Adjoining one of Bodhnath's monasteries, you'll hear - well, actually feel - the odd Tibetan horn at the strangest hour, but this place is unmissable. The constant parade of monks only adds to the atmosphere and vitality of the place. They are a busy lot - there is always something going on; prayers in the gompa, music, lessons and scripture teachings, even cricket games in the garden. The buildings are arranged around a quiet and sunny central garden with plenty of space for lounging, reading and relaxing with a good book. There's also a family (probably families) of friendly resident cats to play with if you get too bored. Two of them actually slept with us one night. (see photo)
Real matresses, soft pillows, wall-to-wall carpet, lovely furniture and a fully tiled hot and cold water bathroom big enough to party in - 600rp a night. That's right, about US$9 at the time. Everything in the place is spotless. There's a choice of rooms with and without ensuites and various comfort levels. Our price was near the top end.
The Lotus is in a small lane only 400 metres from the stupa but it's a bit hard to find, you may need to ask directions since these back lanes can be confusing.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
January 3, 2002
From journal Not Trekking in Nepal