Five Sporty Things to do in the Winter

Text by Maitrie Lopchan

Archery is a sport that’s simple in theory—shooting at a target—and a little trickier to master. It is an ancient pastime, though our ancestors used it to hunt for food more than fun, of course. It’s a hobby you can do in Nepal, too: The Best Archery Pvt. Ltd. is located in Jhamsikhel, where you can relax and learn about archery. You can take lessons and have some practice rounds, and as it’s indoor you don’t have to worry about feeling cold, just enjoy and live the moment.

Horse riding
If archery is not your thing, what about learning horse riding? Flying Horse is a horse riding school located at Dhapakhel, in Lalitpur. They provide packages, so you can choose what suits you best: there is everything from a day package to a yearly package, and it can even make a great gift for a loved one, or yourself—the opportunity to experience horse riding with a knowledgeable instructor.

Zip lining
In a short space of time, zip lining has become very popular in Nepal, and you can try it out in Dhulikhel, just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. Dhulikhel Zipline provides three options: the classic zip line, Superman zip line and a couple’s zip line. Though it is fun to challenge yourself once in a while, are you brave enough to try this? I mean, it may be not suitable for someone who has acrophobia, but what about the rest of us? If you are feeling adventurous, then zip lining it is. Grab some friends and make a day of it, taking in the beauty of nature while zip lining.

If you are still feeling adventurous after that, then why not go for paragliding in Pokhara. With a beautiful view of Pokhara city and many of the villages surrounding it, it sure will make your jaw drop, and the beautiful lake is impossible to miss. You can also get a glimpse of people boating and see some passerby on the road, and of course the beautiful mountains and scenery is just magical. You can also yell out “I love Nepal” from the top, I guess.

Dandi Biyo
Similar to cricket, dandi biyo was very popular with children before modern toys and games took over. Dandi can be a stick or a bat, and biyo is a smaller, six-inch wooden stick, or a ball. A player digs a hole four inches wide and the biyo is kept across the hole. The player launches the biyo and the others try to catch it, and if caught the batter is out. If not, the batter is safe. One of the fielders now tries to get the biyo in the hole, while the batter tries to hit it to score. If you want to learn to play, ask around, particularly amongst the older generation, and you’re sure to find someone who can show you. Let’s keep our traditional games alive!