- You will completely engross yourself into culture
- Get opportunity to chat and interact with the local people
- Learn some of the local language
- Lend a hand in the kitchen and gain knowledge to cook and prepare food traditionally and served in a home
- An ideal way to pay something back into local communities and obtain genuine feel for local life.
- Visit many religious and cultural sites
- Explore the nature through jungle walk, canoeing by traditional canoe dug-out, cycling and so on.
- Explore ancient town and observe lifestyle of local people.
- Observe festivals with host family during festive season
- Get opportunities to engage in various types of seasonal activities such as rice planting, harvesting as well as daily chores like milking cow, fishing
- Enjoy village life
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.
The home-stay program deliberate to provide local people with a sustainable income and simultaneously travelers experience a day in the life of unique culture. This program offers you to stay with different host families in different rural settings where 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 ranging from eco-tours to cultural, cooking classes as well as festival celebration with host during festive season. This kind of genuine authenticity is the highlight of our community home stay tour.
The tour encompasses visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley, driving towards Dhulikhel, easy hiking to Panauti, Lamatar, Bungmati, engaging in various activities in Chitwan and exploring Pokhara Valley. During your trip, you will be accommodating in home stay and lodge run by local people.
- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft) and transfer to Home stay.
Our representative will be waiting at airport to welcome you. Once you meet our representative you will be transfer from the airport and escorted to the home stay. The host family will cordially welcome you with great hospitality at home stay. You can take some rest or explore the area around. In the evening, the host will prepare scrumptious Nepalese dietary staple.
- Day 02: Half day Kathmandu Cultural Tour
We will have an early breakfast and start our blissful morning visiting Swayambhunath “the self existent” which is one of the oldest historical sites listed in UNESCO world heritage. It situated on a hilltop where you can see eye-bird view of entire Kathmandu City. It is also popularly known as “Monkey temple” due to a large presence of resident sacred monkeys all over the temple. You will observe images of important shrines of both Buddhists and Hindu and several other sacred temples and sanctuaries around the gigantic Swayambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a popular landmark of Kathmandu which is an awe-inspiring house of monument. It is contained by several temples, palace and handicrafts shops. We will visit “The Kumari Ghar” or the house of the “living goddess”, ferocious Kal Bhairab – the red monkey God- Hanuman, hundreds of erotic carvings, temples and statues devoted to diverse deities.
In the evening, you have a leisure time to take relax and your hosts will show you how to cook an authentic Nepali meal. Stay overnight in Kathmandu homestay.
- Day 03: Drive to Dhulikhel (1,600m/5249ft), walk to Panauti (1,500m/4921 ft) - 5 to 6 hours walking.
We will have an early breakfast and set off our journey to Dhulikhel which is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1,470 m. About an hour drive will take us to tiny tranquil town of Dhulikhel well-known for natural, historical and traditional Newari crafts. This town is also popular for historic Newar settlement and the artistic temples of the town. Once we reach at Dhulikhel we will climb up to see an incomparable view of the Himalayan ranges of Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west. We hike up the steps to the Kali Temple, all the way through the traditional village of Kabrechhap and pass farmhouses through terraced fields and ascend to Namo Buddha monastery (1,800m/5905ft), which is one of the most important religious sites of the Buddhists after Kathmandu’s, Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath. This place surrounded by serene environment and green hills.
We then continue to march through traditional villages with ochre colored farmhouses surround by orange trees. After 5-6 hours of walk we arrive at quaint Panauti town that holds huge religious and historical significance. The town is situated at the sacred confluence of the Roshi Khola and Pungamati Khola Majority of houses constructed in medieval designs, holy pilgrimage sites, artistic temples and important religious sites add charm of this town.
You are then taken to Panauti where your host will cordially welcome you and prepare you a local and traditional lunch. After lunch you can either take rest or explore beautiful Newari town and surrounding temples.
We stay overnight in Panauti home stay.
- Day 04: Day in Panauti
We will start our good day with scrumptious traditional breakfast. We set off our day exploring ancient picturesque Panauti town that encompasses several ancient temples, monuments, and community shelters made of terra-cotta and beautifully carved wooden columns.
One of the tallest and biggest three storey pagoda style temple is Indreswor Mahadev where you can observe exquisite range of fine wood carvings that portray the dexterity of Newari artisan. We will also visit 17th century temple of Brahmayani and the Krishna Narayan Temple at the Triveni Ghat. The next place of interest is the king’s palace in Panauti’s Durbar Square. You can see several artifacts and remnants such as stone taps, bricks, water wells and coins found in the midst of some of the excavated part of the palace.
Apart from exploring town, you can engage yourself in your hosts’ daily chores, such as walking through the vegetable fields and collecting fresh vegetables and fruit from the garden. You can simply interact with them and learn about their traditions and language.
There will be seasonal activities such as planting and harvesting and celebrate numerous local festivals annually. You will get opportunity to participate with the host families during festive season. Some of the notable festivals are:
Panauti Jatra (May-June): is is a three-day post-harvest festival that initiate from the durbar square with goddess icons taken around the city on chariots where you can see many enthusiastic spectators.
