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  • ‘Naive, reckless’ tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan
    Jan 16 2019 | 01:33 pm

    ‘Naive, reckless’ tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

    Kabul: Seeking an “authentic” experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website for locals to stay with. He found an astonishing number of potential hosts. Despite the country’s decaying security nearly 2,000 Afghans — the vast majority of them men — have signed up to host guests on […]

  • Cancer survivors walk on ramp in Nepal to spread hope, positivity
    Jan 12 2019 | 11:13 am

    Cancer survivors walk on ramp in Nepal to spread hope, positivity

    By Shristi Shrestha Kathmandu: Defying the general misconception that life becomes purposeless after cancer diagnosis, some two dozen cancer survivors in Nepal walked on the ramp in the capital city on Friday night.

  • Nepal’s women mountaineer journalists aspire to contribute to country’s tourism through photo exhibition
    Dec 12 2018 | 04:29 pm

    Nepal’s women mountaineer journalists aspire to contribute to country’s tourism through photo exhibition

    Kathmandu: In a bid to contribute to Nepal’s tourism through series of spectacular photos of the world’s highest peak, the team of “First Women Journalists Everest Expedition-2018” organized a photo exhibition in Kathmandu.

  • US missionary’s body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribe
    Nov 25 2018 | 12:22 pm

    US missionary’s body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribe

    Port Blair: The body of American missionary-adventurer John Allen Chau may never be recovered from the lost island where he fell in a volley of arrows fired by a reclusive tribe whose existence is threatened by the modern world, say experts. The menace to the Sentinelese from Chau’s one-man invasion is such that tribal rights […]

  • Escaping death and rebirth on Varanasi’s sacred riverbanks
    Nov 23 2018 | 12:20 pm

    Escaping death and rebirth on Varanasi’s sacred riverbanks

    Varanasi: Boats loaded with wood arrive almost constantly at the ghats of Varanasi for around 200 cremations per day on the banks of India’s holy Ganges river. Each pyre needs between 200 and 400 kilogrammes (440 and 880 pounds) of wood, meaning the sacred city in northern India burns through as much as 80 tonnes […]

  • Hot air balloon tour lifting Nepal’s tourism
    Nov 19 2018 | 10:54 am

    Hot air balloon tour lifting Nepal’s tourism

    By Shristi Kafle When a giant colorful balloon appeared in the ground near the pristine lake of the Fewa Lake in Nepal’s most popular tourism destination Pokhara on Saturday morning, hundreds of people gathered for the unusual scene with excitement.

  • China’s youth embrace street dance amid hip-hop crackdown
    Nov 17 2018 | 11:01 am

    China’s youth embrace street dance amid hip-hop crackdown

    Beijing: In China, where children are often saddled with a packed schedule of extracurricular activities before they even enter grade school, some parents are making room for a surprising pursuit: hip-hop dance classes. Inside a dance studio in central Beijing, a group of kids bopped up and down to an American hip-hop beat as they […]

  • Wolves at the door, Alpine shepherd can’t imagine any other life
    Nov 14 2018 | 04:59 pm

    Wolves at the door, Alpine shepherd can’t imagine any other life

    Parish: He sleeps fully dressed, dreading a midnight wolf attack on the flock of sheep penned in close by his hut, high up in the French Alps. “The fears of last year came back,” says Gaetan Meme, after his third season of transhumance, the timeless tradition of guiding livestock up into the rich alpine pastures […]

  • Pakistani porters: The unsung masters of the mountains
    Nov 07 2018 | 11:02 am

    Pakistani porters: The unsung masters of the mountains

    Shimshal (Pakistan): He is the only man ever to have scaled K2 three times, but Fazal Ali’s achievements have gone largely unrecognised, like those of many of his fellow porters who risk life and limb on Pakistan’s highest peaks.

  • A new chapter in China-Nepal economic relations
    Nov 05 2018 | 11:13 am

    A new chapter in China-Nepal economic relations

    Kathmandu: Nepal’s economic engagement with China has deepened in recent years through heightened infrastructure connectivity, investment, trade and tourism.

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