The community homestays around Kathmandu gives you an opportunity to explore the urban, semi-urban and rural parts around the valley. The diverse culture and hilly landscape around Kathmandu will give you some of the best experiences to immerse yourself in authentic culture while exploring the picturesque hiking trails. If you are bound to Kathmandu for a few days or would want a quick escape from city staying with locals is one of the best way to explore the city and its surroundings like never before.
Panauti Community Homestay
At the confluence of the Rosi and Punyamati rivers, Panauti awaits to welcome you with warm hospitality and rich culture. A community just 34 Kms away from Kathmandu offers an opportunity to witness well-preserved cobblestone paths of the old town. Panauti is a beautiful blend of culture and natural beauty. While enjoying the old culture and traditions, you would not have to compromise the adventure. Hiking and cycling around the hills of Panauti is one of experiences you would not want to miss while you are there.
With more than 20 festivals celebrated around the year, Panauti is a good place to visit during a festival. Most of the authentic and immersive experiences could be enjoyed best through living with the locals via community homestay. Panauti Community Homestay is the flagship of the Community Homestay program and is a successful female-owned homestay model followed by other communities throughout Nepal. Panauti Community Homestay provides travellers with the opportunity to experience Panauti’s culture and traditions that are well kept since the 13th century, without missing the access to modern amenities.
Patan Community Homestay
Patan, home to ethnic Newar people, is a beautiful place to explore traditional architecture and Newari Handicraft. Exploring Patan with Patan Community Homestay will give you an opportunity to live in a family home with traditional courtyards, Hindu temples and Buddha statues at every chowk. Staying in a homestay will give you an unique experience to explore the urban area in a different way. While staying there, you will truly get to visit places that would have been missed without the insiders’ insight. Stroll around the famous Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple, and other popular sites, as well as lesser-known courtyards and temples hidden down streets while appreciating the Newari architecture, their foods and handicrafts. Living and sharing a roof with the locals would also give you an opportunity to have cooking classes to learn some authentic Newari food which would be quite different from the mainstream Dal-Bhat-Tarkari.
Patlekhet Community Homestay
Around only 40 Kilometres from Kathmandu, Patlekhet is a perfect getaway for travelers seeking a weekend break. Situated in the rural hills with a beautiful landscape with high Himalaya in the north and well cultivated farmland all around. It is an ideal destination for travellers seeking to reconnect with nature. Major attraction for any travellers visiting Patlekhet is hiking around the village, while engaging with the hosts to learn about organic farming practices. Patlekhet Community Homestay provides the experience to enjoy eating the pure ingredients in home-cooked meals and can even learn to cook Nepali dishes yourself by taking a cooking class with your host. It gives you a perfect opportunity to appreciate the simple pleasures of life.
Nagarkot Community Homestay
If you would like to explore Nagarkot beyond the touristy hotels, Nagarkot Community Homestay is a perfect place to enjoy the short-break from Kathmandu.You’ll be sharing the roof with a local family, who will show you authentic rural life near Kathmandu, but also a world away. Rich in biodiversity and nature, you could immerse yourself in panoramic views of mountains while enjoying the lush forest and waterfalls. At homestay, you can experience the delightful local cuisine produced organically and can feel at home as a family member, sharing their kitchen while enjoying interactions with locals.
Kirtipur Community Homestay
Kirtipur is an easy reach from Kathmandu, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. An ancient Newari city sitting just around 5 Kms away from the center of Kathmandu warmly welcomes its travelers to experience and enjoy Newari culture and cuisine. With a rich history and culture, travelers could get immersed in the city’s temples, stupas and narrow alleys. The hosts at Kirtipur Community Homestay await to welcome travellers to the historic town to share their warmth and rich culture. Apart from enjoying the culture, tradition and food, Kirtipur offers a beautiful view of Kathmandu city with majestic mountains around. You could explore your adventurous side by hiking or mountain biking in the neighboring Hattiban Forest or to other nearby destinations. Kirtipur has a little something for everyone!
Bungamati Community Homestay
Bungamati Community Homestay, a homestay situated around south of central Kathmandu would give an unique opportunity to learn about the crafts and traditions of Newari communities that has not been overrun with tourists. While close to the urban parts of Patan and central Kathmandu, Bungamati is situated in the urban settings with a small town vibe where visitors can expect a close-knit community. Equipped with modern facilities and comforts, the accommodation at the Bungamati Community Homestay is in individual homes near the center of town ideal for solo travellers or small groups or stay at lodging connected to the Tri Ratna School which is comfortable for larger groups travelling together. The homestays have beautiful views overlooking the peaceful streets, where you can observe local life.