This villa was paradise for me and my family! As we crossed the lake from Pokhara to Anadu and once we got there it was like a dream. The view, the cleanliness of the house, the service everything was excellent! Mana who was our gracious host made me and my family feel right at home. I would highly recommend this place for those who love nature and adventure. I wouldn’t recommend Anadu for elderly people as the steps up are extremely steep!
Family with children please go there! Children can run around on the island freely exploring nature and animals whilst mothers can relax!
I can’t wait to go back!!
If you would like to get far away from the madding crowd and enjoy a few days of peace and serenity then this is the place to be, my friend and I stayed here 5 days and didn't want to leave. Anadu house is situated across the lake from pokhara town with amazing views over the lake. Only the distant sounds of the city and the immediate sounds of the birds around you. It's a beautiful place. The villa is rustic and charming, not five star but spacious and clean and very homely. The villa has two double beds, one an amazing hanging bed with views out of the large windows to the lake. There is space to relax and enjoy the views and our host Mirag cooked us breakfast and delicious dinner when required. The villa is only accessible by boat and Mirag takes us across in the morning and collects us when we are ready at the end of the day. It is a lovely way to start and end the day. There is quite a steep climb up steps to the villa so not suitable if you are unable to do steps. Worth the effort though as the views are gorgeous. I would highly recommend this place if you need time out after a big hike or busy time in kathmandu, it's wonderfully rejuvenating.
I first heard about Anadu Garden Home from a friend of mine who has been living in India and Nepal for the last 5 years. He sent out a note to his friends on his email list with a link to the website for this garden home, his favorite place to stay when in Nepal. I was ready for an adventure and my flight was booked the same day.
After the crazy 7 hour bus ride to Pokhara from Kathmandu I was ready to relax and Anadu was the perfect spot far from the madding crowd. One has to paddle by boat for a half hour across the lake and then climb up about 200 (steep) steps to get the terrace on which the home is situated. I was welcomed by not only Shiva and Easy, my most gracious hosts but also by their very polite son, Raj and the 3 friendly dogs Kali, Lilli & Michael. I felt at home in no time at all and simply marveled at the view from the humble yet very comfortable & beautiful garden at the front of the house. There were clouds in the valley to the north on the first day and I was already very happy with all that I could see from our vantage point. When the sky cleared the following day I was blown away by the view of Annapurna, Fishtail and the other assortment of peaks that although 50 kilometers away appeared as neighboring snow-capped giants. I have lived in Western Canada and have mountain biked through the Koutenay Rockies but the Himalayas seen from this home is a unique experience. One of the my favorite things to do was to simply sit in a garden chair with a thermos of Shiva's fantastic Chai and look out at the mountains from the north garden terrace for hours. Going across the lake was always a fun excursion as Easy knows everyone in Pokhara. If you want to fly upside down over the lake in a Paraglider or purchase some exquisite gems & jewelery (without getting shafted) she'll connect you with the right people. The room I stayed in was situated at the front of the house facing Lakeside. I found the bed very comfortable and the room peaceful and secluded. Don't expect 5 star hot towel rails, towel sculptures & truffles with a hibiscus on your bed at night - this is a very cool 200 year old mud home with a pure mountain-fed water supply. If you want to bathe Shiva will happily boil up some water for you and you can wash yourself in the washroom. I ended up washing my clothes at the same time although Shiva will happily wash your stuff for you if you're not up to the task. Although not a 5 star chef Shiva is a great cook & the food is plentiful and always delicious with a never ending supply of Chai and Coffee (they grow coffee in the garden along with mint for the Lassis and a variety of other fresh fruits - this is a real garden home). Another great feature of this guest house is the enjoyable laid-back variety of people that come to stay. In the 2 weeks that I was there I made several friends with whom I still stay in touch on a regular basis via Facebook and email. If you do go for a stay make sure you take an early morning walk up to the Peace Pagoda via the terrace garden pathway and forest (accessible from their front garden gate) and catch the sunrise while having Chai in front of the Pagoda. I'm now back home in Canada thinking about my next visit to Anadu!
If you are going to stay a couple of days in Pokhara this is the place to be.... after living two years in Nepal I must say this is surely one of my favorite places.
Well away from the noise of Pokhara's touristed lake site, we found this small gem with only 3 rooms and a dorm. The guesthouse is on the other side of the lake, on the hillside under the World Peace Pagoda, so you have to call them before to get picked up.
Don't expect luxury, but expect the nicest warm athmosphere, cosy rooms and the best view in Nepal. The rooms are basic but really nice, there is no hot shower but you can ask Shiva to boil water for you so you can wash in the wash room.
The best part of it is the service. Shiva and Easy are the nicest people in the world, and staying there for a few days with Shiva making food, chai, coffee, lassis etc and serving them for you without you having to think about even what to order when is truly relaxing.
Oh by the way, take an early morning and walk to the stupa on the top of the hill. Amazing sunrise over the Himalayas.