Overnight in a homestay in Nepal

Spending a night or two in a homestay, in a thriving community, is one of the best ways to get beneath Nepal’s mountainous surface and experience the details beyond the tourist scene. By connecting with your local hosts, you’ll see a different side to the country that will bring new insight to your travels, allowing you to experience the ordinary, and extraordinary, moments found within the everyday experience of modern life in Nepal.

What to expect from your Nepal homestay...

Homestays offer a unique perspective on daily life around the world, and these locally run projects in Nepal also allow communities to generate sustainable income and protect their culture and traditions for the future.

There are several homestay options on offer throughout the country, so wherever you’re headed you can enrich your experience with a night or two as guests of local hosts.

Run as cooperative community projects, these homestays range from specially-allocated individual dwellings to boutique-style hostels, all staffed and maintained by locals. Some are in smaller, rural villages, while others are in busier towns, offering a range of experiences of different aspects of Nepali life.

In Lalitpur Metropolitan City, historically Patan, you can stay in small, communal houses in the centre of town, soaking up the rich culture of this ancient city. Meet with other guests and your local hosts in the shared kitchen, cook and enjoy meals together, and chat about the day’s highlights over a drink in the lounge.

Further west, in the rural Terai region, the Barauli homestays offer the chance to stay in cosy, individual huts in the heart of a traditional Tharu community on the outskirts of Chitwan National Park. Welcomed with traditional song and dance on your arrival, you are included as an honorary member of the village for the duration of your stay. Chat with local residents, learn to cook traditional Nepali dishes, and get involved with one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year – with an average of one a month, there’s likely to be something going on whenever you visit!

Every homestay is as varied and interesting as the people that run it, and each one brings you close to a different Nepali community. Don’t expect hotel-level facilities and service, that’s not what these homestays are about. Here, the focus is on experiencing life as the locals do, in simple spaces full of welcome and warmth, and making tangible, memorable connections with the beating heart of Nepal.

Location: Various communities throughout Nepal

Duration: From 1 night

Accommodation: Your choice of homestay

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Nick says...

'Homestays are becoming ever more popular across Nepal, as each one offers a unique experience which brings you closer to understanding everyday life in this enigmatic country.'


Please be aware that though the facilities are clean and modern, they are often very basic and informal, and many homestays have shared bathrooms and living space. Please discuss any specific needs and requirements with your Destination Specialist to ensure they can match you with the most suitable homestay.

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