The Dragon Guest House is my home away from home while in the Kathmandu Valley.
Unfortunately, lately, they have not been honoring reservations - either booked in person, via the internet or even by phone. A big problem when you have just arrived after a long, hard plane trip and expect a room that was booked months in advance. Even with a reconfirmation call just days ahead of arrival, they said that there would be room at the inn. There was not.
That's the Lama Angkiel, Abbot of Muktinath, who, with his wife and family, runs a tight ship at the Dragon Guest House. There's a lovely garden to eat and while away the time talking with other guests, visiting Nepalis and reading the newspaper in the morning sunlight. This used to be true, however, the recent building boom surrounding the Dragon has blocked much of the sunlight.
Here's a nice view from the balcony, where you can watch the prayer flags blow in the wind, hear the monks chanting from the nearby Schechin Monastery, watch young monks play soccer in the fields behind the Dragon. The soccer field has been closed for years now and so this, too, is no longer true.
Watch the clouds roll by across the white topped mountains from the rooftop, or do morning yoga, as many guests do.
This is Dolma, by Amar. She is a Lhasa Apso, daughter of the dog next door. She is a delightful puppy.
I always say that in Boudha, the dogs sleep all day and bark all night!
Above is the bird's eye view of the garden dining area. The Dragon features a vegetarian restaurant with delicious home-made bread, wonderful tomato soup, fresh omelets, and many traditional Tibetan dishes such as thantuk and thukpa. Can't wait to go back.
Young monks at play. Alas, this field is now closed to play.
And those beautiful balconies are a great place for the Nepali Pup Art to dry.
As always, please feel free to comment or ask questions. Doggedly, Michelle
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