Makar Mela: This month-long fair is held once every 12 years at the site of the confluence of Roshi, Punyamati, and Lilawati River.
Yomari Punhi (December): is observed by Newari community. People make Yomari (tasty bread) made from a mixture of treacle and sesame seed wrapped in stupa-shaped rice dough. This day children go around the neighborhood asking for yomari from housewives.
Devi Nach (masked dance) September:
Devi Nach is a mask dance observed in Panauti where goddess, demons, and animals are represented through masks. It takes place on the day of Indrajatra.
- Day 05: Hike to Lamatar (1464m/4803ft) - 5 to 6 hours walk
After breakfast we bid farewell to our host and leave for Lamatar. We walk for couple of hours to Lakhuri Bhanjyang and stop here for lunch enjoying truly impressive backdrop of the Himalaya over to Annapurnas to the far West with the Kathmandu valley. After lunch we walk down to Lamatar through forest Lamatar is surrounded by forests with diverse range of plants. Local people have been utilizing the forest resources for domestic purpose and at the same time they have been preserving the different fauna using the concept of community forestry. You are taken to Lamatar home stay where the host will welcome us. We stay overnight here.
- Day 06: Hike to Bungamati (1300m/4265ft) - 6 to 7 hours walk
From Lamatar we turn right and descend to Godavari at 1600m. The trek is not challenging and however offers quite superb vistas of the valley and the northern snowline. After 1 1/2 – 2 hours hike we reach at Godavari where we will stop for lunch. Then we continue to Bungmati which is a tiny typical Newari village located 10 km south of the centre of Kathmandu which 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. We will visit the beautiful temple of Red Machendranath built in Shikhar style. If you visit late April then you will get chance to celebrate Rato Machhendranath Jatra which is one of the chariot festivals of Nepal.
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 of locals in rural setting during your stay in Bungmati.
- Day 07: Drive to Chitwan(415m/1361ft); 6 hours drive
After early breakfast you will transfer to bus station and drive to Chitwan. On arrival you will be receive and transfer community home stay. During your stay, you can try the local food and experiencing the local way of life. Villagers take care of you where you stay in comfort in a homely atmosphere.
- Day 08: Activities in Chitwan
After having local breakfast, we will start our day by involving in various activities. You have a choice to select from the following activities:
If you are interested, then you can join a cultural program performed by an indigenous tribe “Tharus” that reflect their rich culture and tradition. The program offers dances such as stick dance, peacock dance dressed in vibrant traditional costumes that will indeed enthrall and entertain you for an hour.
Canoeing ride offers the close proximity of popular Ghariyal Crocodiles, other aquatic animals. A slow canoe ride on the mild river sitting on hard carved Nepali dug-out canoe provides you an amazing authentic experience. During the Canoeing you can see exotic species of birds, reptiles in the riverbank along with lush greenery.
Cycling is the eco-friendly way to explore around the village and observe the lifestyle of villagers. You can have a pleasant ride along the wooded area where you spot one horned rhinos, gharial crocodile in the bank of river and enjoy melodious sound of the birds. After an hour ride we end our cycling journey at Narayani River. From here you can enjoy viewing beautiful sunset and have cup of Masala Tea. While returning back you can ride all along the shorter way which takes only about 15 minutes.
Village walk is a fascinating opportunity to understand roots of the culture, customs, practices, and unique lifestyle of local people. The walk presents the picturesque sightseeing around the village and famous for close and personal observation of the Tharu culture and their everyday life. Along the way you can see several mud and reed huts and bullock cart. The walk around the village is about for an hour and you will enjoy every bit of it.
Jungle Safari involves varities of jungle activities like Nature Walk, Jeep Safari, elephant ride at Chitwan National Park.
You will get opportunity to get a closer view of spectacular wildlife that includes the greater one-horned rhinoceros, spotted deer, Sambar deer, barking deer, gharial crocodiles and a vast range of birdlife. If you are lucky you may even glimpse a leopard, sloth bear, or Royal Bengal tiger.from a safe vantage point. You are escorted by an experienced naturalist who will explain you about the park and its flora and fauna.
We stay overnight in home stay.
- Day 09: Drive to Pokhara (1400m/4593ft); 5 hours drive
After having decent breakfast you will transfer to bus stop and head towards Pokhara. The Lake District is in fact one of the most beautiful locations in Nepal. This enchanting valley has abundant lakes with magnificent backdrops of the Annapurna range. Upon arrival in Pokhara you will transfer to lodge operated by local people. You can either take a rest or short walk nearby lodge.
- Day 10: Day at leisure in Pokhara
After having hearty breakfast you can enjoy different activities in city. If you are adventure enthusiast then you can go for paragliding in Sarangkot. You may enjoy boating observing the serenity of the nature and snowcapped peaks or may simply enjoy sightseeing or cycling around the city. We stay overnight in lodge.
- Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu- 7 hours drive
After having early breakfast we will take a bus and drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to home stay.
- Day 12: Fly back Home
You will be assisted by our staff in a vehicle and transferred to TIA airport in Kathmandu from where you will take your flight back home.