Kathmandu & Beyond

A JOURNEY WHICH BEGAN IN NEPAL AND SPANS THE GLOBE DESTINATIONSABOUT US

Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 8 years, home is 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.

We’ve been travelling together for more than 20 years, but this particular journey – one that has taken us to Kathmandu and many places beyond-  began in 2008. You can read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter below, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.

Latest Posts

Where to break the journey between Istanbul and Sofia

Edirne in Turkey and Plovdiv in Bulgaria: Two excellent places to stop en route between Istanbul and Sofia Beyoglu, Istanbul If you are travelling between Turkey’s greatest city and the Bulgarian capital and don’t fancy either an 18-hour bus journey or the sometimes...

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Where the Azure Window once stood: Gozo’s lost icon…

And Malta's alternative Azure Window! Timing is everything they say. The day before we left the main island of Malta to spend a week on its little sister, Gozo, we heard the news that the Azure Window had fallen into a watery grave. The Azure Window, Tieqa tad-Dwejra...

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Recommended Hotels and Homestays in Central Asia

Since returning from our 2016 trip around Central Asia, a few people have asked us for accommodation recommendations, and so here is a round-up of the hostels, homestays and guesthouses we stayed in during our travels through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, together with our recommendations.

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What to do on and around Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan

Our guide for independent travellers to Lake Issyk-Kul  Surrounded by dramatic mountains, including the UNESCO-listed Tian Shan Mountain Range, Lake Issyk-Kul is located in eastern Kyrgyzstan, close to the border with Kazakhstan. Being easily accessible from the...

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Kamyanets-Podilsky – Ukraine’s Hidden Gem

The medieval town in Central Ukraine that’s missing only one thing - tourists… I don’t believe in sticking up a load of photos, accompanied by the minimum of text and telling the reader that they must go to such and such a place simply because it’s awesome and I’m...

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Visiting Orheiul Vechi near Trebujeni, Moldova

Our guide to planning a day trip on public transport to one of Moldova's most picturesque sights What is Orheiul Vechi? Orheiul Vechi is an Eastern Orthodox monastery complex carved into a massive limestone cliff that overlooks the meandering Raut River. It is one of...

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Popular Features

Street Art

Street Art from around the world as spotted on our travels. Yes, it’s bit of an obsession for Kirsty!

Off the Beaten Path

Sometimes you just need to say “Stop the bus!” Join us on the road less travelled.

Back in the Day

Mark, in particular, does like to reminisce about the “good old days”.

Europe Guides

Highlights from our European travels. What to see and do if you have a few days in …

Photo Essays

You may have noticed that we like taking pictures. These posts feature a lot!

Festivals

We like unusual festivals. You can read about some of our favourites.

Kathmandu & Beyond Photography

You may have noticed we love photography and include a lot of images in our posts. However this is the page to head to if you want to see our best images all in one place! You can browse destinations to pinpoint the countries you are interested in.
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