Old Inn Bandipur

Bandipur, Nepal

At a Glance

  • Charming guesthouse with original features and artwork

  • Located between Kathmandu and Pokhara and ideal for those wanting to get off the beaten track

  • Really welcoming staff and excellent food

  • Don't expect all the bells and whistles - it is for the adventurous traveler

  • Superb walks to be done around Bandipur which is like a town where time stood still

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Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Fall and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Fall (September to early December) brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Spring (March to May) with occasional rain falls. From June to September, is the monsoon season. Uncomfortable time to visit as the climate of Nepal at this time of year brings about hot weather and rain falls almost every day.

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Insider's View

Perfect stop on the road from Kathmandu to Pokhara so you don't have to fly and miss out on the journey.

Opt for a mountain view room at the back of the building, for a peaceful night away from the bazaar.

Electricity is not always reliable in these parts,  prepare for blackouts by carrying a torch

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Old Inn Bandipur or take a look at our itineraries to Central Nepal

Description

The Old Inn is a local Nepalese guesthouse situated in the charming town of Bandipur, mid-way between Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is restored mansion, and contains a range of Buddhist and Newari art with oodles of charm and character.

The Old Inn is perfect for those guests who want to escape the usual tourist trail of Kathmandu, Pokhara or Chitwan and is great to stop off when driving to the Annapurna Range from Kathmandu. It is a restored town-house in a town where time has stood still and ideally the town is a traffic-free zone. Old Inn is located right in the main square. 

Old Inn itself has retained many of its old features; think low ceilings, narrow staircases and exceptionally low doorways. Those who are tall will spend quite a bit of time bending and ducking but it is half the fun and certainly is a little different. Don't expect bells and whistles with Old Inn; it is a really simple hotel but you stay here for the chance to get off the beaten track and be in a town that offers more spice to a Nepal itinerary. The main terrace has stunning views over the mountains, and the rooms look back over the main square. We always opt for the New Wing, which has en-suite bathrooms. Do expect niggles (water pressure for instance), and do go there with an open-mind. The staff are really attentive and so sweet and always try to add nice little touches like welcome drinks and homemade biscuits. Old Inn isn't for everyone, but if you like something a little quirky and want something amazingly authentic, then this is a perfect place to stop on your travels.

Whilst in Bandipur there are some superb experiences to be done. There is a 4-hour trek to the Magar village of Ramkot, showcasing local farming methods and stunning views. The 4-hour walk to the Siddha Cave is also worth considering to see Nepal's largest cave.

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Accommodation

The Old Inn has a New Wing with en-suite facilities. Rooms are decorated with traditional art and use local, handmade bedcovers. Do note that the mattresses are on the thin side and the rooms are a little small. There are no TVs or wifi, but Old Inn isn't really the place for them. In the winter they provide hot water bottles.

Facilities

The Old Inn Bandipur has a lovely terrace with views and a restaurant.

Reviews

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Emma Mark (Staff)

Visiting Bandipur was a joy as its such a well preserved historical town and its really special that the streets are pedestrianised here as it makes exploring the town on foot such a lovely experience. The Inn is located right in the middle of town and it has the most incredible terraces to enjoy the stunning sunsets! Its a little bit out of the way to get to but well worth the stop-off especially if driving to Pokhara. The Inn and the town are popular with those in the know so don't expect complete silence -  you may hear people on the terrace below or climbing the wooden stairs to go to bed.
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Sara Wells (Staff)

This beautiful townhouse has just 20rooms, including a four-bed family room and two three-bed rooms so perfect for families. The rooms are quite small with low doorframes, which is typical of Newari architecture, but the rooms are tastefully decorated with Nepali antiques. The buffet cuisine alternates between Continental & Nepali and breakfast is served out on the terrace with spectacular mountain views. There are many trekking options in the surrounding area such as to Siddha Cave and the gradually restored town and bazaar is also worth an explore.

Experiences

  • Explore Bandipur

    Bandipur is a beautifully preserved village with winding lanes of traditional Newari houses. Take time to explore its glorious 18th-century architecture, including temples and civic buildings and the bazaar.

  • Pokhara - Rafting the Seti River

    Rafting the Seti River in Nepal is one of the most rewarding experiences in this magical country. The Seti River creates an excellent link between trekking in the Annapurna Range and Pokhara with the wildlife reserve of Chitwan.

Vacation Ideas

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Location & directions

Bandipur, Nepal

Bandipur is located between Kathmandu and Pokhara at an elevation of 1030m. It is 143kms from Kathmandu and 80km from Pokhara.

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