With all the bustling streets and its cacophony sometimes inordinate but sometimes in the sublime street with the unorthodox symphony, you see a place of respite; the Bookstore.
I consider book store exotic and esoteric. I prefer giving analogy of telescope, as you use telescope to discover the secrets of universe, Bookstore is a telescope for literary discovery; the enchantment of discovering the writer and a book in a bookstore is illuminating experience.
If you guys resonate with me on this experience, let’s dive into the bookstores you must visit in Kathmandu.
- Mandala Books
- Ekta Books
- Pilgrims Book House
- Ratna Books
- Patan Book Shop
Mandala Book Point
Imagine walking on the streets of Jamal and you are constantly distracted by deafening traffic, don’t you need a break? Well somewhere down the road you will stumble upon the Mandala Books on the Kantipath Road; your oasis.
The Mandala bookstore definitely is up on my list in the bookstores. You will find wide range of books at Mandala. The bookstore is not that big but you will be surprise with the repository of books you will find. Ranging from the classic to contemporary fiction, to adventure, to philosophy and religion to non-fiction genre, you find the greatest minds coalescing on the bookstore.
Further, if you are in Pokhara, you must visit the Mandala Bookstore in Pokhara. You will certainly love the place as you will see the glass display along the hallway with picturesque book covers on the display as you enter the bookstore. In addition, the interior of the bookstore is spacious and I was surprised by the sliding bookshelf, the ambience overall was enthralling.
Ekta books is another go to location for the book lovers out there. Just opposite of Norvic Hospital you will see the building with the big Hoarding written as ‘Ekta Books’.
As Ekta is also a publication house, you can find great range of academic as well as in house publications of Nepali academic and Literature releases.
The Bookstore is quite spacious and the ground floor is segregated mostly for the literature, arts, adventure, fiction and non-fiction. In addition the shelves are segregated very well as you find the Nepali literature separated with foreign books. On the top of that, other floors are segregated for the academic books ranging from primary to graduate level.
So, if you are searching for a bookstore for its wide range of books, Ekta Bookstore is your go to place.
Pilgrims Book House
If you are into philosophy and religion, you must visit the Pilgrim Book house which is situated in Thamel.
Just don’t get confused by the name though, the Pilgrim Book house has wide range and genre of books. Notwithstanding, the name itself you can find popular genre like classics, Business and Politics, Psychology, Science fiction and Thriller and so on.
And behold! The rare genre like Anthropology, Sociology, Cult, Mythology, Mysticism and the like seen on the shelf which comes as a surprise.
Also, I found the history of the Pilgrim Book House quite intriguing. If you want to know more about its history follow this link.
Ratna Books is the oldest book shop of Nepal dated back to 1939 A.D. with its inception in a cart at Bhotahity. Currently, the bookstore is located at Bank Road, Bagbazaar.
Apart from being the iconic brand, the Ratna Books in its essence was in the heart of Renaissance in Nepali Literature as the writers like Lekhnath Poudel, Bal Krishna Sama, Siddicharan Shrestha, Kedarman Byathit, Bishweshwor Prasad Koirala, Lainsingh got the platform to publish their books through Ratna Pustak Bhandar.
If you want to know more about Ratna Bookstore history follow this link.
Fast-forward to the future, Ratna Book store is the must go place for Nepali Literature geeks. Apart from rich repository of Nepali literature, the Ratna Books is a publisher itself which publishes ranges of literature ranging from the Child Literature to hardcore nepali literature.
Apart from that, you can find the common genre like classics, fiction and non-fiction, Satire/Humor, Self help and spirituality and so on at Ratna Bookstore.
Patan Book House
You might be wondering, well if I am nearby Patan which bookstore shall I go to? Just chill, I have got you covered.
I recommend Patan Book house for its location and ambience; if you know iconic Patan Dhoka, Voila there you see the Patan Book House.
Though the bookstore looks old school, I don’t mind going there because at a glance considering the background of concrete structures are blurred; just on the corner of Patan Dhoka the Patan Book House lays like a medieval piece of art.
Enough with the imagination, now let’s dive into the topic. The Patan Book house in the essence has all the classic and contemporary bestsellers. Though the space is little cramped, you will soon engage exploring the store and probably find it engaging.
Well! As I said earlier, it’s a great feeling when you are in a bookstore which surprises you with the profound discovery? Go and visit Patan Book House, you won’t regret it.