If you are interested in knowing real Nepal how its processing from traditional life to ultra-urban life and want to taste both life instantly, only one and half an hour vehicle journey by vehicle (42.6 km) from Kathmandu Valley is enough. This is a big specialty carried by the Patlekhet Homestay as it is much nearer to Kathmandu valley, yet carries totally different livelihood representing the major village life of Nepal.
Patelekhet Community Homestay is one of the registered community Homestay of Kavre Palanchowk district comprising 16 heartily welcoming houses. Homestay is run under legal authorization and registered with the Department of Tourism, and the Office of District Administration since 2011 A.D. And, recently registered in the inland revenue office as well. Running with the moto “Far from your home, but close to your heart”is truly implemented just you enter the Community Homestay “Patlekhet”as every face of people with smiling face always ready to welcome you with an open heart, the sensation of living in an authentic experience, like you shall only receive in a home.
Being an organic farming village, here you can enjoy organic foods, fruit, vegetables and various menus of organic products. . You can enjoy the folk songs, cultural dance and many other traditional activities with the local people. 'Panche Baja', a set of traditional music instruments, a musical instrument almost in its extinction, is the main attraction of the culture show. A breathtaking mountain view of Mt. Jugal, Mt. Ganesh and other mountains make your stay even better. Terrace farming and organic agricultural farm can be interesting to know about the traditional agricultural system of Nepal, especially dairy production and chicken farm. Patlekhet is a perfect choice for your perfect stay where nature, culture and tradition meet at a place.
|Day 2||Hike to Namo Buddha|
|Day 3||Sunrise and Mountain Views – Temple Visit|
You are living in a real village life of Nepal, very much close to nature and so much close to peoples’ hearts. People make you comfortable from the very beginning and you feel you are one of them, after all, humanity connects instantly. The village is rising from the devastating earthquake of 2015 and simply your presence counts all lots for beautiful hopes and smiles.
Your morning rises with the bright sun, the range of series of mountains, shivering blowing wind and cloud covers the village and you can view this captivating scene from your Homestay window. Surely, this feeling gives you eternal peace and gets connected back to origin and nature. Wherever you are your comfort is always concerned, thus basic facilities, rooms are provided with clean, hygienic bathrooms.
You are served 3 times of local taste simply an organic meal and host family is very much concerned about your dietary requirements e.g. Vegetarian / vegan, etc. You can participate in the meal making process with the host family and we are sure you cannot control taking the recipes back to your home. You are surely enjoying traditional cow and cattle farming, milking by oneself, testing fat saturation of milk by oneself. You can enjoy planting fruits and vegetables in one season and next season when you come you surely enjoy ripe fruits planted by self and meal made from own planted plants in terrace farming. (un -measurable and unexplainable happiness)
After all, you able to see natural beauty when your heart is happy and people here make you loved, cared with great hospitality and nature offers you inexpressible beauty. The best part of community Homestay is you are living in a community, not only with host family only, as you are welcomed by the community, offer the cultural show in the community and every home visit of the community enjoying milking, plantation and other livelihood in a community.
Very inspiring move done by the Community Homestay is all Homestay profit does not go to host family, 15% revenue is hold by community and invested in community school improvement, local cultural preservation moves like buying an ethnic musical instrument, training to ethnic groups about cultural dance and music. Homestay has not been reached to mass tourism, thus if achieved targeted revenue community Homestay have the further plan of helping communities to recover from a devastating earthquake of 2015 Nepal, investing in other family accommodation and bathrooms in communities so they are able to serve tourist and get included in Homestay program.
Women empowerment is also the main motto of community Homestay. Women learn enterpeurnship and managerial skill as they manage all household activities and ready to welcome program, cultural program and management of income from the Homestay program as women receives the income of Homestay from family. All age people have actively participated in community programs. We will notice aged people (hajurbuwa& hajuraama) are participating energetically in cultural and traditional program and translating ethnic culture to youth generation.
The whole village is very much concerned about clean, hygienic and greenery based environment and we find Dustbin in local streets in a few minutes. We can see solar panel, bio –gas, animal husbandry, milk collection and fat saturation checking center, thus developing self – dependent community and some portion of the credit goes to Homestay program.
Within 5 years of legal operation, it has served around foreign around 500 and local around 400 Guests, yearly 1Days/1 Night.
If you are willing to take a local bus from Kathmandu, you should first go to the Ratna Park Bus Station, which also known as Old Bus Park (Puraano Bus Park). You can take a ticket and take a bus from there to Banepa approximate bus fare (Nrs50). The bus goes through Koteshower, then Bhaktapur and then finally reaches Banepa in 1 hour. From Banepa bus station you have to change buses and take a ticket (Nrs. 35)at the counter for dhapcha Bakunde besi, and ask your conductor to drop in the way in Patlekhet Homestay just 30 minutes from the Banepa bus station.
