ABOUT THE HOMESTAYThe Piprahar Community Homestay is comprised of 22 small huts, which are connected to the host families’ huts. These huts are purpose-built for guests, with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Mosquito nets and fans are provided in the rooms, which will be necessary a lot of the time, as Piprahar is hot and humid for much of the year....
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Live alongside local Tharu people in the village of Piprahar, where you can experience daily life on the edge of one of Nepal’s most popular national parks, Chitwan. This lovely village is conveniently located on the edge of the Chitwan National Park, so guests can enjoy a range of wildlife-related activities, as well as cultural activities with their hosts. Spot one-horned rhinoceros by day in the jungle, and retreat to a warm haven of Tharu hospitality at night.
ABOUT THE HOMESTAY
The Piprahar Community Homestay is comprised of 22 small huts, which are connected to the host families’ huts. These huts are purpose-built for guests, with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. Mosquito nets and fans are provided in the rooms, which will be necessary a lot of the time, as Piprahar is hot and humid for much of the year. Clean linen and towels are provided in the rooms.
You’ll have a private bathroom with a Western or Nepali-style squat toilet and running water. Hot water is available, although for much of the year this won’t be necessary, as the climate of the Chitwan area is mostly very hot (except during a short winter). Toilet paper will also be provided in the bathrooms; just be sure to follow any instructions about where to place the tissue to avoid damaging the system.
Some of the rooms come with attractive views of the surrounding countryside and hills in the distance.
ABOUT PIPRAHAR, CHITWAN
Piprahar is located on the edge of the Chitwan National Park, about 20 kilometres west of one of the main towns in the area, Narayanghat. It’s close to the Narayani River, one of the major rivers around the Chitwan National Park.
Being on the edge of this popular park, a major attraction of staying at the Piprahar Community Homestay is to go on wildlife-viewing safaris in the jungle. Chitwan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an area of ecological importance. It’s a very biodiverse area, with a variety of animal and bird species that visitors can spot. Chitwan has run a very successful one-horned rhinoceros conservation program, and is home to more than 600 of the incredible creatures. Other wildlife include Royal Bengal Tigers, gharial crocodiles, elephants, deer, and lots of birds. By touring the park on a Jeep safari, you have a good chance of seeing many of these animals.
Sandwiched between rivers and hills, there are also other activities to enjoy around Piprahar. Take a canoe ride along the Narayani River, or walk in the Devchuli or Barchuli Hills, which are sacred to local Tharu and Magar people.
Climate and Weather
The climate around Chitwan and Piprahar is more akin to North India than the Nepali hills: extremely hot between March and September (upwards of 35° C), uncomfortably humid during the monsoon (June-September), and cool in winter (as low as 7° C, although daytime temperatures are usually much warmer).
Best Time To Visit
Most travelers will feel most comfortable visiting between October and February, when the weather is cool or warm but not uncomfortably hot. Your chances of spotting wildlife, including tigers, is best between January and March, when tall grass is cut, improving visibility. On the Terai, the festivals of Holi, Deepawali, Ekadashi, and Maghe Sakranti are especially observed.
Jungle Walk in or outside Chitwan Park
You can go for a safari, with a very own host family - as no one can explain the beauty of their ancestral forest better than the Tharu themselves. Or simply walking into the local villages is also a great experience to souvenir. It is, solely, a time-travel experience to visit such Tharu settlements. Be a part of their life and feel like you are one of them.
Tharu Culture Program
Dance itself is a delightful sight, Tharu Culture is enriched with their unique set of folk songs and cultural dances. It offers the opportunity for the people to express their culture and traditions in pleasing way.
Tharus- from their early existence have connected themselves with the protection of forest, nature, and have been following ‘agriculture’ as their major occupation. Be it their traditional homes, cuisine, lifestyle, or their cultural dance; every aspect of the Tharu Community is unique and beautiful.
Piprahar 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.
