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Nepal Homestay Villages – Majhthana Village

The area of Majhthana lies to the east of Pokhara, it is a town and Village Development Committee (VDC) in the Kaski District, in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. It is about 8 kilometres via public bus from Pokhara.

At 1,180 metres above sea level, Majhthana is a mixture of beautifully landscaped agricultural terraces and forested areas. To the south lays the impressive freshwater Begnas Lake, the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley.

Attractions and activities
Majhthana is a jewel for anyone seeking peace and quiet in a beautiful village. The Begna Lake provides options for fishing, boating and picnicking. There is also a permaculture farm in Majhthana that uses sustainable architecture, regenerative habitat and an agricultural system modeled from the natural ecosystem.

Hiking in the area provides an opportunity to see rural Nepal and there are many nice views from Majhthana over the valley to Lake Begna.

Local life
Most people’s main occupation in the area is agriculture and some people have a business. Like many regions in rural Nepal, people also leave to seek work in other countries.

The VDC has one secondary school and two primary level schools.

Majhthana has a range of festival celebrations during the year including Dashain, Tinar, Teej, Loshar, and Janaipurnima. People in the area believe in Hinduism or Buddhism.

How to get there
Buses run approximately every three hours from Pokhara and if convenience is a priority, taxis are available from Pokhara that take about 20 minutes.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Bastola
Head of Family Badanath Bastola
Contact Family Member Badanath Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Bastolagam
The Bastola family offers 5 rooms for guests (with 5 beds total). In the five-member family they have three people able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family depends on agriculture and produces many tomatoes.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Shaligram Bastola
Contact Family Member Shaligram Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Bastolagam
The Bastola family offers 5 rooms for guests (with 5 beds total). In the five-member family they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The two daughters and one son are studying, while Shaligram and his wife Bishnumaya work in the field. They depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Suryamahan Bastola
Contact Family Member Suryamahan Bastola or Sitadevi Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Shayankhudi
The Bastola family offers 10 rooms for guests (with 6 beds total). In the six-member family they have two people able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. One son and a daughter-in-law both have jobs and another son has gone abroad to work. Surymahan and his wife work on an organic agricultural farm.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Dhodacharya Bastola
Contact Family Member Sabirti Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Shayankhudi
The Bastola family offers 6 rooms for guests (with 6 beds total). In the five-member family they have two people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and Dhodacharya and his wife Sabirti main occupation is agriculture.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Ramparsad Bastola
Contact Family Member Ramparsad Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Shayankhudi
The Bastola family offers 6 rooms for guests (with 6 beds total). In the four-member family everyone is able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are both studying and Ramparsad and his wife Malati are farmers.

Nepal Homestay Villages – Kristi Village

The Kristi Village Development Committee (VDC) lies in the Gandaki Zone of the southern part of the Kaski District. The village is only 5 kilometres southeast of Pokhara. It is also known as Kristi Nachnechaur.

Visitors will find a number of lodges and hotels or homestays with clean rooms. Kristi Nachnechaur’s proximity to Pokhara means conveniences of the city are accessible if desired.

Attractions and activities
The area has a range of attractions and activities for visitors. Similar to its neighboring VDC Nirmal Pokhari, Kristi’s location and climate means there is an abundance of natural vegetation and greenery amid the forests and farms.

With overlooks to bustling Pokhara and stupa to visit, Kristi also offers views of the Annapurna Range, especially the sacred Mount Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail) at 6,993m, Dhalugiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m). These views are most likely the best from the Kristi View Point.

On their way to Kristi travellers may want to visit the impressive Davis Falls and unique Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. Crossing the Furse Khola River, visitors may want to stay a while on its sandy banks and enjoy the relaxing sounds, sights and smells of the river.

Local life
Most local Kristi people are involved in agriculture and oranges are produced in great quantities, and then sold at the nearby Pokhara markets.

The VDC has one Higher Secondary School and two Primary Schools.

The people are a mixture of ethnicities and religions, with most Hindu with Buddhist and a small number of Christians and Muslims. This mix makes for a diverse range of celebrations and festivals including Dashain, Tihar, Lhosar, Teej, Janai Purnima, Id, and Christmas.

