Kathmandu Valley accommodation - Shivapuri Heights Cottage

Shivapuri Heights Cottage

Looking down on Kathmandu from the hills, Shivapuri Heights enjoys a peaceful rural setting, yet the capital’s attractions can be reached in just an hour.

Leaving the Kathmandu traffic behind, you reach the large reclining Vishnu at Budhanilkantha (unfortunately only Hindus can get close to the sculpture but it’s still worth a quick visit) and the Hare Krishna temple nearby, where the road climbs steeply up the mountainside – 4 wheel drive or a sturdy pair of legs required. On the fringes of Shivapuri National Park, with clean air, trees, gardens and vegetable plots all around Shivapuri Heights makes a great alternative - or addition - to staying in the city without having to travel far.

Perched on terraces cut into the hillside are two guest rooms in the main Jasmine House and a couple of traditionally designed cottages all simply but comfortably furnished, and reached via a series of steps through pretty gardens. This is a family home complete with two friendly dogs and you’ll be invited to treat it as your own during your stay. You can learn to cook local dishes, practice yoga, potter in the organic garden, and even enjoy a haircut with a view from the terrace.

The nearby park offers a variety of walking and bird watching opportunities or the starting point for longer multi-day hikes in the hills of the Kathmandu Valley.

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