The Old Inn: The hotel in Bandipur you’ll want to stay in

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Bandipur street view
Bandipur street view

Halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara there is a village called Bandipur. A lot of travelers skip this place and they make a huge mistake. After the dusty and noisy Kathmandu or the touristy Pokhara you’ll need a place where time plays no role. Bandipur is a great choice for those who want to enjoy the silence and spend their days contemplating or hiking on the surrounding green hills. If you want to make the most out of your stay, then you should choose the Old Inn Hotel in Bandipur.

We were tired after a long journey from Kathmandu and the arrival at the Old Inn was very refreshing. Sukram, one of the representatives of the hotel, greeted us and invited us to the beautiful terrace. “If you came in October or November, you would see the whole Himalaya range from here.” his first words were. Well, the view was impressive anyway. You could see the whole valley with its picturesque houses. Somewhere in the distance we occasionally recognized peaks covered with snow. Sitting on the huge terrace of this hotel in Bandipur we listened to the history of the structure.

Back to 2000…

The year 2000 is very important for the Old Inn. That’s when the first guests visited its traditionally furnished rooms. If the building reminds you of a house, you’re not far from the truth. The hotel actually consists of two old Newari townhouses. The Newari culture is one of the most crucial ones in the history of Nepal. Newars are various ethnicities forming a community that was historically the first to inhabit the Kathmandu valley and its surroundings. Their culture is extremely rich in art, religion and traditions.

Old Inn Bandipur terrace
The traditional architecture is lovely

The hotel has managed to maintain the style of the old buildings and even the furniture looks like from past centuries. We wondered where all those fascinating decorations come from. We found out the designers of the hotel had collected them from different regions in Nepal. It is useless to say that they fit perfectly into the atmosphere of “old world”. The ceilings are low and we had to mind our heads after smashing them against the cold wooden frames several times. There are two wings in the Old Inn: the original one open since 2000 with 11 bedrooms and the new wing Extra Star with 9 bedrooms.

The hotel in Bandipur with a view

Old Inn view room
The view from our room

The windows of the Old Inn gave us the most picturesque view we could ever wish for. The original wing of this hotel in Bandipur opens right onto the traffic-free Bazaar. We watched people slowly passing by old timber houses with wonderful cravings. In the distance the view offered green fields and hills hiding more traditional villages. The other side of the hotel overlooks the valley and the mountains. In case you would prefer the mountains instead of the calm life of the Bazaar, you can always enjoy it from the terrace while drinking tea or eating one of the meals the restaurant offers.

Himalayas view from Old Inn's terrace
Himalayas view from Old Inn’s terrace

Empty stomachs, beware!

There are plenty of dining possibilities in Bandipur, but why not to try the tasty dishes of the Old Inn Hotel in Bandipur? Moreover they are more than generous so nobody will stay hungry. Breakfasts will satisfy both those longing for a western meal and those willing to try the typical Bandipur Takhali (lentils, rice and vegetables) with yogurt. The lunch is a mixture of soup and a plate containing salami, cheese, salad and french fries. The most favourite part is definitely the dinner. The experienced cook prepares a huge banquet of dal bhat.

If you are not familiar with dal bhat then you should know that it is impossible to visit Nepal without trying this dish at least once. Both locals and tourists love it as it mixes different flavours and has also a vegetarian version. It is basically a combination of lentil soup, rice, vegetable or meat curry, different kinds of pickles, sauteed spinach and yogurt. It may vary from region to region but it is always tasty. You simply mix everything together and eat. Locals eat dal bhat with hands since the taste becomes stronger like that.

What to do in Bandipur?

Himalayas from Bandipur
Not that bad!

In the afternoon Sukram gave us a tour around the village. The walk was very peaceful and apart from a few locals devoting to their daily routine we didn’t meet anyone. According to Sukram the football field is the best spot to see the Annapurna Range. And it was truly one of the few places from which we managed to see the Himalayas during our visit in Nepal. A few minutes of walking up the hill led us to the Mahalaxmi Temple.

Bandipur countryside
Such a nice countryside!

If you have more time to spend in Bandipur, you can visit the Siddha Cave. The path leading to the cave is pretty adventurous as it is very steep and not the best for walking. Definitely something for those who like adrenaline! Sukram said that it is not recommended to see the cave without a local guide and we believed him. The village tour continued in the picturesque Β streets of Bandipur. We also passed the Notre Dame School. Sukram told us the history of this institution that helped Bandipur become visible. A Catholic order of nuns from Japan established the school in 1986 and nowadays it has more than 800 students.

