- Warm welcome by host family.
- You will get opportunity to chat and interact with the local people
- Lend a hand in the kitchen and learn how food is traditionally prepared and served in a home
- Ideal way to pay something back into local communities and obtain genuine feel for local life.
- Explore typical Newari village and learn their ethnic language
- Visit Rato Machhindranath and Karya Vinayak Temple
- Observe people spinning wool yarn and working in the fields
Community based home stay tour is an ideal way to explore diverse eco-system in an authentic way and experience communities with their mystical lifestyle and culture.
This extended home stay program offers you to stay with host families in one of the prettiest village in Kathmandu Valley, namely Bungmati. You will get opportunity to interact with locals and understand their tradition and lifestyle. While you stay with host families, you can engage in various activities like festival celebration with host during festive season and seasonal activities like harvesting and planting. Such kind of genuine authenticity is the highlight of our community home stay tour.
- Da 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Bungmati Homestay (1300m/4265ft)
After having breakfast, we will drive to Bungmati, a typical Newari village situated 10 km south of the centre of Kathmandu valley. It is believed that it came into existence as early in the 7th century.
The village is also considered as a home to one of the most significant Machendranath, “the God of Rain and compassion” and well-known for the number of master woodcarvers and sculpture maker. As you walk the streets of Bungamati, you can see abundance of wood crafts and sculptures which might be ideal for souvenir. The narrow alley of Bungamati offer opportunity to witness Newari people livelihood. While you walk around the village you will see people working in the field and spinning wool yarn.
The most interesting attraction is that in the majority of the houses the local people hang red chili and vegetables garland from top floor almost to the ground floor after the month of September.
The key highlight of Bungamati village is the Sikhara style temple of Rato Machhindranath situated in the middle of the village. If you visit late April then you will get chance to celebrate Rato Machhendranath Jatra which is one of the chariot festivals of Nepal. You can visit popular Karya vinayak temple after a few minutes’ walk from Rato Machhindranath temple. This temple is dedicated to another famous Hindu god Ganesha.
Despite of the swift changes in lifestyle of the urban population, the Bungamati locals have not been influenced by modern life. Therefore you will definitely experience authentic lifestyle and culture of locals in rural setting during your stay in Bungmati.
- Day 02: Drive Back to Kathmandu
We start our morning with scrumptious traditional breakfast. Host will bid farewell to us and we drive back to Kathmandu. Our representative will transfer you to hotel. You can either take rest or do shopping for your loved ones.