Tourists in Nepal tend to rush for antibiotics, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly: most tummy bugs cure themselves in around 48–72 hours, and antibiotics can increase susceptibility to other problems by killing off all organisms in the digestive system (yoghurt can replenish them to some extent, as can acidophilus tablets – also good for thrush and fungal infections). Some may cause allergic reactions or unpleasant side effects, and the more a particular antibiotic is used, the sooner organisms become resistant to it. It’s not a bad idea to travel with a course of the drugs mentioned here (especially as fake, badly stored and out-of-date drugs are not rare in Nepal), but make sure you have the correct dosages explained to you beforehand.

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Nepal, two years on: why the time to go is now

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In April 2015, Nepal hit global headlines when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country, killing almost 9000 people. Two years on, Nepal continues to…

03 Jul 2017 • Daniel Stables insert_drive_file Article
Stunning documentary on Nepal shows restoration of the country's sites

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Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

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Every year, Hindus around the world celebrate Holi Festival: the festival of colours. The event attracts many non-Hindus to take part, too, with hundreds of p…

24 Mar 2016 • Lottie Gross insert_drive_file Article
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