12 Awesome Made in Nepal Brands Available at SD

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In the recent years, Nepal has seen sprouting with soaring businesses that have been able to provide the customers with products that match standards of international brands. Gone are the days when Nepal-Made only applied to souvenirs targeted at foreigners. Here are 12 awesome and amazing Nepal Made brands you need to thrive in Nepal!



 

1. GoldStar Shoes

GoldStar shoes has a soul (pun intended) of a Nepali strong and determined it trudges on passing every pot-hole and hurdle with so much ease. Best part? GoldStar recently has stepped up its style quotient and now displays an array of  funky designs begging you to get more. When walking in Nepal not the force but may the Goldstars be with you! Get the brand here 



2. Anthropose 



Every now and then you stumble across a brand that goes the extra mile, Anthropose sunglasses is just that.  The company has a selection of timeless, vintage sunglasses that add an extra “omph” to your outfit. Anthropose sunglasses is the first eye wear brand in Nepal that has taken accountability for the staggering numbers of cataract patients in the country by sponsoring cataract surgery from funds collected from selling their sunglasses. Products that genuinely care, what more do you need? Get the product here



3. Shibori Nepal 

Describe Shibori my friend told me. ” Minimalist meets hipster” the answer shot out. Where the psychedelic printed ponchos remind you of the 70’s, the little minimal designed high neck begs for a simpler time. This brand is for everyone who wants to make a statement, not a loud one but never-the-less make a statement. Get the brand here



 

4. Wild-Earth

Beauty inspired by nature from nature. Need a little down time? Work getting on your nerves? Lather up fragnant and natural body oils from wild-earth and relax. Your skin will thank you for feeding it delicious natural Wild-Earth products. Get the brand here



5. Bastra

Casual wear for any weather is sorted if you have Bastra clothing in your wardrobe. Plain hoodies, t-shirts will have you worry less about what you need to wear and in- return gives you abundant comfort. Make room in your wardrobe Bastra is coming! Get the brand here 



6. Laalii

Laalii products look like a decadent sweet dish you would want to bite into! But, this beautiful looking luxury bar is not for eating. Instead the product has natural healing properties such as activated charcoal and essential oils that leaves your skin feeling youthful and nourished. Get the brand here 





7. Mheecha Bags

Back-packs are helpful no question asked, but Mheecha takes its back pack game to a whole another level!  With back–packs that are so light-weight, fashionable, mobile, who would not want to make it their adventure companion? Get the brand here 



 

8. Lugaz

Minimalist fashion with a warm twist, fleeced inners and faux fur. From one Nepali to another do yourself a favour and get Lugaz hoodies, you fashion staple this winter, stay warm and comfortable always.  Get the brand here 



 

9. Sayami Clothing

A one stop clothing brand for all things soft. The brand has a wide range of ponchos, sweaters, mufflers at affordable prices. Who said dressing well costs money?  Get the product here 



 

10. Himalayan Digestive

Morning breakfast sorted with this healthy alternative. Enriched with whole wheat, himalayan digestive is for any one looking to replace their greasy meals with something more nourishing. The product is preservative free and ideal for diabetic patient looking to consume food with a low glycemic index. Get the brand here 



11. Sonam 

Winter fashion just got better with Sonam. The brand features specialized jackets competent to with-stand cold and warm you up all day. The easy going design of the clothing allows for free movement and is favorite among people who enjoy an active lifestyle. Get the brand here 

12. Phalano

Who here has giggled at a clever t-shrit ? Everyone. This is why Phalano products make for a great quirky attire. Their t-shirts feature folk-lore Nepali legends like Bhakta Prasad Bhyaguta who will jazz up any outfit. Get the brand  here

 

 

 

 

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SD Products Every New Parents Need!

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Being a new parent is hard, the timely feedings and late nights could be a daunting tasks hence here are some products that make being a new parent just a tad bit easier.

