Village tourism has been emerged as a very new cocept in the Nepalese tourism industry. Nepal is normally popular in the world for the adventure travel, white water rafting and great jungle safari, staying at the specially built resorts or the self pitched tents. A brand new concept of village tourism where the guests - you would be taken to unspoiled villages where you spend a few days living with the local people and being treated as honoured family guests. While staying in the villages, you enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious local food and drink and a welcome that will remain a happy memory for a lifetime. Local attractions, both scenic and cultural are shown.
Many of these villages are close to unspoiled natural areas where wildlife may be seen undisturbed. The traditional culture of the different ethnic groups is a highlight of all village visits. These warm and friendly people are always ready to perform their music and dance and to give an insight into their religion. Examples of local handicrafts will be on display, and for sale, to guests.
Sirubari is a small village nestled on the southern slopes of a ridge at 1700m above sea level. The height and aspect ensure a comfortable climate regardless of any season of the year. Pokhara, about 20km to the northeast, is the nearest major center. The travel time for the average group to reach the village from pokhara is about 5 hours, an experience in itself. The village which is inhabited entirely by the Gurung people, is small and compact with net and clean trails connecting the mainly stone and slate built houses. Sirubari offers attractive valley views stretching a ways towards the Terai. A short walk above the village gives visitors a spectacular Himalayan panoramic view that is hard to rival from any view point in the region. The living culture and tradition of Gurungs blended with their rich hospitality make for an unforgettable experience for any one who visits Sirubari. Sirubari is the winner of PATA Gold Award 2001 in Heritage and cultural-Heritage category.
Located on a 1000m ridge in Tanahu district some140km west from Kathmandu and 60km east from Pokhara, Bandipur's hallmark is its beautiful scenery. At the eastern part of the town is the pagoda-roofed Bindabasine temple which houses goddess Durga, Bandipurs guardian deity. The rich wooden carvings and details brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu valley. The other important temples and shrines in the vicinity include the Mahalaxmi temple with its exquisite woodwork and Khadga Devi temple which comes alive once a year during the Dashin festival.
Located 29km northwest of Kathmandu city, the fabulous holiday area of Kakani features attractions ranging from beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificent Himalayan panorama particularly of Ganesh himal massif. Other peaks that can be closely seen from Kakani.
For those seeking the ultimate pan Himalayan view, Daman is the place to go. Locate 80km south west of Kathmandu valley, Daman(2400m) offers the only unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range . Daman is located on the Tribhuvan highway between Kathmandu and Birgunj. There is a view tower fitted with long range telescope. Daman can be reached in four hours from Kathmandu.