Thursday, August 8, 2019

We get apple from India - Talk with Dinesh Khadka

Posted by Anup Baral | August 09, 2019 :
Aside from seeing diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife and learning about vibrant local culture and traditions, there is another reason to head to the far-western Nepali highlands. That is to enjoy locally-grown apples and apple products direct from the source, while walking through sloping apple orchards, picking fresh apples, or munching on this healthy fruit while trekking. Apples are grown in the districts of Mustang, Jumla, Dolpa, and Mugu, all popular trekking destinations. According to some sources, Mustang and Jumla are the largest suppliers of local apples in Nepal. I have heard that Mustang is commonly referred to as the apple capital of Nepal because of its tasty, crunchy and juicy golden and red apples. When I did several autumn treks in Western Nepal, including the Rara trek, fresh apples that we bought from orchards along the way kept us energetic. On some occasions, we enjoyed sun-dried apples (syau ko sukuti) and apple cider produced by the locals. Eating local apples and apple products was an experience that made our journey more remarkable.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.