New Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
PIGEONS HAVING SEX IN YOUR WINDOW
When I checked into this large hotel, I was told by the man at reception that the Everest had been the first luxury hotel in Kathmandu. It looked like it had not been updated since that day long ago. The carpets and walls looked dated, the man at reception looked dated, even the sign announcing the pool closure for renovation looked suspiciously old. You guessed it – it got worse from there. Yes, I was taken to a standard room despite booking something better. Up the old looking and sounding elevator through a dated looking corridor to a door. And inside? Yes, a weather-worn looking room. Dark, gloomy and that was some of the better qualities. A quick glance into the small bathroom revealed cheap toiletries and not much else. My bed felt cheap and was definitely not ‘luxury’. Unless it was a hold over form when they opened years ago. After the staff member left I went to investigate the fridge. Hmm. No, not plugged in and the electrical connections at the back of the desk looked dangerous. When I did plug it in, a high pitched whine ensued. A very loud high pitched whine. I had had a long journey from India and I just wanted sleep. I was ready to go to reception and ask for another room when 2 amazing things happened. Not good things. Very very bad things.
First I heard flapping. Yes, flapping. And squawks. And then something that sounded like cooing. I opened the blinds and I was presented with a dozen pigeons have an orgy of both sex excrement at the same time. Just think of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie the birds, with a lot more poo and you can smell it.
OK, so yes, I have enough going for me to ask for a room change. And then it happened.
Yes, the BAND started playing! What band. Well the large band with large speakers on the stage in the bar right above my head! Yes! I was staying in the room from hell!
Let’s just say the staff came to the room and said the pigeons were not that bad and band? What band? Just then the band stared playing again. “That band – show me a new room!”.
I was ‘ upgraded’ to a club room. Slightly larger with a sofa in it. The bed was still bad and I had a hard time sleeping. When I woke up the next day I could see my old room and why all the windows on one side of the hotel had hundreds of filthy pigeons. All the rooms large open concrete cradles for air-conditioning units. At some point in the past the hotel had purchased a single massive air-conditioning unit for the whole hotel and put it on the roof. This left dozens of massive, purpose- built pigeon habitats. And they were definitely breeding. Believe me I watched them at it. Luckily I was able to organize a move the next day to the much better Hotel Himalaya. Please read my review here.
The hotels had some plus points, kind of. You could sit on the roof outside and have an over-priced beer from one of the 6 bars and restaurants. And yes, one of them has a large stage with large speakers. The breakfast buffet is ok except for the omelette chefs. Those guys are fantastic, but they make them cook outside. Weird. Other than that there is a gift shop in the lobby.
When I stayed here they also had dug up the busy road outside and mud, dirt and dust flew everywhere. This was a very bad and short stay. I recommend, for the same price range, that you stay closer to town is one of several nicer hotels. The Everest has had its day and time has moved on. Well, with other hotels it has anyway.
• 160 rooms (some non-smoking) and built in 1981
• 4 restaurants, 1 bar Bugles & Tigers) and a roof top beer garden
• Casino (gamble enough and the room is free)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Gym, sauna (chargeable) and pool (closed when I was there)
• Small shops, air-conditioned throughout, money exchange
• Café next door
• Tennis court
• Beauty center
• Complimentary daily newspaper (in the lobby)
• Travel Services, baby-sitting, Airport shuttle
• 4 types: Superior, Deluxe, Club Double, Suite
• Club Rooms have a sofa and are located away from the pigeons
• Coffee/tea making facilities and a fridge
• Air-conditioned and non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi
• Hairdryer, Non Smoking rooms and Iron/ironing board on request
• Can accommodate up to 650 people
• All necessary electrical equipment
• All stationery needs
• Laptop on request
The Everest Hotel, P.O. Box 659, New Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
More about Everest
Gambling before your flight
We stayed at the Everst for three nights due to a cancelled flight home. The nights and food were payed for by the Royal Nepal Air. In fact it looked like the hotel wasdepending on the airlines. Every lunch there were busses coming from the airport to have a buffet due to a very long delayed flight. And we were not the only ones staying in the hotel on expenses of an airline. The hotel has a swimming pool, nice for the warm days in Kathmandu. And in the evening you can go to the casino, that is on the premisses.
The food was excellent. And the birthdaycake they prepared for one of our groupmembers was simply delicious.
Rooms were OK, nothing special, the pigeons outside were sometimes a bit noisy tough...
we went through lucknow which...
we went through lucknow which was definitely an adventure then a tourist bus to kathmandu. be well rested before you start this one and pray that your bus stays on the road.
when treking into everst it is best to walk in to allow the body to adjust to the elevation changes gradually, lus you miss so much flying into the everest hotel. the primroses and mica paths are something to be experienced.
buses for sure , except in the cities which is bikes. walking is a good pace to experience the cultural reality of the peopld
view from the plane
The fearsome black Bhairab
A baby I got friendly with.
The Everest Experience
I am toying with the idea of visiting Kathmandu in Sept. 2011. Would it be possible to get some good info like from local people what to do/ where to stay like good Guest house etc.
Many thanks/ happy new year.;-)
Re: Kathmandu/ Help
Hello Welcome to Himalayan Country Nepal!!!
First Till Half September still Monsoon Season in Nepal. It might be rain a sometime. In Kathmandu and around kathmandu you can visit many historical place, world Heritage site UNESCO sites (Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur City and Durbar Square, World Famous Hindus Temple Pashupani nath, Asia's Biggest Buddhist Stupa Bouddhanath Temple, Syambhunath Temple and Changunarayan Temple) Beside of that in arund kathmandu valley you can do small hiking if you wish . In shivapuri nature hiking 2 to 3 days...