We can assist you with organizing private transport to Patlekhet. The cost of private transport from Kathmandu to Patlekhet costs $52 two ways ktm-Patlekhet-ktm.
Alternatively, you can arrange your own private transport Patlekhet with a taxi or driver.
Altogether there are 23 operating rooms in 16 houses (12 fully operating, 4 semi – furnished) that can accommodate 36 people at once. The rooms are small and simply furnished including everything you need like bed sheets, warm blanket covers and pillow covers, mirror, cloth stand, tea table. In some of the houses, there are twin beds, whereas in some there are double beds. Local mattresses are placed on simple wooden beds.
Water jugs (providing clean, boiled water) and glasses are placed on the table in the rooms, and you will also find bathroom towels for use. Rooms are simply carpeted or boarded and each room has a dustbin either inside it or by the side of the door. Some houses provide with standing fan for the summer season. Natural cool air substitutes the air – conditioner need and guest feel much relaxed in simple living in the lap of the nature provided facility.
If for any reason you are unhappy with your Homestay or you have any requests that the host family can’t help you with you can either call the main office (Phone number) or contact with the community Homestay management of Patlekhet.
Most of the houses have western bathrooms, however, only few (4 houses) have attached bathroom adjoined to the guest room. Although bathroom are not adjoined to guest room they are closely attached to staying home. Most of the houses have now installed solar panels so you can enjoy a hot shower. In those houses where there is no hot shower facility you can inform the host earlier so that they can provide you a bucket full of hot water for your shower.
Clean bathroom has toilet paper, hand washes and soaps with them, however toothpaste, conditioner and shampoo should be carried by the guest themselves.
You will be provided three meals each day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks in between.
One thing common whole over Nepal is morning start with a cup of hot tea.
Breakfast: Kheer, fried potatoes, boiled eggs, milk
Lunch: Dal, Bhat, tarkari (Rice, pulse, Seasonal vegetable)
Snacks: Fried Maize and Soybean and Gundruk pickle is famous among Nepalese.
Dinner: Again dal, Bhat, tarkari, pickle is the daily diet of Nepalese people. However, in village area Maize Rice and Gundruk ko tarkari, Puri, rates is also a main substitute for rice.
You surely love all food cruises, and rejoices and cannot wait asking for receipe to get back to home and try it.
All ingredients for the meals come from the either the host’s terrace farming or animal husbandry. The foods are truly organic, fresh, hygienic and served less or more spicy as per your request. If you have specific dietary requirements e.g. Allergies, vegetarian, gluten-free please advise us on your booking. Our host families can also accommodate your food requirements with many Nepali dishes being available in vegetarian and non-veg options.
Youth of every host house can assist you easily with fluent English during the morning and evening time, during however day time communication is mostly with women of the community and they are not much comfortable with international language, yet can assist you with broken English.
There is a great opportunity of learning local language with these native people, and you feel really exciting learning language full of emotion and with different local proverbs.
Water used for drinking, cooking and other daily activities is the ground water originated from forest source managed through traditional tap known as Dhunge Dharo. With 24 hours access to clean, pure and hygienic water from the lap of forests and rocks rejoice your taste bud terrific taste of water itself. Room is provided with a jug of water always and you can ask sufficient water (boiled water as well) access to drinking and cleaning purpose.Host family can provide you with mineral water bottles (if needed) with extra charge.
Each host family is very much concerned with sanitation and solid and liquid waste are properly managed despite being animal husbandry and cattle rearing attached to staying house. For community hygiene you can find community dustbin just nearby few minutes distance.
The connection with nature, people, tradition in Patlekhet does not give you time for thinking about an Internet connection, however sometimes you need pure disconnection from WI -fail to feel what surrounding offers and living and enjoying life moment. This opportunity is provided to you by this village. However, in few houses and a community hall Wi-Fi is being installed and you can have reasonable 3G cell phone connectivity most of time and places.
You can enjoy any channels national and international like the BBC, National geography, Sports Channel with host family in the shared living room.
Patlekhet lies in 1554 m high from the sea level and shares subtropical climate of average annual temperature of 18C. The most rejuvenating climate in Patlkehet occurs from mid –August to October and mid – February to May. The warmest months last from June to August and heaviest rainfall may occur during these months. The coldest months are during November to February where the temperature might fall to 0 C at night, however the days are warm and sunny (18-24C).
Best specialty of Patlekhet is it is always the best season to pack your bags for Patlekhet due to its cool climate prevailing throughout the year. However, Mid-August to October is most rejuvenating season with cool morning and not too much hot, not too much cold daytime is always the best.
