You can’t go to Bhaktapur Durbar Square and not visit Aalucha. The fast food joint that serves simple yet delicious dishes made primarily from potatoes is quite popular among locals and regular visitors of the Durbar Square since its opening two years ago. Now you don’t have to go all the way to Bhaktapur to try their food. Aalucha recently opened an outlet at Mangal Bazaar in Patan, Lalitpur.
Nepal has always been known for its rustic charm and great hiking and trekking trails. Tourists often come here for thrilling and scenic hikes and treks that lead to some glorious places. However, there are some less popular routes and places in Nepal that don’t get a lot of footfall but still have quite a lot to offer. These places are worth discovering. Here are four such hidden treasures.
If you’re an adventure sports enthusiast, you probably have heard about or been to Astrek Climbing Wall – the tallest and one of the oldest climbing walls in the country. For the past two months, the area around this climbing wall, that is located in Thamel, is being developed as a modern park space. The marketing manager of Astrek Group, Shannon Gomez, reveals that the park will be named Astrek Park and will most probably host its opening ceremony soon this year.
“If you look closely enough, you will see that it’s very easy to find and read stories around us,” says Bidhya Chapagian, one of the founders of the YouTube channel Herne Katha. The channel exclusively uploads videos that make up a web series – that is also titled Herne Katha – that features gripping stories of Nepalis living ordinary lives.
Jenisha Shrestha, co-founder of 1uta, a Nepali lifestyle brand that is mainly focused on apparel, confesses that she has always loved designing, crafting, and creating things. Even though she graduated with a business major, Shrestha mentions that assisting in the designing process of 1uta products has helped her keep in touch with her creative side.
Ever since she was a child, Dongaa, the sole operator of the online-based lifestyle store My Ama Wore That, has loved dressing herself in vintage clothing. Although she launched the Instagram account for My Ama Wore That late last year, Dongaa has been buying, wearing and selling vintage clothing for more than seven years now.
The rebuilding of Ranipokhari – that collapsed during the earthquake of 2015 – has brought about a number of widespread disputes and controversies. And even though government offices that have been tasked with its reconstruction claim that they’ve been doing their best, even today – four years after its collapse – the reconstruction of the historical monument isn’t even halfway complete.
As the first official stand-up comedy club of Nepal, Comedy Circle has been gaining quite the popularity since it was formed in 2017. But the co-founders of Comedy Circle, Suraj Khadgi and Anup Ghimire, claim that they started the club randomly and hadn’t expected it to amount to much.
Although it has gained a reputation primarily as an adventure travel company, the managing director of Five14, Jiwan Rana Magar, explains that the company is a group of six interrelated ethical businesses that work together to prevent exploitation in Nepal.
Like microblading, eyelash extension is a semi permanent procedure where a trained technician applies extensions on top of your natural lashes. Pramila mentions that she would recommend this procedure to any individual who has thin and short eyelashes and wants to get fuller, longer and curled lashes.
The concept of Pangra Express is very simple. The eatery operates from a standard airstream trailer. There are a few tables near this trailer where you can sit down and enjoy your food. The cooking and preparation process of the food all happens inside this shiny silver trailer and waiters bring the items you’ve ordered relatively quickly to your table.
If you happen to catch a glimpse of model Aanchal Khadka around town, you will find that she’s always dressed to the t. You will perhaps want to emulate her effortless style. A third-year microbiology student at KIST College who has been signed with House of Fashion after participating in their En Vogue series last year, Khadka makes sure she keeps her style comfortable yet chic.
K-pop seems to be getting popular by the day and even in Nepal it’s slowly becoming a subculture of sorts with mostly teenagers and young adults being enamored by it. If they are listening to music, one can be sure there is a K-pop song or two on that playlist. This K-pop craze also has many fans buying expensive albums and merchandise, and they all seem to have solid reasons of their own.
Founded by Arun Bhagat and Sushil Sainju, White Tara is a Nepali clothing brand that caters exclusively to the male population. Unlike many business ventures that cater to the female demographic, White Tara manufactures clothing and accessories for men, and that’s proven to be a good thing – for both the founders as well as the businesses’ clientele – as there aren’t many fashion brands that focus on men.
Tucked in one of the smaller alleyways in Gairidhara is a cozy little eatery called Social Cafe. Going by their name, I had expected the cafe to have a clean and chic look with western inspired interior but I realized I had grossly misjudged the place by its name. Social Café is an amalgam of all things nice and it doesn’t stick to one theme or vibe.
When she opened an Instagram account in 2012, Shahita Shahi had no intentions of turning it into a foodstagram. She used it to post pictures from her everyday life and her account was private. But @onehungrydentist subtly and gradually morphed into a food blogging account but she says she still doesn’t consider herself to be a food blogger.
Whether you want to put on some bold lipstick and do fancy eye makeup or not is up to you. It’s a personal choice. But women are often criticized for both wearing and not wearing makeup. Wear too much and you are called cake-face. Go bare and you are asked if you are tired or sick. In this case, why can you do? Wear or go bare?
Who doesn’t love chocolates? And, of late, there have been quite a few locally owned businesses that manufacture really good quality chocolates that can rival international brands. Shreistee Adhikari, one of the founders and manufacturers of Ecstasy Chocolates, says that they focus on great taste and smooth quality while making chocolates and claims that a taste of their chocolate will have chocoholics hooked to it.
All of us either have something we want to start doing in our lives or a habit we want to incorporate into our everyday routines. It could be something as small as getting up at five in the morning or signing up for classes to learn a new language. Starting these things are easy enough.