Shiva Guest House 1Address: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur
You know you rarely get the privilege of living at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and that too, under the care of very cordial hosts who can please anyone with their traditional culinary skills. The hosts are local residents and know every street and corner of the old town. Having hosted guests from all over the world, including the crew of Little Buddha (a historical Hollywood movie), they are capable of catering to a diverse clientele.
For the first time ever, you can now book rooms in either of their two guesthouses. The original building (Shiva Guesthouse - 1) stands next to the 15th century Yaksheshwor Temple inside Bhaktapur Durbar Square, while the newer wing is a few minutes away, just outside the heritage site.
Rooms you find in the old building are not that spacious, but that only adds to your experience of living like most of the locals. With windows facing the architectural wonders of the medieval era, it is almost impossible to resist the distinct ambience.
The annex (Shiva Guesthouse -2) is also built in traditional architecture of Bhaktapur and furnished alike, providing more comfort. And walking to the Durbar Square takes less than 5 minutes.
The main building of Shiva Guesthouse is located behind Yaksheshwor Temple inside Bhaktapur Durbar Square, about 11 km from the international airport of Kathmandu.
Airport taxi service costs about USD 12.00 for a one-way transfer to Bhaktapur. Getting there by public transport is much cheaper, but may not be that convenient.
After you leave the airport, turn left on the Ring Road to the three-way diversion at Koteshwor. From there, take the Araniko Highway as far Sallaghari (pine forest) and turn left again and continue along the narrower road that leads to the Tourist Parking lot adjacent to the Bhaktapur Industrial Area.
You will have to walk on foot along the stone paved street (behind the parking lot) to enter the heritage site from its main gate.
Under normal traffic conditions, the drive takes about 25 minutes.