The beautiful hill town of Bandipur, which lies 1400m above a hillock with breathtaking mountain views with its preserved traditional houses, takes you back to the ancient times when the Newaris settled here on their way to trade with Tibet.
Gaunghar (which means village house), situated in the town of Bandipur, is an old newari traditional house that has been renovated into a tourist accomodation. The heritage hotel has preserved the traditional architecture and ambience of the place. The restoration has taken every consideration to bring the house back to its orginal flair.
Situated on a hilltop above the highway town of Dumre, Bandipur captivates the visitor with its cultural appeal and pristine scenery. This Newar town has maintained its age-old flavour, and presents sightseers with a heady mix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes.
Bandipur is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Bandipur lies midway between the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara, another popular tourist destination.
Bandipur was once a prosperous trading center, and its charming buildings, with their neoclassical facades and shuttered windows, bespeak its past glory. Originally a simple Magar village, it was settled in the early nineteenth century by Newars from Bhaktapur, who took advantage of its malaria-free location to develop it into an important stop on the India-Tibet trade route. Along with their trading skills, the Newars brought with them their rich cultural heritage and architecture, which still defines the look and feel of today's Bandipur.
Bandipur saw its heyday during the Rana period (1846-1951). The power and prestige it enjoyed then is indicated in the special permission it received to establish its own library that still exists. In the 1950's, the town began to lose its edge after malaria was eradicated in the Terai, which facilitated travel to the once dreaded plains. In the 1960's, the district headquarters was moved to Damauli. The final blow came in 1973 following the completion of the Prithvi Highway that sidestepped it. Shunted from the traffic, commerce shifted to Damauli, and Bandipur turned into a near ghost town.
Gaunghar has 15 beautifully restored rooms with attached bathrooms and serene view of the mountains and the town.
Our kitchen employs well trained local chefs and staffs that have an art of preparing western cuisine as well as have a natural hand in traditional culinary skills. The kitchen also goes through an effort each day in providing you with organic food. Also, the hotel hepls the community by purchasing local fruits and vegetables.
The hotel has a well-restored cafe and a restaurant overlooking the town of Bandipur and another equally serene setting in its backyard facing the mountains.
Hotels Green / Responsible Polocies
The hotel has employed local people, and all our employees are well trained in the importance of responsible/green living and tourism.
The hotel does not use polythene bags while making any purchase for the accomodation.
The hotel uses solar panel for water heating system.
From the time of construction the hotel has employed local craftsmen, and artisans to encourage their skill and to protect traditional architecture.