Film South Asia

Film South Asia, Do not miss this biennial festival screening scintillating, provocative documentaries from all over South Asia. 19 to 22 November Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka

Brick by Brick, Eleven Nepali artists share their perspectives on the current needs of the country through their artworks. Opens 5pm, 20 November, until 27 November, Park Gallery, Lalitpur

Help rebuild, A special fund-raising print sale to contribute towards the rebuilding of heritage sites in Patan by Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT).

Ambient Valley Festival, Featuring Nepal’s famous alternative artists and musicians, with live art, music and breathtaking Himalayan views. 27 to 29 November, Shivapuri National Park, 9849513017/9801038501

Critical Mass, A monthly meet-up of cyclists followed by a brief ride. 5.30 pm, 27 November Basantapur, Kathmandu

Mountain ghosts, Screening of A Ghost of the Mountains, a film by Samir Jung Thapa, organised by Cultural Studies Group of Nepal (CSGN). Followed by discussion with the filmmaker and wildlife experts. 9.30am, 27 November, Moskh, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Rs 400 for non-members

Climate march, March to push for right climate plans. 1pm, 29 November, starts at Thapathali bridge.

Kathmandu MTB Fest, The ultimate cycling fest with prizes up to Rs 800,000. Register: 20 to 22 November, Hattiban

Farmers’ market, The biggest gathering of local producers in the Valley selling organic produce, dairy products, artisanal bread and pastries and home-made goodies. 8am to 1pm, Le Sherpa, Lajimpat, every Saturday, (01)4006587, 9802028777

Look Back in Anger, John Osborne’s play, directed by Shankar Rijal, portrays the disillusionment among youth in the 1950s. 5.15 to 7pm, 20 November to 2 December Mandala Theatre, Anamnagar


Fire & Ice Pizzeria

Fire & Ice Pizzeria, For the best Italian pizzas in town. Thamel, (01)4250210

Dan Ran, The best Japanese food this side of Bagmati. Try one of the bento boxes with a fresh lemonade. Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur (01)5521027

Dechenling, The place to head to for Bhutanese and Tibetan cuisine, pleasant and spacious garden, ideal for big gatherings. Thamel, (01)4412158

Black Pepper Café & Pub, Cosmopolitan dining and fancy beverages in a traditional style courtyard. Try the apple sauce pork chops and enjoy the good service. Kopundole Height, Lalitpur, (01)5521897, (01)5536926

Dhokaima Café, Beat the cold with indigenous cocktails at the Rukhmuni Bar. Patan Dhoka, (01)5522113, [email protected]

Phalano Coffee Ghar, Provides a welcome respite from the usually over-priced eateries around Pulchok and Jhamsikhel. Pulchok Road, Lalitpur, (01)5534555

The Vesper House, Stop by for the best in Italian and all local favourites, in their breezy outdoors seating. Also a great venue for wine connoisseurs. Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur, (01) 5548179,



Park Village Resort,

Park Village Resort, Far away from the madding crowd, yet so close to the city. Budhanilkantha, (01)4375280, [email protected]

Mum’s Garden Resort, Head out to Pokhara for a peaceful and comfortable stay in beautifully designed cottages at 50% off, surrounded by a lush green garden with great views of Phewa Lake and the Annapurna range. Lake Side, Pokhara, (06)1463468,

The Yellow House, Bed and breakfast for the light traveller. Sanepa, Lalitpur, (01)5553869/5522078,

Gokarna Forest Resort, A forest sanctuary to help you relax and breathe, and also encourages meditation, just a 20-minute drive away from Kathmandu. Gokarna, (01)4451212, [email protected]


Bipul Chhetri live

Bipul Chhetri live, Celebrate Nepali folk music with Bipul Chhetri. 19 December, Sano Gaucharan Ground, Gyaneshwor

Folk Music Festival, The fifth edition of the International Folk Music and Film Festival. 26 to 29 November, Rastriya Naach Ghar, Jamal, Kathmandu

Nepal Music Festival, Nepal’s biggest volunteer-run music and culture festival, includes performances by noted bands and fun activities. 28 November, 12 to 8pm, Bhrikuti Mandap, Pradarshani Marg

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