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Gay Nepalese: boys in Kathmandu

Discover Gay Nepal with Kathmandu local boy Tilak

Before arriving in Nepal, we expected it to be another very socially conservative South Asian country like the Maldives and Sri Lanka, where gayness is a crime. But the reality for gay Nepal turned out to be quite different. In September 2015, the Nepalese government announced that the new constitution would enshrine laws protecting discrimination against ...
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The gay Maldives!

Is the Maldives a safe gay destination?

The Maldives is a Muslim country and unfortunately carries all the usual Sharia Law ‘decoration’ with it like: it is illegal for Maldivian citizens to be non-Muslim women must be covered up at all times – even when going for a jog or swimming in the sea alcohol is illegal gayness of any sort here runs the risk of the ...
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Interview with gay India gay couple

Gay India: Interview with gay couple from Delhi

Just as we were getting ready to dress up with dramatic colourful saris on the Delhi gay scene and show off our bhangra and dandiya dance moves we learnt from our Bollywood dance class, we discovered that being gay in India has become illegal, again. More specifically, a very old law dating back to 1861 (Article 377 ...
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The Taj Mahal

Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like the Taj Mahal

A guy built this entire beautiful marble mausoleum in memory of his late wife. This caused us a BIG problem: World War III almost broke out between these two greedy boys as Stefan demanded the same from Sebastien… Ok we’re joking.  Stefan is not that much of a diva (except when he starts breaking plates because Sebastien burnt ...
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Papaya on the beach

Thoddoo island: a paradise island for fruit lovers

We spent 10 days in the Maldives in November 2014 on Thoddoo island. Since 2009, the Maldivian government dropped the ban from allowing local islands to operate guesthouses, therefore breaking the monopoly enjoyed by millionaire resort owners and bringing tourist dollars into the rural economy. This has made budget travelling to the Maldives accessible for backpackers like us. Staying on ...
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The Indian Visa Centre in Kathmandu

Indian visa in Kathmandu: How to get it?

We arrived in Kathmandu, geared up and ready to spend our time in Nepal trekking in the mountains. Our first week was mainly taken up getting our Indian tourist visa. The process for getting an Indian visa in Kathmandu is relatively simple, bureaucratic, takes 7 working days and requires 3 visits to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. ...
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Maldives on a budget

How to visit the Maldives on a budget?

The Maldives has always been one of those luxury tropical getaways we’ve always dreamed of visiting but dismissed due to the high costs. But, since 2009, the Maldivian government officially allowed tourists to stay with the local population rather than just on the privately owned pricey resort islands. This has allowed backpackers and budget travellers to enjoy the pristine waters ...
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How to pick a house boat in Kerala

How to book a houseboat in Alleppey?

The backwaters of Kerala are a network of inter connected canals, rivers and lakes with a number villages. One of the highlights for travellers in India is to rent a house boat in Kerala and drift along the backwaters for a day or two and watching the world go by around you. Naturally this was high up on ...
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planning annapurna trek Stefan admiring the view of the Himalayas from Manang village

Tips for planning your Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal

Nepal is nicknamed, “the ceiling of the world”. It has 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains and 100 mountains exceeding 7200m. The two most popular treks are to Mount Everest’s base camp (at 5,380m / 17,651 ft) and the Annapurna trek to the climax point of ‘Thorung La Pass’ at 5,416 metres (17,769 feet) altitude. We trekked the ...
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Travel videos

Our India video travel diary

Our India video travel diary

  India shocked us but we quickly fell in love with it as we made out way through this beautiful country and colourful culture. We spent a month dancing through India, from Bollywood dancing in Delhi to visiting the breathtaking monument of love, the Taj Mahal, through Rajasthan, over to Varanasi then down south to Kochi in Kerala. Spending ...
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Our Nepal video: the view of Gangapurna Mountain

Our Nepal video

  When we arrived in Kathmandu, we were shocked by the chaos and mayhem everywhere on the road. It was certainly a good preparation for India, which we visited after Nepal. But we quickly fell in love with this amazing country. The scenery of the Himalayan mountains was breathtaking and probably our favourite memory of Nepal. In Kathmandu, we discovered ...
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Maldives on a budget

Our Maldives video diary

  We spent 2 weeks in the Maldives in November 2014, doing lots of snorkelling and some scuba diving. The weather in the Maldives is tropical so unpredictable. It can be stormy with heavy rain one minute, and sunny blue skies the next. Thoddoo Island is located 67km away from Male, the Maldvian capital, in the north Ari atoll. The weather was ...
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