Asad (June –July): 1St Fifteen days however it is extending up to month according to seasonal rainfall. Mud Festival: Rice plantation day
Bhadra 🙁 August/September): You should not miss Teej, national festival for Nepalese women where they share their grievance and all their surrounding life in song and dance. It is generally celebrated one day however it is extended up to a month due to its popularity.
Asoj & Kartik (September /October) .This season is itself festival with moderate climate, most enjoyable climate of all over Nepal. A Nepalese national festival of 15 days dashain and 5 days Tihar falls under this season.
Mangsir (November /December): Rice harvesting month, enjoy just like a rice plantation month.
Magh: (January –February). 1St Magh is also a big day for the Nepalese. Specific food variety is prepared for this day.
Fagun: (February-March) This is most colorful month among all due to big two festivals falling under this month Mahashivaratri and holy. The whole mass of people gathering all over from Nepal, most part of India and Hindu followers all over from Nepal, Nago babies and threshold in their internal parts you cannot see anywhere in any part of world except here. Holi is the most colorful festival in the world, much enjoyed festival in Nepal.
Baisakh (April-May) Bisket Jatra Celebrated for 7 days with full of colors for celebrating the New Year of Nepal. 40 minutes from Homestay, in nearby town Bhaktapur.
Sharawan (July-August) Gai Jatra celebrating for 7 days, a big festival in Kathmandu valley and adjoining villages. 40 minutes from Homestay, in nearby town Bhaktapur.
Poush: (December-January) You can feel Christmas is celebrated just like your home country in most of cities like Kathmandu, Bhaktpaur – 40 minutes from Homestay.
Patlekhet offers diversified activities both in host family activities and community families. Activities are divided into activities included in basic cost and activities included in extra cost.
Meal preparation with host families: Guest can actively participate in breakfast to dinner preparation of typical Nepali taste and learn cooking style and take the recipes back to home. In the mean while guest can learn about fuel, energies like bio-gas (fuel produced from the dung of animals and human), Chulo system (mud stove and firewood) used for preparing meals.
Milking activities: Each host house offers you milking cows’ experience. Try it you surely feel shivering experience.
Community visit: During community, visit you can enjoy terrace farming, ploughing fields, and plantation and learn about varieties of fruits and vegetables. You can learn about traditional style of farming like using ox (Cow male version) and a special halo for ploughing the field .It can be great exciting. Specially if you are in mid of June you can enjoy rice (national food) plantation also called mud festival (bit exciting playing with mud and celebrating season of planting our national food.
Vegetable Oil / Butter, Ghee) Preparation: Every morning each family of community makes vegetable oil from stored milk of last evening, raw milk is churned in special wood made vessel “ dekii” and milk segregated into water and raw butter.
Preparing ancient leaf plates (Tapari Gasne): For the ritual purpose and in festive needs people still prepare leaf plates from special leaf (Salko pat). You will enjoy learning, making these plates and same plates are used to serve snacks (Makki bhatamas, gundruk) during daytime.
Short hiking to nearby hills: Few minutes hiking to nearby hills give you pleasure of a beautiful sunrise and sunset view.
Seti Devi/Kali Devi Temple visit: These temples carry special beliefs of people and people have different stories to tell about its magical activities
Dress in Nepali ethnic dresses: You feel fascinated and overwhelmed while mirroring you in ethnic Nepali dresses with decorating yourself with special decoration of Nepali tika, pote, gajal..
If you are staying in Patlekhet don’t forget to bring a warm jacket with you during winter (October to April). A sandal or light shoe for walking around the town is recommended. If you are visiting Patlekhet during June /July don’t forget to bring along an umbrella or rain jacket. Also, bring sunglasses, sun block, hats and trekking shoes if you are thinking of hiking.
• A warm jacket.
• A sandal or light shoe for walking through the town.
• Hiking boots if you plan to hike in the hills.
• Umbrella or rain jacket just in case
• Insect repellant
Visit Dairy Centre
Cooking with the host family
On arrival at the Homestay, Cordial reception of Homestay members. Briefing about activities. After Lunch, Village Walk for about 3 hrs & Evening, visit Cow Farm and involve in cow milking after which visit the Dairy Centre. Later, get involved in household activities including cooking Dinner
Hike to Namo Buddha
Ancient leaf plate making
Visit view tower for a sunset view
Ghee making process
After breakfast, start your hike to Namo Buddha, which takes around 1.5-2 hrs. After visiting of the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, walk back for about 1 hour to Patlekhet Homestay from different walking trail & lunch in Homestay. Later, get involved in Ancient leaf plate making process. Sunset View from the village & Household actives including vegetable cutting, cooking & ghee making process. Dinner
Sunrise and Mountain Views – Temple Visit
Early morning Sunrise and Mountain Views – Temple Visit – Breakfast – Farewell
(Views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Saksufurwa Himal, etc.)