Events

Himalayan outdoor festival



Himalayan outdoor festival, run, cycle, rapple, climb, and buzz through ziplines at the 2nd annual outdoor festival in Kathmandu. 3 to 5 May, Hattiban Resort, www.himalayanoutdoorfestival.com

Wheel-a-hoops, wheelchair basketball training to promote and improve physical, mental, emotional, and social strength of persons with disabilities. 10 to 12 May, 10am to 4pm, Covered Hall, Tripureswor, 9801082797

Think, eat, save, 200 million people could be fed with the amount of food wasted in Europe. Vote for bloggers who are actively urging the public to shift from conspicuous eating to conscious eating. www.unep.org/wed/blog-competition/bloggers/, #WED2013

Ukus mukus, an exhibition of drawings, prints, and multimedia by artists Kanchan Burathoki and Palistha Kakshapati depicting the drudgery of everyday life in Kathmandu. Runs till 12 May, 10.30am to 6pm, Park Gallery, Pulchok, (01)5522307

A country in verse, gather round to hear your contemporaries wax poetic on Nepal and Nepaliness. 4 May, 4 to 6.30pm, Mahabir’s Centre for Nepal Connection, Thamel

Everest cycling marathon, cyclists Avi Cohen and Daniel Moores are riding across the Tibetan plateau from Lhasa to Kathmandu as they raise funds to help impoverished communities in Nepal. Contribute at www.indiegogo.com/projects/everest-cycling-marathon-for-a-just-world

Free hit, watch the Indian Premier League every day. 3pm, Bagaicha Restaurant, Jawalakhel, (01)5548148

Graphic voices, an exhibition of graphic artist Dan Archer’s work chronicling the lives of trafficking survivors. Runs till 14 May, 10am to 5pm, Image Ark Gallery, Kulimha Tol, Patan Target arena, get up to 50 per cent discount at the new paintball battle grounds. 27 April to 4 May, 8am to 7pm, Sanepa, 9851106850

Anubhutee, an exhibition of paintings of eight Nepali female artists. Runs till 4 May, 10am to 5pm, Newa Chhen, Kulimha Tol, Patan Darbar Square

Pranamaya yoga, glean the nuances of classical Indian philosophy from Sati. Rs 24,000, 6 to 8 May, Neydo Monastery Resort, Pharping, 9802045484, www.pranamaya-yoga.com

The god of carnage, all civility recedes into corners in this play as two middle-class couples from Kathmandu attempt to mediate their sons’ fight. Rs 800, 4 to 19 May, Fridays to Sundays, 7.15pm, Studio 7, Hotel Vajra, (01)4271545, [email protected]

Chhaproma, a new trilogy of short films that explores the personal relationships in post-insurgency Nepal. Rs 100, 4 May, 3pm, Rato Ghar, Rabi Bhawan, 9841442228

Typography sessions, learn how to use fonts more effectively in your creative projects. 4 May, 3 to 5pm, Sattya Media Collective, Jawalakhel, (01)5523486, [email protected]

Rediscovering the legend, a talk on art collector Narottam Das Shrestha’s collection of historical Nepal paintings. 5 May, 5pm, Himalayan Bank, Kamaladi, 9851011086

KU IT meet, brainstorm on how to use information and communication technology to make our lives easier. 4 to 5 May, 9am to 6pm, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, (11)661399

Kathmandu bike festival, bike stunts, tattoo parlours, live music, good food, and an inter-school cross-country championship for bike lovers. 4 May, 12.30pm, Gyanodaya School, Sanepa


Where guests are gods

The latest addition to Lakeside’s sprawling hotel-scape, Atithi Resort & Spa is luxury at its best. A 10 minute stroll from the bustling city centre, the resort is a quiet sanctuary, perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing stay.

Expertly fusing Nepali tradition with modern amenities, Atithi Resort is beautifully designed and has great aesthetic appeal. Only a month into operation, the resort has managed to create a name for itself as being one of the best luxury hotels in town.

The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and inviting. Richly furnished with beautiful wild rosewood, it offers all the modern facilities imaginable- LED television, individual temperature controlled unit, a private balcony, free wi-fi, mini-fridge and a lovely en-suite bathroom.

