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 and a lovely small courtyard plus 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 cafe 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.
A really varied adventure in Nepal - sightseeing, trekking, whitewater rafting and wildlife viewing.
Culture, fabulous mountain scenery, plus thrilling rafting and wildlife viewing make this a superb Nepal holiday.
"Breathtakingly mountain views from a beautifully restored traditional house. "