Along with environmental and social sustainability, The Explore Nepal Group is passionate about conserving Nepal’s rich architectural heritage.
September 1998 Our heritage buildings include Bhojan Griha in Kathmandu city, which was once the residence of the King’s Priest. After the end of the monarchy, the then priest left the building and it fell into disrepair. Bharat Basnet, founder of The Explore Nepal Group was able to take this building on under rent and has turned it around from a derelict building into a stunning organic restaurant serving traditional Nepali cuisine with ethnic performances every evening. Also inside this building and its compound is Kheti Bazaar, an organic farm shop run by Bharat’s eldest daughter, Subechhya. Khali Khutta, a company making modern styled, sustainable handmade Nepali products is also found in Bhojan Griha.
Built in 1997 and opened in December 1998, Kantipur Temple House located in the heart of Thamel, is a superb example of Malla era-inspired, Newari architecture. Take a look at this short video by Media India Group in 2017. Kanitpur Temple House is renowned for being an oasis in the centre of bustling Thamel and is a great place to stop for breakfast lunch or dinner or a relaxing cup of tea or coffee in the recently opened “Hiti Café” tucked away behind the ornately carved wooden spouts of the courtyards fountain.
Gundu Farm House in the VDC of Suryavinayak just south of Bhanktapur is another example of traditional thinking and modern design. Traditionally people would build their homes on the top of ridges where soil is shallower while walking down into the valleys to grow crops in the deeper, more fertile land. Over the years, many houses have been built further downhill to reduce the need to carry goods up or down. Gundu Farm House is located in the valley of the small Gundu Khola (Gundu River) where organic crops are grown year-round. Our fruits, vegetables and grains provide wholesome and organic ingredients to our other properties.
Gaun Ghar in Bandipur is one of the oldest buildings in the “living museum” hilltop village. This building was renovated by The Explore Nepal Group in 2008-09 after 25+ years of neglect and now serves as a testament to the beauty and resilience of traditional Newari building style. Gaun Ghar is now a hotel and restaurant in the heart of Bandipur, serving organic snacks and meals as well as comfortable and homely rooms with all the eco-friendly hallmarks of The Explore Nepal Group.