Increasing Popularity of Homestays in Nepal
Hospitality Food & Wine|Mid Oct. 2019, year 2 issue 10
Nepal is the land of various communities, which have rich culture and tradition of their own.

Many international tourists visiting to Nepal want to know more about these communities. To know more about these people and their lifestyles, the best way is to stay together with the local people. The concept of homestays in Nepal has given an opportunity for tourists to stay with the local people and interact with them.

For the first time the concept of homestays was introduced in 2011. This was the year when Nepal government had launched Visit Nepal-2011 with the target of receiving one million tourists.

About that time, many tourism entrepreneurs realized to encourage international tourists to visit model villages known for their natural and cultural richness. Villages like Ghandruk, Sirubari, Ghale Gaon, Dhampus, Siklis, Lwang Ghalel and so on became popular homestays among international tourists.

In homestays visitors get an opportunity to stay with the local, ethnic groups.

This provides them to understand the people living there for centuries. Many backpackers and researchers find homestays extremely useful as they can directly interact with the local people. This helps them to collect information they want. Moreover, staying in homestays is not only cheaper but also full of excitement. Another added advantage is that staying in homestays does promote the use of local resources.

Because of ongoing popularity of homestays in the country, many Nepalese youths prefer to stay in their villages and utilizing local resources for making their livelihoods possible. However, awfully, every year several Nepali youths leave for various the Gulf nations where they work under hazardous conditions. However, living with their families and making a decent income at homes is always a better option than working abroad.

In the past, most of the rural areas of the country were poverty-ridden, but today things are rapidly changing. In places where homestays are popular, life is much better than other places. Many parents where homestays are being run send their children to good schools in nearby cities. Improved financial situations of these rural areas will definitely bring more prosperity for them in days to come. At the same time homestays will provide more job opportunities in the rural areas.

Good news is that Nepal government has taken keen interest to promote and develop homestays in most suitable places across the country. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is in the constant contact with village development committees (VDCs), district development committees (DDCs) and local co-operatives. Nepal Tourism Board does manage homestay facilities and provide training to ensure quality and standard homestay in the country.

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