Travel & Outdoor
Himalayas Magazine

Himalayas Magazine March 2016

Taking you on a cultural tour of some of the most breath-taking places on earth – from icy peaks to the steamy jungle; trekking to safari; adventure sports to temples; authentic mouth-watering recipes to wildlife conservation; volunteering to gap year travel…..we have it all! Visit: Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan…..etc!

United Kingdom
Himalayas Nepal Publications Ltd
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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

DEAR READERS OF HIMALAYA MAGAZINE, Namaste ! Welcome to our 30th issue. In this edition you will find our usual commemoration of the Himalayan natural beauty and culture. Follow our writers features to discover what they have to say after having explored the popular mountains of Nepal the great Annapurna circuit; riding a motorbike through the North of India; spending a day with the local people of the medieval Newari town of Bhaktapur; meeting ascetic religious men or Saddhus at the Hindu festival Shivaratri at Pashupatinath; and finding out that yes, there are mountains in Bangladesh. This issue is special in many ways as it celebrates its 16th year of Himalaya Publications, we hope you will enjoy it. Thank you for allowing us to share these experiences with you and for supporting Himalaya Travel…

8 min.
the night of lord shiva

For over a month I had been waiting for Shivaratri, one of the holiest Hindu celebrations of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. When I finally woke up on that special day with beautiful clear skies, I was very excited. I was going to see the Sadhus perform their tantalizing bodily contortions, and I would witness the multitudes of people coming with their offerings to Shiva. All of this was going to happen at the cremation ground along the Bagmati river, in one of the most visited holy places in Nepal: the Pashupatinath temple. As it actually turned out, this day was even more amazing than what I had imagined. ‘Ratri’ stands for night, and so my partner and I arrived at Pashupatinath in the late afternoon in order to experience…

16 min.
relaxing among the mountains of bangladesh

BANDARBAN, BANGLADESH – It is late afternoon and the skies are threatening rain again over the mountains of Bangladesh. Wait a minute, you say. There are mountains in Bangladesh? Believe it or not, there are and they are some of the most impressive areas of this South Asian country. The vast majority of the country is flat. Rising about 30 meters above sea level, it is the home of over 700 rivers that move slowly across the Bengal plains. Most of Bangladesh is nothing more than the delta of the Ganges/Padma Rivers. Many smaller rivers flow into these rivers, having started out as rushing, white-water streams in the Himalayas. Once they reach India, they slow down to a crawl as it make their way toward the Bay of Bengal. The eastern part of…

7 min.
north india by motorcycle

I never quite expected I’d be able to ride a motorcycle across northern India, especially when I thought of the poor road conditions and the descriptions I’d heard of the chaos of traffic – cows, rickshaws and beggars. But when I was offered a second-hand Royal Enfield Bullet for a pretty reasonable price, I couldn’t resist the temptation to give it a try. I was living in the Himalayan foothills in a village just outside of Almora at the time, and each evening as the sun went down I would look out over the vast expanse of rolling greens and purples and wonder how I could see it all. Most of the time, as a tourist, you travel India by bus or taxi, as they are the most available and relatively…

8 min.
endless seconds in bhaktapur

I struggled to sit comfortably in the back of the shaking taxi, left hand holding onto the car’s grab-handle above my window, right hand tightening the breathing mask to filter the polluted air. After one hour immersed in noisy traffic, a quieter street took me by surprise. We were approaching the medieval town of Bhaktapur. The driver stopped abruptly; “Where is the peacock window?” he asked, shouting out to no one in particular. Three people passing by seemed to know the answer. It is one of the famous touristic spots of the city, and we were heading there to find the 14th century Newari building where I would be sleeping that night. We entered the narrow roads trying to avoid strolling chickens, sleepy street dogs, and sellers in front of their…

10 min.
annapurna circuit

North of Nepal’s evocative lakeside city, Pokhara, the Annapurna Himal rises to over 8000 meters and traverses some 50 km, home to some of the highest peaks on earth. The snows and summits of Annapurnas I-IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and sacred Machhapuchare are the stuff of mountaineering legend, and even the ancient salt road into Tibet passed this way. The area opened to international trekkers in 1977 and its blend of wild scenery and distinct climate, cultural and vegetation zones offered visitors a unique brand of accessible isolation. The ‘Circuit’ trek, around the Annapurna massif, and the ‘Sanctuary’ trek into its heart, soon became the planet’s most popular. In the modern world, though, few things remain unchanging for long, and even the greatest mountain range on earth is now subject to the…