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Panauti Community Homestay
Panauti, Nepal
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Introduction



If you are looking for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu Valley and are interested in a more tranquil environment where you can explore the historical and cultural aspect of Nepal, then a trip to Panauti is the perfect getaway.



Be closer to the authentic lifestyle of the Nepali people, socialize with the locals of the Panauti village and breathe in the fresh air of the lush Panauti Valley. Just 36 kilometers away from the capital city, Kathmandu, Panauti is a beautiful historic town with an ancient nostalgic atmosphere. 





About Community Homestays



Panauti Community Homestay opens its doors with fifteen local homes which run with the motto “Run by the Women for the Women”.



In 2013, 15 women from the small town of Panauti came forward with the aim of raising their status in the society through tourism. Like other rural parts of Nepal, the role of a woman in society is often oppressed and women are considered better playing the role of housewife. To prove this wrong these women collectively opened their houses for travelers from all around the world and, with the help of Royal Mountain Travels, initiated the homestay program where they could interact with guests, improve their English skills, and find sustainable purpose through tourism.



At this present time, local women are successfully running the homestay projects, acting as the forefront of the project while their husbands and children also lend a hand. Since commencing, the number of houses has risen to a total of 17.



What To Expect



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



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 wear the typical Nepali dresses, cook, eat and laugh with your host family is inexplicable. Imagine yourself planting rice in the field with the family or collecting vegetables or fruits from their garden, or learning Nepali words and exchanging language over home-cooked meals. Here you are treated more than just a guest, you become the part of the family.



How your visit helps our community



The Community Homestay is an opportunity for the local women of Panauti to take on a higher responsibility in the community. It has given them confidence as they portray their capabilities to each guest that visits this beautiful town.



After being provided English classes through the homestay program the women can now speak English with the guests, an achievement some of them never thought possible. Moreover, they are earning a living for themselves and their families while helping to contribute to the household expenses. The homestay program has helped with social and economic growth and helped women play a stronger role in the community.



The environmental impacts of the homestay are also astounding. Most of the families have already installed solar panels in their houses. The locals have become more conscious about sanitation and hygiene, as well as waste management, organizing waste management programs every month. This has inspired other families in the community too.



In only three years of operation Panauti Community Homestay has already served around 1600 guests with a percentage of those profits being invested into education and scholarships for the children of Panauti.



How To Get There with Public Transport



It is not too hard to get to Panauti with public transport. Head to the Old Bus Park in Kathmandu (https://goo.gl/maps/bzzCZxCqxRz) and hop onto a local bus that will take you directly to the Panauti bus station in 1 - 2 hours, depending on traffic. Ask the locals at the Old Bus Park to tell you which bus will take you to Panauti as we do not number our buses here in Nepal. The bus should cost you 60 rupees one-way and the man will collect the money off you during the bus ride.



Once you get to the end of the journey, which will be the Panauti Bus Station, look for the big Janata Bank sign and take the street to the right of this bank (a few shops down). Walk up the street and around the bend, continue walking about 10 minutes and you will see our Panauti Community Homestay office on your right. It is a small green building with the Panauti homestay sign out the front. If you can’t find it you can ask a local and they should know where it is.



How To Get There with Private Transport



We can assist you with organising private transport to Panauti. The cost of private transport from Kathmandu to Panauti costs $45 one-way.



Alternatively you can arrange your own private transport to Panauti with a taxi or driver.



Rooms and Sleeping Arrangements



Altogether there are 26 rooms in 17 houses that can accommodate 52 people at once. The rooms are small and simply furnished but include everything you need including bed sheets, warm blanket covers and pillow covers. In some of the houses, there are twin beds whereas in some there are double beds. Local mattresses are placed on simple wooden 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. Rooms are simply carpeted or boarded and each room has a dustbin either inside it or by the side of the door. Some houses provide a room heater in the colder months but warm blankets are always provided as an alternative. There are also mosquito repellent liquids in every room and a fly screen or window so that you can keep the mosquitos out of the room.



As you are going to stay in a local house please keep in mind that it won’t be like a typical hotel. The homestay owners have tried their best to provide their guest a very comfortable stay.



If for any reason you are unhappy with your homestay or you have any requests that the host family can’t help you with you can either call the main office (Phone number) or visit the local office in Panauti.  



Bathrooms   



All houses have bathrooms inside their houses, mostly attached outside the rooms. As squat toilets are more popular in Nepal there are squat toilets in some houses (3-4 homes), while there are western toilets in others (13-14 homes). If you feel uncomfortable with non-western bathrooms you can specifically request a home with a western toilet when you make your booking.



The bathrooms are small but clean. Toilet paper is provided by the hosts themselves. There are hand washes and soaps inside the bathrooms but other toiletries such as toothpaste, conditioner are not provided.



