My wife and I stayed at Rupaview Guesthouse for two nights during August. It was the rainy monsoon season. We initially thought we would go for the bungalow at NR500 a night, however, we took the first room we were offered in the main house on the upper floor for NR700 without checking the rest thanks to the stunning view from that room on two sides.
Staying with Damodar and his family was quite a pleasant experience. The location is wonderful in the middle of pure nature overlooking the Rupa lake and nearby hills and fields. This is purely a family run business. Damodar, his wife and two children take care of everything. We were the only guests at the time as it is a low season, however, listening to the rain, watching sporadic rainbows, observing the morning mist and clouds fade out or going for even simply sitting somewhere and enjoying the nature in this place are all worthwhile.
Food options are limited if compared to a touristy area with several choices, however, is fairly decent if you consider it is all being prepared at home by a family. Breakfast was our favorite meal (pancakes were great, and the coffee was from their garden produce!). Dinners are with the family and you would experience traditional Nepali dining (Dal bhat, gathering on the floor, eating with your hand if you want).. we have not opted for a picky option and went with the flow. It is not a place for a fussy or picky person or someone who would like to try so many different things probably.
The room was very clean and we appreciated the fact that it had a ceiling fan during the summer. We had expected bugs and ants in our room but you're in the middle of nature and they are in their home and nearly impossible to avoid but we had no problems with that at all. Mosquitoes were not a serious problem either given the amount of vegetation in the area.
Prices are very reasonable. Actually, below what we thought we would pay. (just above NR 3000 for two night stay with 3 vegetarian meals a day for two and a lot of bottled water).
Damodar was very responsive to all the questions sent via email upfront in a timely manner which was highly appreciated.
The place is a taxi ride away from the busy touristy Lakeside area. You can commute via a couple of bus rides, if you have an hour or so to spend. If in Pokhara, do consider a stay at Rupaview as it is really a pure place with nice people's company.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is run by a local family, uses local products and supports the local community. Most of the food we serve is purely organic comes from our own garden and neighborhood. We use solar power and bio gas to reduce the demand of energy and we are leading guest house in the region for educating and working with local community to preserve its rich bio-diversity and unique land scape. In fact you will feel "a home away from home". ... more less