From the past few years, homestay has been very popular in Nepal as homestay provides a closer look at the way of life of people and can experience the authentic Nepalese lifestyle. Your homestay in Nepal will undoubtedly be one of the unforgettable moments of your life. The primary purpose of the homestay let you immerse yourself in local cultural experience, cultural exchange opportunities and giving back to the communities.
Nepal is culturally and traditionally diversified nation where people different tradition and speak their ethnic languages. Most of Nepal is the village area, where people live a simple life adopting the farming as their primary occupation. In the village, the lifestyle of people is more difficult than in urban areas. On your way to your destination, it is the best way to explore and experience the real Nepal that lies far from the crowd and smog of the city.
Now, you may ponder about the horror of leaving the comfortable and luxurious hotel with all the modern means, but, it’s a great idea to plan your vacation to leave the comfort zone for some of your days to know the insight of real Nepal and live-experience of those villager’s quaint lifestyle and their daily struggle.
To encourage the homestay culture, Nepal Tourism Board has mobilized Village Development Committees, District Development Committee, and the local co-operatives to manage facilities for better homestay and has disseminated training to ensure the quality homestay in rural areas.
Nepal Tourism Program has triggered this program to increase the accommodation capacity for tourists and to make the local level participation in tourism activities and earn from the available resources. Nepal Sanctuary Treks has also initiated community-based homestay program for sustainable development that helps to support the community project, empower the women and children and at the same time to create a valuable and authentic experience to clients.
Homestay programs were first initiated from Sirubari and Ghalehaon. Soon it became very popular, and several other places followed the same. There isn’t exact data to show the number of homestay in Nepal, but there are hundreds if the count is to be done.
The Valley alone has many homestays in places like Thamel, Kritipur, Patan area and Naya Bazaar. Chitwan, Pokhara, Nuwakot, and Kavrepalanchok also have a homestay in the different location. Similarly, Illam, Palpa, Gorkha, Syangja, Kalikot, Kailali, Tanahun and in many other districts.
Now, you have known the about the homestay of Nepal, where it is offered, the place of its initiation and the efforts by Tourism Board of Nepal. But, after all this, you still may find it in vain to stay in a homestay of Nepal, if you are thinking this, you here are the reasons why you should stay in a homestay after you visit Nepal.
To explore and experience
Homestay will give you the chance to explore the traditional lifestyle of Nepali people, which have been almost forgotten by city peoples. In rural people, people follow the actual way of living from which Nepal has come so far and my friend, they are the real “keepers” of Nepal.
Along with the exploration of the rural life, you can experience that life too. Dive into the pool of nature’s art and for some days live the life of those native, believe me, you will be amazed by their distinctive living. Homestay will give you the chance to know the reality of the life about the people in the rural Nepal which you will never learn from any books or any magazines. So, by traveling all the way from your country, what is the best way of making the visit worth than experiencing that life by yourself?
To know the real Nepal
As you explore the life of peoples in rural areas and experience the same, you will get to know the real Nepal. Living in the house made of stones and tiles, grazing your herd of cattle’s in the hills, living a simple life of peace and happiness with pride, is the way how it was done in the old days.
Now, most of the population are based on town areas, but behind those hills and mountains, there are still people who like to follow the same way of living. The life you see in town is a recent adoption of modern living; people would rather cling on the hope of living a better modern life and struggle their whole life than live a life of peace and self-esteem in the village.
Staying in a homestay will give you some glimpse of that life, and you will see the life beyond the tall buildings of towns.
Have the taste of authentic food
You can have the taste of all Nepali cuisine in the restaurants and hotels from city areas, and they do serve the best, but the taste of the food in a homestay is. You will get a chance to eat the food made from the fire woods, locally grown vegetables, well, where else will you get this?
Several foods are prepared in Nepal during different festivals and occasions. So if you are lucky and be your host’s guest during festivals, then, you will get to taste of some local food made of local ingredients.
