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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.

Nepal Homestay Villages – Bhadaure Tamagi Village

Bhadaure Tamagi lies to the south of Dhikur Pokhari, it is a town and Village Development Committee in the Kaski District, in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. It is about 12 kilometers away from Phewa Lake (near Pokhara).

The area is home to one of the largest areas of Panchase Forest, which has great biological, cultural, and religious diversity in addition to natural beauty.

Attractions and activities

Bhadaure Tamagi offers visitors a peaceful escape with roads and trails for hiking that wind through agricultural land and dense forest.

There are also beautiful views of the sacred mountain Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) in the Annapurna Range, which towers beyond Bhadaure Tamagi’s lush rolling green hills. Visitors may choose to watch the sunrise or sunset from one of the viewpoints in the village.

The Panchase Forest is an important ecological zone between the Himalaya range and the lowlands. If you keep your eye out you may see a beautiful Spangle Butterfly, which is native to the area. There are also waterfalls, ponds, organic vegetable farms for visitors to explore.

Local life

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

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 taxi may be the most convenient and easiest way for visitors to arrange transportation via the Panchase Marga Road, which goes north of Phewa Lake near Pokhara.

HOST FAMILIES

Family Bhandari
Head of Family Surya Parsad Bhandari
Contact Family Member Surya Parsad Bhandari
Ward No 5 Tole Thulaket
The Bhandari family offers 4 rooms for guests (with 7 beds total). In the five-member family, they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and Surya drives a bus while his wife Gianga works in the field. They rely on the bus and their farm for their livelihood. They have been hosting homestay guests for 2 years.

Family Bhandari
Head of Family Durba Bhandari
Contact Family Member Durba Bhandari
Ward No 5 Tole Thulaket
The Bhandari family offers 6 rooms for guests (with 10 beds total). In the five-member family, they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The children are studying and Durba is a teacher while his wife works in the field. The family has been hosting homestay guests for 8 years, and Durba has worked with a homestay volunteer organization in Kathmandu.

Family Gautam
Head of Family Rishiram Gautam
Contact Family Member Rishiram Gautam
Ward No 5 Tole Thulaket
The Gautam family offers 5 rooms for guests (with 7 beds total). In the four-member family, they have two people who are able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. Rishiram and his wife Bishnumaya work in the field while their son and his family stay in the city where his son sells medicine.

Family Sunar
Head of Family Mirtalal Sunar
Contact Family Member Arjun Sunar, Granesh Sunar or Shyan Sunar
Ward No 5 Tole Thulaket
The Sunar family offers 8 rooms for guests (with 12 beds total). In the seven-member family, they are all able to speak English. They have a toilet, bathroom and water facilities. The Sunar family has been hosting guests for eight years. Two of the children teach at school and two are in business in the city. Mirtalal and his wife Chandrakumari grow vegetables.

Babia Góra

Babia Góra is a mountain range lying in the band Babiogórski Beskidy Mountains in the Western Beskid Mountains. This is the highest peak in the Polish part of Beskid Mountains. It belongs to the Crown of Polish Mountains.

Since time immemorial, Babia Góra was regarded as the seat of various ghouls and witches. Apparently one of them, called Baba prevented willing ascent. And because the Babia Góra was famous for its numerous peaks, many adventurers wanted to count them. Unfortunately, Baba was unyielding. One evening, when they saw a few hikers who have to rate the summit fell asleep around the fire with blankets nakrytymi heads, and said loudly: “I ​​went already twelve vertices of the mountain, and yet something so strange I could not see.” Then he walked away terrified. He heard one of the conquerors, and in the morning the whole group, satisfied with the information acquired by chance, she could return to their homes.

Today, tourists can deter untrained only steep approach. But it is worth the trouble to ask, because views offered from the top reward dedication.

Babia Góra is the highest elevation in Poland. The apex Diablak has a height of 1725 meters above sea level. This is reflected in the occurrence of floors landscape. In addition to the so-called vegetation. lower and upper montane one can see mountain pine floor and alpine meadows, called halls.

In order to protect natural and landscape values ​​of the slopes of the Babia Góra Babia Góra National Park was created, the first of our mountain parks has been placed on the list of UNESCO world biosphere reserve.

 

Śnieżka

Śnieżka has a height of 1602 meters above sea level, is the highest mountain in the Giant Mountains and Sudety mountains, and also the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. The cone top is covered with rubble rock and rises over 200 m above the pass under the Black Sněžkou and Kopa.

Śnieżka has an extremely harsh climate, by a large part of the year the temperature drops below freezing.

In 1681, Count Leopold von Schaffgotsch built the chapel of St. Śnieżka. Lawrence, which offered the Cistercians. August 10 is celebrated the Feast of St. here. Lawrence, the patron of the guides. The chapel also hosts masses, it happens that while the Polish, Czech and German.

