Nepal is a hilly country of beauty and diversity. For most people on a budget getting a cheap accommodation is a high priority. Kathmandu, the capital city, has many options to stay including budget, luxury hotels. Homestays form an integral part of the true Nepali experience.
Babu, his wife Belku, his son Aayush and daughter Ruja run a friendly family homestay in the beautiful peaceful countryside of Langol, a traditional farming village 10 km from Kathmandu Centre, easily reachable by bus or taxi. This homestay has all modern amenities including western bathrooms, comfortable beds, free wi-fi and delicious home cooked organic food grown.
The Family Homestay, Kathmandu is running since 2004 and very popular among tourists. There are five well-appointed double rooms with comfortable beds. They also can accommodate up to five extra guests in their parents’ homes in the village.
The visitors have the chance to experience living with a real Nepali family and learn about their culture, food and heritage in much more depth than staying in a guest house or at a hotel.
The food you eat at Family Homestay, Kathmandu is grown organically by Belku or sourced from the local village and cooked fresh for every meal. The traditional Newari dish of Dhall Bhat is a speciality of Belku’s and guests regularly comment that it is the best Dhal Bhat they have had in Nepal. Newa cuisine (also referred to as Newar cuisine) is a subset of Nepalese cuisine that has developed over centuries among the Newars of Kathmandu (Kathmandu is called Yen in Nepal bhasa, language). Newa cuisine is the most celebrated food variety in the country that consists of over 200 dishes.
Dahl Bhat is a typical or traditional Nepali food. Dahl refers to lentils and Bhat is rice. Dahl Bhat is accompanied by Tarkari and Chutney. Tarkari is made out of mixed vegetables with spicy ingredients and chutney is pickle. Many extra ingredients like onion, tomato, whole red chili, ginger and garlic can be added as can extra herbs like coriander, turmeric and garam masala. Belku will be happy to teach tourists how to make Dhal Bhat.
Babu offers his services as a guide, for one day hiking, village tours or sightseeing in Kathmandu. Babu was born in Langol and has an in-depth knowledge of local culture and the local area, including the famous historical and cultural sights and monuments in Kathmandu.
One can enjoy a one day tour to the local villages. In this tour of villages near Langol, one can see the traditional way of life, including the traditional houses, traditional cooking and farming methods. This gives a fascinating insight into an ancient culture which has not changed in many ways for several hundred years. In this tour, one can visit the holy lake of Taudha, stop for a lunch and try a traditional Nepali Thali.
• Comfortable Beds and Rooms
• Western Style Bathrooms
• 24 Hour Hot Water Showers
• 24 Hour Wi-Fi
• Breakfast and Dinner Included
• Organic Homegrown Food
In a one-day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu, tourists can visit several UNESCO world heritage sites including Swayambhunath, an ancient religious complex also known as the Monkey temple, Pasupathinath, a Hindu temple, Baudtha Nath, a Buddhist temple and Changu Narayan, a Hindu temple. Tourists can also visit Durbar Square, Bhakatapur, Kathmandu and Patan.
Babu, Belku and his family look after guests by giving a personal touch to make their stay as comfortable, relaxing and informative as possible.
How to get there: Family Homestay Kathmandu is located 10 km south of the centre of Kathmandu. You can reach by bus (45 minutes) from Kathmandu central bus station (Purano Bus Park) and take bus number 21 to Langol (Bus Name: Kirtipur Yatayat). If you would like to take a private taxi ask them to take you to Kirtipur – Langol (2 km from Kirtipur). You can take taxi from central Kathmandu and from Kathmandu airport.