Authentic local experience
Get close to lifestyle of local people, socialize with families and get involved in traditions. The warm hospitality and mesmerizing interactions with the locals here is sure to give you a memorable experience.
Panauti is a small, quaint town 2hrs outside of Kathmandu. It is worth visiting if you are visiting Nepal for a longer stay and desire to see more of the country than just the main hot spots. If you plan to stay more than a day in Panauti, you will want to plan a day trip, which can be done with Community Homestay / the family. I did a 7hr walk to Noma Buddha, which was a wonderful way to see how families live beyond the main cities.
We stayed with our host family Serena, her husband, and son for four days. They looked after us very well, fed us delicious food and made sure we were comfortable. The food they provided was very different from our usual fare and included MoMos, which were delicious, lentil crepes, tomato sauces, chickpea dishes, potato, chicken and buffalo meals. All were homemade and we helped with some of the meal preparation, learning about the different herbs and spices used. Our hosts took us for a tour of the older part of the town including the temples and the museum, these were close to our homestay. Their way of life is different of course but by day two we felt at home which was great. We also had a farewell feast in which we dressed in saris and were served with food by our hosts and friends from the Community. There was dancing and lots of laughter - just brilliant! Yes do stay with local people, the experience is just so good.
Panauti is home to a farming community, by day the villagers work in the fields tending to their crops and livestock. The children spend the day in the school and their evenings playing football or hide and seek.