By Joe Bindloss [Planet, Lonely]

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The budget for organised treks will depend on the number of staff, the destination and the level of luxury that you require; bank on at least US$25 per day. If you eat at traveller-oriented restaurants, stay in more comfortable budget hotels, visit museums and historic sites, and take taxis from time to time, your living costs will be around US$15 to US$20 a day. If you move to a midrange hotel, travel by tourist bus or chartered taxi and get involved in organised activities such as rafting, group trekking or skydiving, expect to pay US$40 to US$60.

Take your time exploring this world map of Buddhist temples, then spend the next day at the little-visited archaeological site of Tilaurakot, where the Buddha once ruled as a pampered prince. From Lumbini make a beeline for Chitwan National Park, taking two or three days to get up close and personal with the wildlife. You can’t get more up close and personal than helping out at elephant bathtime. Mixing contemplative temple tours, ancient pilgrimage sites and ruins with wilderness adventures, this 500km route is one part meditation with two parts adrenaline.

Arresting God in Kathmandu, by Samrat Upadhyay, is a collection of nine short stories from the first Nepali writer to be published in English, offering interesting insights into how Kathmandu residents see their own city. Beyond the Clouds: Journeys in Search of the Himalayan Kings, by Jonathan Gregson, is a portrait of the diverse royal families of the Himalaya, including the kings of Nepal and Mustang. Blood Against the Snows by the same author focuses on the violent history of the Shah dynasty.

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