Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: London gears up for the London Marathon, which takes places this Sunday, New Year festivities in Southeast Asia over the weekend and an unexploded bomb has been found on a beach in Puerto Rico.
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Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur, Nepal
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Experts warn of Norway avalanches
Holidaymakers planning to head out skiing in Norway in the coming weeks have been warned of the high risk of avalanches. The risk is especially great in Northern Norway, and experts claim that even areas usually deemed safe for skiing carry a high risk due to unique weather conditions. Five people were killed in avalanches in the country last year. Read more: norwaypost.com
The start line at the London Marathon. Image by Kyle Taylor / CC BY 2.0
London gears up for marathon
Around 40,000 runners will take part in the London Marathon this weekend. The 26.2 mile race, which stretches from Greenwich in the east to Buckingham Palace in the west, features world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya as well as British Olympic medal winner Mo Farah. The event is popular with spectators, and several key roads along the Thames will be shut. Read more: virginmoneymarathon.com
Semana Santa, Seville. Image by wingpix / CC BY-SA 2.0
Semana Santa kicks off in Spain this weekend
Semana Santa starts in Spain on Sunday, with the country’s biggest celebrations taking place in Seville. Every day from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday (13–20 April this year), large, life-sized pasos (sculptural representations of events from Christ’s Passion) are carried through the streets from Seville’s churches to the cathedral, accompanied by lengthy processions. Read more: telegraph.co.uk
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Bisket Jatra festival underway in Bhaktapur
Marking the start of the Nepali New Year, the Bisket Jatra festival is underway in Bhaktapur, Nepal. During the celebrations, a revered idol of Bhairab is paraded through the streets in a wooden chariot, before a huge wooden pole is erected in a stone yoni (vagina) in Khalna Tole square, representing the union of male and female power. The pole is then torn down in a vigorous tug of war. Read more: thehimalayantimes.com
Swiss pilot arrested after flying into Indonesian airspace in homemade plane
A Swiss pilot attempting to fly around the world in a homemade plane has been arrested after accidentally entering …read more