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budget accommodation and tour

by ryneann

hi i will be travelling alone to kathmandu from 24-28 August 2010. any good recommendation for clean and accessible budget accommodation? i was planning to stay at the kopan monastery but it's a little far from kathmandu? is this right?

any recommendation also for budget tours??

many thanks in advance for the help!...good day everyone!

Re: budget accommodation and tour

by Elgreco77

It depends on your budget but I can really recommend Ambassador Garden Home. Check it out online.

Re: budget accommodation and tour

by earthflyer

If think the place you are talking about is Chengdu Monastery in Kopan district of Kathmandu.

Chengdu Monastery is near Boudnath Stupa, for me that was a good hours walk there from Thamel in Kathmandu City.

As for places to stay in Thamel Area of Kathmandu you will find many people have good recommendations of where they stayed. I stayed at the Hotel Encounter Nepal but was just outside of the Thamel Area. I used this place as a base for 2 and half months while I did Everest Trek and tour to Tibet. The hotel owner has a tour company called Himalayian Glacier, there office is in Thamel, they also have website.

But there many companies in Thamel that can help you out with a tour.

Re: budget accommodation and tour

by into-thin-air

With such a short time-frame for your visit I would suggest that you do a bit of research into Exactly what you want to see, then make a list and get one of the local agents to build you a made to measure tour.
For accommodation, I would choose The Hotel Nepalaya in Kathmandu, this is on the edge of Thamel and is set well back from the main street so well away from both traffic and bar/restaurant noise and only opened at the end of last year so is practically brand New and a bit more upmarket than the average backpacker haunt, Nice Large well furnished rooms with private bathrooms, 24 hour Hot water (Reliable) Comfortable beds, satellite TV, Osculating fans or AC for an extra charge. Nice roof terrace too.
They will also give you a free airport pick-up if you are staying more than 2 days, if you think the web-price’s are too steep then email my preferred agent as he can get you a good discount almost cutting the web price in half !! ;-) His contact details are on the travelogue entitled A Very Important Decision on my Nepal page.
I would use the same agent to put your “Tour” together and include one night up at Nagarkot to give you at least a taste of hill life and one night in Bhaktapur, That would leave you two nights in Kathmandu to see the sites there.
For some specific ideas to see and do in and around Kathmandu
1)      Buddha Air Mountain Flight
2)      Bodnath
3)      Visit Kopan Monastery
4)      Pashupatinath
5)      Swayambhunath
6)      Full day in Bhaktapur
7)      Durbar Square Kathmandu and Patan
I hope that helps a little but If you need more info then feel free to drop me a line
Happy Travels

Re: budget accommodation and tour

by ryneann

many thanks guys!!!

Re: budget accommodation and tour

by lahoree

Hotel Greatwall in Thamel

budget accommodation and tour

by mountain_nepal

Wel come to nepal. You are planing to stay in Kopan.if that not work why don't you try to Hotel holimalaya that is such a good and friendly type hotel.

Travel Tips for Kathmandu

Strolling - Intricate Wood work

by SLLiew

When strolling, you can see the beautiful detailed wood sculpture of the temples and buildings. Often are painted and depicts Hindu Gods and Goddesses as well as symbolic animals. Many of the Nepali homes are small, simple construction of fragile looking bricks. So it is a constract to these public wood displays and architecture.

Teej Festival of Nepal.

by goutammitra

We had the priviledge of experiencing the famous Teej festival in the heartland of Nepal. We also had the opportunity of visiting Nepalese home to witness the festival in both rural and urban area. The festival was celebrated on 14th and 15th September. First we visited Hanuman Dhoka, Durbar square to see women thronging at the Siva Parvati temple, then to Dakshin Kali Temple and while returning the rural women participating sang Teej songs, for us in the bus, which we recorded in length. We also visited some Nepalese homes including our VT friend Urvashi Rana and some rural homes in Dakshin Kali Temple area. Please read the history of the festival.

"Teej" is the fasting festival for women. It takes place in August or early September. The festival is a three-day long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid fasting. Through this religious fasting, hindu women pray for marital bliss, well being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul.

Traditionally, the ritual of Teej is obligatory for all Hindu married women and girls who have reached puberty. Exception is made for the ones who are ill or physically unfit. In such circumstances a priest performs the rites. According to the holy books, the Goddess Parbati fasted and prayed fervently for the great Lord Shiva to become her spouse. Touched by her devotion, he took her for his wife. Goddess Parbati, in gratitude sent her emissary to preach and disseminate this religious fasting among mortal women, promising prosperity and longevity with their family. Thus was born the festival of Teej.

Gaily dressed women can be seen dancing and singing on the street leading to Shiva temples. The main puja (religious ceremony) takes place with offerings of flowers, fruits etc made to Shiva and Parbati, beseeching their blessing upon the husband and family. The important part of the puja is the oil lamp which should be alight throughout the night for it is bad omen if it dies a

early morning city walk

by happyluckyme

while in kathmandu, try to get up very early (... yes, i know its hard, but around 7 a.m. will do) and explore the streets between thamel and durbar square, esp. around asan tole and indra chowk. It' s already busy at that time but mostly with locals, selling all kind of stuff: form kitchen utensils to vegatables and radios. There is not such a tourist buzz, like during the day and you can roam around freely without being bothered by will-be guides, dope-dealers etc.

Cycle Rickshaw

by PierreZA

These rickshaws can mostly be found in and around the tourist area of Thamel. Negotiate on a price before you get in and be sure the driver knows exactly where you want to go.
You will also be hassled a bit more by these cyclists to take a ride around Thamel during the evening, for a negotiated price.

Nepali cultural evening

by DocJules about Bhanchha Ghar

An evening of dance and 'authentic' cuisine set in a traditional Newari house (no shoes so make sure your feet are clean!)
Homemade rice wine is particularly potent and flows plentifully.
Good introduction to Nepali food with knowledgeable waiters, but definitely for tourists! Must try the wild mushroom curry.


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