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Not exactly 'places' as such, the three river side permamanent camps below are great places to stay in their own right if you fancy something different, or as part of a short rafting excursion
The ultimate luxury hill resort in Nepal! Dwarika's have recently opened this truly sumptious retreat, that in true Dwarika's style is as much a lifestyle experience as it is a first class place to stay and also enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalaya. Indulge yourself in a mix of Hindu and Buddhist health and wellness philosophies and get closer to your inner self. Relax in the Himalayan Spa, discover calmness by the meditation maze, or feel revitalised in the Himalayan Salt Room. Be invigorated by a range of body treatments, sip a cocktail by the pool, enjoy yoga or even pottery making. The Dwarika's Resort is surrounded by beautiful countryside and if there is such a thing as the 'perfect' place to end your Nepal holiday, then perhaps this it. As you'd expect from Dwarika's the cuisine is outstanding, and a range of individually styled suites afford the utmost in Himalayan luxury. May the Karmic forces and energies be with you.
Not to be confused with the similarly named Dwarika's Dhulikel Resort, the Dhulikel Lodge Resort provides a good standard of accommodation and is deservedly popular. There are great views of the Himalayas and the Thousand Stairs Temple is just a short walk away. The hotel has a lounge bar, restaurant and a spa too. Set in private lush gardens the outdoor terrace is the place to relax and soak up the panoramic views of the mountains. The ancient Newari town of Dhulikel itself is right on the door step. Rooms are spacious and have balconies affording Himalayan views, as well as being fully en-suite. The hotel has free wifi too. Not as plush as the luxurious Dwarika's Resort, but nothing like as expensive either.
Escape from Kathmandu and 'head to the hills'....the Shivapuri Hills. Although only around 12km from the centre of Kathmandu the delightful Shivapuri Cottages are a haven of tranquilitiy and rurality. Nestled in the peace and tranquility of the Shivapuri Hills, here at the edge of the Shivapuri National Park, the Shivapuri Cottages are a wonderful alternative to staying in Kathmandu. Particularly if you're coming to the end of your holiday in Nepal and can't face the hustle, bustle and pollution of the city. Here you are away from it all, and by default home-coooked dinners and breakfasts are provided at the cottages. The cottages are reached by way of a 4WD track, and then a 2-3 minute walk. Recently upgraded and refurbished a "Garden Hot Tub" is a new addition too!
As its name would suggest, the Begnas Lake Resort is literally lake side. Not only that, as far as views of the Annapurnas and Fishtail are concerned, it's the 'right' side of the lake too. This delightful series of villas and rooms is pleasingly spread along the lake shore on a secluded, wooded hill. A great 'getaway' place, yet just 6 miles from Pokhara. As well as a swimming pool, the resort specialises in Ayurvedic treatments and has a Himalayan Nature Spa too. Boats are available for guests to be able to enjoy the tranquil lake and there are twice daily yoga sessions available as well. You can choose from tastefully appointed accommodation options ranging from deluxe to luxury suites and individual waterfront cottages. The resort is a most informed alternative to Pokhara, and Begnas Lake and the surrounding area are both particularly scenic and authentically rural. Highly recommended for a comfortable getaway.
Set in the heart of Kagbeni on a narrow cobbled street with real Mustang locals for neighbours, this is the simplest of 'comfort' lodges we've stayed in (and we've seen just about all of them). The lodge qualifies as 'comfort' as the simply furnished bedrooms have proper beds, and simple en suite facilities. Nonetheless, this place beats the basic 'teahouse' hands down. Would you rather get into a cold sleeping bag up here at the start of the high, Tibetan plateau at 2800m, or a comfy bed, made cosier by the very welcome addition of electric blankets? Thought so. Being here is all about being at the very edge of the 'forbidden zone', and the opportunity to experience the Tibetan influenced, remote part of Nepal. The views from the lodge roof are to die for. In one direction the Nilgiri peaks loom large, in the other the arid, steep sided Kali Gandaki Valley into Upper Mustang. The staff here are super friendly and helpful, the food is very good and plentiful, and the best bit is you're a part of Mustang Kagbeni, not an observer.
