A closely-knitted village on a hilltop. The houses are made of stone and mud with colorful tin roof. The village with glistening mountains in the backdrop. Situated at an elevation of 2070 m from sea level, Ghalegaun is is first smart village of Nepal.
It is delightful village in Kholasonthar Rural Municipality-3, Lamjung district. There are 125 household of Gurungs, Ghales and Dalits in the village. A village is famous for Gurung culture, mountain scenery, intimate hospitality and delicious food. Body and mind are energized with clean environment of the village.
It is confluence of both nature and culture. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna II, Buddha, Himalchuli, Lamjung, Dr. Hark Gurung Peak and Manaslu and other snow-clad mountains are clearly visible from the village. Sunrise and sunset view from village are fascinating. There is snowfall in the village during January and February.
Ghalegaun has Tea farm, Gurung Museum, View Tower, Uttarkanya Temple, Koibo Dhi and other heritages which are worth visiting. Neighboring villages like Ghanpokhara, Bhujung and Baglungpani can also be hiked at short distances.
Ghalegaun has been declared as Smart Village on December 3, 2019. The village has basic facilities including roads, schools, drinking water, electricity, telephone, internet, hotel and homestay.
Rural tourism with homestay facility has been started since April 2, 2000. At present, home stay is provided with 215 beds in 37 houses (35 in Gurung and 2 in Dalit homes). There are also two lodges in the village.
Kathmandu-Bensishahar 172 km, 5 hours by bus. Or Kathmandu-Pokhara 25 minute flight. Pokhara-Benshishahar 110 km. Bensisahar-Ghalegaun 24 km.