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Kathmandu

If you are looking for a budget destination with all the trimmings then you'll find no better than Nepal's capital Kathmandu. With ancient temples, narrow old streets, rustic open squares, a mix of cultures all resting below the snow capped Himalayas there's nowhere else on earth quite like Kathmandu. From budget backpackers looking for five dollar rooms to trekking and culture enthusiasts looking for private hotels you'll have no problems finding value for money accommodation near all the top attractions.

Stay in Thamel which is commonly referred to as the heart of tourist Kathmandu and use it as your base to get started. Or stay in the quieter Paknajol area right next door with easy access to the monkey temple at Swyanbunath. For culture enthusiasts you might want to consider staying out of the immediate city near one of the world's largest stupas in Boudhanath. Wherever you choose to stay in Kathmandu there will always be something to do for all budgets.

Thamel

Since the 1960's Thamel has had an incredible reputation for providing some of the cheapest hotel rooms in the world. Not much has changed as this bustling area truly is the heart of Kathmandu's tourist district. Thamel is a maze of small winding streets between three main roads dividing them all up and linking you to popular tourist spots throughout the city. From Thamel it's a mere 10 minute walk to the city's stunning Durbar Square or former Royal Palace which is now a museum. Lined with trekking stores, handicraft shops, hotels, restaurants and cafés, Thamel is a favourite budget accommodation location for hundreds of travellers every year.

Paknajol

If you are looking to avoid the hustle, bustle and noise of Thamel yet still be close to the all the action of Kathmandu then the Paknajol area is a great place to find budget hotels. Literally located right next to Thamel, Paknajol is a long street that links to walkable roads leading to the must see attractions of Swyanbunath (monkey temple), Thamel and Kathmandu Durbar square. A quieter alternative to Thamel, guest-houses here often fill up so book early!

Boudhanath

As one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Boudhanath does have some luxury hotels situated nearby but still has several great budget accommodation options available. Located via a short 15 minute taxi ride outside of Thamel, Boudhanath offers a true old world experience without the throngs of tourists. Most of the budget accommodation is located off the side streets that lead to Boudhanath stupa, one of the world's largest and most impressive.

Bhaktapur

Technically Bhaktapur is a city in its own right located 30 minutes outside of Kathmandu city. However for budget accommodation that's got easy access to the capital few could go wrong with choosing Bhaktapur as a location to stay. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site Bhaktapur's centre offers the unique status of being traffic free. With temples, museums, cafés and relaxing streets it makes for a great place to find a perfect budget hotel and stay a while in Nepal.

For more information about Kathmandu, have a look at the Travellerspoint guide

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x The average starting price for a place to stay in Kathmandu is £12 per night.

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Backyard Hotel

Thamel, Kathmandu

Excellent 91%
Swimming Pool
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £3 per night
marshe58 For true basic traveler types it is perfect. I enjoyed the staff, the site is fine also. Great rooftop view for picture taking at sunsrise also,

Tasi Dhargey Inn

Bhagawoti Marga Thamel

Excellent 90%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £5 per night

Hotel Potala

PO Box: 26182 Thamel

Awesome 88%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
Budget From £4 per night
Peter52p great hostel in centre of Kathmandu close to every thing 2 bad things power goes off most nights for 1 1/2 hrs so it can get hot in room with no fan and second no lifts and a lot of stairs reception is on 2nd floor and rooms are all above but apart from that all good

Shangrila Boutique Hotel

Thamel, Jyatha

Awesome 88%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Budget From £4 per night

Alobar1000

214 Kesarmahal Marg Thamel-29

Awesome 87%
Free WiFi
Budget From £2 per night

Hotel Silver Home

Thamel-29

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £2 per night
ecaemail The room was bright and spacious and the staff were friendly and helpful, but the bathroom was certainly not the cleanest I've ever seen, and the bathroom ceiling leaked when it rained.

The Happily Ever After Hostel

Thamel Road Thamel

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £1 per night

Holyland Guest House

Thamel POB 21851

Awesome 86%
Free WiFi
Budget From £3 per night
mvilimova Good location,very friendly,helpful staff,clean but a bit dark room,problem with electricity(as almost everywhere in Kathmandu)

Hotel Ganesh Himal

Chhetrapati

Awesome 85%
Swimming Pool
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £5 per night

Kathmandu Madhuban Guesthouse

Kathmandu Thamel

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £5 per night
sunilpradh wonderful place to stay in the center of Kathmandu. very welcoming staffs...well managed rooms.....and economically excellent place.....

Holy Lodge

7 Corner, Thamel

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £5 per night

Hotel Discovery Inn

Thamel Chibhal

Awesome 85%
Free WiFi
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £3 per night

Family Peace House

Paknajol, Thamel

Great 84%
Free WiFi
Budget From £3 per night
Paul X A great Deal: top location, nice service, proper rooms and fair price! I'll definitely come back! Check out the rooms with balcony!!!

Grand Millennium Guest House

Thamel, Kaldhara Road Kathmandu, Nepal

Great 84%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £5 per night

the Sparkling Turtle Backpackers Hostel

Swoyambhu -15 Kimdole Kathmandu, Buddha Park

Great 83%
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast
Air Conditioning
P24 Hour Check-In
Budget From £2 per night
four_j4 I was allmost 1 month in The sparling turtle an was like a 5 Star Hotel in a hostel. The people was and are One of The greatest on my travel. And The Food is just delicius... Like a Restaurant in france or italy or any Good cuisine in europe also nepali Food is there very very Good. I just say forget all other hostels in kathmandu because u Miss somthing Wehen you are Not in The sparkling turtle. Thank you Team for make it possible:-) Love Jerome

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