  1. CARTER DIAPER BAG (LOVE FOREVER)

    I mean we all know it would be a blessing if potty training did not exists and we were genetically programmed to know how to number 1 and number 2. Sadly, the world does not work like that. Hence, to save you and your loved ones from a diaper disaster ! Use this carter diaper bag and stay prepared. Get the product here

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  2. Hand Knitted Baby Blanket With Socks 

This hand knitted baby blanket with socks is as soft as it is cute, rush hour stops for no one hence when you are having one of your rather busy days and you do not have time to sit around thinking of how you should doll up your little one wrap them around in this knit blanket with a built in woolen cap to shield them from the evil that is the winter wind. Get the product here 

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3. GREEN OCTOPUS SOFT TOY

A buddy for your little one, someone who will keep him company as he babbles on into his dreams ! Aren’t those moments the cutest? Get him a cuddle buddy as he goes about for his baby adventures. Get the product here 

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4. HAND KNITTED DARK ORANGE FROCK

Nothing says love than hand knitted wool clothing for your little one! This little number is as soft and warm as a parents hug, infact wool is one of the best materials to wear in winters as it retains heat. So time for the cutie to bundle up!  Get the product here

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5. MAM MAM NATURALLY NUTRITIOUS BABY FOOD 

An easy on the go meal for the little one, especially perfect for parents in a hurry which is almost always! With the goodness of wheat, maize and soya bean and a traditionally proven formula to provide you ample amounts of nutrition for  your child! Be the best parent regardless of the time available with Mam Mam naturally  Nutritious baby food. Get the product here 

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7 Different Types of Gifts For 7 Different Types of Girlfriends

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1. Miss  fashionista

Her eye liner wing can cut glass and outfit can slay any fashion scene. Fashion is her life and make-up her weapon. She is polished and loves gifts that keep on giving! So, what would WOW this fashion diva? How about this Matt Foundation from NYX, giving her Flawless Face Goals all day! The drug store brand is a dream come true for makeup lovers, cheap affordable but damn! Does it do the job! You can get the product here 

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2. Miss Ice Queen
Miss Ice queen unlike the name is cold all the time, she is no Elsa either because “the cold bothers her every way”,  even then fall is her favorite season and she loves everything fuzzy and warm. Her Instagram posts are dominated with fall inspired clicks and she will thank you when you give her this cute but comfortable blanket that she can gloriously show off in her social media!  Perfect for a movie night or anything for that matter! Get your blanket here 

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3. Miss On- the-Go

ADD? No, she is just full of life and spunk. The Miss on-the-go is bitten by the travel bug and she parades around conquering hills to find her solace, which is why it only makes sense to gift her this beautiful, travel friendly and convenient HEMP back keeping her company for the next adventure, making sure all her travel memories are intact. Get your Hemp bag Here on-the-go

4. For Miss Fit
She is a fitness freak and a gym rat! She feeds on iron pumping workouts and constantly pushing herself to get stronger and faster. Now, what would she need more gym equipment? Maybe, all of which can be found here, but what she will truly appreciate is something that will tend to her sore post work out muscles, a massager that is easy to use and extremely effective. A product which is actually useful, are we dissing huge teddy bears with no functionality? Maybe. Get your massager here 

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5. For Miss Home Body
She spends hours on piniterst looking up ways to decorate her space, she enjoys down time at home more than anything else, even you. Feed to her addiction of pretty things by purchasing a glorious set of bedding sets which will transform the space she live in! Get your bed sheets Here 

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6. For Miss Chef

Food is her life, the kitchen her temple, you don’t complain because she constantly whips up new delicious recipes. With SD’s range of cooking products help her reach her cooking game to a whole new level, improved skill for her more food for you! It is a win-win. Is she a sweet tooth? Then maybe this cake mixer is just what you are looking for.  Here

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7. For Miss Independent

If your girlfriend is a confident strong independent woman, she would need something that helps her with her daily routine. A Hard drive to store ambitions, plans should do the trick! Help her keep moving from 9 to 5 and beyond! Get the hard drives Here 

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9 Places Nepalese People Can Visit Without A Visa

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Madagascar (Visa on arrival – 90 days)

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The Flora, dramatic geography, wildlife, people and culture – Madagascar has it all. For the size of the island, Madagascar has an overwhelming amount of stunning and diverse landscape which definitely makes it a place to check in.

Singapore (Visa on arrival – 30 days)

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Be it for its history, culture, climate or its islands – Singapore is a must visit place for people seeking fun, adventure and a time out from their daily monotonous life. This city is sure to surprise you by its modern skyscrapers coupled with traditional architectures will leave you in awe.

Mauritius (Visa on arrival – 90 days)

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Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population. It’s a cool place to hang out as all of these are backed up by well-designed and run hotels with reliable operational service.

Bolivia (Visa on arrival – 90 days)

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Bolivia is a country of Ancient Cultures and Awe-inspiring Landscapes. Bolivian vibes signifies warm smiles, friendly banter and gracious hospitality. A destination with the welcoming home stays and mouthwatering food and fiestas is definitely not to be missed.

