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“An Oasis In Bouda”

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Shechen Guest House
Ranked #132 of 438 Kathmandu B&B and Inns
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“An Oasis In Bouda”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is the best place to stay in Bouda. Having looked at 5 other guest houses this is by far the best in the area. Set in the Shechen Monastery compound it is quiet, safe and has a pretty garden. The vegetarian restaurant is very good and the staff are helpful.


When staying in Kathmandu it's helpful to set expectations in context. Be prepared for "load shedding" (when there is no electricity for 12 hours per day), spotty internet connectivity and the reality that you can't always have a hot shower when you want one.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

I stayed in this property during the winter months - December-January.

Strengths: the other guests are very nice and it's easy to socialize with other people. Nice garden setting. Good location in the middle of Boudha near all the monasteries.

Weaknesses: most of the staff are not friendly at all. There is a real 'Buddha business' atmosphere instead of the traditional Nepali hospitality. They charge extra for everything except wifi. The staff in the garden cafe in particular are awful. It's not a place to experience Buddhism because there is not much connection to the monastery or its monks. Half of the rooms don't actually have hot water - it's lukewarm - and the rooms are colder than outside!

Room Tip: Avoid eating at their garden cafe. It's hostile and overpriced!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Pros: If you plan to spend a day in the Boudhanath area in Kathmandu and don't want to pay more than $20 for accommodation, this is a viable option in terms of price and convenience. When you exit the gates of the guesthouse, there is a back alley path to the left that takes you to Boudhanath within five minutes' walk (ask reception about this). The guesthouse has a well-groomed, peaceful courtyard and a vegetarian café.

Cons: Beware if you're going in winter. The room was run-down and very cold. We were there in late December so naturally it was cold at night, but it was one of those rooms that felt almost colder indoors than outdoors. You can rent a small heater for 150 rupees but it won't help much because (a) it's tiny and weak, (b) there probably won't be power half the night, and (c) the placement of the sockets may be such that you can't place the heater close enough to yourself to make a difference. The service was also cold; reception seemed indifferent about our presence and just barely tolerated our questions.

If you think staying in a guesthouse connected to a monastery might be a "unique Nepali experience" you'll probably be disappointed with this one, unless you commit to a longer stay and actually get involved with the monastery itself in some way. But all in all, if cheap and quiet are what you're looking for this will do the trick.

Room Tip: Another reviewer commented that the café caused a lot of noise for her/his ground floor room. We wer...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

At Shechen Guest House you will find peace, Kathmandu is a very chaotic city and the guest house is a little place where you can find peacefulness. The surroundings are perfect, beautiful garden, monastery, great vegeterian restaurant. For a monastic way of living, this is perfect, the rooms are very simple, no luxury here but you will find the basic and everything is clean. If you wake up early, the monks are chanting at 6am, it is really nice to see the young monks beating drums, blowing horns and reciting their prayers, I was really impress to see that, these young men are really devoted. I like to encourage this place because they are very involved in the community, they house an art school, the Shechen Charitable Clinic and schools that offers free education for children.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights in June. There was only one room available (ground floor) which was close to the restaurant so the sound of the staffs working in the kitchen would wake me up at 6 a.m. However, I believe that other rooms upstairs and far from the restaurant are relatively quiet. It was hot and the fan did not work so I barely slept for two nights. The garden is beautiful and quiet, exactly what I needed to do some serious reading. After a walk outside Boudha, this place feels like a safe haven.

Room Tip: Definitely a room upstairs.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Spent 5 nights at Shechen Guest House and thoroughly enjoyed it. The garden is stunning and, after the chaos of Kathmandu, it is relatively peaceful. Yes, dogs do bark at night, but that's Nepal! The rooms are spacious, light and clean. A courtyard cafe serves lovely, though a little pricey, nosh in a beautiful, serene location. Staying in the grounds of a monastery felt like a quite a privilege, especially when listening to morning pujas and chanting monks. If you're staying in Boudha, I'd definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

I look at other reviews about peaceful garden setting and yet the dogs are constantly barking and the chanting starts very early if your not one to get out of bed at 6:00am. Very rustic, old -basic. Two beds though, towels rough but you have your own bathroom and shower (not separate). Some plug outlets not working. Free wi-fi down in beautifully maintained courtyard garden and restaurant. Breakfast good, though limited choice. At the price $15.00 a night, they recommend to make reservations ahead. Area not safe to go out after 8:00, unless accompanied.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Shechen Guest House
Address: Boudha, Mahankal, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Kathmandu Valley > Kathmandu
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Ranked #132 of 438 B&Bs / Inns in Kathmandu
Number of rooms: 23

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