Nepal Homestay Villages – Pumdi Bhumdi Village

Adjacent to the bustling tourist city of Pokhara, Pumdi Bhumdi (also known as Pumdivumdi) is around 7 kilometres from the centre of Pokhara, at about 1,200m elevation, along the Siddhartha-Rajmarg Highway.

While the village is close to Nepal’s second largest city, Pumdi Bhumdi offers a solitude and peace not found in the major tourist centre.

Attractions and activities
A well-known attraction near Pumbi Bhumdi is the World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), sitting atop a hill overlooking Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Mountains. To reach the Stupa visitors can choose to canoe across the lake and hike, or arrange a taxi to drive them followed by a 15-minute walk.

Walking and trail running are popular around Pumbi Bhumdi. Heading west from Phewa Lake the trails ascend and descend switchbacks, perfect for nature lovers to spot butterflies, dragonflies, eagles and other birds. Paragliding is also a regular activity.

Views of the Annapurna Range and Pokhara Valley can be seen from Phewa Lake by boat or kayak (which is good for beginners). The beautiful Davis Falls and the impressive Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave are also on the way to Pumbi Bhumdi from Pokhara, just off Siddhartha-Rajmarg Highway.

Local life
The main occupation of most residents in Pumbi Bhumdi is agriculture. A significant percentage of the population hold government jobs and a smaller percentage have private jobs. About one third of Pumbi Bhumdi’s population goes abroad for study and/or work, a statistic that is increasing across Nepal.

The village has one secondary school and two primary schools and the population is a mixture of diverse Nepalese castes. The main religions are Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.

How to get there
A taxi may be the most convenient way to reach Pumdi Bhumdi from Pokhara. Alternatively, buses may be available along the Siddhartha-Rajmarg Highway followed by a walk to into  the village.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Baral
Head of Family Madhu Parsad Baral
Contact Family Member Madhu Parsad Baral or Parbati Baral
Ward No 3 Tole Pokhara View
The Baral family offers 6 rooms for guests (with 4 beds total). In their three-member household there are two people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family has jobs (as a teacher for a secondary school and college teacher) and they also depend on work in the field for their livelihood.

Family Baral
Head of Family Matrika Parsad Baral
Contact Family Member Matrika Parsad Batral or Sunita Baral
Ward No 3 Tole Pokhara View
The Baral family offers 7 rooms for guests (with 9 beds total). In their five-member household they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying engineering and nursing. Matrika Parsad Batral is the principal of the local government school and his wife works in the field. They depend on one job and agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Baral
Head of Family Raju Baral
Contact Family Member Raju Baral or Sita Baral
Ward No 2 Tole Pokhara View
The Baral family offers 8 rooms for guests (with 12 beds total). In their four-member household they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family’s children are studying and Raju Baral is the principle of the local government school while his wife works in the field. The family depends on the school job and agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Shreekanta Bastola
Contact Family Member Shreekanta Bastola or Hemraj Bastola
Ward No 2 Tole Pokhara View
The Bastola family offers 9 rooms for guests (with 12 beds total). In their seven-member household they have four people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. Two of the family members are studying while one works as a tourist guide. Shreekanta Bastola is retired from the police and works with his wife in the field for their livelihood.

Family Kadal
Head of Family Bedanatha Kadal
Contact Family Member Bedanatha Kadal or Sarita Kadal
Ward No 2 Tole Pokhara View
The Kadal family offers 10 rooms for guests (with 4 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 work as a lecturer and staffing nurse while the parents have a cow they use to sell milk. The family depends on the children’s jobs and the milk for their livelihood.