The Tharu people have a very rich cultural heritage with many of their own unique traditions and religious beliefs making them different from other indigenous communities in Nepal. They are divided into different groups. In the east are found the Morang Kochila Tharu people in Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari districts; then there are the Kochila Tharu in Udayapur and Saptahari; in the central and mid-western Terai are found the Kotharia or Dangaha Tharu; and the Rana Tharu live in the far western region of Kailali and Kanchenpur.

Though it is said the Tharu originally migrated from Rajasthan in the 16th century, other theories suggest that they were of Nepalese origin, descendants of the Śākya and Koliya peoples living in Kapilvastu.


IMPACT

Barauli is a small Tharu village close to Chitwan National Park. Famous for its wildlife, the area is less known for its rich cultural value. Tharu people have never been involved much in tourism, but are mainly farmers. The community homestay here provides new job opportunities and helps empower the village women.


ABOUT THE HOMESTAY

One of the most comfortable homestays, each of the 14 specially built individual cottages have an attached bathroom and comfortable beds with mosquito nets. There is a community dining room where your village hosts prepare and serve your meals. The cottages are managed by the villagers and the homestay program is run by the women, enabling them to earn an income to supplement their farming.

Several activities and livelihoods have been built out of this homestay project and some of the women work as waitresses and cooks, others host cooking classes and are local guides taking guests on village walks and bike rides.

The Community Homestay here supports the local schools and you are welcome to visit or even volunteer if you would like to help.


HIGHLIGHTS

There are many activities that you can enjoy here:

Jungle walk

Baruali is in the buffer zone, next to the national park and close to the Rapti River. Accompanied by one of your hostesses, you can walk through the village and see the crops that are grown, and by the river watch locals fishing. You can see how the village people make their lives next to wildlife like rhino, tiger and wild elephant.

Tharu dancing

The villagers are proud to display their typical costume and dances that are particular to the Tharu people. By presenting their traditional dances, this does a lot to help preserve their rich culture. You will see at least five of the main dances including a Bhajayati dance where adults dance beating long sticks. The Thekara dance is performed using two short sticks, while the Dafu dance is performed using a musical instrument made of skin and decorated with feathers. The Jhumara dance is performed thirteen days after the death of a person. You may also see a Peacock dance, Fire dance, and other traditional dances. You will be welcome to join the villagers to dance at the end!

Canoeing

Running through water with a paddle on your hands, you can feel the quiet power and energy of the place. Calm, to travel by canoe connects you to nature, to the water and the creatures around. You will see animals coming down to the water to drink, but you might not want to go swimming as crocodiles live here!

Chitwan National Park – Jeep Safari

Taking a jeep safari is an exciting way to see wildlife. You ride on an open top jeep into the dense forest where it is possible to closely observe the wild animals. Animals like the Bengal tiger, one horned rhinoceros, wild boar, gaur, neelgai (blue bull), wild elephant, striped hyena, pangolin, chital, wild dog, and langur can be seen during the ride. Your jeep ride takes three hours.

Bicycle rides

You can explore the village and the surroundings by bicycle. You will see the villagers engaged in their farming and you can observe the village and the villager’s life closely. You can have a lovely ride along by the jungle for about an hour. The ride ends at Narayani River where you can admire the beautiful sunset while sipping delicious masala tea. While returning back you can ride along the shorter route which takes only about 15 minutes.

Local cuisine

As well as trying the local cuisine, you are welcome to try your hand cooking with your hostesses in their homes. Tharu people have their own dishes like Bagiya, Dhikri that is made of rice flour and formed into different shapes –stick-like or in the shapes of birds, fish and animals. Cooked over steam, it is eaten with chutney or curry. Ghonghi is an edible snail collected in nearby water bodies. They are left overnight so that all the gooey stuff inside comes out and the tail end is cut so it is easier to suck the meat out from the shell. They are boiled and then cooked with spices like coriander, chilies, garlic and onions.


Best time to visit

October to December are said to be the best time to visit if you’re hoping to see tigers. June to September, it’s said to be the hottest and most humid due to monsoon season. November-April and March are dry seasons, which are said to be the best climate for comfortable traveling.

Climate and weather

The climate in the Terai, the south of Nepal, the summer temperatures can exceed till 37 °C, and even higher in some areas. Winter temperatures range from 7°C to 23 °C, but during the nights the temperature drops tremendously with numbers below zero. The official winter starts in December and ends in February, although it already is starting to get cold in the middle of October.


FURTHER INFORMATION

A Weekend in Barauli Community Homestay by Elen Turner

Tips For An Unforgettable Stay In Chitwan by Michelle Welsh

Jungle Walking In The Chitwan National Park by Iuliana Marchian

Cycling Through The Villages Of Chitwan by Iuliana Marchian

$43 per guest per night

About Your Hosts

Barauli is home to the indigenous Tharu people. By day, the villagers work on their artisanal products & tend to their crops while the kids play near the jungle.

What's Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Village Walk
What To Bring
  • Hiking Shoes
Experience Local Activities

Each community has authentic and local activities you can participate in. Hike through the Himalayas, dance with locals, learn pottery or spot tigers in the jungle - you will get to further explore Nepal’s culture with your local hosts.

Barauli Community Homestay in pictures

A few glimpses of what is waiting for you

Cancellation Policy

Full refund will be issued if cancellation is within 48 hours of arrival. 50% will be charged if canceled within 48hours and 100% will be charged for no show.

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