Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts, from the UK but now living wherever we lay our backpacks!
We’ve travelled to over 100 countries between us and this website documents our travels in words and photographs. Travelling has always been our passion – for work and for pleasure and now it is our lifestyle.
This particular journey, one that has taken us to Kathmandu and beyond, began over 7 years ago and shows no sign of ending. You can read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.
This post is part two of a mini-series and features postcards I sent from my first backpacking adventures #backintheday. The first part included cards I sent from my first trip to Europe way back in 1988! This second part features my first independent travels to Asia,...read more
Linking the Pamir Highway with the Wakhan Valley, the rough and ready Khargush Pass (4344m) in Tajikistan provides a tantalising first glimpse of Afghanistan and the snow-capped peaks of the Hindu Kush beyond. We are so close to getting up our first posts from...read more
This photograph depicts the first time either of us flew in a helicopter. Kirsty and I spent all of December 1998 in Nepal and during this time we trekked for 10 days from Pokhara to the holy village of Muktinath (commonly known as the Jomson trek). Early December is...read more
The circuit around Mount Kailash in Western Tibet is 52 kilometres in circumference. Physically fit Tibetans can complete this distance in one, very long, day and many will do this multiple times. However, it took us 2½ days to complete our single kora...read more
A photo essay of post-war modernism in Poznan The centrally located Polish city of Poznan is a great place to see some interesting examples of post-war modernism architecture. Indeed, Poznan Tourism has put together a self-guided walking tour entitled Following the...read more
Visiting the Memorial to the Victims of Nazism at Ninth Fort Our primary motivation for visiting the Ninth Fort stronghold in Kaunas was to see the gargantuan Soviet-era concrete monument that sits on a hill overlooking the city. The 32-metre tall memorial was...read more
I couldn't help but go crazy with the camera during our recent visit to Ayutthaya in Central Thailand. You’re probably thinking the glorious, UNESCO recognised, temples and palaces that should be on everyone’s must-see list when visiting Thailand right? Well, sort of...read more
Despite its size, certain pockets of India’s second largest city are surprisingly easy to discover on foot. The district of BBD Bagh, for example, is awash with colonial-era buildings including the neo-Gothic High Court building. Outside, on the nearby streets, chai...read more