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The man behind responsible tourism in Nepal

Bharat Basnet | Founder of Kantipur Temple House and responsible tourism expertMr. Bharat Basnet, the visionary and architect of Kantipur Temple House is also the Managing Director of The Explore Nepal Group, a group of hospitality related products.

When he was a young man in 20's Mr. Basnet arrived in Kathmandu from his native village of Khotang in the foothills of the eastern Himalaya. He pursued his undergraduate degree working part time in the oldest and largest travel company called Yeti Travels. He also later worked in the world-renowned wildlife resort in Chitwan National Park called Tiger Tops. From his experience in both these places, he formed a passion in tourism offering people beautiful experiences in Nepal, through his love for his country’s culture and nature.  He has since then become an activist in environmental protection and heritage preservation.

As a pioneer in sustainable Tourism, Mr. Basnet was the first one to start mountain biking in Nepal. He started the leading companies in white water rafting, and trekking in the Himalayas. Realizing the richness of Nepal in birdlife, he was the first one to start bird watching holidays in Nepal, where he also opened the first wildlife camp in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. He now operates a travel company that offers exclusive sustainable holidays to travelers of all needs.

Today, his company The Explore Nepal Group, consists of the travel company, an authentic Nepali Restaurant called Bhojan Griha, a boutique hotel in the Himalayas called Gaun Ghar, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp and Kantipur Temple House.

Bharat Basnet | Founder of Kantipur Temple House and responsible tourism expertOver the years he has lead many successful environmental and heritage preservation campaigns. For more information about his achievements click here.

His idea behind, Kantipur Temple House is to build not just a standardized tourist oriented hotel, but an authentic Nepali home, so that travelers can experience true Nepali ambience and hospitality.  The house is built in the native architecture of Kathmandu with its intricate carved windows. All the carvings are new, so that the tradition of wood and stone carving continues by giving them employment. Most of the materials for interior décor used in the hotel are locally sourced. The food served in the restaurant is local and organic. We have a waste management and procurement system that tries to minimize the waste in every possible way.  Read more about our sustainable practices.