Just a few minutes walk from the main temples of Lumbini, the Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel is both modern and very well appointed. The spacious. palm fringed, serene gardens afford seclusion and places of calm and solitude. The hotel enjoys an international clientele of both the Buddhist faithful and the curious sightseer. The Buddha Maya Gardens is managed by the KGH Group for which we also feature two other KGH Hotels. The Waterfront in Pokhara and the Kathmandu Guest House. Needless to say the hotel here in Lumbini is managed and maintained to the same high standards.
A new, luxurious resort created with style that can now claim to be the top end accommodation in Chitwan. Delightful Tharu style cottages contain boutique rooms located on the banks of the Rapti River and with balcony views. Enjoy a sundowner by the swmming pool in the Tigers Den bar before dinner. The resort also boasts an in-house Spa that offers various Ayurvedic treatments and massage.
'Basic' really is a little harsh. It's between 'basic' and 'quality', we'd say a decent 2* standard. The en suite rooms here are a good size, and afford all the essential creature comforts. There's a large garden area to relax in, open air bar and a nightly Tharu stick dance performed by the locals....and rather good it is too. Unlike our other two Chitwan accommodations, the Royal Park Hotel is in the town of Sauraha and is separated from Chitwan itself by a river. It's a very good value option if you'd like to visit Chitwan, but are on a budget.
Peacefully and scenically located on the banks of the Rapti River river, this eco-resort affords a good standard of accommodation. Bedrooms are located in Tharu Style cottages and are well-appointed and comfortable. There are balconies to sit out on and to enjoy a balmy, sub-tropical evening. Lots of colourful birds visiting the gardens and the nearby Tharu village of Ghatgain to explore too. Complete with bar and restaurant, Into The Wild is a great choice of mid-range accommodation
Our own riverside tented camp literally on the banks of the Trisuli River. Accommodation is in cosy tents, with beds. There's a shared shower/toilet facility at this basic, but very atmospheric and cosy camp. Located halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, access to the camp is either via crossing a suspension bridge across the river from the main road, or by raft! It's a fun experience camping by the Trisuli River, perhaps enjoying an impromptu game of volleyball with the locals, then sitting out by the camp fire in the evening as the river rolls by. You could of course, always nip across the bridge to the other side if you're in need of some 'action' as there's a cafe bar by the roadside. The Trisuli Camp is an ideal overnight halt if you fancy a one or two day rafting trip on the Trisuli River.
A fairly new and very comfortable lodge, further down river' from the Big Fig Camp. Simple rooms (with comfy beds), afford more than sufficient creature comforts, and all rooms are fully en suite. There's a small, open air pool, as well as a nice walk to a terrace viewpoint above the river where you can enjoy a peaceful sundowner. It's a remote setting, but can be reached on foot from the main road via a suspension bridge crossing and around 30 minutes of walking along a riverside where you'll pass by a very traditional, undisturbed village en route to the lodge. Alternatively, you can arrive the 'proper' way i.e. by raft as either a day rafting excursion from the Big Fig put in point, or as a fun two day excursion from Nuwakot/Trisuli Bazaar to the Big Fig and then to here the next day.
A classy permanent camp in a blissful and very remote jungle/river setting on the banks of the beautiful Seti River. Theoretically you could get here by means of a 4WD vehicle on a very rough jungle track. Each of the safari style tents have proper beds, a verandah and are en suite (ish). There's a restaurant/bar area and with the sounds of the jungle to keep you company, it's quite the experience sitting by the camp fire at night and appreciating the solitude, but with the comfort! So, really the way to get here is by rafting down the Seti River, and what a beautiful rafting experience it is too. From the put in point, it is mostly pleasant flat water paddling through a very remote landscape, where colourful kingfishers can be spotted, followed by a little excitement with some rapids just before you reach camp. Continue rafting down the Seti, where after another section of rapids the road is reached and from here you can be in Chitwan later the same day. Certainly beats travelling to Chitwan by road!
The majority of the hotels and other accommodations listed feature in our various Nepal holiday itineraries.
Just because an itinerary includes a particular hotel doesn't mean you have to stay there. Our Nepal holidays are tailor-made, so you can always choose an alternative hotel where there are other options available.