Amazing Hosts in this Community
Sabita Sen (Age 25)
Before getting married, Sabita was a teacher. As a housewife, she enjoys very much being involved in running a homestay. The family’s household expenses are covered by the income generated from her homestay, so the family is now able to save up for the future.
Lila Shahi (Age 37)
Lila lives with her husband, parents’ in-law and two children. Before the community homestay she used to stay at home and spend all her time on household work but now with the full support of her family, she is able to run a homestay and earns extra income.
Chameli Sahi (Age 37)
Chameli lives with her daughter and husband. Although her husband already had a lodge that he was managing, she was much more interested in joining a community project, so she joined the Community Homestay. She enjoys working with the community as it has created a strong bond between each other in the village. She loves working in a team and loves meeting people from around the world.
Geet Kumari Mahato (Age 47)
Get lives with her daughter and husband and used to be very shy and hide when guests came to her home. Now she feels much more confident and where before she felt she had to depend on her husband for everything, she now is earning her own income.
Tika Kumari Mahato (Age 41)
Tika lives with husband, father-in-law and son. Her husband works in a factory and now with the homestay, she is able to help contribute to paying some of the household expenses. Although she is uneducated she feels very fortunate as she has been able to learn many things from the other women involved in the Community Homestay. She feels the community bond has become much stronger.
Malati Gurung (Age 42)
There are four members in Malita’s family and her husband is a teacher. Her daughter Amisha is studying and helps her when there are guests staying in their homestay. They are happy to have an extra source of income and the family is very happy to see how she has grown through being involved in the Community Homestay.
Debaki Mahato (Age 38)
There are ten members in Debaki’s family. She is always very jolly and smiling. Husband used to work abroad but has now returned and both husband and wife run the homestay together. Now they have a stable income and are very happy working together.
Rameshwori Chaudhary (Age 33)
Rameshwori’s husband is working in Dubai. She used to be a tailor working from home but stopped after giving birth to her second daughter. She is now running a homestay and earns a stable income.
Nitisara Khojuwar (Age 37)
Nitisara has nine members in her family and is very happy to be involved in the Community Homestay. Not only is she earning extra income from the homestay but she is able to take care of her children’s education. She feels very fortunate to be part of the network and feels that the community has become much stronger as a result of the homestays.
There are four members in Anita’s family. She has always wanted to do something for herself and now runs a homestay. She has her own field where she grows vegetables and she uses these for cooking meals for her guests. Before a lot was wasted as there was no market for the surplus.
Uma Rana (Age 37)
Uma has five members in her family. She’s a teacher and her husband works in a hotel. Although she already has another job, her daughter help her and she was keen to become involved as she saw it as an opportunity for community development. She is very happy to see how the village has grown and developed through the Community Homestay.
Rabina Chaudhary (Age 20)
There are nine members in Rabina’s family. She serves the guests along with her sister-in-law.
Married at an early age, Rabina’s parent in-laws were already involved in the Community Homestay. At first she was hesitant as she felt that she didn’t know anything. Her sister taught her everything she needed to know and now she feels she has really found her family in the community as everyone has been very supportive.
Prem Kumari Mahato
Prem lives with her parents-in-law and husband. Her mother in law, Lila Kumari Mahato, helps her to manage the homestay. Before they had a small shop in their house which was their only source of income but now the homestay enables her to earn her own income. She is happy to have been given the opportunity to learn many different things through the Community Homestay.
Malati Gurou and Kawal Kumari Gurau
Malita and Kebal are both housewives and sisters-in-law. By running their homestay, they have been able to earn their own income and enjoy meeting people and learning new things.
Durita Gurou (Age 32)
Durita lives with her in-laws and a son, and her husband works abroad. She used to be shy and afraid to speak to strangers but learned to be much more confident and strong.
Chandra Maya Mahato (Age 36)
Before she opened her doors to guests agriculture was the family’s only source of income. Now their income has doubled and she is able to earn this from her home. She is very proud to be able to help spread understanding about the Tharu culture and feels she has also learned a lot about her own traditions through joining the Community Homestay.
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