The Tharu people have a rich cultural heritage and they have their own unique traditions, language and religious belief making them different from other indigenous communities in Nepal. There are several subgroups including the eastern Morang Kochila Tharu of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari districts; the Kochila Tharu in Udayapur and Saptahari; the central and mid-western Kotharia or Dangaha Tharu; and the Rana Tharu 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. Here you find the Kotharia and Dangaha Tharu people. Bhada Community Homestay is a place where you can relax and soak in the slow and peaceful agricultural life style of your host families. 

 

IMPACT

By engaging in the Tharu culture you are keeping these unique traditions, language and religious beliefs alive. The homestay enables the families to earn a little additional money to supplement their income from farming. The village women display their traditional dress and dances, which can be seen to be different from those of their Tharu neighbors to the east and west of their village.   

 

ABOUT THE HOMESTAY

Surrounded by countryside, this peaceful village stretches beside a quiet road. The houses are quite large, reflecting the family tradition of having many generations of the extended family living under one roof. There are about 13 families offering rooms in their homes. The accommodation is comfortable, with mosquito nets and although the bathrooms and toilets are outside, they are very close by. You eat with the family in their dining room. The families are mainly engaged in agriculture, most keeping a few chickens, cows and buffalo in the adjacent buildings.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Bullock cart ride

Still a main form of transport, the bullocks take you at a fair clip through the peaceful countryside. You can

visit Behada Baba Temple in Urma, about 10 kilometers from the village. This is a small temple that is an important site for pilgrimages, forming one of the five most significant temples in the Far Western region. You might also visit Koirahi Lake, a similar distance away in the opposite direction where you can watch the fishermen bringing in their catch of carp.

Village walk

You can explore the village, visiting the homes of families and seeing some of the many rural activities that are typical here. Look out for the huge grass-woven hats that are the size of umbrellas; see the interesting variety of traditional farm tools; and admire the traditional architecture of the houses and their massive mud storage vats.

Traditional dances

The village women will come and perform their cultural dances. Proud to show off in their traditional costumes, these dances are passed down from mother to daughter. Typically performed for important events like marriages, the local women are always happy to perform to their guests.

Cuisine

You are very welcome to join your host cooking some of the local dishes. There are several specialties such as Dhikri that is made of rice flour and formed into different shapes. Steamed, this is eaten with chutney or curry like a bread. Left over Dhikri can be fried in the morning for breakfast.  Ghonghi is an edible snail collected in nearby rivers and left overnight, all the gooey stuff inside comes out. They are boiled and then cooked with spices like coriander, chilies, garlic and onions. The tail end is cut so to make it easier to suck the meat out from the shell. And of course the Nepali favorite, dal bhat using locally grown vegetables is

always on the menu.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Climate and weather

The Terai can get very hot and rainy in the summer months from June until the end of August. Temperatures can get higher than 40 C in during day time. However this is also an interesting time of year for planting and also when it can be the best time to see wildlife as they come to the rivers to drink or bath. In the winter, it is cold once the sun goes down, so bring a warm jacket. During the day however, after the morning mist burns off, it can reach 18 C degrees or more in the sun. In spring and autumn the weather is warm and sunny, with little or no rain.


$11 per guest per night

About Your Hosts

Bhada 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
  • Community Walk

Bhada 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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This experience requires average level of physical abilities.


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