Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Kathmandu

The other day I wrote about the best luxury hotels in Nepal. While I would certainly love to stay at luxury hotels all the time, this isn’t really a reality. Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to find lovely places to stay in Nepal. This article features some of my affordable favourite boutique hotels in Kathmandu. Here are my recommendations for the best boutique hotels in Kathmandu, on Culture Trip. Read an extract here, and find out which hotels I’ve featured in the full article on Culture Trip. “Sitting somewhere between the gorgeous luxury hotels of Nepal and its famous “teahouses” along trekking routes are a host of boutique hotels in Kathmandu. These come with homely touches, an abundance of local arts and crafts, and good service. They won’t break your bank account, but you’re sure to have a memorably good stay. Here are our picks for the best boutique hotels in Kathmandu.” Top  image: Rooftop at Hotel Traditional Comfort. Photo courtesy of Traditional Comfort.

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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Nepal

10 Best Luxury Hotels in Nepal

From luxurious boutique hotels in Nepal’s capital to jungle lodges in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks, here are my picks for the best luxury hotels in Nepal. Read an extract below, or the full article on Culture Trip. “While Nepal is known as a budget backpacker destination, there are many gorgeous hotels that cater to the ‘luxury’ end of the market. Plus, many of them have the added benefit of being more affordable than luxury hotels elsewhere in the world. From boutique hotels in the city that are full of antiques to safari lodges in national parks, here are our picks of the best luxury hotels in Nepal. The Dwarika’s Hotel Kathmandu Dwarika’s is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful hotels in Nepal. It’s not in a fancy location, just on a busy road a short walk from the Pashupatinath Temple, but behind its walls lie an oasis of architectural charm and traditional luxury. It was founded by Dwarika Das Shrestha in the 1960s, partly as a project to rescue and revitalise the traditional Newari crafts of the Kathmandu Valley, which he saw as being under threat. Now, the brick and carved timber hotel is practically a museum, done in the style of traditional Newari palaces (such as those you’ll find in the Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares). The 83 spacious rooms and suites are absolutely chock-full of antiques, paintings, locally made bed linens and other fixtures. Each room is different and totally luxurious. There’s also a lovely…

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Stay with the Locals in Nepal's Community Homestays

Stay with the Locals in Nepal’s Community Homestays

One of my favourite accommodation experiences in Nepal is to stay at the Community Homestays. I’ve been hosted by the homestays in Barauli (Chitwan) and Panauti, as well as the community lodge network on the Annapurna Community Lodge Trek. Now there are several other homestays around the country. I’ve written about the homestays for Travel Age West, a US travel trade publication. Read an extract here, or the full article on the Travel Age West website. “I had spent the day walking and cycling around the dusty roads and lush green rice paddies of Barauli village with Jeevan Kumari, my hostess from the Barauli Community Homestay. Her English was excellent, even though she had grown up in the small town, and I enjoyed chatting and getting to know her throughout the day. In the evening, it was time for my cooking class. Tara, another woman from the village, ushered me into her mud-floored kitchen. I was invited to sit on the floor. Several other women followed us in, but not to help prepare the food — just to watch me “perform.” Apparently, the sight of a foreigner attempting to cook Nepali food in a traditional kitchen can easily turn comical.” Read the full article here.

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Best Overnight Escapes Around the Kathmandu Valley

Best Overnight Escapes Around the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu can be a hectic place, but fortunately you don’t need to go far from the center of the city to enjoy some fresh air, peace and quiet, beautiful views, and chilled-out ambience. These places — which are either on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley or just outside of it — are the perfect antidote to Nepal’s capital city. Read my article on Kimkim to find out more about the following beautiful properties, or click through to other blog posts that I’ve written about them: Shivapuri Heights Cottages Gokarna Forest Resort Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel Namo Buddha Resort Neydo Hotel, Pharping Himalayan Height Resort, Hattiban Herb Nepal

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The Impact of Tourism in Panauti, Nepal

The Impact of Tourism in Panauti, Nepal

Although it’s hard not to enjoy staying in a beautiful, luxurious hotel while travelling, the reality is that most budget hotels—and some mid-range ones, too—simply end up being a place to rest your head. For travellers who want much more from their accommodation, the Community Homestay project in Nepal offers just that. As well as providing guests an opportunity to experience authentic Nepali life, get to know small-town locals and participate in non-touristy activities, there is a serious social benefit to the host communities. The Community Homestay project, run by Kathmandu-based Royal Mountain Travel, has been operating their flagship collection of homestays in Panauti since 2013. The Panauti Community Homestay project has recently partnered with Planeterra as one of the new projects for the 50 in 5 Campaign. Initially, 13 homes were involved. Now, 26 beds in 17 homes are open to visitors in Panauti. Read the rest of my article, The Impact of Tourism on Panauti, Nepal on the Planeterra Foundation website.

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