This homestay is incredible. This was my first time visiting Nepal and I went straight from the airport to Babu's home located in a beautiful, peaceful village close to Kathmandu and all the attractions, but far enough away that the air is fresh and the only noises you hear are from daily life in the village. I stayed at the beginning of July, which is Monsoon time and alot of people had warned me not to travel. However it didn't rain much, and when it did it didn't interfere with our plans. We still went trekking and on day trips. I actually think Monsoon season was a nice time to stay because the fields are luscious and green. I travelled solo, but when you stay here you are never lonely. You can have as much or as little time alone as you want. I loved chatting with the family, laughing, watching tv, sharing stories, and just hanging out.
I initially stayed 4 nights and in that time Babu, Belku and his 2 children became my family. I loved those 4 night so much that I rearranged my accomodation in central Kathmandu so that I could stay one more night with the family, and every minute was worth it.
The house is beautiful, probably the cleanest and most comfortable stay I had during my 15 days in Nepal. My room had open windows with an amazing view over the rice fields, comfortable double bed and really spacious. Clean shared western toilets, and 24 hour reliable wifi (which is rare in Nepal!).
Babu is so genuine, honest and wants you to have the best stay in Nepal. He organised my itinerary in the first hour of arriving at the homestay, booked my bus ticket to Pokhara and brought the hard copy back within a few hours! You can pay a little bit extra and he will organise a guide to take you on day trips to some sites in Nepal (Bhaktapur, Durbar square), and I was lucky to have Babu as my guide, who makes the whole experience so enjoyable . Another day I went on a village tour with Babu's daughter Ruza, which gives you an amazing insight into traditional village life - women washing, cooking, cleaning, planting rice. We even went to Babu's parents home. This is an experience you wouldn't get to have unless you stayed at a homestay.
I've mentioned Babu alot because he is at the forefront of the business, he does all the communication with bookings and itinerary planning etc. However, the whole family are wonderful. Belku is lovely and she cooks amazing organic food fresh from the garden (as everybody has mentioned). All the vegetables and fruits, even tomato and cucumber are 100% safe to eat, which is really good considering most guidebooks recommend not eating these at local restaurants (so enjoy them here at the homestay while you can!!). Belku is kind, caring, and has such a good sense of humour it was lovely to share time with her. I also got to know daughter Ruza well and being similar in age, it was great to get more insight into life in Nepal from her.
This homestay is awesome, you cannot leave or know Nepal without staying here. I'll always have great memories and I know I'll stay in touch with Babu until we meet again one day!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Homestay Nepal We wish you a very warm welcome into our home. We are very happy that if you have chose to stay with us on your trip in Nepal. We are not a hotel nor a guest house, but a family, and we want you to feel part of our family, so if there is anything we can do to make you feel more at home please do not hesitate to ask us. We hope you enjoy our home, our home cooked food and our service. If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them, and if you have any problems we will do our best to rectify them. Your enjoyment of our home is of the greatest importance to us, and we look forward to being of service to you during your time here. Best Regards Babu and Homestay Nepal ... more less