How to get there
Buses run approximately every two hours from Pokhara and if convenience is a priority, taxis are available from Pokhara. Alternatively, visitors may choose to walk, as Kristi is only 5 kilometres from the main city.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Subedi
Head of Family Lokanath Subedi
Contact Family Member Lokanath Subedi or Sita Subedi
Ward No 2 Tole Herabata
The Subedi family offers 4 rooms for guests (with 8 beds total). In their 7-member household they have six people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. The family’s sons work in lecturing and teaching and their wives work in the field. Lokanath Subedi’s grandson is studying and with his wife they operate a large orange farm.

Family Subedi
Head of Family Tilak Parsad Subedi
Contact Family Member Tilka Parsad Subedi
Ward No 2 Tole Herabata
The Subedi family offers 4 rooms for guests (with 7 beds total). In their 7-member household they have five people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. Two sons have a business in the city and one son is studying while his wife works in the field with him. Tilak Parsad Subedi’s family rely on the field and the sons’ business for their livelihood.

Family Subedi
Head of Family Sabirti Subedi
Contact Family Member Yasuda Subedi
Ward No 2 Tole Herabata
The Subedi family offers 4 rooms for guests (with 6 beds total). In their 6-member household they have one person are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family’s home has nice views and is near a road. Sabirti Subedi’s son is in another country earning money and her daughter-in-law helps her working in the field and selling oranges. The grandchildren are studying. They rely on their son’s income and agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Subedi
Head of Family Sashidhar Subedi
Contact Family Member Shanti Subedi
Ward No 2 Tole Herabata
The Subedi family offers 5 rooms for guests (with 8 beds total). In their 5-member household they have 3 people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying (MBBS, staff nurse and BBS). Sashidhar Subedi and his wife work in the field and they have an orange farm. In one year they sell 5,000 kilograms of oranges! They rely on agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Subedi
Head of Family Badrinatha Subedi
Contact Family Member Ambika Subedi
Ward No 2 Tole Herabata
The Subedi family offers 3 rooms for guests (with 7 beds total). In their 4-member household they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and Badrinatha Subedi is a health post doctor. His wife is a social mobilizer. In addition to their jobs they also have an orange farm that the family relies on for their livelihood.

Nepal Homestay Villages – Kaskikot Village

Kaskikot is nestled in a region rich with temples, history, and peaceful, panoramic views of the Himalaya. About 13 kilometres northeast of Pokhara, the village has many hotels and homestays with toilets, bathrooms, and Wi-Fi facilities.

At an elevation of 1,788m the village is part of the Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of Nepal, neighbored by the Village Development Committees of Sarangkot to the east and Dhukurpokhari to the west.

Attractions and activities
Views from the village include the snowy giant ranges of Machhepuchhre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Hiunchuli. To the south of the Kaskikot, visitors can enjoy a beautiful overlook of Pokhara and Nepal’s second largest lake, Phewa Lake.

The Kaskikot area is also identified as a start point of the Shah Dynasty, a reign that weaved a lot of history in Nepal. To this day, remains of the dynasty’s palace atop a local hill at 1400m exist as a recognized Hindu Shrine.

Other nearby temples to visit include Malu, Khadgaukot, Deurali, Guntechour, Chilimdanda, Paharepani, Kaule, and Pame. During Dashain, Nepal’s biggest festival of the year (around October-November), various cultural events take place at the palace with people from near and far coming to pay respects at Kaskikot.

Visitors may choose to enjoy Kaskikot’s stunning views, trek the local jungle or paraglide, participate in local life, religion and culture – or try them all!

Local life
The main occupations for residents are in agriculture, government, and business. Some locals go abroad to pursue opportunities. There are primary schools in every ward with only one higher education institute and one private English medium school. A general health post exists in Kaskikot with a few sub-health posts.

The main religions in Kaskikot are Hinduism and Buddhism. Kaskikot has diverse residents including Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakuri, Magar and Dalits. The main festivals throughout the year include Dashain, Tihar, Teej, Janai Purnima, and Buddha Jayanti. Exact dates for these festivals change year to year.

