A guide to Tibetan refugee settlements in Pokhara.

A guide to Tibetan refugee settlements in Pokhara.

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Pokhara is home to thousands of Tibetan refugees, the majority of whom live within the four refugee settlement camps namely Tashi Palkel, Tashi Ling, Paljorling and Jampaling. These camps, some in existence since the mid-1960s, were originally meant to provide temporary shelter to Tibetan refugees, but have turned into permanent settlements. If you are visiting Pokhara and are interested in learning more about the history of Tibetan refugees in Nepal, then a visit to these settlement camps is one of the best things to do. Established in 1962, Tashi Palkel is the oldest Tibetan settlement camp in Pokhara. It’s located in Pokhara’s outskirts, approximately 5km northwest to the town of Hemja. As soon as you enter the camp, you will feel transported to a different world. If you encounter a…
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A guide to Tibetan Food

A guide to Tibetan Food

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If there’s one word that best defines Tibetan food, it is: hearty. The cuisine is rich, often heavy, but always deeply satisfying. Tibetan dishes are primarily made up of meat, grains and dairy, a result of its geography where fresh vegetables and herbs are scarce. Despite a limited list of ingredients, Tibetan cuisine has a diverse range of dishes ranging from stews and noodle soups to dumplings and dry meat. Here, we list 5 quintessential Tibetan dishes. Tsampa Tsampa is a staple throughout Tibet and across the world where Tibetan refugees have built homes. The roasted barley flour is versatile in its use and is eaten both for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, tsampa is traditionally eaten with a cup of butter tea. You can also choose to add a…
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