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  • Writer's pictureSasha Huang

Top 5 Places to Explore in Nepal as a First-Time Visitor — According to Bill Bensley


In a remarkable collaboration between hotel designer Bill Bensley and the Sherpa family, the Shinta Mani Mustang Resort – A BENSLEY Collection emerges as a luxurious base camp nestled in the Nepalese mountains. Set against the mountain landscape, the resort, adorned with intricate design that highlights the rich culture of its Mustang region, offers a comfortable alternative to traditional circuit lodges, providing a haven for exploration.

With 29 rooms providing breathtaking views of the Nilgiri range, each impeccably decorated by Bill Bensley, the interiors seamlessly blend modern comforts with the influence of local Tibetan art. The resort pays homage to local artistry, incorporating the detailed works of the late artist Robert Powell, exquisite hand-woven textiles by Dhwoj Gurung and the stone structure crafted by original architect Prabal Thapa.

Here, world-class designer Bensley shares with us his top 5 places to explore in Nepal as a first-time visitor.


1. Jomsom

There's a reason why this gem in lower Mustang is the perfect location for Shinta Mani Mustang. The stunning diversity of landscapes, cultures, and religions is simply unparalleled. Working with Jason Friedman on Shinta Mani Mustang, we discovered a world-class experience around every corner. The resort offers a plethora of activities that could easily fill weeks. Don't second-guess the 5-night minimum. Just come and experience it for yourself.

Khutsab Terenga Monastery - Gharapjhong view point

2. Kathmandu

A city that has held onto its charm since my first visit in the 1980s. It's one of the last few Asian cities that still possesses its old-school magic, untouched by modern urban development. Staying at The Dwarika's and shopping all day long is my idea of a good time. The variety and quality of the crafts and arts here are extraordinary. Trust me, as a self-confessed shopaholic, I know what I'm talking about.

Gharapjhong Viewpoint

3. Lo Manthang

The ancient walled city of Lominthang was worth the 35-year wait. I can't think of another place on earth where time stands still in such a beautiful way. The authenticity and raw beauty of this community are so special, it's hard to leave.


4. Patan

A city filled with ancient art, grand temples, and stunning craftsmanship, Patan is a must-visit for any traveler. The rich cultural heritage and the artistic beauty of the city will leave you in awe.

Gharapjhong Viewpoint

5. Bardia

West Nepal: As a nature and animal lover, Bardia is a paradise. The safari experience rivals what you can find in Africa, but with fewer crowds. The raw, untouched wilderness is a testament to the beauty of West Nepal.


All imagery is provided by Sherpa Hospitality Group.

Address: Marpha-5, Jomsom, Mustang Nepal | Website: | Phone: +977 980 233 63 86 | Email: | Instagram: @shintamanimustang | Facebook: @shintamanimustang.bensley


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