Not resting on our laurels though, we began our most ambitious project to date “Pancha Baja” in Bandipur. The saving of a derelict and crumbling ancestral mansion house in Bandipur’s attractive main square. This massive undertaking has once again seen the revival of traditional craft skills and the creation of new work opportunities. Project Pancha Baja has now come to fruition and forms a welcome, but distinctly separate accommodation option within the overall scope of our Old Inn at Bandipur.
Dreamy Nuwakot and the creation of The Famous Farm saw much the same benefit in terms of initial and ongoing opportunity for this “off the beaten track” rural, hill village. Yet, here in the foothills of the Langtang Himal was an altogether different challenge. The Famous Farm needed to blend in and complement local life. As any visitor to Nuwakot will tell you, there’s a certain magic here and we were acutely aware that were it to be over run by tourism, it would not only be too much change, but would take away the essence and magic of Nuwakot.
Here, in Nuwakot our involvement with the local community is less visible. But, look a little closer and you’ll find that we have helped create and maintain the only school in Nepal for deaf/ mute children. Guests staying at The Famous Farm certainly love being greeted by the smiling, happy kids here, as well as the warmth they receive from the local villagers.
At our Big Fig Trisuli Camp the abject poverty that the handful of local people endured has been improved massively by better employment, directly and indirectly as a result of us “setting up camp”. Not least when we created and built The Trisuli Young Leaders Club where the youngsters in the area come to learn and develop life skills.