Philippines (Visa not required – 30 days) 

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A paradise of beaches and islands has a unique blend of weather, climate, culture, food. A place with friendly people, a thriving night life, you get a little bit of everything in this country.

Sri Lanka (Electronic Travel Authorization – 30 days; must hold return or onward ticket)

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An exquisite location with wildlife, people, diversity and adventures. Sri Lanka is definitely a place for anthropologists as it has the concentration of numerous ancient cities and temples.

Myanmar(eVisa – 28 days. eVisa holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports. )

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Balloon rides are a popular way for tourists to see pagodas and other areas of scenic beauty in Burma/Myanmar. This majestic wonderland will give all the right memories.

Tanzania (Visa on arrival – 3 months)

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Pack up your bags and explore the natural greatness – the mountains, conservation areas, national parks, lakes, beaches and many more in Tanzania.

Maldives
(Visa on arrival – 30 days)

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Clear water, while and black sand beaches Maldives is for wanderers who love to get lost in the scenic beauty of what an island has to offer. Boasting on ecotourism Maldives conservation methods is well reflected in its abundant marine life.

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Music To Match The Dashain Vibes

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The hot and hectic summer day wind breeze is fleeting by, the cool and chilled Dashain vibe is taking over the capital promptly. Dashain, the most anticipated festival for Nepalese is approaching and the capital once again is going to be silent and rush free. Hushed streets and slim traffic, bright spirits and joyous smiles! On this mix tape Monday let us spread the merriment with some timeless Dashain songs!

 

  1. Mangal Dhoon\Dashain Dhoon – Sur Sudha:

Sursudha are devoted to making music to disseminate a universal message of peace and harmony, supporting the effort to alleviate poverty from the face of this Earth. This musical group, that has held more than 2,000 concerts on the stages of Europe, India, Japan and the USA is well known for the Mangal Dhoon. This song is an eargasmic blend of instruments like Tabla, Flute and Sitar and advocates peace and reconciliation.

 

  1. Dashain Tihar – Sugam Pokhrel:

How could we forget the fabulous musical hero of our time Mr Sugam Pokhrel,  the established music composer has brought us another brilliance in the form of the song “ Dashain Tihar “. The song expresses the happiness felt during Dashain, the good times with friends and families and the desire of abroad living citizens to drop by and celebrate this grand festival with their loved ones.

 

  1. Yespali Dashain Ma – Cool Pokhrel

You might have heard lads singing this song as they flying their kites on the festive days. Late Cool Pokhrel up beat style is best reflected in this song. A beautiful melody that celebrates  brotherhood.

 

  1. Dashain Nai Hoki – Yogeshwor Amatya

“ Huney Lai Dashain, Nahune Lai Dasha “ we all have at one point heard this saying, well now let’s leave it up to the distinctive legendary singer Yogeshwor Amatya to attractively present it in a song. The singer signature singing and the way he hits all the notes surely will make you love this one! A hilarious rendition of the festivals are really like!

 

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Next Growth Conclave

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People see problems, entrepreneurs see potential. Nepal’s current economy is struggling for stability and it now depends on the entrepreneurs of this country to turn things around. Hence, to help aspiring, struggling and soaring start-ups get the extra edge and become the movers and shakers in their industry, M&S NEXT Venture Corp has taken it upon themselves to inspire and educate the entrepreneurs of Nepal through their NEXT Growth Conclave event on 25th Sept 2016.

The one day event will have 10 brilliant global leaders as speakers, they will be sharing their insights and teaching to the audience on how to grow faster and innovate. The event will also bear witness to 600+ Entrepreneurs & Investors giving start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and grow their business.

Why Next Growth Concave?

Being first of its kind, the program includes high profile local entrepreneurs and international delegates as speakers. These speakers will use their personal experience, life lessons and business experience to share valuable insights to the audience in their sessions.
Some of the exceptional speakers include:

• Amarit Charoenphan (group CEO and co-founder, Hubba. Bangkok, Thailand) a leader in creating co-working spaces, technology events, technology media and startup education in Thailand and the 1st co-working space in Southeast Asia.

• Bhupendra Khanal (founder of Simplify360) an expert in Social Media Monitoring and Analytics, his company thrives on its ability to innovate and has over a 100 paying customers like Yamaha, Revlon, Target and Wipro.

