Our stay at Chandra Ban was a welcome respite from life in dusty Kathmandu. As it is perched on the side of the Kathmandu Valley at the edge of Shivapuri Forest, Chandra Ban provides fresher air and peaceful surroundings than the city below. After many B&Bs with overwhelming decor, we appreciated the restraint of the tastefully decorated rooms with their interesting Tibetan artifacts and furniture. We also enjoyed the comfortable bed, crisp welcoming sheets, great coffee, delicious meals, excellent service and stimulating conversations. Eating lunch outside in the lovely garden was a treat. We were quickly put at ease by our engaging hosts but always had space to ourselves when we needed it. Even though it rained almost one whole day, we were quite happy in our lovely room reading and watching a movie. The guesthouse is conveniently situated for hikes of varying lengths into the forest and a picnic lunch was provided when we ventured out to explore. We paid a little extra for the plentiful lunches and dinners, but it was worth it. However, should you wish to prepare your own food, the kitchenette facilities in the rooms would make this easy. I highly recommend this charming and rejuvenating place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chandra Ban is a beautiful retreat located on the edge of the Shivapuri National Park on the northern rim of the Kathmandu valley, just 35 minutes from Kathmandu city centre. It is a luxury lodge with rooms decorated in Himalayan style, each with their own terrace area overlooking the Valley of Kathmandu. Fresh air, natural vegetation and tranquility is offered along with delicious home-cooked meals for the residents. It is an ideal getaway from the noisy, polluted city in the peace and quiet of the countryside but close enough to visit the historic sites of the Valley. It is an ideal location for yoga and meditation retreats. ... more less