Characteristic base peak Meteorological Observatory is building and the hostel, which resembles the shape of flying saucers. It was built in the years 1967-1976 at the German observatory.

As the first summit in 1456 he entered the Czech Republic, burgher of Benatek nad Jizerou. Later, at the top of their way mostly scholars from the Silesia region. In place of the current Academic thatch shelters, permanent stall, which were commemorative book for travelers. In 1800 the book inscribed to John Quincy Adams, later president of the United States.

Śnieżka is an excellent vantage point, in good weather from the summit you can see almost the entire Sudeten, visibility reaches up to 100km.

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science is located in the center of Warsaw at Parade Square. It is the tallest building in Poland and the fourth in Europe. Although he has always been unwanted and ignored by the Warsaw paradoxically became a symbol of Warsaw’s most famous building in Poland.

Palace of Culture and Science was built as a gift from the Soviet people for the Polish nation, and the idea of ​​its construction was Joseph Stalin. The designer of a skyscraper was a Soviet architect Lev Rudniew. He designed among other university building in Moscow, which served as the prototype of Polish Palace.

Soviet planners wanted to establish a structure to the tradition of Polish architecture. Therefore held a tour of Poland, whose aim was to gather needed information and get acquainted with Polish architecture. They visited the city include: Chelm, Kazimierz, Krakow, Nieborów, Plock, Pulawy, Torun and Zamosc.

Construction of the Palace of Culture and Science, lasted from 2 May 1952 to 22 July 1955. It worked on about 3,500 Russian workers, who lived in a specially built settlement. During the construction of occupational accidents killed 16 Russians.

March 7, 1953, two days after the death of Joseph Stalin, was given the building a name for the Palace of Culture and Science, the name of Joseph Stalin. Under the resolution of the Council of State and Council of Ministers signed the PRL and Boleslaw Bierut Aleksander Zawadzki. Also expected elevation in the square before the palace a monument of Stalin, but that never was.

Were used for the construction of 50 000 tons of bricks, 50,000 tons of concrete, 16,000 tons of steel. The palace is 230.68 meters high with a spire, and 167.68 meters without her. It is the tallest building in Poland and the fourth in Europe. Outweigh him only two office buildings in Frankfurt: Commerzbank (260 m) and Messeturm (259 m) and the University. £ omonosowa in Moscow (240 m). Bydunek has 42 floors, the 30th floor, at an altitude of 114 m, has an observation deck.

Construction area is 123,084 square meters. The building has 3,288 rooms, including several ballrooms and conference rooms, four theaters, multiplex cinema, museums, bookstores, and pool. It also has established several institutions, including the Science Museum, Palace of Youth, Polish Academy of Sciences, a branch of the Goethe Institute. In the Palace’s Congress Hall, which is Poland’s largest conference hall can accommodate up to a spectacular 3000. The building also hosts various fairs.

On New Year’s Eve 2000 at the Palace was unveiled highest clock tower in the world. Its four wheels are on 6 meters in diameter, making it the second largest clock in Europe.

Palace of Culture and Science still causes controversy among the residents of Warsaw, some of them still consider him a symbol of Soviet domination of Polish. The building has already become the city’s landscape, however, and is now a symbol of Warsaw.

Cape Rozewie

In a well-known under the name Rosenhoupt (other sources: Rosehaupt) point already in ancient times the fire lit, designed to facilitate orientation during the fishermen fishing in the Baltic Sea. At Cape Rozewie, which is the northernmost point in Poland, at the end of the seventeenth century, became a lighthouse.

Unfortunately, after the partitions of the Prussian Polish coast is not burned any navigational light. It shone again only when the right by Rozewie there were several casualties (eg, during a storm in 1807, crashed here 14 French vessels).

The old lighthouse, however, no longer fulfilled its function, so in the mid-nineteenth century, built a new high at 21 meters, with 15 modern Argand lamps. During the modernization in the late nineteenth century building is equipped with specialized apparatus Fresnel, established a three-man crew.

When the wheel Czołpino £ Eby similar lighthouse was built to distinguish the light from the on Rozewie, about 200 meters west of the existing built another. Then they upgraded and older increasing by nearly 13 meters, it was established as a major navigational light on the region.

The lighthouse at Cape Rozewie has modern equipment consisting of two panels of 20 lights each. The range of its light is 26 nautical miles, is about 48 km. During the special fog horn facilitates navigation Mist. so. nautofon, suitable Morse code letter R (as Rozewie). Team of two Lantern (this one is still active) standing on a promontory rozewskim now protects against the sea 800 meters long and hard band.

The lighthouse on Rozewie made famous by Stefan Zeromski, whose name it bears today. According to tradition, the writer lived here from 1920-1924 while writing the novel Wind from the sea. His chamber can be seen next to the established in 1963, Lighthouse Museum.