How to get there
A bus from Pokhara to Kaskikot is available every 3 hours. Alternatively, a taxi from Pokhara to Kaskikot takes about 45 minutes. For the energetic traveller it is also possible to hike to Kaskikot from Pokhara, or Sarangkot, which is much closer.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Giiri
Head of Family Tika Giiri
Contact Family Member Tika Giiri
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwari
The Giiri family offers five rooms for guests (with seven beds total). In their seven-member household they have five people who can speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. Tika Giiri is a shopkeeper and his wife helps him. His son also has a job and his daughter is studying.

Family Pariyar
Head of Family Bhupal Ram Pariyar
Contact Family Member Bishnu Pariyar
Ward No 6 Tole Patesutoara
The Pariyar family offers two rooms for guests (with four beds total). In their seven-member household they have five people who speak English. Members of the family work in agriculture, they are poor and depend on the field for their livelihood.

Family Tripathi
Head of Family Glovinda Tripathi
Contact Family Member Glovinda Tripathi
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwara
The Tripathi family offers nine rooms for guests (with ten beds total). In their seven-member household they are all able to speak English. They have water, a toilet and bathroom facilities. The family built the house and they have two cows.

Family Tripathi
Head of Family Khemraj Tripathi
Contact Family Member Khemraj Tripathi
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwari
The Tripathi family offers five rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their seven-member household they have four people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. The family works in the field and they have buffalo and ox. Two of the family members work in a school.

Family Tripathi
Head of Family Ramchandra Tripathi
Contact Family Member Ramchandra Tripathi, Sita Tripathi or Premparsad Tripathi
Ward No 6 Tole Patesuwara
The Tripathi family offers five rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their seven-member household they have six people who can speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. They work in the field, and are involved in a hotel business. They also have family members studying.

Nepal Homestay Villages – Hemja Village

Hemja is a food bowl located about 12 kilometres from Pokhara on the Pokhara-Baglung Highway. The area produces vegetables (becoming known for its potatoes), fresh fruit, fish and poultry.

A Village Development Community in the Kaski District, Hemja is quite developed with electricity, communications, piped drinking water, a post office and health services. Wi-Fi is also available through cyber cafes.

Residents of Hemja live on both sides of the Pokhara-Baglung Highway that was completed in 1991. At about 1,120m elevation Hemja is also near the Seti Gandaki River (Seti Khola), a holy river flowing from the Annapurna massif.

Attractions and activities
Easily accessible Hemja features caves, temples, and fantastic views of the nearby Himalaya. Visitors can learn about local farming and irrigation practices and sample dishes of fresh, local produce. Travelers may also be interested in visiting a mine in Hemja that produces beautiful flat stones and ample sands.

Another attraction in the area is the joint efforts of the local community to preserve and protect Hemja’s natural areas, especially forests. One example even has a protected wildlife sanctuary within the forests.

For the adventurous, Hemja is right amongst the action of rafting on the Seti Gandaki River, paragliding and is also the end of the world’s longest zip-flying line (1,860m long from Sarangkot).

Local life
Agriculture is the main occupation in Hemja and villagers invest their income in education as a priority. Building houses and buying land are also popular investments for residents. There are four small cooperatives that locals rely upon to gain small loans. A recently established City Development Bank means people can open a bank account locally.

In 2013 Hemja has declared a fully literate Village Development Committee. The area has eight primary schools, three secondary schools, and one higher secondary school. Hemja also has three private schools. Some local students study in Pokhara or Kathmandu, and families who can afford it send children abroad for studies.

The community here is diverse with people of different castes and ethnic backgrounds living in harmony. The local population is a mixture of Brahman, Chhetri, Magar, and Dalit castes living together in the village (as tradition has it, Dalit people live in separate settlements within the village).

How to get there
The Pokhara-Baglung Highway has numerous bus stops. A taxi may also be convenient for visitors to arrange transport to Hemja.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Khadaka
Head of Family Dhanbadhar Khadaka
Contact Family Member Hari Khadaka
Ward No 4 Tole Shajachowk
The Khadaka family offers seven rooms for guests (with six beds total). In their four-member household they have two people who can speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family relies on agriculture and a business for their livelihood and the children study.

