Popular Homestays of Nepal: Comfort meets Authenticity

Comfort meets authenticity in these homestays. You get the comfort of some modern amenities while you get to socialize with the locals and live like one.

21, Feb 2023 | nepaltraveller.com

You might be missing out a lot if you are locked up in your hotel when you visit Nepal. Do you want to eat the same food, dabble in the local culture and mingle with the Nepali people? These homestays will take your travelling experience to another level.

A popular version of B&B is the homestay. In a private home, visitors are invited to stay with family. This is the best way to learn about Nepali culture, religion, and ethical and environmental responsibilities.

Visitors to Nepal are able to stay with a local family- thanks to the homestay program! The homestay participant spends time with the family, including sleeping in a Nepali home, eating meals with them, and perhaps even going on city tours or sharing special occasions like birthdays or holidays. The program offers a special chance to become familiar with Nepali culture, and meet new people.

The best thing to enjoy is rural life. Experience the Nepalese way of life. By staying at a homestay, tourists can experience Nepal and Nepali culture firsthand. Your vacation will be one to remember- thanks to the colourful cultures and customs, beautiful temples and monuments, swiftly running rivers, and tropical jungles teeming with wildlife.

Nagarkot Community Homestay

Many travel to Nagarkot, a famous resort town on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley, to see the dawn over the Himalayas and perhaps get a glimpse of Mount Everest at a distance. But, staying in one of the Nagarkot community homestays might be better than travelling a little further to the congested hotels.

You can stay in tranquil cottages where many of the families practise small-scale farming in this hamlet, which is close to Nagarkot. The majority of the residences, which were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, have been rebuilt and offer guest rooms that are adjacent to or nearby the family home, complete with private bathrooms with Western-style toilets, hot water, clean towels and other amenities.

Palpa Community Homestay 

Another popular option is Palpa Community Homestay, which provides cosy cottages in a little settlement in the highlands. Near Pokhara, amid the foothills of the Annapurna range, is the old town of Tansen. You can stay there with a Newar family. The incredible variety of activities available here includes visiting a coffee farm, climbing Shreenagar Hill for views of the Himalayas at sunrise and sunset, touring the distinctive Ranighat Palace on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River (which is accessible by car along a rough road, or just by taking a hike).

Rana Tharu Community Homestay

You arrive at Sukla-Phanta National Park by travelling as far west as you can. The people in Rana Tharu Community Homestay have constructed one or two rooms near to their homes to give visitors, which are basic but comfortable places to stay. Even though the Terai (which runs from east to west through the southern belt of Nepal) is home to the Tharu people, there are differences among them, most notably in their culture and food. Yet this homestay's main attraction is the National Park. Here, you can find grasslands and more than 400 different species of birds live there along with swamp deer, barking deer, wild boar, tiger, leopard, rhino, and elephant.

Nuwakot Community Homestay

The community homestay in Belkot, Nuwakot, is located far away from Kathmandu but is in the opposite direction. The ruins of the former palace in Nepal's original capital has historical significance. This tiny community on the side of the road provides simple lodging and a window into everyday village life. 

Bardiya Community Homestay

Bardiya community homestay in Nepal is as authentic as they get. The accommodation is very rustic and basic. The houses are made in the traditional way using mud and wood (outside toilets in most). You will really feel like you’re having a rural adventure. Tucked beside the national park, you can easily walk into the jungle and see wildlife. If you feel up to it, you can even spend a night in machhan (watchtower) in the forest. Inside the Bardiya National Park, which is less crowded with visitors, you are more likely to spot, if not a tiger, then at least wild elephants, rhinos, crocodiles and deer.

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