Many of the houses have now installed solar panels so you can enjoy a hot shower. In those houses where there is no hot shower facility you can inform the host earlier so that they can provide you a bucket full of hot water for your shower.



Meals



As you are in a typical Newari town, get ready to get blown away with the vast varieties of Newari cuisines. You will be provided three meals each day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks in between. You can advise your host when you would like to eat your meals.



The Nepali dietary staple is Dal Bhat (steamed basmati rice with lentil soup, curried vegetables, and potatoes) but all three meals will be different from one another. Some other options include local Chapatti, Puri, Momos, Cell, Vegetable Curries and more.



All ingredients for the meals come from either the host’s own field or from the villager’s. The foods are fresh and hygienic and served less or more spicy as per your request.



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



Communicating With Locals/Families



While you are in Panauti there will always be someone who can speak English with you. Most of the women in the project are not educated however, their children or husbands can help to speak with you and answer any questions you have.



We have provided English lessons to the main women of the house so they are able to understand and speak some basic English. Now they can welcome you, introduce themselves, and show you around their house using the English language. We encourage you to interact with them 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 homestays can not speak any other foreign languages aside from English.  



Water and Sanitation



During your Panauti 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, hosts 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.



Though Panauti is a village, the locals are more concerned about environmental sanitation and you will find it less polluted than Kathmandu. Even the homestay families organize cleanliness programs in the community. The houses where you will stay are very clean and tidy.



Our community homestay program has taught the host families to become more conscious about health and hygiene, creating a conscious trend amongst the community.



Connectivity & Electricity



Most of the homestay houses contain Wi-Fi, so you have internet access 24/7. If your homestay does not contain Wi-Fi the Panauti area does get reasonable 3G cell phone connectivity.



For leisure time, all homes do have a shared living area where you can join the family and watch TV anytime.



It is also uncommon for Panauti 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 average annual temperature in Panauti is 17.2 °C.  The town has moderate climate neither too hot nor too cold. The most pleasant weather in Panauti occurs from mid-August to October, and mid-February to May.



The warmest months are during June, July and August where the village will also receive its heaviest rainfall, however not continuously. 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 Panauti in summer.



 



Activities



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



Tour of Panauti city: Panauti is a beautiful historical town, believed to be one of the oldest in Kathmandu. You will start your tour in the narrow alleys of this old town. Most of the temples, monuments, and satals (community shelters) are made of terracotta and beautifully carved wooden columns. The historical monuments date back to the 13th century and even earlier, yet preserved so well.



At the heart of the town there lies the old area, a mystical Newari oasis. You will pass through old traditional houses flaunting the traditional delicacy. The main temple of Panauti, Indreshwor temple, lies a couple of minutes away from the Panauti Buspark. It is at surrounded by several other small temples and a local museum inside its premises.



From there you will be taken to the Cremation place which is considered to be a very pious place. You can also climb up the beautiful Gorakhnath Dada for a mesmerizing view of the town. Or you can go around the town to observe the authenticity of Newari art and culture. If you are more connected to the earth and nature, you can walk through the village that has kept the authenticity of Nepalese culture and tradition alive.



(Note a 300 rupee fee is required if you would like to enter the Indreshwor temple)



Hiking to nearby villages: Take a short hike to a nearby Tamang or Brahman village. Get a panoramic view of Panauti from high up in the hills (don’t forget your camera!). If you’re lucky you might be able to spot some of the native birds that reside in this region.



Hiking to Namo Buddha: If you are staying here for two or more nights a hike to NamoBuddha (local Tibetan monastery) is not to be missed. Namo Buddha is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The hike takes about 5-6 hours return journey.



Daily Nepali activities: Get close to the community you are visiting by learning and hearing the local’s stories. While staying at the homestay you can involve yourself in their daily activities such as walking through the vegetable fields and collecting some fresh vegetables and fruit for yourself, or simply having some leisure time with them learning about traditions and the local language.



Cooking class: In the evening time you can participate in a cooking class with the family where you can learn to make Nepali food such as momos, yomari, paratha or Dal Bhat and take some Nepali recipes home with you.



Dress like a Nepali: Dress like a typical Nepali as the family offers you their traditional dresses to try on. Feel like a star and have your photo taken true Nepali style.



Seasonal activities: There a lot of seasonal activities you can get involved in while visiting your homestay.



The main occupation for locals in Panauti is agriculture. Almost every part of the year the villagers are involved in different agricultural activities. Some of the highlighted agricultural activities are listed below:





































S.N.



Activities



Period



1



Planting Rice



June/July



2



Harvesting Rice



September/October



3



Planting Potato



January/February



4



Potato Harvesting



April/May



5



Planting Maize



April/May




Panauti also observes hundreds of local festivals yearly and you can celebrate them with the families.























































































S.N.



