Phoolbari Homestay

Phoolbari Village, a small village which is 45 K.M (2 hrs. car drive) east from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Phoolbari (Garden in Nepali) resembles the garden of different caste and culture of the people living in the village. The village lies 1700 m. above from sea level. The view of the Himalayas in the north is one of the best attractions in the village. More than 25 named peaks including ranges like Langtang, Ganesh, Gaurishankar and other are seen in panoramic. The people are friendly and cooperative.

Phoolbari Village
Phoolbari Village

Nepali families are generously sharing their homes and their lives with international visitors for various reasons. Some want to learn about new cultures, some want to enrich their family’s lives by learning from others and some simply want to do what they can to help visitors. Please enjoy your differences and learn from them. Please remember that you will be a part of their family, which means that you will have to adjust to the way your homestay family lives and interacts with each other. This may also include participating in family outings or doing your share of the household chores. A successful homestay experience depends a lot on your attitude and willingness to try new things and acceptance of cultural differences.

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Panoramic view of the village in monsoon

When Experiencing A Challenge.

While every effort is made to make the right fit between homestay family and the guests, there are times when difficulties may occur. Joining a new family may prove to be a challenge. In some circumstances, it may prove to be too much of an adjustment for the guests or the homestay family.

We Offer:

Homely Environment

While staying with the Nepali host family you should never feel alone or disconnected from family life. Because the host family may speak limited English we sometimes provide interpreters to translate the conversations. Also, the local neighbor will be excited to introduce themselves to you.

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University of Washington Students with their host family (Dhital Family)

Accommodation

Currently, our community rebuilding is in progress. We have the farmstay available. We can offer accommodation for a group of 20-25 people.

Features of the accommodation:

    • Spacious rooms in 2 different houses, one is traditionally built with bamboo, wood, and clay (Baans ko Ghar) and the other one is Stone and Clay bonded house (Bardali Ghar).
    • Spacious Bathroom with hot shower (Western and Eastern style toilet available)
    • Spacious Kitchen and dining (Cooking classes available)
    • Bigger courtyard and backyard (Camp firing is possible)
    • A tent is not available but open to those who bring their own
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Bamboo Homestay

Local and organic Nepali food

We provide locally grown organic vegetables and Nepali food including Daal, Bhat, Tarkaari, and Aachar. Milk or Herbal Black tea is included with every Breakfast and Snack.

Special foods may include Bread (Wheat/Maize/millet/Buckwheat), Fire Nettle soup, Gundruk (Dried vegetables) with Dhido (Flour Paste- Nepali special food). Meals will contain different seasonal green vegetables, dried vegetables, and other organic products. The vegetable dishes can be spicy or mild, depending on your preference.

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Local Asparagus and other vegetables from the kitchen garden
Local Honey
Local Honey
Nettle Sting for soup
Nettle Sting for soup
Making Popcorn in the village
Making Popcorn in the village

Volunteering opportunity in Local Schools

We provide visitors the opportunity to volunteer in different nearby schools and other community development projects. You can teach computer techniques, creativity classes, team building games and many other out of course educational courses. Also, you can help your host family in their household activities and farming since most of the people are farmers in the village.

Local School Kids
Local School Kids

Nepali traditional cultural experience

Tourism is not only an economic opportunity; it is a meeting point for people of different cultures. By living with a local family in Phoolbari you will observe all sorts of traditions and rituals that will arouse your curiosity. The host families and their neighbors are, in turn, curious about you, your habits and background. But, if you don’t speak Nepali, communication is limited.

Training and Demonstrations

We offer our visitors to various on-demand Training opportunities. Some Training Courses we offer are:

    • Organic Vegetable Farming (Bio-Intensive bed preparation)
    • Bio-Char production and use in organic farming
    • Fruit & Nut Tree plantation and Tree Management
    • Rainwater Harvesting and water use technique
    • Bee Farming
    • Insect and Pest Management
    • Organic Pesticide Preparation
    • Organic Carpet (Corn cover, Hay, Straw, etc used) making training and more

The training can be a day long for each for the basic level visitors and can be comprehensive on demand. Also, demo tour to various local farms can be made to see the techniques they have implemented. The tour can include local farming methods and demonstrations.

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Fruit and Nut Tree planting training with IFIL Group (Switzerland) in 2015 at EVON
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Rainwater Harvesting pond management training to Local women group (EVON)
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Rainwater Harvesting demonstration to American Peace Corps Volunteer (2016)

Dialogue with inhabitants and Village Tour

We are happy to serve as interpreters between you and the families. We sometimes organize discussions in the evenings that allows you and the local people to introduce yourselves to each other and ask all the questions that surface through your interaction. If you can bring photos of your city and anything about your country you would like to show, our people will be happy to see them and learn about places they may never have the opportunity to visit. You can also participate in local farming activities to get a chance to learn about Nepali farming styles. This would be an opportunity to learn how the food they eat is grown in an organic way. We can organize organic tours and cultural tours around the village (on demand for a group).

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UW students interacting with local farmers from Kuntabesi, Kavre (2016)

Adding local flavor

We also arrange, on request, walks to neighboring villages, Everything Organic Nursery, and Namobuddha.

Getting to the Homestay

There is a local bus facility in 2 hours interval from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm daily from Banepa to Dapcha. You have to take the bus and get down to a stop called “Phoolbari Bus Stop” and walk for 15 minutes straight to the Phoolbari Village. This is Banepa-Namobuddha-Dapcha bus route.

You can also take a bus to Banepa-Nepalthok from Banepa Buspark. The buses in this route are frequent so its easier. You have to stop at the stop called “Heera ko Pasal” which is next to Patlekhet stop and catch a road opposite to the stop in the right-hand side which will lead you to the homestay. It’s 1660 m. from Heera Ko Pasal and on the ridge top. Its 15-25 minutes walk.

You can also hire a car over there from Banepa. You can call us for Taxi Hiring.

Fig: Map to Phoolbari Homestay
Fig: Map to Phoolbari Homestay

You can find the Online Homestay Application in the below link:

When completing the application, please write in English and ensure that the application is completed in full. We want the student’s stay to be a pleasant and memorable one. Please provide us with as much information as possible about the student/volunteer/guest.

Email us at skdhital@gmail.com or call us at +977-9841891265 for Booking and reservations

Feel free to visit us and give us an opportunity to serve you. Please find the application form below.

Phoolbari Homestay Application Form

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