We had the luxury of staying in both Kathmandu proper and Patan, its neighboring city. Patan is slightly less overwhelming than Kathamandu.
Although, it's entirely possible that we came to that conclusion because of Swotha Traditional Homes. A peaceful oasis down an alleyway in Patan surrounded by greenery. Swotha is a 70 year old Newari home that got a new lease on life when Traditional Homes restored the building into an inn near Patan Durbar Square.
Go luxe or go home. You can find luxury in Kathmandu that is sure to be a wonderful escape from the bustling city life.
Dwarikas Hotel is perfection. A quick five minutes from the Kathmandu international airport, Dwarikas Hotel is enclosed by a brick wall that blocks off the excess noise surrounding the hotel.
With a center courtyard, complimentary yoga, multiple restaurants and a luxurious pool, you won't need to leave.
Unfortunately the food is underwhelming in Kathmandu. It can also be difficult to find a restaurant with cleanliness that meets Western standards. But the few spots we did find were exceptional.
Cafe Swotha, which is located next to Swotha Traditional Home, fuses together Western health staples, like goat cheese salad, with Newari dishes like momo dumplings and masala tea.
Nepal is famous for trekking, so the most wonderful attractions in my opinion lie outside of the bustling cities.
It's worth checking out Kathmandu Durbar Square,Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple and Boudanath Stupa, but nothing beats trekking the Himalayas.
There are an endless number of treks in Nepal, some of which can take you so remote that you're likely not to see a soul for at least 24 hours. Others will have you surrounded by foreigners with a common mission of trekking the views of the Himalays. In particular, Everest and the other 8 of the world's highest peaks.
Despite being overrun by tourists the Everest Base Camp Trek is sensational. Most travelers don't care for the crowds, dust, smell and having to dodge animal poop that you'll come across on this trek, but once you've reached 13k feet to Namche Bazaar and view Everest for the first time.... It's magical. Check out our YouTube channel to get a sense for the EBC trek!
Another popular trekking option is the Annapurna Circuit. With stunning scenery this trek is slightly less crowded, leading to less dust and chaos. However, you may not get the crystal clear views of Everest that the EBC trek gets.