- Entering Bhojan Griha is like stepping back in time. Through a carved wooden door attendants in national dress welcome visitors. Each of the 4 floors of the building represents one aspect of its rich history. The entrance leads to a replica kitchen of aristocratic Nepalese families. Past this is the opening to Basantapur Baithak. This hall is similar to those of one of the former palaces, Hanuman Dhoka, now a museum. All details on the ceiling and walls reflect the period of the ruling Shah kings. There are portraits of all these kings, from Prithivi Narayan to the last, Gyanendra. The first floor has a large dining room, Putali Baithak, and two adjoining areas. One is the Kamasutra bar and the other is a mini hall. The décor and ceiling of Putali Baithak is similar to the Rana palaces in Kathmandu. Its architecture is neo-classical. This was introduced to Nepal by the first Rana Prime Minister, Jung Bahadur. His statue overlooks the dining area. Dining in this restaurant is at low tables on floor chairs, as local Nepalese people dine. Next to Putali Baithak is the Kamasutra Bar. This is decorated by traditional erotic wood carvings. Such carvings appear on numerous temples around Nepal. The ambiance of the bar creates a delightful atmosphere for a drink. Behind the Kamasutra Bar is the Putali Baithak Mini Hall that can accommodate those wishing to have a private dining experience. Folk music and dancing have always been an integral part of Nepalese culture. At festivals and family reunions singing and dancing strengthen bonds. Songs were, and still are, also used to carry news. Even though Nepal is a small country, it has over 100 ethnic groups. Each has its own traditions, including music and dance. Most dances from the different groups reflect ancient myths or special occasions. Dining, folk music and dancing are all part of merrymaking in Nepalese culture. Bhojan Griha offers this on a daily basis. Every night here is festive with folk music and cultural dances. These are not only from Kathmandu and the hills around. They are also from the low plains and high mountain areas. On the stairs to the first floor are pictures showing the history of the house. They start from its original state up to its present renovated condition.
- The description was provided by Shreehari
- Dilli Bazaar Rd
- Kathmandu, Central Region
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