Jewels of Newar

Jewels of Newar Art Exhibition, showcasing the best of Newar artistry, with copper statues and traditional Paubha paintings. Runs till 19 October, 5 to 9 pm, Chaitya Court, Hyatt Regency,

Dasain Aayo

11 October, Phulpati, seventh day of Dasain when jamara (malt saplings) is brought from Gorkha to Hanuman Dhoka accompanied by an army band and gun salutes.

12 October, Maha astami, the day of Kaalratri puja, a demonic avatar of Goddess Durga.

13 October, Maha nawami, on the last day of Durga puja the Taleju temple in Basantapur is open to the public.

14 October, Dasami, people go to their elders for tika and blessings on the occasion of Durga’s victory over the demon Mahisasur.

18 October, Purnima, Dasain finishes on Purnima and, geographical peculiarities aside, tika goes on until this day.

Watch out

Major departmental stores will remain closed during Dasain festivities. Stocking up your fridge with at least a week of supplies is a smart idea. Also, don’t bother looking for fresh bakery items or dairy products during the festival because bakeries, dairies, and grocery stores will remain shut.

Almost all restaurants will be closed from 12 to 14 October, so calling up your favourite restaurant (or the ones listed on page 8) before heading out is a good idea. The phone order service will also remain closed from 12 to 16 October. A couple of exceptions are the Red Dingo Restaurant in Jawalakhel and Helena's Restaurant in Thamel, which will remain open throughout the holidays.

Ways of the world

Artist, architect, teacher Tarshito – aka Nicola Strippoli – was born in Bari, Italy in 1952. In 1979, after completing university, he departed on a long trip to India and found spiritual awakening under Osho. In his art, Tarshito is on a journey of union that he follows regardless of fashion, regardless of the ups and downs of various isms, regardless of the world’s interest or indifference.

Creators, creatures, created, is an exhibition of mixed media works, dealing with Tarshito’s experiences as a western man fully steeped in the meditative ways associated with the east.

Runs till 13 October, 5.30pm, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babar Mahal Revisited,, (01)4218048

Think ink

After the success of last year’s tattoo convention, Nepal Inked is back this year for a real mother of a blowout. The special attraction for the occasion is a chance to learn from renowned tattoo artists Paulo Cruzes and Piotr Olejnik and body suspension expert Emilio Gonzales. Roam around with friends for plenty more.

18th October, 11am to 8pm, Rs 100

Workshop: Art workshop

Competition: small/medium tattoos in b/w or colour

Concert: Bobin a.k.a Himalayan Bob, Manual Transmission, Psychic Tower, Tumbleweed, Albatross, Mukti & Revival

19 October, 9am to 8pm, Rs 200

Competition: leg and arm piece tattoos

Concert: Ful’ Stop, Bidroha, X-Mantra, Rage Hybrid, Red Rabbit Commando, Underside w/ special appearance by Emilio Gonzalez

20 October, 9am to 8pm, Rs 100

Exhibition: vintage car and bike show; bike, skateboard, and motorbike stunts

Competition: Full back and front tattoos

Concert: Horny Monks, Newaz, Lakhey, Jindabaad; bike, skateboard and motorbike stunts.

18 to 20 October, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu,,,


Lhakpa's chulo

Lhakpa’s Chulo, Nepali dal-bhat, Newari khaja, Swiss Rösti, Italian Risotto, and Thai green curry - take your pick. Jhamsikhel, (01)5524733

Vootoo, the new home of Newari cuisine, as well as a continental menu for those who don't want a palatial adventure. Lajimpat, (01)4005222

Krishnarpan, a specialty Nepali restaurant at The Dwarika’s Hotel serving 6 to 22 courses of authentic Nepali meal. The Dwarika’s Hotel, Battisputali, (01)4479488

Délices de France, a taste of France in the heart of Thamel. Ganesh Man Singh Building, Thamel, (01)4260326

