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Gratitude Cafe & Store

After exploring the alleys & temples of Panauti, stop for a warm cup of Nepali coffee or tea, made by our well-trained baristas, and a yummy cake.



The 1st and 2nd floor are self-contained 1 bedroom apartments, each with a personality of their own, containing a kitchen, living room, bedroom & bathroom. 


Meals at Matan Chhen

Dinner will be a traditional Nepali meal prepared on the fourth floor in the Guest Kitchen. You are more than welcome to join us and learn how to...


Meet Your Hosts

Bec founded Mitrataa Foundation after 6 months of volunteer teaching in Nepal. She's lived here with her 3 daughters: Nimu, Saraswoti and Nirmala...

Matan Chhen is the perfect place to escape from Kathmandu for a few days, to explore village life in a comfortable environment. It is also perfect for longer stay retreats for artists, writers or anyone looking for a break from the world.

We have overnight packages available which include a guided walking tour of Panauti with your hosts, showing you around our special village, a cooking lesson if you’re interested, traditional Nepali dinner and a yummy fresh fruit breakfast.

For an extra cost, we can take you on a day hike to Namo Buddha, a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery with incredible mountain views.

We have special rates for people who are looking for a longer stay and we especially invite artists and writers to come and be nurtured and inspired on a retreat. Please contact us for details.



Panauti is a picturesque village 35 kilometres South East of Kathmandu, surrounded by rice paddies. It is renowned for its culture, traditions and ancient monuments. It is sometimes called the 4th artistic and cultural heritage site after Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.

It is cloaked in legend from the past – the mystery of the third invisible river, the temple at the centre of the legend about Shiva’s ligam. It is the site of many wonderful festivals, Malas, which fill the streets with colour, music and celebration.


It is also said to be earthquake proof, with many buildings in Panauti remaining undamaged in the 1934 huge earthquake that flattened much of the surrounding area. Many of the buildings are from the Malla period (13th – 18th centuries) with the Rana period (19th and 20th centuries) also influencing Panauti’s gorgeous architecture.

Panauti was also remarkably unscathed by the 2015 earthquake with the majority of houses only suffering minor cracks despite surrounding villages being completely destroyed.




Matan Chhen
Ward No. 4, Panauti,
Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal


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