• Deepak Raj Joshi (CEO of Nepal Tourism Board) actively works to provide the country with tourism enterprise working to increase the productivity.

• Sneh Sharma (CEO, Ittisa. Banglore, India)
Sneh Sharma Founder & CEO of Ittisa, the first ever girls only digital media agency in the world.

What else will I get from this event?

The benefits for the event extend well beyond the exceptional speakers. This is truly a chance to get new business opportunities while mingling with the who’s who of the business industry. An opportunity to learn about Nepal’s most exciting and innovative start-ups and experience the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The event will also include the following activities:

  • Startup Valley

A showcasing platform where startups with viable product/service will exhibit themselves to the attendees, potential investors, customers, senior entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, and network with fellow founders.

  • Kickstart Hill

A platform where startups from ‘Startup Valley’ can launch themselves or their products and get exposure to their target audience.

  • Media Lounge

A lounge where the start-ups get an opportunity to meet the national and international media which includes – bloggers, journalists, program producers, and personalities from the renowned media houses.

  • Investor’s Lounge

A lounge that will host investors and investment companies, who will be interacting with the startups from the ‘Startup Valley’, and conference attendees. Explore possible partnership and build powerful relations.

  • Business Card Section

A section dedicated to place business cards for all who want to make their service regarding all the verticals of their company accessible to maximum.

How can I attend?

Excited and reeled up to make a mark with your business? Then, hurry up catch your tickets from Sastodeal link here.

https://www.sastodeal.com/product/next-growth-conclave-tickets-per-person

 

 

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Music That Hits You Indie Heart

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Sometimes music does not need to compete with you but instead be your companion while you finish that important college paper or work on that presentation for the next meeting. It does not need its strong sometimes almost  destructive rhythm or vocals but smooth transitions and notes that transform your mood. Start your day with these easy listens and breeze through the morning glory and coffee.

 

 

Calm your nerves with these easy listens:

  1. Run Away – Cary Brothers
  2. Shawn Mendes – Three Empty Words
  3. Ember Island x Radiohead – Creep
  4. Billie Eilish – Six Feet Under
  5. A R I Z O N A – CROSS MY MIND
  6. Andrew Ripp – Falling Faster
  7. Jesse Ruben – This Is Why I Need You
  8. Ed Prosek – I Could Never
  9. Jome – Cinnamon
  10. Early Hours – Into The Wilderness
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Artist That You Will Fall In Love With From KRIPA UNPLUGGED

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Kripa unplugged is the equivalent of coke studio in Nepal.  A platform where artists can showcase, experiment and challenge the boundaries of how music is created. If you like push your imagination and have an appreciation for creativity, you will thank us for this list.

 

 

  • Dhin Dhina – Pushpan Pradhan (Vaani)Pushpan and his band Vaani 2012 have super powers, they can use their echoes of sulfi composition to touch every little string on your heart. A lyrical masterpiece the band consumes you whole as you sway to their tunes unaware, still and it’s like meditation but better.

 

  • Putali – NightNight band is perhaps the MOST underrated band in Nepal. The extraordinary feature of this band is that they use unconventional materials like water, leaves and strings to create music. “Putali” is one of such creations of the band a fusion of classical equipment’s like the sangrangi with the guitar gives the band just the right balance. Keep an eye out from this one!

  • Kanchi Nani Blues – Mukti and revivalhait babal. Hip swinging toe tapping energetic performance by Mukti and revival. The Blues and rock and roll mash up does wonders for the song, but what truly grips us his the passion oozing out from Mukti has he set bar high enough for everyone who dares to follow his suit. Not all live performance have a slow pace and Mukti darn right proved it!

 

  • Nischal – Albatross
    You never go wrong with Albatross a band that has clearly established as one of the leading faces of rock music in Nepal. There unplugged version on Kripa a clear testament that all you need is great back up and vocals to serenade. Every Nepali guitarist has aspired to learn from them, so it was no question that I would feature them.

 

 

  • Ye Aakha Ma Timi Chau – Prem Pariyar

Song is a form of sustained speech, nearly anyone who is able to speak can sing but excellence requires time, dedication, instruction and regular practice. Prem Pariyar is the young rising singer in Nepal who has used excellence to manipulate tunes and innocence to win  hearts.

Happy listening

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Avataar Cafe Answer To Your Fast Food Prayers

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Avataar Cafe rests inside a gully opposite of BK’s,  the cafe which is a part of the chic Avatar hotel specializes in fast food and is a new joint that takes fast food to whole another level.