Cosmopolitan Cafe, located in the heart of Basantapur, this cozy cafe offers arguably the best chicken sizzler in town. Basantapur, (01)4225246

Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, head to this jade palace if you’re in the mood for Chinese. Budhanilkantha, (01)4375 280,

Dhokaima Cafe, exquisite ambience, friendly service, cosy bar, place to see and be seen at. Patan Dhoka, (01)5522113

Lhasa Bar, enjoy a beer or a splash of cocktail at this springboard for excellent young musicians starting out on the Thamel circuit. Thamel, 985101043

New Tushita Restaurant, relaxing ambience and good food. Don’t miss out on its penne with creamy bacon and mushroom sauce. Lajimpat, (01)44432957

Chilly Bar and Restaurant, quality food and wide selection of drinks with great views of Phewa Lake. Lakeside, Hallanchok, Pokhara, (061)463614/463163

Alice restaurant, step in for scrumptious Thakali, Chinese, Continental, and Japanese cuisine. Gairidhara, (01)4429207

Degaa Resto Lounge, for mouth watering Newari and Indian cuisine. Kumaripati, (01)5008679



Waterfront Resort

Waterfront Resort, the lakeside hotel invites you for special barbeque dinners on Friday and lunches on Saturday. Sedi Height, Lakeside road, Pokhara, (061)466303/304,

Temple Tree Resort and Spa, complete with a swimming pool, massage parlour and sauna, it’ll be hard to leave once you get here. Gaurighat, Lakeside, (61)465819

Charikot Panorama Resort, enjoy mountain views and local culture in the historic town of Charikot. Special packages on offer. Charikot, Dolakha, (01)5529463,

Balthali Village Resort, a small, cosy retreat with a bird’s eye view of green terrace fields dotted with ochre painted houses. Balthali, Kabhre, 9851075818

Hotel Heritage, enjoy the exquisite architecture and traditional ambience, but make sure to book your rooms online with NepalSutra. Bhaktapur, (01)6611628,

Hotel Landmark, made entirely from traditional Nepali brick and woodcraft, this hotel is rich not only in heritage, but also in services and boasts an award winning restaurant, the Hungry Eye. Pokhara, (61)462908/463096/464897,

Mango Tree Lodge, culture walks, rafting in Karnali, wildlife exploration, and jungle safari at the Bardia National Park. Bhetani, Bardiya,

Pokhara Grande, a swimming pool to escape from the sweltering heat, a massage parlour and spa to loosen up, and a gym to release stress, all in all a great place to unwind. Lakeside, Pokhara

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

Raniban Retreat, situated at the other end of the Phewa lake and nested inside the Raniban forest and the World Peace Stupa, this retreat has one of the best views of the Annapurna range. Phewa lake, and Pokhara. World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara, (61)692136, 9841382053

Glacier Hotel, good value and friendly service for travelers on the lap of Lake Phewa. Gaurighat, Lakeside, Pokhara, (61)-463722,

Barahi Jungle Lodge, the first eco-jungle lodge of Chitwan directly overlooks the Chitwan National Park, spa, boutique guest room, individual and two-in –one private villas, including a suite with a private swimming pool. Andrauli, West Chitwan,


Comin' east

Comin’ east, pioneering Nepali rock band Cobweb venture across the Kosi. 10 October, Urlabari

Jazzmandu, the Himalayan jazz fiesta is back for the 11th year running, see page 12-13 for details. * 24 to 30 October, Kathmadndu*

NABE Radio #2: Beats, Rhymes & Life, a collaboration between poets, musicians and video artists, featuring the slam poetry collective Word Warriors, Berklee trained musician Nikesh, and self-taught artist Uzair Sawal from Kuala Lumpur. 10 October, Places Restaurant and Bar, Thamel

Shastriya Sangeet, let the magic of live Hindustani classical music overwhelm you. 30 October, 3pm onwards, Kirateswor, Pasupati; 3 November, 3pm onwards, Ram Mandir, Battisputali

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