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2014 July

31 Jul

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The temples and street scenes of Patan, Nepal

July 31, 2014 | By |

In days of old, three city-states co-existed in the Kathmandu Valley. Patan (aka Lalitpur) was a totally separate kingdom from Kathmandu, but now you can reach it in 20 minutes on a microbus without ever leaving the Kathmandu urban environment. Read More

21 Jul

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Pashupatinath’s Temples and Monkeys

July 21, 2014 | By |

Pashupatinath, in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, bears its name from Pashupa, one of Siva’s incarnations. It’s an enormous temple complex, with shrines, stupas, temples, cremations, and monkeys (LOTS of monkeys). Definitely worth a few hours. Read More

14 Jul

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Ladakh: India’s “Little Tibet”

July 14, 2014 | By |

Ladakh feels nothing like the rest of India (we expect, having not been yet). It is a Tibetan Buddhist area high in the Himalayas; the capital city Leh is 3,500 meters altitude. And there is something so beautiful and serene in this high, cold desert and barren Himalayan landscape that could give anyone a sense of the sublime. Read More

08 Jul

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Are we really in India? A trip to Pangong Lake

July 8, 2014 | By |

During our two weeks in Ladakh, we decided to do one jeep tour, a two-day trip to Pangong Lake. There are tons of travel agencies in town that post jeeps looking for more people, so we ended up with a fantastic group for our two-day trip. Read More

03 Jul

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“Just one dead donkey…”

July 3, 2014 | By |

A woman we met in Thailand had given us some travel recommendations for Ladakh. But above and beyond, more than the monasteries, the treks, the natural beauty, she said “Promise me you will go to the Donkey Sanctuary!” And so we did… Read More