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Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime

Stephen Alter | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Stephen Alter

Several years ago I met up with fellow writer, Ramachandra Guha. When I told him I was going to write a book about climbing a mountain, he insisted that it would be a much better story if I didn't make it to the top.

Nanda Devi: The Mountain and the Goddess

Stephen Alter | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Stephen Alter

Nanda Devi is known as the "bliss-giving goddess," though the Sanskrit word "ananda," at the root of her name, is better understood as "contentment." Being an atheist, I seek the mountain more than the goddess, though the two are inseparable. Despite my disbelief, I have always appreciated the spiritual resonance of the Himalayas.

Goodbye Cotton, Hello Hemp?

John Converse Townsend | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
John Converse Townsend

About 20 million tons of cotton are produced each and every year, making it far and away the world's most profitable non-food crop. But it's resource intensive in a big way.

Dr. Kazuko Opens Academic Building at Tibetan Orphanage in India

Jim Luce | Posted 10.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jim Luce

Last month, Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer attended the grand opening of the Academic Building of Manjushree Tibetan Orphanage in Tawang, India that she helped finance.

Tons Of Bizzare New Species Found In The Himalayas

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 10.11.2015 | Science

A blue-eyed frog. A snake with jewel-like skin. A cute little monkey that just can't seem to stop sneezing. What sound like fantasy creatures are actu...

My Life; My Dad; The Himalaya

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 09.23.2015 | Travel
Kuntal Joisher

I just walked into my dad's room. He is in deep sleep, and has a baby-like happiness and calmness on his face. I've seen his Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) progressing further over the last few months to a point where he spends his entire day on the bed.

Former Buddhist Monk Runs A Home For Dozens Of Abandoned Children

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Imagine the Dalai Lama hand-picking you to teach Buddhism in Boston. Then imagine turning your back on that to open an understaffed, underfunde...

Next To (and Above) Godliness

Tamar Honig | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Tamar Honig

Specializing in works from the Himalayas, India, and surrounding regions, the Rubin Museum of Art is a true oasis in the chaos. Midtown Manhattan's cacophony of traffic noises and human commotion melt away upon entering.

Blight Threatens Sikkim Cardamom Crop

India Climate Dialogue | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
India Climate Dialogue

Sikkim, a small state in the northeast Himalayas, accounts for almost 90 percent of India's large cardamom production, making India one of the world's largest producers and exporters of the spice. But all of this is now at stake. The region's undulating mountains that once offered the perfect climatic conditions and fertile soil for the lucrative crop have turned into a breeding ground for pathogens -- which experts believe are caused by climate change.

Where in the World Is the Best Place to Be in June and July?

Lonely Planet | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Lonely Planet

We all crave that sweet serendipity of being in the right place at the right time: When the Northern Lights are most likely to dance; when that sleepy scruff-bucket town transforms for its once-a-year fabulous fiesta; or, when a mass mob of whales gathers at the nearby reef.

Nepal Needs More Than Tarps for Reconstruction

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Kishor Pradhan is a development anthropologist and a communications worker in Nepal. Dibya Gurung is a conservationist and gender and social inclusion expert who trains rural men and women for leadership roles. I did a joint interview with the couple via email.

Earthquake in Nepal: Altruism, Solidarity and Institutionalized Selfishness

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

Let's hope this this wonderful Himalayan country with its unique cultures and courageous people can survive and flourish in the future.

On a Remote Hillside in Nepal, Shattered Homes and Fears for the Future

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Krishna Prasad Sapkota has spent most of his 72 years carrying heavy jugs of milk up and down the foothills of the Himalayas to carve out a living for his family.

Terrifying Photos From Inside The Deadly Avalanche On Mount Everest

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.27.2015 | World

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday triggered a massive avalanche at Mount Everest that left at least 18 people dead. Roberto ...

This Treacherous Bus Ride Through The Himalayas Will Make Your Jaw Drop

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.17.2014 | Travel

Who needs to climb a mountain when the bus ride there is so thrilling? And by thrilling, we mean terrifying. Mountain climber Mick Fowler filmed hi...

More Bodies Found After The Worst Himalayan Hiking Disaster Ever

AP | BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Saturday on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 fr...

Death Toll Climbs In Nepal Mountain Disaster

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

By Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The death toll in a blizzard that engulfed trekkers on a popular hik...

Survivors Describe Terror Of Deadly Nepal Avalanche

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Survivors of a freak Himalayan blizzard that killed at least 25 people in Nepal ...

Are Kashmir's Floods India's Katrina Moment?

Yousra Y. Fazili | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Yousra Y. Fazili

The world is watching to see if Modi can rise to the occasion and show that he is capable of rising above the sectarianism that plagues Indian politics to lead Kashmir into the bosom of a potentially kinder mother India.

Nepal's Inspiring Anti-Corruption Activist

Subhash Ghimire | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Subhash Ghimire

Nepali media is littered with cases of misuse of public funds in every part of the country. One woman is fighting to change that.

Advocating for the Sherpas in Nepal

L. Brooks Entwistle | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
L. Brooks Entwistle

he last ten days are marked by the most intense peaks and valleys of emotion I have ever felt. From horror of watching the bodies long lined out of the ice fall on Good Friday, to the still burning desire to climb the mountain a couple of days later superseded by the realization of the bigger picture around the long term need for change for the Sherpa community.

I'm Climbing Everest for a Cause

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

Yes, I know hundreds of people attempt to summit the highest point in the world every year, but I'd like to think my journey is special. I'm climbing in honor of my father for over a decade.

World's Strictest Airport Security? Forget Tel Aviv. Think Kashmir.

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The soldier and airport security guy are pointing, pointing. What do they want? Not my camera. Not my car clicker. It's my pen. A Paper Mate soft g...

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?