Upon seeing Lake Bohinj (pronounced baw-heen), Agatha Christie once famously said that it was far too beautiful for a murder. This might not sound like high praise, but admittedly Agatha Christie was making a fair point.
Commonly known as the gateway to the Himalayas, the lakeside town of Pokhara is brimming with shops, amenities and attractions for tourists. Here’s a quick guide to make the most of Pokhara.
The trekking between Chomorong and Pokhara provides some of the best scenery Nepal has to offer. The mountainsides are a riot of colour, bearing flowers of every hue that are reflected in the skies above.
Nepal doesn't do anything by halves, and that includes sunrises. Watching the first rays of daylight cast the Himalayas aglow is an experience anyone trekking in Annapurna should see for themselves, as I discovered through bleary eyes early one morning.
Poon Hill - funny name, serious hike. After three days of trekking from Pokhara, this section of the Annapurna region offers panoramic views of the Himalayan range Nepal is famed for throughout the world.
The trekking between the villages of Tikhedunga and Ghorepani is a beguiling experience for the senses. With prayer flags, stone stacks and shrines dotted throughout the forest, it feels as though the stories told about forest spirits is more alive here than anywhere else.
When it comes to trekking in Nepal, there's good reason Annapurna comes to mind. With waterfalls at every turn and jagged mountain ranges cutting a harsh line against the horizon, its rugged and breathtaking landscape can enthral even the most well-trodden of hikers.
I recently wrote about my adventures surfing in Morocco for the visually stunning and fun Women’s Surf Style Magazine’s Spring/Fall 2013 issue. Compared to European surf destinations, Morocco is still relatively unknown as a surf destination, despite its plentiful beaches and perennial sunshine. Read below and then book your trip (or the other way round, I don’t mind which) with the following link, or grab a copy from their website.
Awhile back I wrote a feature for inTravel magazine about my time working on an archaeological excavation in Jordan, an excerpt of which is included below:
Admittedly, it was with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that I initially accepted a position as a volunteer archaeologist in Jordan. Stories of grotesque camel spiders and venomous snakes were a source of apprehension, but the thought of working with the local Bedouin people on ancient sites in Jordan’s picturesque Dana Biosphere Reserve quenched any initial misgivings.
Soon after arriving in Amman we were all whisked off on a long journey south to Jordan’s remote Dana Biosphere Reserve. As Jordan’s largest nature reserve, it is home to a variety of endangered species and a series of mountain ridges, not to mention the ancient Ata’ta tribe. Moonlight and stars were the only source of light as they shone on the enormous canyons and small villages we passed through, with the van bringing us closer to the Wadi Feynan Ecolodge, which was to be our home for the next month.
To read the entire feature, head to inTravel’s website here.
On the surface, everything seems still. The wind barely emits a rattle out of the bushes, and no sign of life stirs on the surface of the water. Even the traditional prairie house hidden amongst the foliage appears deserted, with no activity to be discerned from its curtained windows. But if you look a little closer, the marshes are teeming with life.