About this listing
A small cocoon with attached bathroom, in the heart of old Patan. Book there if you want to enjoy an authentic Newari House with all the comfort of a modern house.
Small bedroom (single occupancy) with modern bathroom and access to a friendly shared kitchen. The room is located in a beautifully restored old Newari House. A good value for money and the chance of living in Prakash and Premila’s place in the old Patan!
!! Relatively low ceilings . If you are very tall you may not want to book here for a long period !!
• Access to the shared kitchen/ living room
• Roof terrace with comfortable sitting space
• Electricity backup for all-day power supply
• Hot water 24h and pressure pump
• Free WIFI
• Free set of towels and linens changed every week
• Cleaning 2 times/ week
Interaction with Guests
Prakash and Pramila welcome you with all their heart, their generosity and their sense of hospitality.
They will be happy to help you out with good advices and share their Newari culture with you.
Luckily, Premila is also the best cook in town. You can book a Nepali Dal Bhat (Nepali Set) for dinner or even organise a Newari feast on the roof terrace!
You can also have the chance to try home-made "Raksi", the local rice/ millet alcohol: Prakash's mum is a super specialist of the distillation process and produce one of the best Raksi of the area ;-)
The Old Patan is a fantastic area to stay in. It is much more authentic and traditional than the tourist-spoiled places of Kathmandu and its concrete jungle. There are many hidden treasures to discover: hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, courtyard, secret paths, monasteries, local food spots...
The vibrant local life of the Newars (the original ethnic group of the Kathmandu Valley) guarantees you a very rich cultural experience.
There are two big public bus stations around (10 min walk away from us): Lagankel and Patan Doka.
From there you can go down to Kathmandu Ratna Park and to many places and villages around.
As a general fact, we discourage our guests to be systematically brought back by taxi or car until our front door (beside the first day of course). The old Patan is a very fragile area and cannot handle too much traffic and pollution.
Ask the taxi to drop you in Mangal Bazar or in Patan Doka and have a walk in all those beautiful small alleys and courtyards to reach our house, it is much healthier and enjoyable for all ;-)
The house is very lively: there is nothing expected beside your good humour and a minimum sense of respect for your hosts and the other tenants. We also encourage our guests to smoke on the roof terrace rather than in the rooms.
It was a good experience staying in Dhakhwa House. The house owners are welcome and recommended us many nice closeby places in Patan.
Very hospitable host Prakash (owner of Dhakwa House), and the place was really like in the photos. Prakash really goes out of his way to help you out and make you feel at home.
1) Ask Prakash to take you on his walking tour of ancient spots (1,000 yr. old Golden Temple, etc.) and even introduce you to the living child goddess "Kumari"
2) For a 1-day spiritual experience, ask Prakash to arrange a same-day return flight to Buddha's birthplace (Lumbini) with car pickup at Lumbini and rickshaw trip around Lumbini
3) If you're a foodie, ask Prakash to take you to local "non-tourist" eating places as well
4) If you request pick up from the airport, request Camille's driver to have a "secret password" or something so you can verify he's really your driver. Airport scammers/gangsters may grab your name-sign from driver and then pretend to be your driver then later "introduce" you to your real driver and then extort "tips" from you. Your driver will be too scared/non-confrontational to intervene and tell you what happened only after it's all happened.
5) If you're sensitive to loud sounds and/or have difficultly breathing, check with Camille/Prakash first if there will be any construction/woodwork being done in your requested accommodation during your planned stay; as you may inhale sawdust and hear loud hammering/sawing from your room.
Overall, the stay was great and I highly recommend the Dhakwa House and Cozy Nepal (Camille and Co.)
Thank you so much prakash and pramila for making me feel so welcome and at home at your cosy house!! Perfect starting point as it was my first Nepal experience and it can be a bit overwhelming at first! I got a private tour from prakash, showing me all kinds of small places, streets i would have missed otherwise. Pramila's cooking is simply amazing! Camille and Saleish were so kind to answer all the questions i had before my trip and always reacted immediatly!
Thanks! I would certainly recommend this place to my friends or come back myself!
I stayed for 2 nights in Dhakhwa House for my first visit to Nepal and I'm so glad that I did. My room was cozy and welcoming, the perfect combination for a single traveler. The house is open and airy and the hosts are kind and welcoming. The home is conveniently located only a short walk away from the Patan Durbar Square. I have nothing but positive things to say about my visit and highly suggest you stay at Dkakhwa House during our Kathmandu stay.
Where can I start ?! So much to tell !
Just got back from my trip to Nepal and already can't wait to go back to Dhakhwa House!
Prakash, Pramila, their kids and his mother are just amazing persons! I found a new Nepali family there and my only regret was to leave so early after 1 week with them. They made me feel home and taught me so much about everything: the culture, the religions, the food, etc. If you want to live a real and unique immersion in this beautiful culture and country, you have found the perfect place!
The building is a centenary old and Prakash was born there and has been restaured beautifully. Also super safe to leave all your stuff there while away.
Just 2 minutes walk away from Patan's Durbar Square with all the temples and Swotha Square (Swotha Café, Swotha Kiosk are cool places to drink tea or eat), and Patan gate (lots of taxis), it is ideally located for a quiet and peaceful stay!
My single room was very cute, simple and with some Nepali's taste ! The bathroom is perfect, water super hot at anytime to shower :) They also have a nice roof terrace which is perfect to enjoy a tea for breakfast or at any time of the day.
Patan is a very nice city, nothing compared to the very busy streets of Kathmandu which I did not like at all !!
Thanks to Prakash, I had the chance to experience a non-touristic tour, to meet the Kumari: a living goddess, and so many unforgettable moments.
Pramila's cooking is just the best, from her traditional Dal-Baaht to her glass noodles and of course her masala tea which I miss a lot! I had the chance to take a lesson with her and went to the market in the early morning. Was great ! !
To conclude, I could not have dreamt of a better place to enjoy my stay especially since I was traveling by myself. I had the best time with them and look forward to visiting them as soon as I can ! I really encourage everyone who reads me to stay at the Dhakhwa's family guest house to live what I've experienced. I found peace with them and already miss them a lot. Namaste !
Camille, Sailesh & Co with their Cosy Nepal collective is a recommended host. I stayed at their place, Dhakhwa House for 6 nights and it was a very pleasant stay. The house which is a renovated Newari house is nice. Prakash, our host in Dhakhwa House, is also very helpful. He helped us in arranging our itinerary. He also offered us local tour in Patan which fascinated us (especially the part when we were given the opportunity to personally meet Patan Kumari aka The Living Goddess). Prakash also frequently checked us if we were alright during our Pokhara trip. I would really recommend Cosy Nepal for an amazing stay in Nepal.
Nice place, very nice family. the house is very clairaudient, and if you stay in the first floor it will be hard to not to hear everything in the house...
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About the Host, Camille,Sailesh & Co
French Travel freak - have lived in many country including Russia, Spain, Sweden, USA and now Nepal. Today my pleasure is to introduce people to unspoilt places of the Kathmandu Valley, especially the Old Patan where I live.
Very fond of old wood, architecture, animals and nature in general, experimental food and all things a bit curious.