Panauti Community Homestay opens its doors with fifteen local homes which run with the motto “Run by the Women for the Women”.
In 2013 15 women from the small town of Panauti came forward with the aim of raising their status in the society through tourism. Like other rural parts of Nepal, the role of a woman in society is often oppressed and women are considered better playing the role of housewife. To prove this wrong these women collectively opened their houses for travelers from all around the world and, with the help of Royal Mountain Travels, initiated the homestay program where they could interact with guests, improve their English skills, and find sustainable purpose through tourism.
At this present time, local women are successfully running the homestay projects, acting as the forefront of the project while their husbands and children also lend a hand. Since commencing, the number of houses has risen to a total of 17.
“There is no better way to understand a place, but living like one of them.”
The homestay promises you many unique stories and memories. That feeling when you wear the typical Nepali dresses, cook, eat and laugh with your host family is inexplicable. Imagine yourself planting rice in the field with the family or collecting vegetables or fruits from their garden, or learning Nepali words and exchanging language over home-cooked meals. Here you are treated more than just a guest, you become the part of the family.