Pokhara and the Surrounding Area
Gaun Ghar overview
Gaun Ghar is in the charming, traffic-free, hilltop village of Bandipur which is about 3 hours from Kathmandu. Built on the narrow ridge of a hill, the front facing rooms look onto the quiet main street with its attractive houses and temples, while the rear rooms have unobstructed views of the mountains.
There are just 15 simple en-suite rooms and the whole place has been restored very sympathetically and in a very eco-friendly way from a traditional ancient house. There is electricity, but it’s quite unreliable in this remote village. There are wooden shutters instead of glass windows. There is a lovely small courtyard and also a terrace at the back with gorgeous mountain views. The restaurant serves excellent Nepalese food, and the staff are really friendly.
Come here for traditional, quaint and unique rather than anything luxury, but a couple of days here is a great way to spend some time, and discover something of traditional Newari life. It is also a great place to break your journey if you’re travelling between Kathmandu or Pokhara and Chitwan.
Open: All year.
Location: The hotel is located on the main street in the hill town of Bandipur, part way between Kathmandu and Pokhara, both about a 3 hour drive away. The hotel is a traditional village house that has been thoughtfully restored and converted for guest use, whilst retaining its traditional features and atmosphere.
Rooms: Guests are accommodated in 15 rooms all with en-suite bathrooms and views of the mountains. The rooms are simply furnished, in local Newari style.
Activities: Exploring the town of Bandipur with its bazaar and temples and traditional Newari architecture. The hotel can arrange guided sightseeing on request. Guests can also explore neighbouring villages and go hiking.
Facilities: The hotel has a café and a restaurant serving western as well as local dishes. Meals can eaten inside or out on the small terrace with views of the mountains, weather permitting. The hotel sometimes experiences power cuts, but provides torches in the bedrooms.
Dining: Meals are taken communally or at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is not a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
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10 reviews from
Karen Roem and Erik Timmers (22/12/2013)
"Breathtakingly mountain views from a beautifully restored traditional house. "
Mrs. Yvonne Chapman (16/10/2013)
"Beautifully restored building, great location, good food and friendly staff."
Mrs Deborah Daplyn (26/02/2013)
The only thing to change here would be the plumbing! When the electricity goes out, you can anly get hot water out of the shower, which was actually scalding. Surely you design it so you can only get a cold feed for safety!
Louise Harra (27/12/2012)
"The hotel is built in a similar style to Kantipur temple house. The staff were lovely and the food very good. Be prepared to eat/shower by candlelight! There are frequent power cuts."
David Macleod (24/10/2011)
"A wonderful hotel in every respect. Built in traditional style, our room had incredible views down the valley. The food, the friendly staff and management, could not be bettered. We could easily spend a week there."
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