According to official figures, the total number of hotels in Nepal are 669 (all categories) with a total capacity of 26,063 beds. If one million tourists had visited Nepal in 2011 as expected during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 (NTY 2011), it would have meant that the country would have had a shortfall of 822 beds daily. This was the reason for homestay programs to come into the limelight. And, even though NTY 2011 was not fully a success, it did give impetus to many initiatives, one of them being the development of homestays in various parts of the country including newly developed tourist destinations. Homestays are universally considered to be an excellent alternative to hotel accommodation which provides the opportunity for visitors to experience local culture and lifestyle firsthand.
Nepal homestays are based mostly in small villages where life is simple and straightforward—a rejuvenating change from the everyday hassle of urban life. The Nepal Tourism Board mobilized village development committees (VDCs), district development committees (DDCs) and local co-operatives to manage homestay facilities and imparted training to ensure quality homestay arrangements in rural areas. Aside from increasing accommodative capacity, the prime aim of homestay programs is to engage locals’ participation in tourism activities and enhance their income. In Nepal, homestays are of two kinds—community homestays and private homestays. Nepal homestay guidelines require that the concerned family give a taste of local culture to visitors who are to be served whatever food the homeowners themselves eat. Participating houses have to ensure cleanliness and a safe and secure environment with adequate toilet and bathroom facilities. Guests too are requested to dress in an appropriate manner and promote their Nepali hosts’ culture and tradition. They are also asked to enter and leave homes only within the prescribed times and drug use is totally forbidden.
Sirubari and Ghalegaon were the first to implement homestay programs. Many others followed suit. Today, Kavrepalanchok has over 26 registered community-based homestay homes while Chitwan has at least 10 and Makwanpur and Nuwakot have around 11 and 12 respectively. Gorkha, Ilam, Palpa, Syangja, Kailali and Kalikot too have homestay programs. Living in a Nepali village as a homestay guest is an excellent way to know the real Nepal.
For more details and bookings please contact us:
Community Homestay Network
Lal Durbar Marg, Kathmandu Nepal
Email: [email protected]