Barauli is a tiny village away from the crowd near Chitwan National Park, Nepal. There are a lot of things to do and It features fantastic wildlife and cultural activities. Located in the Nawalpaur district near Chitwan, Barauli is the ultimate place to go bird-watching, and a lovely place to learn more about the local Tharu culture. The 14 cottages are an ideal base for couples or families. There are plenty of things to do around Chitwan Nepal and the national park.
Discover wildlife near Chitwan National Park
You can go on a safari, by foot, boat or jeep. The Chitwan National Park is one of the best places in Nepal for a birdwatching tour because of the diverse number of bird species found within the region. Walk with a specialist birdwatching guide and discover bird species like Blue Indian Rollers, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Floricans, and Asian Paradise Flycatchers. A great way to experience the wildlife is by taking a scenic canoe ride on the Narayani River. Paddle in a traditional wooden boat along the river and keep an eye open for a close-up with a Gharial, which is a threatened crocodilian species. One of the best things to do in Barauli for a family is the jungle jeep safari. This is a guided tour that takes you deep in buffer zone of Chitwan National Park, where you explore various habitats and get up close to many of the animals you can find in the most famous National park of Nepal. You are going to try to spot and see Tigers, One horned Rhinos, Deers and much more.
Experience Tharu Culture
If you love learning about culture, you can go and see Tharu dancing during your visit in Chitwan. The Tharu people living in Barauli are known for their amazing cultural heritage. They perform traditional dances and songs that have been passed down through generations. This is the opportunity to experience an authentic Tharu cultural evening of traditional dancing, singing and local cuisine.
Explore Barauli Village on Cycle
Another best thing to do with a family in Barauli is to take an early evening cycling tour of around an hour through the peaceful Barauli village, where you will see local life, fertile farmland, and traditional homes. This is an easy cycle trip for everyone to join. We start the tour when it’s getting cooler and the flat roads of the plains of Nepal make Barauli ideal for cycling. You will meander through lush green rice fields, fish ponds and quiet village roads, pass traditional homes, and share a smile with the children who love to wave at you and have a chat. The journey concludes with a cup of Nepalese tea and one of the best sunsets to see over the Narayani River, where the sun will gradually set behind the jungle of Chitwan National Park on the other side of the river.
If you would rather like a tour by foot to the village then you can ask one of the hosts of the Barauli Community Homestay to organise a walking tour for you. They might have other things to do around Chitwan that are not listed in this article.
Learn to cook Traditional Tharu Food
You can also join a cooking class from the Barauli community and learn the art of cooking a traditional Tharu dish. While you may already know how to prepare meals like vegetable curries with rice. You can also get more into the Tharu culture and learn how to make specialties, such as ghonghi (edible snails) or rice-flour dhikri. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or not, there’s something for everyone during this course. You’ll learn new things and get to practice new abilities, no matter your level of expertise.
Stay with locals at the Barauli Community Homestay
If you like to immerse yourself in the local Tharu culture, then the Barauli Community Homestay is one the best places to visit around Chitwan. Travellers can experience local life alongside one of the Terai’s indigenous ethnic groups, the Tharu people. Their culture, language, architecture, and cuisine are a mix of those found in Nepal’s hills and North India’s plains. Tharus are found throughout the Terai, and the Chitwan Tharu people are known as Koth arias or Dangaha Tharuns.
The homestay accommodations and activities to do at Barauli Community Homestay in Chitwan are run by local women. Barauli is unique in that it offers homestays in 14 cottages that together form a little village compound with well-tended gardens and farmyard animals on leashes beside tiny sections of farmland. The hosts will prepare meals with ingredients that are produced in the Chitwan area.
” The community of Barauli is home to a few hotels and lodges, but is generally a much quieter, less spoilt and more ‘local’ kind of place than Sauraha, where many visitors to Chitwan National Park head. “ Elen Turner
Because of their private set up the homestays are a great place to unwind and relax with your family and have everything you need provided onsite.
And those were our best things to do in Chitwan and Barauli, a must visit place for families that love to see nature and experience culture.
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