A night with Mao

A night with Mao, fancy a date with a dead dictator? 4 to 6 July, 5.30pm, Theatre Village, Uttar Dhoka

DJ Zumba, dance and stay fit as 25 zumba instructors from Kathmandu collaborate with a DJ. 27 June, 5 to 11pm Hotel Radisson

Cha cha cha, learn one month’s worth of Salsa in four days. Rs 1,000 for singles, Rs 1,500 for couples, Monday to Thursday, 7.30 to 8.30am/5 to 6pm/6 to 7pm, Salsa Dance Academy, Bhatbhateni

Kathmandu kora, join hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and ride for 50, 75, or 100 km to raise funds for a birthing centre in Pyutar, Lalitpur. 18 to 19 July,

Epic love, catch the screening of Indian classic Umrao Jaan. 4 July, 2pm. Indian Cultural Centre, Naxal, (01)4412715

Retrospective, a look back at the oeuvre of senior artist and cubism enthusiast Surendra Pradhan. Runs till 18 July, Park Gallery, Pulchok,

Open house, featuring the work of artists Arpita Shakya, Ashuram Khaiju, and Palpasa Manandhar. Runs till 7 July, 11am to 6pm, Gallery Mcube, Chakupat

BFF, adopt a dog from Animal Nepal’s shelter – the local mixed breeds are healthier and better adjusted to local conditions than pedigrees. Rs 150,, (01)5538068, 9841334537

Muna Madan, Nepal’s favourite epic on stage again. Runs till 16 July, Rs 100/200/300/500, Rastriya Nachghar, Jamal Ropain, go to the fields and celebrate the rice-planting season. 6 July


A series of talks around the ongoing exhibition at Siddhartha Art Gallery. 6 July, Printmaking, a review of the works of Saurganga Darshandhari, Sushma Maharjan, Surendra Maharjan, and Kabiraj Lama, 3pm

13 July, Performance art, looking at the performances of Sunil Sigdel, Jupiter Pradhan, Prithvi Shrestha, Saurganga Darshandhari, and Rithika Shrestha, 3pm

20 July, Socio-political perspective in art, questioning the role of the artist as an informed citizen, 3pm

27 July, Street art, spreading socio-political messages through art in the local community, 3pm

Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babar Mahal Revisited

Jersey fest, wear your team’s jersey and jump in the pool if you’re not kept busy by the bubble machine and the trampoline. Rs 499, 5 July, 1pm onwards, International Club, Sanepa

The written word, chance for young writers to hone their skills at this one-day workshop. 5 July, Thames International College, Old Baneswor, Call 9851077430 to register

Cinemandu, one more chance to watch the popular film Kabaddi and another acclaimed short Baansuli. 4 July, 4 to 6.30pm, Nepal Bharat Library, free entrance


Busy Bee

Busy Bee, head over for live rock and pop performances in English, Nepali and Hindi, indulge in their beer and pizzas to waste the night away in good fashion. Lakeside, Pokhara, (061)462640

Mezze by Roadhouse, spot a superstar at Kathmandu’s most happening restaurant. Darbar Marg

Lal Durbar Restaurant, authentic Nepali dinner with cultural shows. Hotel Yak & Yeti, Darbar Marg, (01)4248999,

Hole in the wall, great beer and sizzling barbeque, and also organic tea and coffee. Runs to 25 July, Thamel

Mulchowk, the blend of culinary expertise and charms of a bygone era. Babarmahal

Wunjala Moskva, treat your palate to Newari and Russian dishes in the lush garden with ancient trees and trickling streams. Naxal, (01)4415236

In Bruges, try out the best brews from Belgium.

Grill Me, Jhamsikhel Buzz, the food is good and wholesome, it will leave your palate buzzing. Baluwatar

Pack my lunch, mother’s cooking delivered to your doorstep. 9803496546,

Backyard, incredibly reasonable prices and modest and simple food at this no-nonsense restaurant. Jhamsikhel

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



Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel

Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel, add value to your travel in Lumbini with a stay at probably the best hotel in the area. Lumbini, (71)580220, 9801033109,

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

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

Shivapuri Cottage, escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and enjoy peace, tranquility, good food, and fresh air. Rs 3,500 per person per night inclusive of dinner and breakfast. Budhanilkantha, 9841371927

Waterfront Resort, head to this eco-friendly resort right in front of Phewa Lake. Sedi Height, Pokhara, (61)466 303/304, 9801166311,

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,

Famous Farm, wake up to the sounds of chirping birds and a fresh morning breeze wafting in through the aankhijhyal. Nuwakot, (01)4700426,

Shangri~La Village Resort, set amidst peaceful surroundings with a breathtaking mountain view, landscaped gardens, water bodies and a relaxing ambience. Gharipatan, Pokhara, (61)462222, (01)4410051,


Starry Night BBQ

Starry Night BBQ, catch Ciney Gurung live as you chomp on your meat stick. Rs 1499, 7pm onwards, Fridays, Shambala Garden Café. Hotel Shangri-La, (01)4412999

Reggae night, get a load of jah music from Chari Amilo Kala Samuha every weekend. 4 July, 6pm onwards, Base Camp, Jhamsikhel

Shastriya sangeet, the best of Hindustani classical every new moon night. 27 July, 4pm onwards, Battisputali

Music at Manny’s, live Hindi and Nepali pop music with Shabnam Gurung and Dinesh Quartet. Manny’s Eatery and Tapas Bar, Jawalakhel

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

Music Jams, enjoy great live music every Tuesday. Moksh, Jhamsikhel

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