A wide variety of accommodation is available in Kathmandu. Prices range from US$ 2 for thrifty lodges, and go all the way above US$ 500 or more for deluxe suites in luxury hotels. There are more than a hundred hotels in Kathmandu, and more are coming up.
In the 1970's when hippies formed the bulk of tourist arrivals, Jhhochen Tole (Freak Street) in Basantapur, close to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, was the centre of tourist activity. But gradually the action moved over to Thamel. Thamel today is a conglomeration of hotels, restaurants, pubs and souvenir shops.
Many of Thamel's residential properties were converted into hotels during the 1980's, and where space was available, new hotels were constructed, and more are still being built. Since then, the standards of hotels have improved a lot. A reasonably decent room with attached bath and running hot water can be found for as low as $ 15.
Almost every form of business around Thamel thrives on tourism. If one has the desire to dwell amongst fellow tourists, Thamel is the choice, but for those wanting to stay away from familiar faces and the hullabaloo of the city, there is the option of selecting hotels in one or the other of the many quiet and attractive spots around Kathmandu.
It has often been said that Kathmandu is the cuisine capital of this part of the world. Therefore, eating out in Kathmandu is a delight. You will be surprised at what you can get to eat around Kathmandu. Of popular international cuisines around the world, you name it and most are available here: Continental, Russian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Indian and Nepali.
While the selection of cuisine in itself is amazing, the low prices at which these culinary delights can be had are even more so. This has all come about due to tourist and expatriate demand.
It all began in 1952 when the legendary Boris Lissanevitch* was commissioned by the Nepalese government to set up Nepal's first luxury hotel in order to accommodate the British Royalty. Widely hailed as this country's “Father Of Tourism,” Boris was a key figure in introducing western food to Kathmandu.Welcome to our swiss replica watches online store, we supply the best quality goods to you. In the late sixties and early seventies Kathmandu was the ultimate destination for the hippies and they brought along their culture as well. Boris is no more, and the flower people have disappeared by now, but traces of their contribution can still be found in some dishes that would not be served anywhere else.