Festival of Maha Shivaratri

Festival of Maha Shivaratri

Nepal has many secular and religious holidays throughout the year. Some have criticised this for undermining the country’s productivity and global competitiveness. Animal welfare groups take issue with festivals that encourage mass killings. Regardless of economic or environmental concerns, from a social perspective, festivals such as Maha Shivaratri and Democracy Day are taken very seriously and celebrated accordingly.

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Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

Following the departure of our classmate Yahu, Mahu and I decided to cheer ourselves up by retreating to Pokhara. We’d only heard good things about the town and were in desperate need of a change of scene.

Getting to Pokhara from Kathmandu was straightforward despite a chaotic morning at the bus depot. Vendors in the backstreets of Thamel usually arrange bus tickets a day in advance. We paid about NPR 600 (AUD $8) for comfortable seats on a coach with wifi. To Mahu’s and my surprise, the wifi connection actually worked, even if the internet was slow. Continue reading “Pokhara, Nepal”