Get to know the culture
In a homestay, you will get to see the culture and tradition. Nepal is a country where people belonging to the traditions follow different customs and culture as per their caste. Your host will be delighted to tell you the culture and customs that existed hundreds year back.
It will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn, so never hesitate to show your queries to your host; they will be more than happy to explain everything they know.
To uplift the local economy
Homestay has been a new way to uplift the local economy. Staying in a homestay can aid a lot in the local economy. Tourism has been one of the significant sources of revenue in Nepal, but the local economy isn’t the one benefitting from those tourism programs.
In a homestay, the money you pay will directly go in the hand of your host, what is the better way of ensuring the promotion of local economy and having the time of life at the same moment?
It is safe
The locals in villages live a simple life. They are unknown to the cunningness unlike the most people in the city nowadays. They lead a simple and innocent life in a peaceful community untouched of any fabrication.
While staying in a homestay, your host will give you the information which is facts and their warm way of hospitality will make you feel safe. Living with those people in a homestay is one of the best treats.
Your comforts won’t be comprised in a homestay. Your host will give you the best of what they can offer, with a warm greeting and hospitality so that you won’t feel like an outsider. They will welcome you with great hospitality and assure your comfort in their home because they will think of you as a guest, not a customer.
Learn the language
In Nepal, there are 123 different languages that the spoken all over the country. Although Nepali is the national language, especially people in rural areas prefer to speak their ethnic language. You can learn the Nepali language, along with that you can learn a few ethnic languages too.
It is a home away from home
In hotels, you can get all the facilities and luxury, but the feeling of sitting inside the four walls will make you miss your home. But in a homestay, you won’t, as it is home after all.
It will be like visiting an acquaintance from another community. You can get a chance to be involved in that community, and they will treat you like one of the family.
You won’t feel lonely
As I said, homestay is a home away from home. Getting the people to know, finding out the way of life, participating yourself in their culture will never make you feel lonely.
It will be like meeting new friends and understanding each other. You can involve yourself in their community and try to learn the local customs.
Contribute back to the community
It’s an ideal option and great opportunity to give back to the community and local people by participating on various CSR (Community based responsibility) activities such as teaching English at rural school, creating awareness campaign on environment and hygiene, donating the school and charity organization in the form of kind or money.
How your contribution benefitted to Host families and communities
The host families can reap the several benefits besides earning money from their services. Nepal Tourism Board has also supported the homestay program by providing training for better homestay and organizing several programs.
Women and Children Empowerment
In most part of rural areas, women bound within the four walls and reliant on their spouse. Homestay program provides an opportunity to learn the new skill and English language that enables them to enhance their confidence level to communicate with guests and become capable enough to become breadwinner to support their families from the money they make. In addition, children will also get a chance to get exposure to the outside world.
Preservation and Promotion of Local Culture
Community-based Homestay project inspires and make realize on the significance of preserving culture and tradition. As guests take a deep interest in local culture and tradition. This will help to gain insight among local people that culture and tradition are essential to keep alive for sustainability.
Proper utilization of local resources and product
Homestay project will benefit to host as they can utilize their local made products, resources in their services. For instance: they can use their organically grown fruits and vegetables to serve the guests and local people can exhibit their local talent among the guest i.e. cultural dance.
Strengthening local community
Homestay helps to create the teamwork and collaboration among people in the community. People get the opportunity to work together to create the guests experience more memorable, authentic and make effort to make the home environment.
They greet and welcome the guests with warm hospitality to the people all around the globe. In addition, homestay enables to help people to exchange the idea and experience with guests. This will help to establish the strong relationships among host and guest.
Homestay project help to uplift the economic status of local people and create wider benefits for the communities. The money spent by guests is circulated within the local communities that greatly support to boost their livelihood.
Homestay project lead hosts to become more concern on the environment and its resources. This will lead them to become more responsible towards the environment, safety and hygiene.
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