Although the Tokha Urban Farm is yet to officially open and there is still work to be done, the place is already filling up with customers, especially at weekends. Located at Chandeshwari, Tokha, the farm started becoming popular during the lockdown period, as soon as it began posting on social media about its ongoing construction. Now, the business seems to be thriving with more and more Kathmanduites coming for a mini-getaway at the beautiful location, without having to travel much.
The most appealing thing about the Tokha Urban Farm is its outdoor seating arrangement amid the lush fields of Chandeshwari and the organic food it offers. Also, the menu is different from what one would get at a typical city restaurant. You don’t see turkey and quail on the menu at every other venue!
Designed and conceptualized by Samel Shahi, who is also one of the owners, the farm was established mainly to farm vegetables and livestock. But the management wants to develop the place as a hub for Kathmandu residents, who will also get to learn farming and livestock-keeping at the farm. “We will be mixing hi-tech with a local touch,” Shahi says. “We are currently building 11 individual traditional-looking huts but with all modern amenities.” The concept is rather new in Nepal, Shahi says, adding that he has seen similar farms abroad.
Besides the outdoor dining and organic restaurant menu, the family-friendly farm currently offers horse-riding on weekends as well as an open playground for children. Also planned are a Newari restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, two-bedroom huts and a mini-zip line for children.