Family Thapa
Head of Family Dhakbhadur Thapa
Contact Family Member Bhagawoti Thapa
Ward No 4 Tole Shajachowk
The Thapa family offers seven rooms for guests (with eight beds total). In their five-member household they can all speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and to make a living Dhakbhadur Thapa works with the government and his wife works in the field.

Family Timilsina
Head of Family Himalal Timilsina
Contact Family Member Ambika Timilsina
Ward No 4 Tole Shajachowk
The Timilsina 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, bathroom and water facilities. They have children abroad and working in Nepal. The senior members of the family rely on work in the fields for their livelihood.

Nepal Homestay Villages – Dhikur Pokhari Village

The village of Dhikur Pokhari lies at around 1,280m elevation, about 16 kilometres from the major tourist city of Pokhara. Visitors to the area will find restaurants and home-stay facilities with clean and well-maintained rooms, toilets and bathrooms with hot showers. Some restaurants offer free Wi-Fi too.

Dhikur Pokhari is part of the Kaski District in the Gandaki Zone of Nepal. To the south lies Kaskikot Village Development Committee (VDC) and to the east lies Ghandruk VDC.

Attractions and activities
Dhikur Pokhari is a lush, richly vegetated area offering some of the most stunning views of the sacred mountain Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) in the Annapurna Range.

The major attractions in this village are walking (trekking) and paragliding. The surroundings are very peaceful making it an ideal escape for travellers. Naudanda is also a nearby beautiful village that can be easily visited from Dhikur Pokhari. Observing the different character of the local villages can be an interesting activity for visitors.

For visitors wishing to explore toward the mountains, the Machhapuchhre Tourist Road, north of the village off the Pokhara-Banlung Highway is a gateway to the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Local life
The main occupation in the village is agriculture and there are 3 primary schools and one secondary school in the village. Dhikur Pokhari is a diverse ethnic and cultural area with people from many different castes residing in the village.

How to get there
The main travel mode is via bus, however a taxi may be the most convenient and easiest way for visitors to arrange transportation.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Adhikari
Head of Family Diliram Adhikari
Contact Family Member Diliram Adhikari or Anjana Adhikari
Ward No 9 Tole Searchaour

The Adhikari family offers six rooms for guests (with ten beds total). In their six-member household they have five people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. Their family works in the field and the children have jobs that also support the family.

Family Adhikari
Head of Family Omparsad Adhikari
Contact Family Member Omparsad Adhikari
Ward No 9 Tole Searchaour
The Adhikari family offers three rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their four-member household they have two people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The two children are studying and Om Parsad Adhikari has a job while his wife works in the field.

Family Adhikari
Head of Family Pusparaj Adhikari
Contact Family Member Pusparaj Adhikari
Ward No 9 Tole Searchaour
The Adhikari family offers four rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their four-member household they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The two children are studying and their mother works in the field. The family had a restaurant near the viewpoint.

Family Adhikari
Head of Family Giurudatta Adhikari
Contact Family Member Giurudatta Adhikari
Ward No 9 Tole Searchaour
The Adhikari family offers four rooms for guests (with eight beds total). In their seven-member household they have three people able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The head of the family is retired from the Indian Military and his son is a lecturer. The women in the family work in the field and one daughter studies. They rely on agriculture and the lecturing for their livelihood.

Family Adhikari
Head of Family Chudamani Adhikari
Contact Family Member Chudamani Adhikari or Sunita Adhikari
Ward No 9 Tole Searchaour
The Adhikari family offers six rooms for guests (with nine beds total). In their five-member household they have three people who can speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are all studying and the head of the family is retired from the Indian Military. They rely on the field for their livelihood.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Bedanath Bastola
Contact Family Member Bedanath Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Basolagau
The Bastola family offers five rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their five-member household they have three people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family depends on agriculture and they produce a lot of tomatoes.

Family Bastola
Head of Family Shaligram Bastola
Contact Family Member Bedanath Bastola
Ward No 6 Tole Basolagau
The Bastola family offers five rooms for guests (with five beds total). In their five-member household all of them are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and the family relies on work in the field for their livelihood.

Nepal Homestay Villages – Bhalam Village

The village of Bhalam is clean, peaceful and located in the Gandaki Zone, a mere 4 kilometres from the city of Pokhara. It is in the southern part of the Kaski District and south of the Khola River.

