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Kantipur Temple House is a unique boutique hotel built and decorated totally in the traditional architecture of Kathmandu. Situated in central Kathmandu, yet secluded from the bustling commercial areas, the hotel is in close proximity to interesting sites like Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Narayanhiti Palace Museum, etc.

When you need absolute peace, the hotel offers a perfect atmosphere, and just when you are in a mood to get in action, all you need to do is to get out and take a short walk. The touristic hub of the capital with lots of options for shopping, dining, recreation and travel services, is easily accessible.

The beautiful green garden and the rooftop terrace with excellent restaurant service have stolen hearts of thousands of visitors. Having set a remarkable example of sustainable tourism and being an eco-friendly hotel, you are expected to avoid use of disposable plastic bags, bottles, etc. To help you comply, the hotel generously provides free mineral water which you can carry in your own bottles, and rents environmentally friendly reusable shopping bags.

As your passionate host at Kantipur Temple House, Bharat Basnet (proprietor and Managing Director) has inspiring values to offer to all of his guests. He has been in tourism industry since more than 25 years.

As an environmental activist himself, Bharat is a pioneer of sustainable tourism in Nepal. For more than two decades he has lobbied to bring out positive changes in environmental and cultural preservation in Nepal. He believes that unless, both these aspects are preserved, Nepal will not have its beauty to offer to the world anymore.

Having started his career at a young age as a tour operator, Bharat has over the years, renovated historic houses and turned them into a restaurant and hotel. He has also purchased forest land for preservation, and is now encouraging organic farming in order to stop the use of chemicals that harm the earth and health of the people.

Caring for Destination

This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.

Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:

Environmental – Managing waste efficiently, conserving energy, avoiding disposable plastic goods, and adopting alternative energy sources as far as possible, organising and participating in environmental campaigns.

Cultural and historical Preserving ancient art forms and architecture of Kathmandu, promoting local culture and traditions.

Social – Maintaining excellent workplace ethics, purchasing produces from grass roots of the country, and supporting education underprivileged children

Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:

Kantipur Temple House is among the few hotels seriously implementing sustainable practices in their daily operations. Instead of superficially sticking the ‘eco-friendly’ label for sales boost, the hotel is actually implementing measurable methods to justify that label.

The following actions are currently being taken for environmental preservation

Practice of the 3 R’s (reduce, recycle and reuse) of waste management by:

  • Selling no bottled mineral water or allowing use of disposable plastic goods
  • Providing mineral water free of cost (since 2009). You can just refill your reusable bottles from the big jars of hygienic mineral water that come in big jars
  • Bringing in all the supplies in environmentally friendly paper cartons, paper bags or other necessary means to avoiding plastic bags as far as possible
  • Separating bio-degradable and non bio-degradable wastes
  • Creating compost manure for the garden
  • Conservation or minimal use of energy and water by:
  • Installing energy-saving lights
  • Using solar heaters instead of electric or gas geysers to provide hot water for shower
  • Limited use of power generators for power backup during power outage in the city, which also helps in maintaining the peaceful atmosphere
  • Providing a bucket in each bathroom to save the cold water that runs down before hot water comes. This water is used for cleaning purpose
  • Changing towels and bed sheets when needed or specifically requested, instead of unnecessarily changing those daily

Getting the staff and local community involved in environmental campaigns by

  • Encouraging the staff to volunteer on campaigns to clean up heritage sites
  • Employing the staff to regularly clean-up the surrounding area and encouraging the public to do the same