About Us

Nepali Pathshala of Virginia is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness and provide education on the Nepali language, culture, arts, and tradition to the local communities in the Washington DC metro area. Our primary focus is younger generations of Nepali American community, however, we welcome anyone willing to learn about Nepali culture and heritage.


We are a group of volunteers dedicated to pass on our rich cultural values, traditions, arts, and heritage to the next generation and prepare our children with multiple language skills in the dynamic society.


Our students learn by engaging in activities that emphasize age-appropriate speech, listening, and writing. We screen each new student for their language skills and place them in classes where they fit so they feel comfortable and learn as they go.


We follow the curriculum developed by the Curriculum Development Center, Ministry of Education, Nepal.


Nepali Pathshala of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization and your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our classes

We have divided our classes into six different groups based on age and skill level.

Kachhuwa: This class focuses on age groups from 4 to 6 years. In this class, children learn about Nepali alphabets through interactive methods such as singing, dancing, role play, drawing, and communicating in the Nepali language. We encourage them to talk in Nepali as much as possible.

Kachhuwa Bridge class:- This class is mainly focused on children who are older but not familiar with the basic knowledge of the Nepali language. This is the special class for them to teach basic alphabets and the formation of words also encourages and helps them to build up confidence for the Nepali learning curve.

Kharayo: This class also focuses on age groups from 5 to 8 years but students in this group are a little bit more familiar with Barahkhari (Nepali alphabets). Students learn writing skills and to make simple words from consonants (व्यन्जन बर्ण) and vowels (स्वर बर्ण).

Vowels (स्वर बर्ण) --अ, आ, इ, ई, उ, ऊ, ऋ, ए, ऐ, ओ, औ, अं, अः

Consonants (व्यन्जन बर्ण) -- क, ख, ग, घ, ङ, च, छ, ज, झ, ञ, ट, ठ, ड, ढ, ण,…………………,त्र, ज्ञ. 

Lali Guras: This class focuses on age groups from 8 to 10 years. In this class, children have advanced knowledge of Barahkhari (Nepali alphabets). They can read, write and speak in Nepali. They learn the formation of Nepali words. They learn Nepali culture, festivals, the Social structure of Nepal.

Danphe- This class focuses on the age group 10 years and above. In this class, students have mastered alphabets and word formation. They can read, write and speak Nepali fluently. They learn about the festivals, social structure of Nepal, Nepali Katha, Kabita, and much more.

Sagarmatha- This is the Advanced class in our Pathshala. The age group in this class is 10 to 16 years old. Children can speak, read and write Nepali fluently. In this class, they learn the Nepali language, culture, festivals, Social structure of Nepal, tourism, and cultural differences between Nepal and the USA.

Principal’s message

I am very proud to have this opportunity to serve as the principal of Nepali Pathshala of Virginia. It is our great responsibility to pass on our rich cultural values to the next generation and prepare our children bilingually in the dynamic society. 


I am very optimistic about our collective efforts and will continue to demonstrate the incredible service to give our children the best at Nepali Pathshala. We need to collectively seek excellence in all we do and work to establish a structural learning platform and focus on meeting the needs of each student. I am so fortunate to have such a dedicated team of volunteer teachers willing to go the extra mile without any hesitation and the best supportive parents. I would like to thank you all and encourage you to join me to make this Nepali Pathshala of Virginia the best.


Thank you.


Bishnu Kharel

Principal, Nepali Pathshala of Virginia

Phone : 703-505- 6893

Email: bishnu.kharel@nepalipathshalava.org

Our Teachers

1) Bishnu Kharel

2) Bina Khadkalama

3) Krishna Parajuli

4) Sita Ram Timilsina

5) Rajesh Rimal

6) Shambhu Rawal

7) Nilam Prasai

8) Stuti Ghimire

9) Archana Shahi

10) Anjana Neupane

11) Marina Kharel

12) Binod Kafle

13) Shamjhana Pokhrel

14) Pragyapti Chapagain

15) Rachayita Khanal

16) Sajana Wagle

17) Smeeta Poudyal

18) Bandana Wagle

19) Devi Bhusal

20) Sushila Karki

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact:


Bishnu Kharel

Phone: 703-505-6893          E-mail-  nepalipathshalava@gmail.com


Chandra Lama

Phone:703-862-9802          E-mail chandrabina@yahoo.com


Dipesh Dahal

Phone: 703-725-8883          E-mail: - dipeshdahal@gmail.com


Rajesh Rimal

Phone: 239-738-2241          E-mail: - rimal26@gmail.com