All those of you who enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee or a chilled mug of beer while playing some scrabble or monopoly with your friends and family when you have some time off during the week or on the weekends, it’s time to consider doing something different. There are many gaming options to choose from in Kahmandu that you don’t have to stay cooped up inside the four walls of your living room anymore. Board games don’t just cut it when you can actually be out playing in real time yourself.
Presenting some activity places you can visit to get your dose of adrenaline, excitement, and, yes of course, exercise.
Arcade Station (City Center, Kamalpokhari)
A perfect date would comprise of you reigning over your significant other in a game of street fighter. Located on the sixth floor at City Center, the arcade station overflows with car racing and bike racing games, PS3 gaming (everything from FIFA to WWE wrestling games), roulette machine, basketball hoops, sharp shooting games and so on. The station also offers a pool table on an hourly basis. You can also engage in a game of table tennis. The bowling alley is also a major attraction with offers such as free cokes for three successive strikes, red bulls for four and a cool bottle of beer for the fifth. Whether it be for a fun date with your child, the significant other or just to take your mind off things, the cheery arcade station is the ideal spot to while some time away.
Cost: Two coins per game (Rs 10 per coin)
Rs 500 per hour at the pool
Bowling – Rs 200 per person
Paintball Nepal (Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu)
Established over seven years ago, Paintball Nepal offers a fantastic way to have some fun as well as get your dose of exercise: Battle it out with the colors. With safe paintball guns and paintballs imported to assure safety and efficiency, a standard game is designed for battles of people of 12 years of age and over. The first paintball battlefield in Nepal, this place is jam-packed on Saturdays so you might have to book in advance if you want to go play on the weekends. But the weekdays see comparatively less traffic. A group of 4 to 12 players is ideal if you prefer to divide and engage in a paintball war. The other attraction that Paintball Nepal has to offer is the Bull’s Eye target, which trains you to aim better and also makes for a good shooting practice.
Cost: Rs 300 per person
Rs 10 for extra bullets
Rs 100 for Bull’s Eye (10 bullets)
Bhat Bhateni Health Club
(Bhat Bhateni, Boudha)
Located at the top floor of the Boudha branch of Bhat Bhateni, BBHC is a wonder that most of us have been unaware of. Established over seven months ago, BBHC boasts of a spacey and interactive surrounding for actual football players and novices alike. An indoor futsal located at a good height, you can tick off a new experience off your bucket list. With sports items of the highest quality, parking space right downstairs and good security, it’s one of the best choices you can make to have some sporting fun with your friends during the weekends.
Cost: Rs 2000 per hour (14 players)
Astrek Climbing Wall (Thamel, Kathmandu)
Located right at the heart of Thamel with affordable pricing and a friendly environment, Astrek is the ideal spot for you if you are the adventurous kind but don’t know where to go for a quick fun getaway. You can rent the climbing gears at the venue so you needn’t bother with prior preparations either. From climbing shoes, to harnesses and chalk bags, they have it all. There is a climbing wall and two bouldering walls making climbing challenging enough for people with all kinds of stamina levels. Astrek regularly hosts competitions, which are both interactive and energizing. So, if you want to sport away this never-ending winter blues, jump onto the rock climbing bandwagon and boost up your spirits in a fun way.
The Best Archery (Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur)
It’s been two years since The Best Archery opened its doors to the public and since then it has become quite popular among the young crowd. For those who want to try out archery for the first time, The Best Archery offers courses for beginners that give instructions based on spinal position, the correct way to hold the bow, and how to release and so on. With coaches who help you with the process, archery will feel like the best way to be entertained and informed at the same time. The discovery course is aimed at beginners while those who are familiar with archery can opt for the certificate courses that last for about 10 hours. Even without enrolling in the courses, you can just pop in at The Best Archery and have the time of your life.
Cost: Discovery Course – Rs 500 per person
Certificate Course – Rs 10, 000 per person