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Barauli Community Homestay
Chitwan, Nepal
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  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay
  • Barauli Community Homestay

 

Barauli Community Homestay

 

With a very unique and characteristic culture, Tharu is indigenous to the Terai region where a tiny, but a beautiful village, Barauli stands proudly with its centuries-old tradition, arts, and crafts. Their well-preserved authentic lifestyle makes Barauli a utopia of living history, culture, music, and green vegetation.

A green belt of Nepal, Terai is home to hundreds of birds and endangered animals. Amid this beautiful story, the Barauli Community Homestay was created to provide a platform to the Tharu people for the preservation of their rich culture and a medium for locals to interact with the rest of the world.

Enter this wonderful community and live like a true Tharu local while you stay on the outskirts of the famous Chitwan National Park.


About Community Homestays

Floating in their traditional values, locals have come forward to initiate the Homestay projects from their very own houses; opening the doors to the rest of the world to let discover the precious culture. Simply but traditionally designed huts display the passion of the locals towards their culture and nature.

Community Homestays worked in collaboration with GAdventures and the greater Barauli community to bring together an array of local houses whereby tourists can immerse themselves into the life of the Tharu people and contribute to the social and economic development of this community and this region. 

Twelve small cottages, made by the locals, coats the sensation of the ancient Tharu culture and spending time inside the huts takes you back to the ancient glory days.

 

What To Expect

As you are staying at a local home it is important to know that your stay will not be like a hotel. You will have comfortable facilities, living exactly the same way the Tharu families do - but this is the magic of the homestay experience!

Each Homestay hut is named after the housewife who owns the house. All huts contain clean, western bathroom facilities, a western toilet, a hot shower, cozy beds and mosquito nets. Although you are staying in a typical mud hut with unique interior decorations it is far from basic.

On arrival, you will be greeted with a traditional Barauli welcome program that includes song and dance by women dressed in traditional Tharu gowns. You will also be offered refreshing drinks in the well fitted common area that has air conditioning for the warmer months.

During your stay, you will be tasting local foods and experiencing the local lifestyle. Our homestays offer only Nepali foods, however, are happy to adhere to your dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian/vegan etc.

Remember you are in the homestay for an authentic Nepali experience not for luxury and comfort.

“There is no better way to understand a place, but living like one of them.”

The homestay promises you many unique stories and memories. That feeling when you are greeted with true Tharu style, exploring the beautiful, lush countryside, interacting with the local people and knowing you are making a difference in their lives. Only a stone throw away from the protected Chitwan National Park, home to an array of Nepalese flora and fauna, you are truly a world away from anything else.

 

How your visit helps our community

The Community Homestay is an opportunity for the people of this Terai region to maintain a sustainable income and interact with members of the international community. Given their remote location, the Tharu residents are some of the poorest in the region and historically have had little means of income generation, aside from farming. The lack of income has resulted in community members participating in illegal activities like poaching and deforestation in the park as a means of income generation.

The homestay program was set up to bring new
 job opportunities into the region, using tourism as a form of sustainable income in the areas of not only hospitality but infrastructure & handicrafts as well.

The opportunity and empowerment brought upon by tourism have increased confidence in the local people and you can witness this as you ride through the villages while children wave and shout “hello” as you pass by. The homestay program is also completely run by women with the intention to create women’s empowerment and equality in the region.

Over 1500 travelers visit this region annually, bringing sustainable tourism revenue not only to those participating in the homestay program but to those of the wider community as well.

 

How To Get There with Public Transport

The Barauli Community Homestay is located inside Chitwan. You can access this area on your own by public transport.

 From Kathmandu, You can get a tourist standard bus from Gongabu Bus Park (http://goo.gl/RyvWYL) also known as New bus park. The bus ticket will cost around $10. It will take around 5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic.

Similarly, if you are going to Barauli from Pokhara, you can get a bus from Pokhara Tourist Bus Park (http://goo.gl/FuF7pL)

. The ticket will cost approximately $10 and the journey would take 5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic.

Once you reach Danda, there will be someone from the homestay to pick you. Make sure to confirm your time by giving a call to Janak(9803-332373). It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the homestays from Danda.

 

How To Get There with Private Transport

We can assist you with organizing private transport to Barauli. The cost of private transport is as follows:

●        Kathmandu to Barauli -  $119

●        Pokhara to Barauli - $112

●        Palpa to Barauli - $112

Alternatively, you can arrange your own private transport to Barauli with private transport.

