Along with environmental and social sustainability, The Explore Nepal Group is passionate about conserving Nepal’s rich architectural heritage. Learn about our heritage buildings and other projects
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.
Video Feature by Media India Group
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.
Authentic Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu
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.
Learn about the various rebuilding works led by The Explore Nepal Group after the disastrous 2015 earthquake in Nepal
More than 1 million students did not have a school to return to after the mega earthquake in Nepal in 2015 destroyed 35,000 classrooms. After consulting the parents of the school children in one such Khokhana, a place in the outskirts of Kathmandu, The Explore Nepal Group decided to build a school involving all its staff members from different businesses so their education could continue without further delay. It was build using durable bamboo plants and completed in September 8th 2015 taking 6 months to complete.
On 25 th April 2015 Nepal was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the richter scale. Its epicenter was located in Gorkha, approximately 200km Northwest from Kathmandu. It killed more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000.
Our team in The Explore Nepal worked with our team and the community outside Bhaktapur in Gundu to build transition homes. We consulted with local community and gave priorities to household with single mothers, or household were the male members were working abroad. We built 80 houses in Gundu; 50 houses in Bungamati and a beautiful school in Khokhana.
We also helped build a primary school in Khokhana once we saw that the children were still being taught in the building that was stated as “unsafe” after building visits from the national engineering department. We got volunteers help us and we have a beautiful light structured building for the children.