Gaunshahar is a small village situated inbetween Kathmandu and Pokhara at a height of 1.415 meters above sea level. It is closely linked by road from Besishahar (8 km) which is known by trekkers as the beginning point of the Annapurna Circuit Trail.

Gaunshahar is also known for it's residency of the Nepalese Royal family some 400 years ago. The on the hill top in a modest traditional house or palace. Now, the building is still in beautiful condition, close to the Lamjung Kalika temple. 

Todate Gaunshahar has around a population of about 1.000 people. The citizens form a primarily rural 
community from different caste, social classes and different natural languages. Life here is traditionally Nepalese, the farmers mainly grow rice and corn, and keep cows, buffalo and goats.

Gaunshahar is easy to reach by bus nr. 161 (the pink one, leaving in front of Hotel Tukuche). Or you can walk uphill a mere 4 km's mostly stairways.