The Sparkling Turtle

Swoyambhu -15, Kathmandu, Nepal | Hostel
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Travel Blogs from Kathmandu

He sees you when you're sleeping...

A travel blog entry by maestrojfk


... The museum itself was an art deco cluster of buildings and it was difficult to imagine how this was once a hotel. It was very beautiful, though, and provided many photographic opportunities.

After wandering around the museum for a bit, I began my stroll back down the street, caught a taxi, and the peace and serenity I had enjoyed for the previous five hours disappeared instantly.

Nothing can kill your zen quite like a Kathmandu taxi ride.

I'm not in Kansas anymore...

A travel blog entry by maestrojfk


... a shuttle to the terminal.

By the way, I cringe every time a flight attendant (or anyone, for that matter) tells me to debark the plane. Debark is only a word if you are talking about removing a dog's ability to bark. The opposite of embark is disembark. As nice as the flight attendant making the announcements on the place was, I wanted to throw a dinner roll at her when she told us to "debark" the plane.

Anyway, I stepped off the plane and ...

It started off well.....

A travel blog entry by keeleymclaren

... and collapsed. A bit later we had a wander round, grabbed a drink and played some cards to kill some time which would otherwise have been spent still walking on that dusty road. I've got some dodgy tan lines though, I take my tshirt off and it still looks like I'm wearing one! Hopefully it fades soon or evens itself out a bit!

At 6am we caught the 4 hour bus back to Kathmandu, dumped our bags and went straight ...

Mountains and City Mayhem

A travel blog entry by johneklund


... although not fully authentic Korean, was filling and we headed back to our hotel room for a rest.

The evening was spent looking for and buying t-shirts, super glue (for Terrie's boot) and enjoying a few light snacks - as lunch had been so large we did not want too much. After a week without the internet, John was having withdrawal symptoms and so we caught up with emails and the news in a couple of bars with wifi.

Pokhara is quite a lively place and has a ...

Crazy Kathmandu!

A travel blog entry by sfrad025


... just as scary as walking! A rickshaw is pretty much someone on a bicycle towing you around while you sit in a cart behind it. We were very squished together! The driver was probably about 15 years old and scrawny and I was amazed that he could bicycle us around, pulling our weight and weaving in and out of traffic... Seriously though Its impossible to describe just how crazy the ...

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This hostel, located on Swoyambhu -15, Kathmandu, is near Thamel, Durbar Square, The National Museum, and Nagarjun Forest Reserve.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Sparkling Turtle Kathmandu

Reviewed by kat_mc

Nice Backpacking Hostel

Reviewed Mar 1, 2013
by (5 reviews) Gingin , Australia Flag of Australia

Great place to meet other backpackers as the hostel makes a big effort to do group dinners etc.
Clean rooms, helpful staff. Solar hot water (so shower in the evenings and you get a great shower...sometimes made better by doing it by candlelight.)

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TripAdvisor Reviews The Sparkling Turtle Kathmandu

4.00 of 5 stars Excellent