Shivapuri Forest Reserve, Bhudanilkantha,Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
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Shivapuri Heights Cottage
Nestled in the Himalayan foothills just half an hour from downtown Kathmandu, Shivapuri Heights Cottages is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air. Originally the family home of British transplant Steve Webster and his Nepalese wife Neeru, Shivapuri Heights is now a hamlet of rustic cottages spread across a rambling garden that leads down a slope to the valley below. Seven rooms are housed within three traditional red-brick houses, each with the same homely charm and stunning outdoor views. The spacious common areas are ideal for evening chats around the fireplace, while the garden terraces are ideal for kids to run about or grown-ups to relax.
Given the cottages’ relative isolation, off-site activities are limited to the surrounding hills – the main attraction in any case. Numerous hiking trails lead straight from the doorstep and plunge deep into the Shivapuri Forest, a haven for bird spotters and hiking enthusiasts, while a nearby Vipassana Meditation retreat is also a main draw. Apart from outdoor pursuits, Steve and Neeru are delightful hosts and will keep you entertained over a delicious meal of freshly-harvested produce from the organic gardens.
- Children's playground
- Laundry & dry-cleaning
- Movie screenings
- Free WiFi
- Multi-lingual staff
- Cooking classes
- Breakfast menu
- Daily housekeeping
- Bed & Breakfast
- No. of rooms:
- Swimming Pool:
- Disabled Access:
- Recommended for:
- Group Getaways
- Kids Collection
- Back to Nature
What to Know
- As one of the very first guesthouses of its kind in the area, Shivapuri Heights Cottages enjoys some of the most spectacular views overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.
- The relaxing setting is a true relief from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kathmandu.
- A former tour manager and flight attendant, Steve and Neeru are delightful company and will keep you entertained with their fascinating stories and wealth of local knowledge.
KEEP IN MIND
- The hilly terrain means there are quite a number of steps throughout the premises, including a steep uphill hike from the main road!
- The shared cottages and communal-style meals may not appeal to shy types or those looking for some privacy.
- The ramshackle, homely decor feels a bit haphazard and might not be everyone's cup of tea.
- Access by road involves a bumpy ride along a dirt road.
IN YOUR ROOM
Each of the seven rooms at Shivapuri Heights Cottages are rustic and homely. Inside, you'll find basic but comfortable furnishings, set amidst a backdrop of red brick walls (some may say a little too red), and hardwood or terracotta tiled floors. Tibetan antiques and a few eccentric English touches here and there lend the entire place an individual charm, making it feel less like a typical guesthouse and more like a quirky homestay.
The main Jasmine House is home to two of the largest and most newly-renovated suites, enjoying easy access to the communal facilities. Further down the garden, the two standalone Cottages, Bougainvillea and Poinsetta, offer bungalow-style living with several bedrooms, a shared bath, living room and terrace that can be booked as a whole for greater privacy. Finally, budget travellers (or the adventurous-at-heart) will love the newly-introduced tent accommodation: literally a row of tents pitched in the garden with proper beds and a shared bathroom, available during the warmer months.
A cosy, family-run retreat in the foothills just outside Kathmandu, surrounded by garden terraces and peaceful hiking trails.
Food & Drink
Meals at Shivapuri Heights Cottage are served family-style, together with your hosts and fellow guests. The entertaining cook, J.B., will ensure that your belly is kept full with a rotating set menu of simple but delicious homecooked Nepalese dishes – think curries, dal bhaat, rice and lentils, etc. Dishes lean towards vegetarian, with fresh produce grown in the cottages’ own organic vegetable gardens. The occasional English-style shepherd’s pie or quiche is also thrown in for some variety.
A small bar in each cottage offers a range of beer, spirits and wines. Help yourself to drinking water and coffee or tea at any time of the day.
Watch a movie in the cosy lounge or warm your toes besides the roaring fireplace in the communal living room. Browse the library’s interesting selection of books and reading material, or learn to prepare delicious Nepalese home-style dishes with Neeru and J.B.'s cooking classes. Browse the small but well-curated selection of hand woven linens, traditional Nepalese board games and souvenirs for sale at the in-house gift shop.
Revive your weary limbs with a traditional Ayurvedic spa treatment at Neeru’s Outdoor Spa. Mani-pedis and men’s barber services are also available.
Let the kids run wild in Shivapuri Heights' spacious gardens, which include a trampoline, tree house, play tents and paddling pool (during the warmer months).
The quaint Shivapuri Village and surrounding area are filled with delightful walking opportunities. Pop into Budhanilkantha Temple to admire its reclining statue of Lord Vishnu, or hike up to Namkha Khyung Dzong Rigdin Choling Monastery and enjoy a picnic lunch. Alternatively, enjoy a stroll or go birdwatching in Shivapuri National Forest, a protected area that’s home to over 300 species of birds. Finally, a mountain biking tour of the surrounding Kathmandu Valley is a great way to watch farmers and villagers going about their everyday activities.
Your Booking Makes a Difference
For every booking that you make at Shivapuri Heights Cottage, Indistay will donate 1% of profits to the to the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust to fund the post-earthquake reconstruction of Nepal's historic monuments.Learn More
Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport is the country's sole international airport, serving over 30 international routes from across Asia and the Middle East, including direct flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Delhi, Doha and Bangkok. The airport also connects travellers to a variety of popular domestic routes within the country such as Pokhara and Bharatpur.
FROM THE AIRPORT
Shivapuri Heights Cottages can arrange for transfers from Kathmandu airport or a hotel for US$30 per car one way. If you plan on driving yourself, we strongly advise a four-wheel drive vehicle, especially during the rainy season. Limited parking is available nearby.
If you plan on coming by taxi, tell the driver to take you to the Hari Krishna Centre (also known as ISKON) nearby Bhudanilkantha (also known as Narayantan). From there, it's a 10-15 minute uphill walk to the cottage, following the directional signage.
In The Area
Shivapuri Heights Cottage is located at the foothills of Shivapuri National Park, a protected forest area on the north side of the Kathmandu Valley, about half an hour's drive from downtown Kathmandu. The surrounding area is rural and quiet, with ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching or relaxation away from the chaos of the city.
The surrounding Shivapuri Village area is best explored on foot or bicycle, with the nearest village and shops located about a 20 minute walking distance away. A hired car with driver is also available for longer distances at reasonable rates.
Shivapuri National Park: 1.5 km (20 mins on foot)
Nearest village: 1.5 km (20 minutes on foot)
Kathmandu: 12 km (30 minutes by car)
Patan: 17 km (45 minutes by car)
Bhaktapur: 20 km (50 minutes by car)