Introduction

(Note: This website of the Phulbari estate was originally set up by Apa Villa, and is presently maintained by Apa Villa as a courtesy for the new owners and management.)

The hilltop estate on the hillside of Phulbari or “flower garden” is situated close to 2000 metres in the district of Kavre, east of Kathmandu Valley.

The nearest town is Dhulikel, a destination for visitors from the capital to view the Himalayan mountain range. Indeed, the magic of Phulbari is the vista of eight outstanding Himalaya summits at times peeking shyly above the clouds or glowing in the early morning rays.

The estate hosts a farm, producing organic vegetables and herbs, jams, pickles and teas. This pioneer organic farm was started by the company Organic Himalaya, which encouraged the local farmers to grow without chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The farm is focused on planting fruits, nuts and crops that will eventually be made into fabulous jams (peach, ginger, rhododendron, mulberry, plum, etc.) and enticing pickles (for example, chilis, tomato, radish, brinjal). In years to come and with patience, the farm hopes to produce first-pressed olive, sunflower and mustard oils. In the past, its famous Phulbari lemon grass tea gained popularity in the local and overseas market as far as away as Germany.

Our unique estate lies at the end of a ridge bordering a community forest reserve and surrounded by cascades of valleys, rising terraces and hillocks. Farming homesteads populate the area and the local schools lie at the bottom of our hill. Nearby, the Namo Buddha shrine is a great pilgrimage site linked to the Sakyamuni Buddhya, accentuating the rich and diverse culture of Nepal.

During the time of the insurgency, the farm was left to mature on its own with minimal maintenance. With political stability and a revived optimism for a better future for the country, we have opened our doors to welcome friends and farm guests interested in our work.

The Phulbari estate is ideal for those in search of spiritual or inner satisfaction with little fuss but great comfort and cleanliness. Great rewards for those who love hiking and discovering in an unspoilt territory bounding with medieval hamlets, abundant nature and friendly people. Our local staff treads gently around the guests, willing to explain and to provide for all needs.

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