(by Marilyn Stablein, who lived in India & Nepal between 1966 & 1972).
In 1966 travellers from Istanbul to Oxford dreamed of journeying to Kathmandu for Christmas.
Today Western Buddhists, Tibetans living abroad, and indigenous Himalayan Buddhists from Ladhak to Assam make the annual pilgrimage to Bodhnath on the outskirts of Kathmandu to celebrate Tibetan Losar, New Year festivities.
In February 2008, in the dead of winter my daughter Sunita and I set out on our own pilgrimage to Nepal. Thirty-six years had passed since I lived in Nepal.