The village is located around 950m above sea level, among beautiful forests and surrounded with fields of rice, maize, grain soybean, mustard, wheat, and vegetables.

Visitors should be aware that Bhalam has no Internet or Wi-Fi infrastructure and there are currently no accommodation options outside the homestay program. Be mindful that in some parts of the Gandaki Zone villages lack facilities due to the impact of the monsoon season, for instance, unpaved roads can practically disappear in heavy rains.

Attractions and activities
Bhalam offers visitors an opportunity to experience genuine rural Nepal life, while keeping the conveniences of Pokhara reasonably accessible.

The contrast between city and country is no more obvious than when travellers take an option to walk from the busy, noisy streets of Pokhara, dodging motorbikes and crowds to find themselves on peaceful, ambling paths among traditional buildings of Bhalam.

Visitors can  take the time to visit a number of impressive caves in the area, including the Harihar Cave and Birendra Cave.

Located north of the Khola River is the Hari Har Ghupa, a religious site for Hindu people. The site is located along the Bhalam Dandagaun Road.

Also, every year a fair (mela) is held by local youths at the occasion of the Holi (Fagu Poornima), which is an exciting three-day festival of colors. Activities include volleyball competitions and a lot of dancing, and the festival attracts thousands of visitors from Pokhara.

Visitors may also want to see the Annual Athletic Competition of the British Gurkha Trainees, where each trainee carries 25 kilograms of weights to the highest point of the village. No easy feat!

Local life
Most people in Bhalam are engaged in agriculture for their livelihood and more than a third of the local population has joined professions in government sectors. Employment abroad is a reality for about 25% of Bhalam’s youth, and the impacts of this are felt on the community’s future.

The village has one secondary school. Most local people are Hindus with Buddhists and Christians also living in the village. Gurung, Sharki, Damai, Kaami, Newar, Brahaman, and Chhetry ethnicities exist in and around Bhalam contributing to a mixture of people and traditions. Festivals celebrated in Bhalam include Dashain, Tihar, Teej, Lhosar, and Janai Purnima.

How to get there
The village is close to Pokhara making it possible for visitors to walk from the city or take a short taxi ride. Transport via bus is also available with a service leaving Pokhara approximately every two hours.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Sunar
Head of Family Dil Bhadur Sunar
Contact Family Member Shanti Sunar
Ward No 3 Tole Bhalam
The Kadal family offers 3 rooms for guests (with 4 beds total). In their seven-member household, they have five people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. Of the five sons, two work in Korea, one has a job and one is studying. Dil Bhadur Sunar works in the field with his wife and daughter-in-law. The family depends on their children and agriculture for their livelihood.

Family Poudel
Head of Family Lekhanath Poudel
Contact Family Member Lekhanath Poudel
Ward No 3 Tole Bhalam
The Poudel family offers 3 rooms for guests (with 3 beds total). In their four-member household, they have three people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. One of the sons has a job and another is a teacher in the United States. Lekhanath and his wife work in the field and depend on it, and their sons’ jobs, for their livelihood.

Family Sunar
Head of Family Lila Bhadur Sunar
Contact Family Member Shanti Sunar
Ward No 3 Tole Bhalam
The Sunar family offers 5 rooms for guests (with 7 beds total). In their 7-member household, they have four people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet and water facilities. Lila Bhadur Sunar is retired from the army, his daughters live in Pokhara to study and he and his wife work in the field.

Family Poudel
Head of Family Rampasard Poudel
Contact Family Member Maya Poudel
Ward No 3 Tole Bhalam
The Poudel family offers 6 rooms for guests (with 8 beds total). In their three-member household, two of them are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The family’s son is overseas earning money and Rampasard Poudel is a retired teacher. His wife works in the field and home.

Family Sunar
Head of Family Shara Bhadur Sunar
Contact Family Member Sarmila Sunar
Ward No 3 Tole Bhalam
The Sunar family offers 4 rooms for guests (with 8 beds total). In their five-member household, three of them are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. Shara Bhadur Sunar, his wife, and his daughter-in-law work in the field and his son has a job. They depend on agriculture and their son’s job for their livelihood.