I can attest both personally and professionally the excellent stay I had at Gamcha, as I love to travel and also run Cultural Journey.org (authentic cultural tours and health and wellbeing retreats - ‘Journeys that Connect’ - to places of rich cultural heritages and people that practice ancient traditional ceremonies honouring spirit of place and nature).
Having just returned from my second trip to Nepal, the home of majestical Himalayan Mountains, warm and welcoming people and rich cultural history dating back thousands of years, I came to realise how vital Tourism is to local Nepalese economy’s and how necessary it is to have connections with local tour operators who have an ethical and sustainable business outlook.
Looking forward to time-out to rest and refresh away from the busy, always connected Western lifestyle I was leading, I arrived at Gamcha Organic Farm (GOF), just 30 minutes away from the busy city centre of Kathmandu, and is located in the historical village of Bhaktupur. The farm is made up of a traditional 3 story red bricked Rana Home with a separate Mud Brick Guest House that is situated on two acres of farm land. Because of the reputation that GOF have in running excellent organic farm training programs and guest house stays and tours it attracts groups of people from right around the world. Because I have a strong interest and background in working in Sustainable Community Development I was really looking forward to staying at the guest house and finding out more about what GOF do.
Umandana Dhugana the Farm Manager explained how GOF had provided organic farming training to a group of Nepalese Women who through an Non Government Organisation set up a women’s farm cooperative called Appropriate Agricultural Alternatives (AAA). The AAA today supply organic produce to over 20 local restaurants, run a home deliveries service in Kathmandu. AAA also have their own stall at the City farmers market, where I got to sample some of the fine organic products sold by Nepalese fair trade companies who attend.
It was a tranquil time for me staying at GOF guest house, as the morning sun would streamed into my bedroom window, I noticed the birds in the garden taking swan dives into the garden pond. It was relaxing reading books, being able to do yoga, and also rewarding doing voluntary work in the garden and around the farm, and felt satisfying learning how to make a mud render mix and applying the render walls and seeing the results of my work.
Two staff members Lapka and Sariswati are the guest house cooks and also work in the garden from where most of the ingredients for the meals are grown and also make the most delightful homemade yoghurt from the farm goats and cows milk. I welcome the 3 course yummy breakfasts after my morning walks to a high point view of the valley below and majestic mountains in the distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gamcha Farm and Guest House is a peaceful place only 15 minutes from Kathmandu. ... more less