Nepal Homestay Villages – Nirmal Pokhari Village

Situated amongst lush terraces and jungle, about ten kilometres south Pokhara, Nirmal Pokhari is best known for its production of oranges.

With an elevation of around 1,000m it is part of the Kaski District. To the east is the Village Development Committee (VDC) of Kristi and to the west, the Shivalaya VDC.

Compared to some other villages Nirmal Pokhari is less developed, making it a good choice for visitors seeking an escape to experience day-to-day farming and community life in Nepal without the distractions of busy tourist activities. An established volunteering program also exists for visitors to teach local children.

There are no public toilets however toilets exist within households.

Attractions and activities
Nirmal Pokhari’s location and climate means there is an abundance of natural vegetation and greenery amid the forests and farms. It is a peaceful and beautiful place to visit with numerous green mountains, beautiful rivers and interesting caves.

Visitors can also experience first-hand the production and sale of oranges in nearby markets including Pokhara. Some families in the region also produce coffee.

Local life
Many people are farmers by occupation however changing times see a trend of local people going abroad for laboring jobs. People are also employed in government jobs or run their own business (such as orange or coffee production or mini-shops). There is a significant divide in Nirmal Pokhari with some families barely managing to eat twice a day while some families are considered quite rich.

The education opportunities are not so highly developed. There are only three primary level schools and one secondary school. Local people go to Pokhara and other cities for higher education.

How to get there
From Pokhara the road is about 10 kilometres and is in fair condition. A local bus runs every 2 hours and taxis are also a convenient option for visitors.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Lamichhane
Head of Family Dilliraj Lamicchane
Contact Family Member Anita Lamicchane
Ward No 7 Tole Pokharathoak
The Lamicchane family offers six rooms for guests (with eight beds total). In their seven-member household they have four people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, however there are no bathrooms or water facilities. The children work and study and their mother works in the field. They depend on the children’s jobs and agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Lamichhane
Head of Family Keshau Raj Lamicchane
Contact Family Member Tara Lamichhane
Ward No 7 Tole Pokherlthok
The Lamicchane family offers five rooms for guests (with eight beds total). In their six-member household they have four people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and Keshau Raj Lamicchane went abroad to earn money while his wife worked in the field. They rely on agriculture and his salary for their livelihood.

Family Lamichhane
Head of Family Moti Parsad Lamicchane
Contact Family Member Moti Parsad Lamicchane
Ward No 7 Tole Pokharathoak
The Lamicchane family offers 12 rooms for guests (with 12 beds total). In their seven-member household they have five people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children either have jobs, businesses and/or study and the family relies on this for their livelihood.

Family Pokhari
Head of Family Netra Parsad Pokhari
Contact Family Member Netra Parsad Pokhari, Laxmi Pokhari or Thakur Parsad Pokhari
Ward No 7 Tole Pokharathoak
The Khadaka family offers four rooms for guests (with four beds total). In their seven-member household they can all speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. Family members have jobs and businesses and on the farm they grow coffee and a lot of oranges to support their livelihood, visitors are encouraged to experiment with the coffee.

Family Pokherl
Head of Family Debaki Pokherl
Contact Family Member Arjun Pokheri or Ekraj Pokherl
Ward No 7 Tole Pokherlthok
The Pokherl family offers six rooms for guests (with nine beds total). In their seven-member household they have six people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. Debaki Pokherl is 96 years old and has five grandsons. Family members have jobs including a doctor, teaching, nursing and studying law. The family works in the field and depends on their jobs and agriculture for their livelihood.