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“A fantastic experience worth far more that i anticipated,”
Review of Backstreet Academy

Backstreet Academy
Ranked #2 of 3 Food & Drink in Pokhara
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Explore Nepali culture through our exclusive collection of travel experiences - carve a marble slab, cook momos or learn traditional dancing, the backstreets offer the richest interaction with the culture and people of a place. Immerse yourself in the de facto Nepali experience where the local backdrop retains its integrity and originality and discover a side of the city you never knew, available only through the forgotten backstreets. Backstreet Academy works with many competent yet struggling craftsmen with whom we structure a course together to teach the world about their traditional craft. Be it at their home or their workshops, we offer our guests access to a 'behind the scenes' experience that is often overlooked. This is the real local, the real Nepal, the real experience. And as you discover the backstreets, we will pair you with a facilitator who will help you translate and make sure you have a great time while making an impact. Courses available include: - Marble Carving - Animal Sculptures - Momo Cooking Class - Dal Bhat Cooking Class - Laptop Sleeve Making - Rice Sack Bags - Batik - Dry Flower Art - Traditional Dance Lessons Our other cities include: Phnom Penh | Siem Reap | Kathmandu | Luang Prabang | Vientiane
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 7 January 2016

Feeling a little overwhelmed with German Bakery's, Lattes and WIFI? do you love Momo's? well why not get in touch with the Backstreet Academy and support the local community whilst learning how to support your stomach.

My wife and i took two course, MoMo making and Basket weaving and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and would highly recommend the team to anyone who's looking to experience something meaningful in this beautiful land.

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Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

We did back-to-back cooking classes, first dhal baht and then timo, with Ms. Yang Chen in the Tibetan refugee settlement. While the food was fun to make and tasted delicious, best of all was the intimate setting and genuine interaction inside Ms. Chen's home kitchen within the settlement.

I much preferred this personal and educational component compared to the commercial cooking classes I've taken in Asia. Most interesting was learning from Ms. Chen, our facilitator Dawa, and their families' experiences as stateless Tibetan refugees. We also appreciated that during our break between cooking sessions, Dawa invited us inside her home where her mother generously prepared us yak butter tea upon our special request and took us to her nearby craft stall.

Go with Backstreet Academy to get off the commercial-feeling tourist circuit to experience real interaction with and unique learning from locals!

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Reviewed 16 October 2015

We’ve booked this class because we enjoyed Nepali food so much, we wanted know how to prepare it back home.
We were picked up from the Devi’s falls entry by an extremely friendly lad, who stayed with us for the whole class translating, teaching Tibetan history and culture as well as entertaining. The cooking took place in a normal kitchen in his aunt’s house in the so-called Tibetian refugee camp, which is the cleanest settlement I’ve seen in Nepal. His aunt explained step by step how momos are prepared and let us do it as well, really fool proof. Was cool to eat what we made as well. Overall a very cool experience.

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Reviewed 20 April 2015

I've been meaning to review Backstreet Academy for ages!! We've actually done 3 courses with them: Sel Roti making, basket-weaving and sari-wearing. Every course has been absolutely fantastic! They're incredibly well-organised and the amazing Nepali women who invite you into their homes have so much experience to share! Highly recommended and we'll definitely be trying another course soon!!!

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Sudeep S, Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2015

Namaste Travel Boom,

Thank you for taking out time to review us.

It was our pleasure hosting you for three different courses during your stay in Pokhara. We have recently also conveyed your warm words to all of them and they've all asked us to send their regards your way. We sure hope you will be tying your own sarees by now. :)

Safe travels!

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

I totally enjoyed the Timo making course. Our host Tsering was so passionate about showing us how to make Timo.
We had eaten these steamed delight near the lake side restaurant and wanted to learn how to make them and as soon as we googled we found about Backstreet academy and we did a course with them.
We found about their social causes too, so we would recommend any one to go there and learn something new and exciting from a local at the local's house. We will definitely go there on uur next visit to Nepal..lovely place.

2  Thank Joe S
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Sudeep S, Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2015

Hi Joe,

Thank you for sparing time to write such wonderful review about us and it’s always heartening for us to know when our guests have thoroughly enjoyed themselves while taking one of our many courses.

Similar to your story about first eating the Timo then learning how to make them, we too were quite intrigued with how the Tibetan community made these wonderful delights and luckily we discovered Tsering when researching for courses in Pokhara. :)

We hope that you got a chance to learn not only the skills to make Timo’s but also learn about the lifestyle of people who live in Nepal.

Safe journey and do look us up if you’re in another city with Backstreet Academy. :)

Cheers,

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