Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
January 3, 2002
$15-20 gets you a clean, comfortable double, plenty of (real) pillows, bedspreads, fan and a hot and cold water bathroom. And the water is hot and strong - they don't forget the electric backup here. This is all pretty important because it gets quite cold here between November and March - colder than Kathmandu.
The rooftop restaurant serves good food at fair prices, catching the morning sun and providing views to the Himalaya on one side and over spectacular Taumadhi Tole and the 30 metre-high 18th century Nyatapola Temple on the other. You're right in the thick of the action, but at night it's blissfully quiet.Shamilar is the gracious and lovely hostess and Rabindra is the well-to-do man about town who can organise anything for you - oh, and he likes a drink and loves to socialise. He always has a good supply of Raksi and Gorkha oranges on hand for his guests but beware, if he invites you in, go easy on the Raksi!
From journal Not Trekking in Nepal