Best hotels and hostels in Kathmandu to Pokhara

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gorkha

    Gorkha Gaun

    Located 6km south of town on a scenic hilltop, this is far and away the best place to stay in this area, and a model of rural tourism. Returning to Nepal after years in the USA, the owners have lovingly crafted their own gaun (small village) of guest cottages using local materials and intelligent engineering – and made it earthquake-proof. Nice touches abound, like the fire pit with views to Manaslu, slate baths, and long beds for Western travellers. The large dining hall offers a wonderful family-style buffet. All activities are included in the price, such as hikes to the hotel from Manakamana (five hours), onwards to the Gorkha Durbar (3½ hours), and explorations of Magar villages in the adjacent valley (four to five hours). Attention to detail extends down to the matching crockery handcrafted in Bandipur. Call ahead for directions.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bandipur

    Bandipur Adventure Camp

    This new bargain option is in its own category. A tent camp on a mountaintop, with amazing views of Manaslu towering over the Trisuli River, it's run by a dynamic young management, and makes the perfect backpacking stop. The multicuisine restaurant bakes its own bread, pasta and pizza, and the small bar serves beer to match. On weekends in high season there's live music. All sorts of adventure sports are on offer: hiking, caving, paintball, rock climbing, canyoning and even off-road motocross. The tents are basic, with shared bathrooms, and roofs to keep the sun off. They will hold four people if they all know each other really well. A purpose-built lodge is only a work in progress. It's a 10-minute walk to town, but located next to the highest mobile-phone tower in the area, so you can't get lost coming back.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bandipur

    Old Inn Bandipur

    This beautifully restored mansion at the heart of the bazaar offers charming rooms decorated with Buddhist and Newari art, set around a terracotta terrace facing the mountains. Take your pick from views of mountains or captivating streetscapes. Some rooms are on the cosy side (and watch your head!), but newer ones are spacious with private bathrooms and balconies. All have beautiful woodwork. If the hotel is full, you will probably be referred to Panche Baja, a restored building at the northeast end of the square run by the same owners. It's also long on historic character, but lacks the views of its sibling.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Gaun Ghar

    A renovated historic home with a lovely central courtyard and internal balconies, Gaun Ghar is also one of the best places to try classic Newari food. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the atmospheric main street. Beds are fitted with electric blankets for chilly winter nights. However, while strongly reminiscent of the adjacent Old Inn, this hotel is significantly more expensive.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Bandipur Mountain Resort

    This hotel has two properties at either end of Tundikhel. The western property is on a forested cliffside. Unlike other hotels in Bandipur, it feels like a jungle lodge. Rooms are freshly painted, with porches offering awesome views. The other property also has sweeping views, but its more modern rooms lack the attractive lodge feel. Reserve ahead in season.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Heritage Guest House

    Housed in a somewhat ramshackle residence at the southwest end of the bazaar, the welcoming Heritage Guest House looks like you are entering a souvenir shop. However, rooms 5 and 6 are some of the best budget rooms in town, with great views and a shared bathroom right outside the door. The attached restaurant serves some good meals, including Newari specialities such as jhwai khattee (warm local wine with millet, ghee, rice and honey).

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Hotel Depche

    A gem on the edge of Bandipur, this attractive mudbrick cottage is tucked away in the fields 300m west of the bazaar. At the time of research, a new restaurant and dining hall were under construction, and room renovations on the way. The location, candlelit courtyard and rooftop have always made this hotel an appealing choice, as has its dedicated entrepreneurial owner.

  • Lodging in Gorkha

    Hotel Gorkha Bisauni

    Set in landscaped grounds about 500m downhill from the bus stand, this hotel and restaurant has a promising facade and lobby, but an uneven collection of rooms, although some improvements are under way. Avoid the dark caves in favour of bright balcony rooms. The highlight is the outdoor terrace, a great spot at sunset and Gorkha's unofficial watering hole.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Bandipur Village Resort

    The Village Resort has an attractive historic facade near the jeep stand, but the rooms themselves are in a concrete building out the back. It’s a good option if you’re looking for modern comfort rather than historic ambience. Room 302 has amazing mountain views, which are also appreciated from the rooftop. Staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Lodging in Gorkha

    Gurkha Crown Resort

    If you don't mind being 6km out of town in rural countryside, this pleasant hotel offers simple but spacious en suite rooms with lots of light in a forest setting. The happy and energetic owner is a pleasure to deal with. Call ahead for directions.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Hotel Red Rose

    If you'd like to stay in an historic property on a budget, this is your best choice. Located in the centre of the bazaar, it offers simpler rooms with foam beds, but with both street and valley views, cute balconies and a downstairs restaurant.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Hotel Maya

    A cheapie right on the main bazaar with an atmospheric streetside cafe. The rooms in this traditional building are tiny but full of atmosphere, with exposed beams and some alluring views, not to mention hot water in a bucket.

  • Lodging in Bandipur

    Newa Guest House

    A great budget option: nice streetside rooms with balconies and shared bathrooms for a bargain price.

  • Lodging in Gorkha

    Hotel Miracle

    While you won't find any accommodation miracles here, particularly when it comes to covering all surfaces with paint, this basic business hotel is a good option in a town with very few of them. It's the tall glass building on the right as you enter town.

  • Lodging in Gorkha

    Gurkha Inn

    While the hallways in this overpriced hotel would make a great dungeon, it does have a nice garden, a patio restaurant, and some surprisingly clean and well-lit rooms (try room 304).