 

Rooms and Sleeping Arrangements

Altogether there are 12 huts each sleeping between 2 & 4 people. There are 5 triple rooms, 9 twin rooms  1 double room. The rooms are spacious and simply furnished but include everything you need including bed sheets, warm blanket covers and pillow covers. In some of the huts, there are twin beds whereas in some there are double beds.

Water jugs (providing clean, boiled water) and glasses are placed on the table inside the rooms, and you will also find bathroom towels for use. Windows are covered with mosquito sheets and there is also mosquito nets provided above the beds. 

There is no central heating or air conditioning in the rooms. All rooms have fans for the warmer months (Jun-Sep) and warm blankets are provided for the colder months (Nov - Mar).

Unlike some of our other homestay programs, the huts are not shared with the local families. They are separate huts designed as rooms for tourists. To interact with the locals you can go for a walk in the nearby village or speak with the staffs who work in the community homestay program.

If for any reason you are unhappy with your sleeping arrangements you can either call the main office (9803-332373) or notify a staff member in the common area.

 

Bathrooms  

All huts have bathrooms attached to the rooms. They are all fitted with western toilets, a shower, sink, towel rack and tiles.

The bathrooms are spacious and clean. If you would like to have your bathroom cleaned you can notify the staff at the common area. Toilet paper and soap is also provided, however other toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner are not provided.

All the huts have now installed solar panels so you can enjoy a hot shower.

 

Meals

As you are in a typical Tharu village, get ready to get blown away by the vast varieties of Nepali cuisines. The community has built a community hall at the center of the huts where they run a small restaurant. You can order a wide range of Nepali cuisines and also some western cuisines. The Nepali dietary staple is Dal Bhat (steamed basmati rice with lentil soup, curried vegetables, and potatoes) but the restaurant offers a variety of foods on their menu. Most of the ingredients for the meals come from either the local fields or from the local markets. The foods are fresh and hygienic and served less or spicier as per your request.

 

If you have specific dietary requirements e.g. allergies, vegetarian, gluten-free please advise us on your booking. The restaurant can accommodate your food requirements with many Nepali dishes being available in vegetarian and vegan options.

 

Communicating With Locals/Families

While you are in Barauli most of the staff will be able to speak English with you. However one of the best ways to interact with the locals is to go for a walk or cycle through the villages. The community members are used to tourists so they will most likely be happy to stop and talk with you.

We encourage you to interact with locals as it greatly helps their English and your cultural exchange. You even have the opportunity to learn some Nepali words too!

Unfortunately, at this point in time our staff at the Barauli Community Homestay cannot speak any other foreign languages aside from English. 

 

Water and Sanitation

During your stay at Barauli Community Homestay, you are provided with boiled drinking water to drink. In order to reduce the use of plastic bottles, and help to clean up the environment of Nepal, we provide boiled drinking water instead of mineral water bottles. The water is fine for drinking and you can ask for as much as you want once the water jug at your room empties.

As Barauli is a small village, you will find it much less polluted than Kathmandu. We encourage the homestay community to organize cleanliness programs in the region and the huts where you will stay are very clean and tidy. Our community homestay program has also taught the Barauli community to become more conscious about health and hygiene, creating a conscious trend amongst the whole village.

 

Connectivity & Electricity

There is Wi-Fi available in the common area however not in the rooms. You can access the Wi-Fi from 6 am to 11 pm when the common area is open. The Barauli area does also get reasonable 3G cell phone connectivity.

All rooms are fitted with power points where you can charge your electronics. It is uncommon for Barauli to experience power cuts unlike other parts of the nation. There is generally electricity at all times except in the rare occurrences of big storms and power outages.

 

Climate

 The Tarai region is known for extreme temperatures in both summer and winter months. The most pleasant weather in Barauli occurs from mid-August to October, and mid-Februarys to May.

The warmest months are during June, July and August where the village will also receive its heaviest rainfall, however not continuously, and highest temperatures - +35°C. The coldest months are during November - February where the temperature might fall to 0 °C at night, but the days are warm and sunny (18 - 24°C). Almost every time of the year the mornings are cooler so don’t forget to bring along a warm jacket with you even if you are traveling to Barauli in summer.

 

Activities

While staying in Barauli you have the option to choose from the following activities:

  •  Culture Program

“Tharu” is an indigenous tribe following very rich culture and tradition. In the evening, the community conducts culture program where they perform different famous Tharu dances like stick dance, peacock dance and many more. It is for about 1 hour. You can also join them if you are interested.

