Expansion, an exhibition of paintings by Jaya Shankar Son Shrestha. 29 October to 20 November, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babarmahal, (01)4218048,

chhat parva

Worshipping the sun for longevity and prosperity

6?November, the first day of the fest begins with a dip in a ‘holy’ river

7?November, the 36-hour long fast starts

8?November, evening offerings are made to Lord Surya on this day.

9?November, the sun is worshipped and people break their fast at sunset.

Be a superhero, help 300 under-privileged kids watch their favourite superhero on big screen; to donate,, 11 November, 11.30am, QFX Kumari Cinema, Kamalpokhari

Tell your story, make a 1-2 min video about how girls are changing the world; contest open to girls aged 12-25, winner takes $10,000,

Click, click, a 12-day workshop for new shutterbugs, Rs 4000, 11 November, 7am, Artudio, (01)4002037, 9851180088, 9851182100

Talking ideas, this week the thinktank discusses what is happening in Nepal, 12 November, 3pm, Martin Chautari, Thapathali

B-boying tour, Dharan-based b-boying group Da-Pace is travelling to six major cities to promote tourism through dance, tour starts 15 November

Running in the mountains

The first edition of the Manaslu Mountain Trail race is all set to begin this Saturday. The seven-day race will take runners through some of Nepal’s most stunning Himalayan landscapes as they make an arc around the world’s 8th highest mountain. Combining running and trekking, the multi-stage race gives participants a unique opportunity to explore local culture and surroundings.

The race is spread over Nepal’s best trekking trails and runners get to experience life of different communities as they pass from subtropical Hindu villages to Buddhist settlements in the mountains. The route even takes in a visit to the Tibetan border.

Proceeds from the event will go towards building the Samdo hydro-project which is helping bring electricity to the Samdo village.

9 to 22 November


Sarangkot Fordays Restaurant

Sarangkot Fordays Restaurant, have a Sarangkot special breakfast while enjoying spectacular views of the mountain ranges. Sarangkot, Pokhara, (061)696920, 9817136896

Little Italy, go vegetarian at this new Italian food chain and don’t forget to end your meal with the chef’s special,chocolate bomb. Darbar Marg

Salt & Pepper Restro Lounge, espresso, mocha, latte, frappuccino, cocktails, liquor, beers and flavoured shishas, with an outdoor lake-view terrace. Lakeside, Pokhara, (061)463484, 9846210568,

Fuji Bakery, tucked in Chakupat this bakery offers homemade goodies like apple pie, pain du chocolat and banana cake. Chakupat, Lalitpur

Saigon Pho, spacious interior with authentic Vietnamese dishes. Lajimpat

New Dish, grab filling meals like pork momos, spring rolls, and chop suey and enjoy excellent value for your money. Khicchapokhari

The Heritage, escape the hodgepodge of the tourist hub as you relish delights like paella and panna cotta. Thamel

The Yellow House, enjoy sumptuous breakfast prepared with organically source ingredients and the freshest bread this side of town. Sanepa, (01)5522078

Yak Restaurant, serves authentic Chinese food, try the mala tofu, chicken with fungus and spicy pork spare ribs. Boudha, Kathmandu



Waterfront Resort

Waterfront Resort, stay at this lovely resort for only Rs. 4444 or if you are there on a weekend enjoy refreshing fresh water swimming and delicious lunch on Saturdays at Rs 999. Sedi Height, Lakeside Road, Pokhara, (61) 466370,

Himalayan wellness centre, a one-stop centre for a relaxed mind and a healthy body inside the Park Village Hotel, Budhanilkantha, open all week, 9801066661,

Grand Norling Hotel, countryside weekend package offering suite room, swimming, gym, massage, and discounts on other facilities. Gokarna, (01)4910193

Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri- La Village Resort, overnight package with accommodation, dinner and breakfast. Dhulikhel, call (01)4479488 for reservations

Temple Tree Resort and Spa, a peaceful place to stay, complete with a swimming pool, massage parlour and sauna- it also hosts three different restaurants to cater to your needs. Gaurighat, Lakeside, (61)465819


Kripa Unplugged

Kripa Unplugged, young Nepali musicians and seasoned veterans give an acoustic rendition of their favourite songs.

Synkronize II, for those who move like Jagger to electronic dance beats, 8 November, 6.45pm onwards, Brians Grill, Dillibajar

He’s bach, cellist Frank Bernede plays the works of JS Bach; drinks, snacks and dinner after concert. Rs 1,000, 8 November, 6pm, Café des Artes, Thamel, (01)4411778

Reggae beats, get down to some reggaeton with reggae act Chari Amilo Kala Samuha, Rs 200, 9 November, 7pm, House of Music, Thamel

Mohit Chauhan live, everyone’s favourite balladeer is coming to town, Rs 500 to Rs 5,000, 30 November, 4.45pm onwards, Dasrath Stadium, Tripureswor, 9818842177

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