Tiger for Breakfast by Michel Peissel reveals how one man, a Russian ballet performer named Boris, birthed Kathmandu and formed Nepal into a tourist nation. It is an incredible story with unbelievable details brought to life. And Boris’ living legacy is the Yak and Yeti Hotel.
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A friend and I were walking to lunch when we stumbled on to the remnant of the original Newari wood framed gateway. We wandered into the grand hotel and began asking questions about our friend, Boris. We were pointed here and there and getting no where, until a Nepali man poked his head from over a balcony and asked us if we wanted to come up and see the original building of the Yak and Yeti. Yes!
The historical rooms were being cleaned and polished for an upcoming wedding (the grand-daughter of the current owner’s wedding, expecting 2,000 guests!). We had a personal tour of the maze of rooms-including the Queen’s Sitting Room, the Ballrooms, the balconies and the gorgeous original Newari wood carvings. We also saw an antique chandelier, secured behind glass, and several paintings of the Rana kings.
Our guide told us that this was only a tiny palace compared to the King’s palace and others around Kathmandu. He also said:
- The original palace was 140 years old and belonged to the Rana kings.
- Each king had 10-15 wives and countless children.
- The marble and mirrors was all imported from Italy.
Stepping back into a bit of Kathmandu, Nepal history was the cherry on top of our Kathmandu scramble to renew visas and other errands. Long live Boris! And we are very glad that he helped open the doors to Nepal– he is a providential person in Nepal’s history.