For Good accommodation in Heat of tourist area called thamel there are many small guest house and other batter star hotel as well. But a bit busy town. They use always transport vehicle horn so loudly.. in thamel there is one of nice hotel called Hotel Nirvana Garden 2 Star www.nirvanagarden.com very nice with garden and quite.
If you are looking less the that category then just out of thamel called Kathmandu Peace Guest House www.peaceguesthouse.com nice accommodation and cheap price roof top garden view ...
In around thamel there are many travel agency and shopping you can direct shopping and for further travel information you can jump to them for help . they will provide you free information
I suggest to you visit kathmandu valley ad small trek in shivapuri national park...
Hope it helps a bit .. If you have more question you can send me PM or Post again in forum..
Namaste from Nepal
Re: Kathmandu/ Help
information here on VT is also via VTers travel pages - look under Travel guides and then from there what pages have made for your destinations and locations - these pages usually include where to stay, what to do, where to eat etc. Theres a rating and ranking system acknowledging helpfulness.
These pages can also include whats been written by locals but you can also find out who lives in the area and write to them too.
VTer Goutammitra has some good accommodation tips from his visits to Nepal as one suggestion of pages to look at.
All the best.
Also I really love the Lonely Planet guidebook series - the Rough guide guidebook series is also good on some countries, and the DK eyewitness guidebooks are brilliant for photos and what to see, small locale maps and historical info
Re: Kathmandu/ Help
Agree with the above poster – You will be better off looking at hotel recommendations from visitors to Nepal rather than going by what the locals on here say – The reason for that is that 99% of locals who appear on VT are Directly linked to the tourist industry and will send you to the places they get the best commission from rather than the best places.
Browse the individual top 5 member’s accommodation tips (As well as the things to see and do and transportation tips) and then cross reference them with sites like Trip Advisor and see what they say.
Good Luck and happy Travels
Travel Tips for Kathmandu
The Mustang Trekking is also called the upper Mustang Trekking, is an exotic tour to unspoiled Tibetan Villages on the other side of Nepalese Himalaya bordering with Tibet. The main highlights of Mustang trekking are antique Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, the exotic culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. Foreigners were not allowed to enter Upper Mustang until 1992.Upper Mustang is not much in contact with rest of Nepal, and keeps an aura of a remote, mysterious and unusual land which is one of the unique charms of the Mustang trekking. All their festivals are religious in nature, the tiji festival being the biggest. This small medieval kingdom in the vast desert is ruled by local king. The capital called Lo Mangthang, a walled complex with the houses of local nobilities and monasteries will be one of the main attractions of Mustang trekking.
We start our trek from Jomsom and trek northwards into the heart of Mustang reaching the region's capital Lo Manthang after 5 days of trekking through amazing villages and stunning landscapes. We spend two days in this ancient city before returning to Jomsom for our return flight via a slightly different route that takes in the pilgrimage site of Muktinath.
NOTE:Mustang trekking is located in restricted trekking area. To go to Musnag, it is necessary for international trekkers to buy special trekking permit for mustang trekking which cost US$ 50 per day and it is compulsory to buy 10 days trekking permit. It means minimum 500 US $ only for permit charge and there must be at least two trekkers to go to the Mustang reason because the Department of Immigration will not issue trekking permit to mustang trek for an individual only.
Day by day Itinerary [Click here for detailed Itineray]
Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Kathmandu.
Day 03 - Kathmandu - Pokhara.
Day 04 - Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni.
Day 05 - Kagbeni - Tsehile(3110m)
Day 06 - Tsehile - Syangbochhen (3800m).
Day 07 - Syangbochhen - Tsrang (3570m).
Day 08 - Tsrang - Lomanthang (3530m)
Day 09 - Explore Lomanthang (3760m).
Day 10 - Lomanthang - Tsrang.
Day 11 - Tsrang - Syambochhen
Day 12 - Syambochhen - Chuksang (3050m)
Day 13 - Chuksang - Kagbeni
Day 14 - Kagbeni - Jomsom (2743m)
Day 15 - Jomsom - Pokhara
Day 16 - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 17 - Kathmandu.
Day 18 - Departure Good quality sleeping bag, good quality trekking shoes, sun glass and sun cream, some high altitude sickness medicine.
Buy those Curios, Flags and Maps from:
This shop is owned by Mr. Chandra Jewan Shahi and the shop is styled and decorated by an elderly English Lady Mrs. Angela Durose from Northern England, who has made this her home for the last three years. The shop sells maps, curios, flags, posters, stickers etc. Mrs. Durose has been nurturing this pace like her own son. Though there are not much buyers these days but I found the prices are very reasonable almost half the price from Thamel shops. The posters I bought here for only Rs.125/-NPR are priced at Rs280/- NPR in Thamel area. Mrs. Durose also assist Mr.Chandra to run the shop.
I strongly recommend this shop for real value for money. Curios, Posters, Flags, Key Rings, Maps etc. Reasonable.
Lots of options avail
Chances are that you will be staying around Thamel like a good tourist you are. You would be surprised by the quality, variety and ambience of most restaurants around there.
You will have wonderful breakfasts in beautiful gardens, lebanese food (or something resembling it), italian food (or something resembling it), really nice bakeries with a big variety of sandwiches (the yak cheese ones are delicious).
My favorite restaurant was The Third Eye. Great food and excellent service.
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