have a few extra days in Kathmandu before your trek to Everest or Annapurna you are probably wondering how to best spend your time. A great option is a day trip to the ancient city of Bhaktapur which lies only about 20km east of Kathmandu and can be reached in 40mins from Thamel by car. Visiting Bhaktapur reminds me of visiting one of Europe’s medieval cities as it’s actually a place of “living history.” Over 200,000 people still inhabit its narrow streets and ancient brick buildings decorated with elaborate carvings. A number of both Hindu and Buddhist shrines can be found in Bhaktapur although the population is 90% Hindu. In practice most of the inhabitants practice both religions with equal intensity. Bhaktapur is the most Hindu of the three main cities of Kathmandu Valley (Patan is more Buddhist and Kathmandu a mixture of both). Bhaktapur was the capital of the Malla Kingdom from the 12th to 15th centuries and after the 15th century became an independent kingdom alongside Kathmandu and Patan. As the capital of the Malla Kingdom it was clearly an important and wealthy city judging by the architectural richness of the many buildings, temples and […]
Celebrate Holi! Nepal’s Most Colorful Festival
Published 4:44 am, 16 Mar 2015
If you want to experience one of Nepal’s most lively and colorful festivals you can think of planning your trek to Everest Base Camp at the same time as the spring festival of Holi. One of the most important festivals celebrated during the year by Hindus in both Nepal and India. The festival marks the start of spring and the triumph of good will. Nepal is dominantly a Hindu country so this is one of the most important festivals of the year as well as an official holiday. The night before Holi starts with bonfires which are lit right on the city streets. If you are in Nepal you won’t see this so much but if you happen to be in Mumbai or some cities in India these are quite common and quite impressive and some estimates that over 30,000 fires burn across India lighting up the night sky in anticipation of this event. I remember one time taking off on an airplane from Mumbai and seeing the impressive site of all the fires in the streets below and smoke rising from the city. The fire is lit to celebrate the death of Holika a demoness who is said to […]
Kathmandu Airport Open – Flights Resuming Saturday Evening
Published 12:09 am, 6 Mar 2015
Last Updated: Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 7:20pm Most Recent: Its Saturday now at 7:20pm and local news is indicating the runway is clear. Flights should resume shortly according to television coverage in Kathmandu. ———Full Story The only international airport in Kathmandu has been closed since Wednesday morning when a Turkish airliner partially missed the runway. Fortunately, all the passengers on the Turkish flight were evacuated safely but a portion of the wing remains on the runway forcing its closure. Flights won’t be resumed until this aircraft has been removed from the runway. Currently a specialized aircraft removal team from India is making some progress and expects to clear the runway by noon today with flights resuming several hours after. For our guests travelling into the country and those looking to leave one of the most frustrating aspects of this ordeal is the lack of information and what appears to be a poorly organized response by the authorities. The first plan on Wednesday was to remove the Turkish airliner with two large bulldozers that were in close proximity to the airport. However, Turkish airlines objected to this procedure and the plan was called off after in the late afternoon. A […]
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