How to Spot Red Pandas and Dolphins in Nepal

Do you know what makes Nepal one of the most biodiverse countries in the world? Hint: it has something to do with a giant called the Himalayas. The climate range is so broad – from the highest point in the world (Everest) to the tropical lowlands that are engulfed in humidity and home to rainforests – the tremendous geographic diversity plays a part in the range of flora and fauna that exist within the country.

Travel down to the Terai lowlands of Nepal, where the climate is subtropical. The rivers lay a foundation for the abundance of wildlife including a familiar species that we often associate as being the friendliest in the seas. It may seem surprising that the landlocked country of Nepal could be home to a marine creature, but it’s true: dolphins exist in Nepal – the freshwater Ganges River Dolphin to be exact. Continue reading

7 Nepali Recipes for Your Next Potluck

Impress your friends or clients by sharing Nepali recipes or bringing an exotic home-cooked dish to your next potluck. Below, a round up of recipes from our hospitable employees:

Alu ko Achar

Arzoo Pokharel’s favorite dish to make is Alu ko Achar. A fitting meal for all kinds of occasions it combines ingredients that are rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals that manifests into a savory addition for your next gathering. “Every time I’ve had this dish, I feel energized and it puts me in a pleasant mood,” said Arzoo.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large boiled potatoes
  • 1 cucumber, sliced with insides removed
  • 1 carrot, sliced or grated
  • 3 green chilis, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1tsp red chili powder
  • 2tbs garlic ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup brown sesame seed toasted and ground
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seed powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 lemon juice as per the taste

Step 1: Boil potatoes, peel the cover and cut them into cubes.

Step 2: Thinly slice the carrots, green chilly and cucumber (remember to remove the middle sections.)

Step 3: Toast the brown sesame seeds in a pan and grind into a powder.

Step 4: Combine potatoes, carrots, cucumber, and green chili into a bowl.

Step 5: Add salt, garlic paste, red chili powder, and sesame seed powder

Step 6: In a separate small pan, heat the oil and fry fenugreek seeds.

Step 7: When fenugreek seed turns black, add turmeric powder in it and pour the oil pan into the mixing bowl.

Step 8: Mix it well and add lemon juice as per your desired taste.

Step 9: You can also add coriander for taste.


Chatamari

Elika Tuladhar shares her chatamari dish below. A dish also known as Nepali pizza, it’s regarded to be a healthier version because of its nutrient-rich ingredients. “My mom makes best chatamari in the world and that’s why it’s my favorite.” Continue reading

How to Enhance Your Client’s Trip to Nepal: Lessons From the Impact Travel Alliance FAM Trip

There are numerous factors for an unforgettable travel experience and most of these are unique to each traveller. Whether it is adventure or relaxation that your client is looking for, there is almost always a single factor that can transcend their experience: authenticity. Travellers, now more than ever, aren’t just looking for any type of vacation. They are looking for authentic experiences that pave the way for a connection to the local destination – travel that is transformative and meaningful. Lucky for us, that is exactly what we specialize in at Royal Mountain Travel. Continue reading

Nepal Travel Fun Facts To Share With Your Clients

Nepal is a country of nuances – just when you think you know it all, it surprises you. From the underrated wildlife to the incredible concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, it’s a country that can’t be conventionally categorized because there truly is something for every type of traveler. Below, a round-up of interesting facts to share with your clients: Continue reading

Sustainable Tourism Can Help Wildlife Conservation Efforts


You don’t have to travel deep into Chitwan National Park in the Terai Lowlands of Nepal to come face-to-face with the once elusive one-horned rhino. Thanks to major conservation efforts, the population has grown from a mere 40 to over 600 living in the park today, making it an easier feat to spot one of these incredible creatures. In fact, you’re almost guaranteed to see one on safari – a major contributor to that possibility? Tourism. Continue reading

A Celebration of Nepali Culture: Tihar Festival

photo via Himalayan Times

Nepal is full of rich cultural history that manifests into celebrations that we cherish with family and friends. One of the largest festivals celebrated in Nepal is Tihar (also known as Deepawali, or the festival of lights). The five-day Hindu celebration in November is held to give thanks to the contributions of the gods, people and animals; it’s slotted time for us to be reminded of the community that adds richness in our lives. During Tihar, the towns are illuminated with lit diyas and homes are decorated with patterns of colored rice and flower petals as a sacred welcoming – this makes it one of the most beautiful times for travelers to visit and join in the celebrations with us. Continue reading

Nepal’s High Season Has Activities for All Types of Travelers

It’s no secret that Nepal is a country famous for its mountain range, the Himalayas. After all, 8 of the world’s tallest peaks lies in Nepal, paving a way for world-class hiking and picturesque treks from the Annapurna Circuit to the Everest Base Camp trek. The country is regarded as the top destination for adventure travelers but Nepal is more than the identity guidebooks give us. It is an ancient country and within the mountain ranges are ornate cities chock-full of tradition, historic temples, spiritual sites and unrivaled natural landscapes full of beauty. Continue reading

The Future is Female: How Empowering Women Can Uplift Communities

Tourism is a powerful, and often, underused tool. It has the potential to ignite change and uplift communities that have traditionally lacked the resources to operate sustainably. Perhaps one of its most important benefits is its ability to improve the livelihoods of women – to bring gender equality into areas that have historically undervalued the positive impact women can make in the family, community and country.

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Great alliance in the Tourism Industry for the better Future.

“Susta­­­­­­inable travel is up to all of us – travelers and industry providers alike – to integrate into every journey.” said Hostelling International USA’s Director of Communications and PR Netanya Trimboli in New York on Nov 17 at the ‘Global Summit’ for the sustainable tourism. I had the honour and privilege to participate in Travel+SocialGood’s Global Summit in New York. On the same event, Travel+SocialGood rebranded its name to ‘Impact Travel Alliance (ITA)’. Continue reading