The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DOC HOLIDAY -

JA­PANESE ALPS cul­ture is the per­fect way to start. Parts of World Her­itage-listed Dur­bar Square, in front of the royal palace, are still un­der re­con­struc­tion af­ter the 2015 earthquake but its tem­ples, idols, open courts and foun­tains are still worth a visit.

Julie also rec­om­mends a Nepali cook­ing class – Ur­ban Ad­ven­tures (ur­banad­ven­ has a fourhour tour that vis­its Seven Women, a so­cial en­ter­prise which helps lo­cal dis­ad­van­taged women, and all of the $90 cost goes to them. Julie also loves Gar­den of Dreams (also known as the Gar­den of Six Sea­sons), an im­mac­u­late gar­den built in 1920 in Kaiser Ma­hal. En­try cost is about $2 and it’s open daily, 9am to 10pm.

You can also climb the stairs at Swayamb­hu­nath (Mon­key Tem­ple), a site for an­cient re­li­gious tem­ples and shrines atop a hill in the Kath­mandu

west of the city.OAn­ftFearcDe­beOl­hOi,k Julie rec­om­mends a short-stay Wendy Wu tour (wendy­wu­ in­dia) called Delhi to the Taj Ma­hal – de­signed to take in the iconic sites and trea­sures of In­dia. All ar­range­ments are taken care of, in­clud­ing a guide with lo­cal knowl­edge.


My fam­ily and I are head­ing to Italy for three weeks and I would like to know the best way to take spend­ing money. With all the bank fees, am I bet­ter off tak­ing trav­eller’s cheques, currency or just us­ing my credit card from my bank?


Load­ing eu­ros onto a currency card is a way to use your money, with no fees. I am a fan of NAB pre­paid trav­eller cards as you can load your money onto it, and trans­fer it back if you have any left af­ter your trip – or save the card, and money, for the next hol­i­day. It doesn’t cost any­thing – just use it as you would any EFTPOS sav­ings card – and it’s ac­cepted ev­ery­where, but do keep in mind in­ter­na­tional ATMs may charge a small fee. You don’t have to be an NAB cus­tomer to get one, and branches can is­sue them on the spot.

I would al­sOon­taFkae­ce­se­b­vOeOrkal hun­dred eu­ros in cash, in small notes for in­ci­den­tals, tip­ping and just to have money on hand. For large pur­chases – ac­com­mo­da­tion or car rental, for ex­am­ple – use your credit card. Just dou­ble check with your bank that the in­ter­na­tional fee isn’t ex­or­bi­tant.


A re­gional rail pass of­fers mod­est value for travel to Hakuba, in the Ja­panese Alps; ex­plore the Gar­den of Dreams, an oa­sis in Kath­mandu, Nepal; shop with a pre­paid trav­eller card in Italy.

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