Green Valley Resort Shivapuri Kathmandu Review

Many people come to Nepal to think you have to travel far to the likes of the Everest Region, Mustang, Annapurna, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bardia and many more places. The truth be told, Kathmandu has many beautiful destinations, only around 1 hour -1.5 hours from the centre of the hustle and bustle. One of these locations is Shivapuri National Park and costs foreigners around NPR 1000 to enter.

Inside there are several rangers on patrol keeping visitors protected from tigers, deer, wild boards and many other exotic animals lingering in the woods. While Shivapuri is an excellent destination to hike, cycle and run if you’re not the active type, there are many other destinations to relax. I’ve stayed at a few resorts in Shivapuri, however, have only been particularly impressed by one which I’ve now visited twice. The resort being Green Valley Resort Shivapuri.

My Experience at Green Valley Resort Shivapuri

Initially, I visited in September last year and then recently at the end of December. Whether you want to hold an office retreat, romantic getaway or time to chill on your own this resort has it all. Likewise, it’s incredibly affordable even if you’re on a Nepali salary. You can choose to stay in a chalet or a tent.

Both times I’ve visited, I stayed in a villa deluxe and paid no more than NPR 3000 based on three people sharing for a night. However, for two, it may be slightly more, and it depends on your package. Inside each chalet is a double bed and a single, which are remarkably comfy. There are also other room options at Green Valley Resort Shivapuri which are a swiss cottage and a presidential suite. 

My Expectations

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Sometimes, when I pay a cheapish price for a place, I expect stiff bedding and pillows. Making my sleep much harder to endure, like when I visited Hotel Country Villa at Nagarkot. However, the bedding was soft, clean and the rooms are unbelievably modern. Especially the lighting, laminate wooden flooring, showers and kettle. In my opinion, the facilities alone in the room was well worth the money. If you’re lucky, depending on your room allocation, you may even have a balcony to witness the gorgeous sunrise. Green Valley Resort Shivapuri is by far the most modern resort in Shivapuri. If you want a less rustic cottage stay, I’d recommend visiting here.

Luxury Tent Room

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I’ve not stayed in the luxury tent room however have had some friends stay in it (photo is the first on the page). While this is a cheaper alternative to a room stay, they have mentioned being careful on the time of the year. Both periods I stayed and friends stayed in monsoon and during winter. While I had no qualms about my room, they had a few about their luxury tents. In monsoon, rain seeped through into the tents, and during winter the tent was too cold. Maybe, if you wish to stay in a tent considering visiting in Spring or Summer, perhaps?

Food

Food Facilities

On the contrary to the accommodation, all stays include a delicious Nepali style buffet dinner consisting of poppodums, naan, dal, baht, fish fry, chicken and vegetables. Similarly, a tantalising breakfast Nepali style with tea and coffee. If you wish there is also a bar service where they serve basic spirits and beers such as Gorkha beer and Tuborg. As they have a strict no-alcohol policy on the property.  

Depending on your package you can pay extra to use their meeting facilities. The conference hall inside is cosy, small with a projector and speakers facilities. It’s located above the main hall.

Meeting Facilities

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However, if you have a slightly larger party, the outside space if more viable, recently, I was away with a company on their office retreat. The outside space provides an area for bbq and group activities under a shelter. So if it rains, you’re protected and can still carry on your activities outside. You can also inquire about the package if you’re willing to pay a bit extra they provide snacks such as mushroom chilli, chicken, local fish, pakoras and many other tasty treats. Similarly, they barbecued mutton and chicken over the fire, which left me feeling so content I didn’t want to get out of my seat for dinner. 

Outdoor Meeting Space

Overall, I feel Green Valley Resort is a great place to stay, and you certainly get a good value for what you pay. The food is tasty, and the facilities are clean, modern and well maintained. What I would recommend to the resort, is during the winter visits to include a portable heater for guests as it was undoubtedly an icy temperature in the room. What I’d also love to note, is that if you’re stuck for transport, the resort can arrange travel to and from at a small extra fee. I find this an extremely effective service, especially if you want to save time.

Moreover, on a good day, it has some tremendous views and certainly a nice way to wake up and sip your tea. What I’d advise is that if you want to stay there is contact them directly to arrange. If you go through channels like booking.com, it may say its fully booked, as a lot of locals and office retreats happen here. Without a doubt, a resort well worth the money for, I look forward to my next stay here at Green Valley Resort Shivapuri. 

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