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Bhutan and the Sacred Phallus

Bhutan and the Bhutanese have a thing about the phallus. They are penis obsessed and you’ll see large, lurid, male members artistically depicted on houses throughout Bhutan. One village, in particular, Sopsoka, near Punakha town and adjacent to Chimi Lhakhang, is famous for its penis art along with the fertility temple. This temple is also …

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Swayambhunath. (The #1 Must-See Temple in Kathmandu)

The Swayambhunath Stupa, an icon of Nepal, is an ancient religious structure on a hilltop in the Kathmandu Valley.  It stands about 3 kilometers west of Kathmandu City and is a must-see for anyone thinking of going to Nepal.  This has to be the most famous and beautiful temple in Kathmandu. The Monkey Temple or …

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Is It Worth Visiting Bhutan?

We recently spent 10 days touring Bhutan, including hiking, after years of dreaming of visiting this mystical Himalayan kingdom. This was my ultimate bucket list destination and I’ve finally been. You probably know that Bhutan costs $250 per day per person to visit (ballpark figure – this can vary either way) so is it worth …

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Lhasa Tibet. (Tavel, Blog, Things To Do)

Our Lhasa tour was part of a longer 8 day tour of Tibet. We travelled overland from Kathmandu and returned by air from Lhasa airport. Lhasa itself was an incredible highlight not just of this Tibet tour, but of a lifetime of travel. I knew a lot, feared disappointment in visiting Lhasa today, and was …

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Sera Monastery (See Tibetan Monks Debate)

One, just one, of the massive bucket list highlights of our tour of Tibet was visiting the Sera Monastery. This Monastery just outside Lhasa city is the place to come if you want to see Tibetan Buddhist monks debate. This is something I never dreamed I’d see for myself. But I did, along with our …

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Altitude in Tibet. High Passes and Diamox

So here’s the thing, Tibet is way, way high. Crazy high. Everyone knows that to trek in the Himalayas you’ll have altitude issues and probably need to take diamox and have acclimatisation days and such like, but before we set off to Tibet last week I hadn’t actually thought much about the altitude of the …

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A Tibet Travel Blog (Hard Realities & Wonders)

I honestly don’t know where to start with Tibet. We’ve just spent 8 incredible days travelling through Tibet from Kathmandu and those 8 days were some of the most mesmerising of our last 6 years of full-time travel. I now need to create a Tibet travel blog to record our memories before they fade and …

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Khumjung (The Yeti Skull at Khumjung Monastery & The Hillary School, Nepal)

On our return trek from Tengboche Monastery, we took a different route to Namche Bazaar to take in some important locations and stunning Himalayan viewpoints. A major highlight for us was being granted admission to the ancient Khumjung monastery and being allowed to see a fascinating sacred relic kept under lock and key. The yeti …

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