My mother tells me that when I was little my first words were not mama or papa but infact burger! Hence, it was only fitting that I was there to devour what the cafe had to offer.

The cafe resemblance a sense of familiarity, with its yellow and red color combinations you may even feel like your sitting in Mcdonalds. As we entered the cafe of fried goodness Ahem! Ahem ! (My second home) I was almost immediately wrapped in delicious smell. First came the whiff of freshly fried french fries than the sizzling of glorious patties. The small but functional open kitchen gave me  a peak of the process which was clean and precise.

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I took in the environment and the glorious menu in front me and wasted no time with my ordering. To my delight the service in the restaurant was quick, hey! it’s not called fast food for nothing. As always we started with a dish that was wittily named, the Pokemon meal, it came with deep fried onion rings and french fries, light and crispy I was ready to catch them all at any moment after having it. Once done with the starters we followed with ample of mains, to start with the happy burger and Mexican Meatball sub both juicy, tenderly soulful. The herbs and sauces matched perfectly with the meet and the bun, a concoctions that was delightfully sinful! (Whoever-said a women has a small appetite has clearly not met me)

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Are you hungry yet?

However, it was the paneer wrap that actually stole the show for me. I don’t fancy vegetarian dishes so when the owner suggested this dish you could imagine how I felt! But as many say life begins outside ones comfort zone, I agreed to order the wrap, to my surprise the tender center and crunchy  paneer won me over. The added elements of  mushrooms and corn along with homemade salsa made the dish my favorite of the day!

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If your asking me why I am taking the time to write this all to you? It is very simple! To let all of you know that quality need not be compromised with price. All the dishes in Avataar cafe were below Rs 300 mark and used grade A ingredients. Avataar cafe debunked everything I felt about having fast food. For the first time munching on these fried delicacies I did not feel like I was going to have major health issues later. Their secret? Top of the line ingredients which were freshly prepared with high emphasis on the flavor.

At a glance Avataar cafe may seem like just a fast food place, but when you actually bite into the recipes you get consumed by the individual flavors. The effort in preparing the food clearly evident !  “For me to come up with this menu it took months of trial and effort,” the part owner adds and with my full happy self I can swear by what he said!

A fusion of authentic mexican, nepali flavors with western staples Avataar cafe is for anyone who loves quick, easy meals packed with flavor and punch!

If your a homebody and love munching on grubs in the familiarity of your home, the cafe also has take away service !

Head on to their Facebook page for more updates! Avataar Cafe

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Things You should Do This Weekend

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The Otaku Next Comcoscon 2016 

A place for all the anime, manga, cosplay lovers to gather, get the opportunity to meet fellow cosplay enthusiasts, and a  chance to win limited edition figurines aswell. The event will also showcase many art work from various young Nepali artist /mangakas. This cosplay showdown will be held on  30th July 2016 at  Alliance Francaise, Teku, Tripureshwor. The tickets are priced at  Rs.350 per at door. Sastodeal also provides the chance to purchase these tickets in bulk at discounted prices. link here 

 

Package 1 includes 3 tickets at Rs 900

Package 2 includes 5 tickets at Rs 1,500

Package 3 includes 10 tickets at Rs 3,060

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STRAIGHT OUTTA KTM

This Friday, the 29th of July enjoy epic music from Gloria Ansell all the way from Hongkong debuting at  Karma Bar & Lounge 6th Floor, UWTC, Tripureshwor. Originally influenced by early electronic dance music, Gloria Ansell began experimenting mixing different genres together in her sets to create a musical journey that was unique and pumping. Her sets range from House to Tech and Deep to EDM, Progressive, Trap or Twerk. Her energy and skills behind the decks are undeniable, making her one of the best technical female DJs in the world. Door prices of tickets are Rs,1500. Sastodeal provides the chance to purchase the the tickets in bulk at discounted prices. link here 

Package 1 includes 5 tickets for Rs 4,000

Package 2 includes 10 tickets for 7,500

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#Page3 Nepal

#Page3Nepal is an event being held on Friday 29th of July from 7 pm onwards at  The Victory Lounge. The exclusive pre-sales tickets is  price at Rs, 800.  The event will also have a live performance by the talented Wonderfools. Additionally, The Walk of Fame after party will have  International Artist like DJ Amour Domestic DJ: DJ BPM, DJ Bki Cool, DJ Redmus along with a fashion show. Do not forget to get your dancing shoes for this one, You will need it. link here

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