Visiting the Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu looks exactly like a pilgrimage destination in Asia should. There is a giant white dome, and below it, the eyes of the Buddha watch over the Kathmandu Valley. Hundreds of small candles are placed around rows and … [Read more...]

Elephant Safari in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

On elephant-back safari in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

It is hard to hold on in a howdah. Elephants don't walk with the grace of a quarter horse, so the enormous saddle the five of us shared behind the mahout dipped precariously towards the jungle floor with the pitch and roll of each step. A confirmed … [Read more...]