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Testimonials about Himanshu home stay nepal, nepali cooking class in kathmandu

Here is what people said about Himanshu home stay and Nepali cooking class. 

2 ladies from Australia wrote this recently...
Loved this homestay, very peaceful after the noise of Thamel. I stayed with Rajan and his family for Holi Festival and what fun it was. The whole village included us in their celebrations. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the food was delicious. A beautiful family.

Carol from USA wrote this... 

While on a recent trip to Nepal with Earthbound Expeditions where I did a 12 day tour, including a 5 day trek, I decided to do a homestay before and after so as to experience Nepali life with a family. I am so happy that I stayed with Rajan, Anshu and their lovely children and extended family. I spent time playing with the children, watching them prepare for the festivals and also enjoyed the quiet of living outside the main bustling area of Kathmandu. Walking through the area and visiting some of the families there was a highlight. I also decided to take a Nepali cooking class with Anshu and it was so much better than I expected! This woman knows how to cook! She shared several of her recipes with us and the food we prepared together was so delicious! My friends at home are eagerly awaiting my preparing dinner for them! I would encourage anyone traveling to Kathmandu to take a few days to enjoy this homestay and Nepali cooking class.

Room Tip: rooms have a comfortable bed, private bathroom with hot shower and balcony overlooking the garden

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Testimonials by Anne H from USA who stayed with us in June 2013... 

Hello, 

I chose a homestay for my third trip to Nepal so I could learn how people in another culture live, which isn't fully possible when staying in a tourist-oriented hotel or guest house. The family is a typical Nepali extended family, with two parents and two young sons, a widowed grandmother, and an adult sister, a wonderfully sweet woman with a learning disability.

On the first morning of my Kathmandu homestay, four small boys, aged four to eleven years, all wanted to meet the American. I welcomed them into my comfortable room, with attached bath. Many of my belongings enthralled them. Next they escorted me to the garden, where the oldest son, Arjan, showed me each plant and instructed me to take its picture.

Arjan showed me his turtles next, then introduced me to Lucy, the guard dog. She's kept in a kennel during the day, but roams the garden in this well-to-do suburb at night to keep intruders at bay. Most homes in the neighborhood appear to have dogs, which cause some noise in the night. Lucy is a sweet dog, and welcomes my pats.

I was then led, a boy holding each hand, to the temple down the road. They told me to remove my sandals on the threshold, and the boys took me around the temple, telling me the names of the Hindu god represented by each sculpture. Each bell in the temple was rung vigorously, and I was told to do the same!

Nepalis typically eat two large meals a day. At the start of the day, Nepali tea is generally served (as a guest it was brought to my room), then between nine and ten in the morning a large plate of dal baht is eaten (rice and lentils), usually accompanied by spicy vegetables. Knowing I am used to eating breakfast, my family made a special meal of rice porridge or oatmeal for me. But after a number of days I eventually dropped this meal, to get my eating in synch with the rest of the family, as I found it impossible to eat the dal baht mid-morning so soon after the rice porridge or oatmeal. In the afternoon Nepali tea was again served, and then a large meal of dal bhat was consumed once more in the evening.

The wife Anshu offers a Nepali cooking class, which two Swiss girls participated in during my stay. They learned that pumpkin leaves make a wonderful dish not dissimilar to spinach, and that jack fruit, with the right spices, is a lovely accompaniment to rice and lentils. They also learned how to make alu paratha, a delicious bread stuffed with potatoes. Following the class, Anshu took the girls to the local masaala, or spice shop, where they purchase freshly ground spices to bring home.

One of the uncomfortable moments I repeatedly experienced was when a female member of the household, usually Anshu, sat and watched me eat, without eating themselves. As a guest I was served first, usually followed by a male member of the household. I was not sure if the women ate last in this culture, or if it was because there was a foreign guest present. After many meals I finally asked. I was told that this happens because Nepalis eat with their right hand; it is dirty until they finish eating and rinse it off. Therefore, the woman serving me, using her right hand, does not want to start eating herself until she is sure that I do not want second helpings (which are continuously pushed on you until you say, "Pugyo, Pugyo," meaning "Enough! Enough!"). But caste does come into play, too. So does the right of mother-in-laws to eat first.

The homestay is not that far from the tourist center of Thamel. Most guests who only spend one night are driven there and back in a car. However I was there for much longer, and I learned to take the micro bus, using a billboard as reference for when I needed to get off. At first I used Thamel primarily for its internet cafes, until I located one only a 10-15 minute walk from the house. I was the only Westerner in this neighborhood, which is extremely welcoming. The young school children in particular greeted me with "Namaste" as I walked the streets. 

In total, I spent six nights at Himanshu homestay, before departing for the Dhading district on a service project that Earthbound Expeditions, the owner’s trekking company, assisted me with. In these six days, I gained a much greater insight into Nepali culture then I ever did before on my previous visits to Nepal, which totaled over eight weeks! Although I was not staying with a typical Nepali family, this one has more wealth than most, it gave me a window into the culture that I could not have obtained otherwise. Even spending one day and one night was a learning experience for the Swiss girls who took the cooking class. I also formed lasting friendships, especially with my fellow animal lover, seven-year-old Arjan. He gave me a drawing of a bird landing on a tree, eating a bug. It’s on my mantle at home.

The low-down: The room I stayed in has an attached bath with western style toilet, and an on-demand hot water heater that provided a nicer shower than many I’ve had in Kathmandu guest houses in Thamel. The room was clean, spacious, and nicely furnished, although the new bed was a bit hard. The courtyard is beautiful and the large covered porch an enjoyable place to hang out and talk with the family. A convenience store is nearby in case you have a hankering for a coke or Pringles, or in case you’ve forgotten any necessity.

The family was extremely attentive. One morning I had a migraine and they were so concerned over me and took wonderful care of me. I really enjoyed getting to eat non-touristy Nepali food, and ate many side dishes not on a typical tourist menu that were fantastic! I actually found it hard to leave, I had such a wonderful time during my homestay!