  •    Boating

A slow canoe ride on the gentle rivers of the lower Nepal plains is an amazing experience. It adds authenticity to your stay as you will be boating on hard carved Nepali dugout. Not only Boating is the best way to view the riverside scenery, the ride is the best for sighting crocodile and other aquatic creatures.

  • Cycling

You can enjoy cycling on the plains of Chitwan. You can observe the village and the villager’s life closely. You can have a lovely ride along the jungle side. It is for about an hour. The ride ends at Narayani River viewing the mesmerizing sunset and having sips of Masala Tea. While returning back you can ride along the shorter route which takes only about 15 minutes.

  • Cooking Classes

At the homestay, you will have cooking classes where you will be taught some delicious Nepali recipes in the community hall. It’s fun learning to cook in a typical Nepali style with the local women of the community.

  •  Half Day Jeep safari

Jeep Safari is an exciting ride on an open top jeep into the dense forest. It is possible to closely observe the wild animals as well as take snaps during jeep safari. It takes about three hours. This is the best way to observe the wildlife from so close and travel through the jungle of Chitwan. Animals like the Royal Bengal tiger, one horned rhinoceros, wild boar, gaur, neelgai(blue bull), wild elephant, striped hyena, pangolin, chital, wild dog, langur can be seen during the ride.

  • Village Walk

You can also enjoy the sightseeing around the village with the locals. Tharus have a unique lifestyle and it's very exciting to have a look at their life from close. The walk around the village is about for an hour and you will enjoy every bit of it. You can also visit a local museum which costs only $5 per person. It is included in the cost.

(Most of the activities in Barauli Community Homestay are payable)

Locals in Barauli celebrate many festivals annually. You can also be the part of their celebration. Some of the major celebrated festivals in Barauli are:

S.N

Festivals

Date

1.        

Naag Panchami

28 July 2017

2.        

Janai Purnima

28 July 2017

3.        

Gai Jatra

8 August 2017

4.        

Krishna Jamastami

11 August 2017

5.        

Teej

17 August 2017

6.        

Father's Day

23 August 2017

7.        

Rishi Panchami

August 26 2017

8.        

Jitiya Parva

13 September 2017

9.        

Dashain

21 Sep-30 Sep 2017

10.    

Tihar

17 Oct-21 Oct 2017

11.    

Yomari Punhi

03 December 2017

12.    

Swosthani Brata

01 January 2018

13.    

Maghe Sankranti

15 January 2018

14.    

Shree Panchami

22 January 2018

15.    

Maha Shivaratri

14 February 2018

16.    

Ram Nawami/ Chaitay Dasain

25 March 2017

 

Packing For Your Trip

If you are staying in Barauli don’t forget to bring a warm jacket with you as the mornings and evenings are a little bit cold almost every part of the year. A sandal or light shoe for walking around the town is recommended. If you are visiting Barauli during June /July don’t forget to bring along an umbrella or rain jacket. Also, bring sunglasses, sunblock, hats and trekking shoes if you are thinking of doing the Jungle Safari.

 

●        A sandal or light shoe for walking through the town

●        Hiking boots if you plan to do a Jungle Safari

●        Umbrella or rain jacket just in case

●        Sunblock/sunhats/sunglasses

●        Insect repellant

●        Toiletries

 

Includes:

-Village Walk



-Breakfast



-Lunch



-Dinner



-Accommodation 



 



 



 



 


Excludes:

- Personal Expenses



- Transport to & from Homestay



- Entrance Fees



- Jungle Activities


A link to the exact pick up location and the detailed address will be sent to your account email id once the payment is complete

  • There are 15 small huts made in typical Tharu style with the touch of indigenous Tharu culture. The huts are built by the local people in the middle of the village so that the guest can experience the authenticity of the locality. Each hut is given a feminine name, named after the owner of the particular cottage.The details of the Tharu culture on the wall, doors,and the rooms adds pleasure to your stay. All rooms are simply furnished, but offer you everything you need for a comfortable stay. Each cottage has a modern attached bathroom and comfortable beds. The accommodation is basic, but rooms are attractive and clean.
Wi-Fi
First aid kit
Bathroom With Shower
Fan
Family/kid friendly
Hot Shower
Western Toilet
Toiletries
Iron on Request

The cost for the homestay is in twin sharing basis. There will be one single room if the total number of pax is odd.


Listing Base Price - US$39.00

Choose your add-ons (All prices listed are in addition to base price.)

+ Culture Program with dinner
+ Half Day Jeep Safari
+ Boating
+ Cooking Course With Dinner
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