Festivals



Month



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



Dashain



21 Sep-30 Sep 2017



9



Tihar



17 Oct-21 Oct 201



10



Yomari Punhi



03 December 2017



11



Swosthani Brata



01 January 2018



12



Maghe Sankranti



15 January 2018



13



Shree Panchami



22 January 2018



14



Maha Shivaratri



14 February 2018



15



Ram Nawami/ Chaitay Dasain



25 March 2017




 



Packing For Your Trip



If you are staying in Panauti 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 Panauti during June /July don’t forget to bring along an umbrella or rain jacket. Also, bring sunglasses, sun block, hats and trekking shoes if you are thinking of hiking.





  • A warm jacket




  • A sandal or light shoe for walking through the town




  • Hiking boots if you plan to hike in the hills




  • Umbrella or rain jacket just in case




  • Sunblock/sunhats/sunglasses




  • Insect repellant




  • Toiletries





Cost



Cost of homestay per pax per night- $25



Hike to Namo Buddha - $15



Includes





  • 3 meals daily




  • Sightseeing around the town




  • Hike to Tamang village




  • Seasonal activities




  • Cooking class





Excludes





  • Entrance fee to temple (300 rupee)




  • Transport to and from the homestay




  • Personal expenses e.g. purchase of snacks/personal items





Suggested Itinerary



1.      Itinerary (Community Day Hike Package):



Day 1- Private transfer from Kathmandu to Sanga, Community Hike via Chamkharka village to Panauti, Overnight in Panauti Community Homestay (Room, Lunch & Dinner)



Day 2- Excursion to Panauti, Local Activities, Overnight in Homestay (Room, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)



Day 3- Departure Onwards (Breakfast)



Includes:



·         Private Transport from Kathmandu to Sanga



·         Two nights’ accommodation



·         1 day hiking guide salary



·         Private transportation From Panauti to Kathmandu



Excludes:



·         Personal Expenses



·         Entrance



Cost:



Based on 1 Pax: $170



Based on 2 Pax: $220



2.       Itinerary (Community Day Hike Package):



·         Pick up at KTM hotel & drive to Sanga



·         Hike to Panauti via Cham Kharka Village



·         Lunch with local people of Panauti & drive back to KTM








































Cost For Day Hike:



Based on 01 Pax: USD 116.00



Based on 02 Pax: USD 62.00



Based on 03 Pax: USD 68.00



Based on 04 Pax: USD 53.00



 



Inclusive:



Pick Up & drop transportation cost



English Speaking Hiking Guide



Local Lunch at Panauti



 




3.       Happy-Local-Lunch with a local Family at Panauti Community Homestay



·         Pick up at Kathmandu hotel and drive to Bhaktapur



·         Bhaktapur sightseeing



·         Drive to Panauti



·         Lunch at Panauti Community Homestay



·         Panauti sightseeing



·         Drive back to Kathmandu



Includes



·         Transport to and from Panauti Community Homestay



·         Lunch at the homestay



·         English- speaking guide



Excludes



·         Entrance Fee



·         Personal Expenses



Cost



$40 per pax





 


Includes:

- Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
- Sightseeing around the town with the host family

Excludes:

- Personal Expenses
- Transport to & from Homestay
- Entrance Fee

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

  • Rooms are locally built, simple, but well furnished,clean and comfortable. Bathrooms are modern with hot water facility. Each house has different kind of rooms. There are single rooms in some houses whereas some do have double rooms or twin rooms. You will be staying in a local house with a local family. So the rooms and beds are not as modern as in the hotels. The rooms are not deluxe but well maintained and as per standard assuring a comfortable stay.
Wi-Fi
First aid kit
Fan
Heater
Family/kid friendly
Hot Shower
Western Toilet
Toiletries
Iron on Request
Listing Base Price - US$25.00

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

+ Hotel Pick Up, Drop To Panauti. (From inside the Kathmandu Valley only. The total cost is based on sharing basis for three guests at a time.)
+ Hike to Namobuddha
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The homestay was a real highlight of the whole trip. The village is beautiful and the welcome we got from the local families was amazing. We enjoyed being part of the family and the tour of the old village as well as the morning birdwatching. Our hosts
were really welcoming. Particular thanks to Ashok our guide and his family. He was a brilliant guide and his family were so welcoming. I would fully recommend it!

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The homestay was a real highlight of the whole trip. The village is beautiful and the welcome we got from the local families was amazing. We enjoyed being part of the family and the tour of the old village as well as the morning birdwatching. Our hosts
were really welcoming. Particular thanks to Ashok our guide and his family. He was a brilliant guide and his family were so welcoming. I would fully recommend it!

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