About this listing
You will be able to observe normal Nepalese way of living and the culture as it is by living with us.
A cozy and comfortable stay with Nepalese family fulfilling your basic need in Nepal.
Alvin's Room was named after the room was transformed from storage space to accommodate my close friend Alvin Tai from Seatle, USA who was in Nepal on a business trip for a week. We used artifacts and handicrafts to decorate the room traditionally while keeping it simple.
Conveniently located in the heart of Kathmandu valley and just a minute walk from all major public transportation. Nearby restaurants, banks, and grocery shops.
Short walk to airport, some of the Word Heritage Sites, short &easy bicycle ride to all major attractions (Historical Palaces, Temples, Stupas, Monasteries and popular Tourist Hangouts).
We have had many friends from abroad spending their time in our house because of the warmth and location. You will get to blend with our family, taste Nepali food and experience the culture just the way it is for us everyday. We treat you like our own family.
We will assist you along your tour in negotiating costs for excursions and adventures to make it fun and memorable while making it most reasonable. We'll provide you a sim card for your telephone need (cost to be born by you).
At no additional cost, we'll serve you three cups of tea everyday, you can learn how to cook Nepali food and we'll give you Nepali Lessons for as long as you stay with us at a time convenient to both you and a member of our family.
For additional guest (there will be a cleaning fee of 10 dollars if your stay is for a week). If you stay for long time, you will be responsible for the cleaning of room and everything else you use.
You can go to the roof of the house and just about any where. During festivals and special occasions, we invite you to participate with us and our neighbors.
Interaction with guests
As and when we are available, we offer help to show you local restaurants, bus stops, taxi stands etc. I do have a motorbike and can take you around for a small fee. In my free times, I am also available for guiding you around the city or sight seeing in the hills around Kathmandu Valley.
Ours is a laid back neighborhood with a beautiful temple just two minutes walk. It does get noisy in the morning as people make their presence felt to others with loud greetings. Also, there are vegetable vendors, recycling guys, trash collector etc who make noise to sell fresh green vegetables, collect beer bottles and trashes respectively.
We are less than 5 minutes walk from major public transportation system because of the proximity of the most important temple in the country and the airport. Technically, we are very close to all major part of the city.
Other things to note
If you wish to use the washing machine, there is a charge of 3 dollars per use. We'll give you one load laundry detergent. Please ask us us prior to using the machine because may not be familiar in using it.
Water and electricity is of scarce in Kathmandu so we request all the guests to use them wisely.
Our house rule is no different than your own. Just be respectful to the culture and tradition. We request those who stay longer to clean their room from time to time (Disposing Trash from Kitchen use and toilets properly in the bins, taking them out to the trash collector in the morning who comes two to three times a week) and also contribute in water and electricity as well as gas use if you use the gas oven to cook food.
Please also clean the toilets and kitchen properly after using them. We keep it clean for all.
Smoking is only allowed in the roof and open spaces.
Currently, I am a Project Manager at Search and Rescue Organization Nepal (SARON) This organization is a Search and Rescue Dispatch Center as well as training and development center for Mountain Rescue.
Born and Raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. I live with my wife Resu and son Tintin in the Heart of Kathmandu. I have lived in different part of the world. From , I was in Andhra Pradesh India as a student. From , I was in United States. I have worked for Disney's Animal Kingdom as a cultural representative in a one year program by Walt Disney World. Then I lived in Dallas, TX as a student and completed BA from University of Texas, Arlington. I lived in Atlanta for 4 years while working at CNN. My last six month in the United States was in Las Vegas selling cell phones (Criket). I have traveled most of the states in US Including Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. I have also been to Canada (Vancouver, Banff). After 13 years in US I went to work in Qatar in a helicopter company and had the opportunity to explore middle east for a year and half. I also have lived and traveled in Europe for 6 months.
I love trekking in the mountains and various outdoor adventures. I also survived the 2015 April 25 Earthquake in Langtang Mountain that devastated many regions of Nepal. Almost 9000 people died. I campaign for safe mountain travel and advise people of potential dangers while trekking in the Mountains in Nepal.
My family (Suraj, Resu and Tintin) love to host folks like you from different part of the world because we get to meet and know many different nationals and learn a lot from their experience. This experience has made tremendous impact in the development of our little son Tin Tin. The hosting experience makes us better continuously.
"We like to learn and share" - Everyone profits and no one loses.