One of the best spots in the resort, the W-shaped pool, right in front of the restaurant, with its artificial fountains, is gorgeous to look at. It's a wonderful place to chill in the sun with your book or have lunch with friends. However, I suggest taking a dip at night, when the lights are switched on and the whole place transforms into a beautiful treat. If you want to loosen your muscles after a difficult trek, there is a Spa right next to the pool.

Whether you want to reconfirm your flight or need help with directions, the friendly staff at Atithi are more than happy to attend to your needs. And they are likely to get busier in the next few months as the resort expands to 51 rooms with a new organic garden and meditation centre.

Starting at $170 per night, a stay here is a little heavy on the pockets, but the resort will make every paisa you spent worth it. But be warned, if you don't make a conscious effort to venture into the city, you might just end up spending your entire holiday within the walls of this resort.

Atithi Resort & Spa

Shanti Patan, Lakeside, Pokhara

(061)466760/ (01)4002077

www.atithiresort.com


Dining

Boomerang Restaurant



Boomerang Restaurant & German Bakery, an expansive garden situated close to the lake makes this one of the best places to dine. Try the in-house Boomerang specials. Lakeside, Pokhara, 061-462978

Busy Bee, head over for live rock and pop performances in English, Nepali, and Hindi. Indulge in beer and pizzas to while the night away in good fashion. Lakeside, Pokhara

Byanjan Grill, its open patio is a great place to sit, enjoy a book, take in the view, and gorge on delicious cuisine when the hunger kicks in. Barahi Chok, Lakeside-6, Pokhara, 061-466271

Cafe Concerto Pizzeria, step in for a fine assortment of pastries, coffee, and Italian food. Lakeside, Pokhara

Oxygen Lounge Bar, for a relaxed ambience and acoustic music. Rosemary chicken with mashed potatoes is a hit among patrons. Lakeside, Pokhara

Dragon Chinese Restaurant, try the Kung Pao Pork if alone and the Mai Cao if with company. Lakeside, Pokhara

New Everest Steak House, has a whole menu of steaks to choose from, so don’t think you’ll get off easy with ‘steak khane’. The friendly interior is ideal for famished trekkers and families to feast in style. Lakeside, Pokhara

Moonlight restaurant, serving a mix of India, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese food, with a beautiful rooftop terrace for a bird’s eye view of Lakeside. Their Lemon meringue pie is legendary. Lakeside, Pokhara.

Mailee Bhancha Ghar, famed for their authentic Thakali cuisine, Mailee is the place to go when Nepali food is what you want. Lakeside, Pokhara

Salt & Pepper, its chicken salt and pepper and lemon fish are delicious. There is a coffee lounge, a patio overlooking the Phewa lake, and a well-stocked bar. Lakeside, Pokhara


Cinemas


Getaways

Temple Tree Resort

Temple Tree Resort and Spa, a peaceful place to unwind, complete with a swimming pool, massage parlour and sauna, it'll be hard to leave the premises once you enter. Gaurighat, Lakeside, Pokhara (061)465819

Fulbari Resort, enjoy the scenic view of Pokhara as you pamper yourself with tennis, golf, drinks, and dinners. Phulbari, Pokhara, (061)432451, (01)4461918/2248

Pokhara Grande, a swimming pool to escape from the tropic heat, a massage parlour and spa to loosen up and a gymnasium to release stress- great options all around. Lakeside, Pokhara

Water Front Resort, birdwatching, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, boating: all that you can ask for at this eco friendly resort. Sedi Height, Lakeside, (061)466370, www.waterfronthotelnepal.com

Hotel Barahi, enjoy a great view of Phewa lake, cultural shows, or indulge in the scrumptious pastries from the German Bakery on the hotel premises. Lakeside, Pokhara, (061)460617/463526


Music

Shastriya Sangeet

Shastriya Sangeet, dabble in the magic of Hindustani classical music every new moon night. 9 May, 4pm, Ram Mandir, Battisputali

Summer fest, 12 hours of loud music to defy the sweltering advent of summer. 4 May, 8am to 8pm, Fun Park, Bhrikuti Mandap

Earthwatch, live music over dinner every Friday. Rs 1,299, Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, (01)4375280

Live at Cafe 32, live music and delicious food every Friday. 6pm onwards, Café 32, Battisputali, (01)4244231

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