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.
During your stay at Shiva Guest House, most of the crew you meet will be either members or relatives of the host family. The founder, Suresh Bahadur Dhaubanjar, ran a small business of motor parts and his family used to own a grocery.
It was about 30 years ago that he became attracted to tourism. Gradually, he started to work with a few tour companies, and in the next few years, he led many groups to Sikkim, Ladakh, and other parts of India, as well as Tibet.
He closed his previous businesses and opened a small restaurant which served typical Newari and Nepali dishes. About 5 years later, he converted his ancestral house to Shiva Guest House. Ever since, his family and relatives have been at his side, assisting in the various day-to-day operations.
Following the increase in demand for more rooms, Suresh has recently started his second guesthouse in the vicinity, named Shiva Guest House 2. His elder son Naresh is managing their travel and tour wings.
As Suresh remains involved mostly in community based activities, his younger son, Kailash, has taken over all major responsibilities related to the management of his properties. With a vision of projecting his family business even further, Kailash went to Cyprus to study Hospitality Management and returned back in February 2009. He has also completed his Tour Guide course from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management.
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Historical: Conservation of ancient temples and monuments
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The founders and hosts of Shiva Guest House are actively involved in the conservation of Yaksheshwor Temple, which is a 15th century temple of Lord Shiva. Besides helping in its cleaning up, they generously offer giveaways for lighting and other materials needed for the temple during festivals.