Ethnic diversity everywhere

Back at the Old Inn Hotel in Bandipur we learned more about the ethnic background of the village and its surroundings. Bandipur itself is mostly Newar and we could trace its origins back in Tibet. This community settled here mainly because of trade and prosperred until 1950s. There are other ethnic groups that inhabit the villages around Bandipur. Only around 4 hours of walking there is a traditional Magar village called Ramkot. Magars are one of the oldest nationalities living in Nepal.

Why Old Inn?

Room Old Inn Hotel in Bandipur Nepal
Our beautiful room at Old Inn

After an undisturbed night in an enormous bed and rich breakfast on the terrace we could not be more satisfied. The hotel made us feel nostalgic for the old times that we have never experienced. The atmosphere of a sleepy village stretching on the slopes of a green valley, the view of the snow covered Himalays and the traditional timber architecture of the hotel, turned our stay into something special. And that is the reason why the Old Inn is the hotel in Bandipur you’ll want to stay in.

Enjoy the gallery below and visit Bandipur soon!

*The Old Inn Bandipur provided us with a complimentary stay. As always, all opinions and all photos are our own.*

24 Responses

  1. Siddhartha Joshi
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    Loved it! Just the kind of place I would love to live in as well πŸ™‚

    And those views…simpler gorgeous!

    • Enri & Zuz
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      The views from the hotel are amazing!

  2. NowThatsAHoneymoon
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    Wow, this is such a beautiful place! I’d definitely stay here too! That picture with the view of the Himalayas is so surreal. When’s the best time to visit?

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hello, the best time to visit Bandipur is from November to March-April, when the sky is clear and the weather dry. We got lucky to have these views in May πŸ™‚

  3. Bethany Bailey
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    I would love to visit Nepal one day, and if I do, I will definitely check out Bandipur and the Old Inn. I really like the authentic look of the hotel room, and the bed looks comfortable–a comfortable bed can be hard to find when traveling in unknown countries. And that view of the Himalays–wow!

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hey Bethany, that’s true! The bed was the best one we had in Nepal πŸ™‚ The atmosphere of Old Inn is unique, it’s really an experience.

  4. ada
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    I love places like that! Hidden villages where none tourist gets! Bandipur looks like a lovely place! I would definitely choose The Old Inn for a place to stay! The view is incredible!

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hey Ada, you would love Bandipur and the hotel!

  5. Danik
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    Yup, you sold me! I want to stay here now. The inn looks so rustic and the views are simply stunning πŸ™‚

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Absolutely true! A visit to Nepal should always include a stay at the Old Inn!

  6. Maggie
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    I’ve never heard of this place! What a beautiful city with some amazing views. The Old Inn looks like the perfect place to stay.

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hi Maggie,
      Bandipur is not famous in the world, but well known in Nepal. The Old Inn is simply the best place to stay πŸ™‚

  7. Matt
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    I love that line ‘Where time plays no role’
    This looks like an amazing place. I love the little quiet stops in between and will definitely be looking out for this one when I make it to Nepal.

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hey Matt,
      Thank you! If you’re looking for peace, relax and authentic places, Bandipur is the place to be πŸ™‚

  8. Alessia Morello
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    Looks and amazing hotel and I quite sure you can have a great experience there!

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Ciao Alessia,
      The Old Inn is one of the best hotels in Nepal. We recommend it, in case you’ll go there πŸ™‚

  9. Archana Singh
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    To be frank I am an Indian and still I have never been to Bandipur. Or for a matter of fact have not even heard about it. Your pics are splendid and description vivid. Might wanna go there NOW.

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Archana, thanks a lot! Bandipur is not that famous, but truly beautiful πŸ™‚

  10. D of Love C and D
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    Beautiful photos and stunning views from the hotel. The hotel looks amazing, almost medieval in some of it’s features. I would definitely like to stay here. It sounds like you had an amazing time; I would also really like to try the dal bhat! If Nepal ever makes it in to our travel plans I will definitely bookmark this as a place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Enri & Zuz
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      We’re happy to know that! Nepal should be really on your bucket list πŸ™‚ Dal Bhat is delicious and we’re missing it right now!

  11. oursweetadventures
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    What a nice city! it definitely looks like a small town feel that you will not be bothered in. The views the hotel provides are incredible. To be able to gaze out to the mighty Himalayas is truly remarkable. The Old Inn is perfect with its architecture and furniture. Very well done!

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Bandipur is really like this! The views from the hotel are something incredible, it was the first thing we noticed once we arrived there πŸ™‚

  12. john rodgers
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    I was in Bandipur last September and is one of the best places I found on my trip to Nepal. You found it too.

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hello John, Bandipur was a beautiful surprise! It’s a great place to relax and gain strength before going trekking. We always recommend everyone to stop there πŸ™‚

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