Trip to Nuwakot, Samari & Sele

On January, Explore Himalaya organized a trip for Lund & Helle from Denmark. They travelled to the rural villages of Nuwakot, Samari & Sele. These little known villages on the central region of Nepal have much more to offer to travellers. The historical and legendary palaces of Nuwakot, the unforgettable experience of the typical Nepalese lifestyle from the villages located on the high hills and still untouched by tourist and the incredible Mountain scenery makes these places perfect to relax.

 

Boghteni Village

Visit our Nuwakot, Samari & Sele homestays

Nuwakot & Samari Village Homestays


Experience traditional Nepalese hospitality at Nuwakot & Samari the eco-friendly way.

Homestays at traditional Nepalese Villages of Nuwakot & Samari
The villages of Samari and Nuwakot both lie in Nuwakot district of Nepal. Although these villages lie  just a few hours drive from Kathmandu, life over here moves at a much slower pace than in the city.  Filled with old traditional Nepali houses and farms these villages are no different from the many mid-hill villages in Nepal . Explore Himalaya with its partner  Kipling Travel, Denmark have renovated and opened the doors of two very old houses in these villages for tourists desirous of experiencing traditional Nepalese lifestyle. Run on the principles of sustainable tourism both these properties have been renovated using local materials and man power (the mud-finishing on the walls and floors of these houses were done by the  local  Mother’s Association (Ama Samuha). The kitchen at both these properties use organic vegetables grown at the kitchen garden or purchased from nearby farms.
Visiting Samari & Nuwakot villages offers a unique opportunity to experience Nepal outside the classic tourist areas. Devoid of tourist groups, you enjoy a leisurely stay at these villages, interacting with the villagers and exploring the village on your own. Options for volunteering services are also open for those wishing to help in the development of the village.
Samari (1250m/4101ft) Homestay – A Retreat in the Midst of Nature
Samari Village

Samari Village

Located about 35 km from Kathmandu, Samari Bhanjyang under Nuwakot district is a traditional Nepalese village, situated in one of the last mountain passes on the caravan route to Kathmandu. Though the village has a mixed population comprising of Chettris, Newars ,Tamangs and Magars, the latter two communities are in majority.

Samari Homestay

Samari Homestay

Our retreat at Samari is a traditional Magar-house, built in the early 19th century. The house has been renovated, trying to keep intact as far as possible its original design. Additions to the house include a kitchen & dining area and a bathroom. A window has been inserted in the rooms and the ceiling height increased by just under 10 centimeters. While mud has been used to build the wall  of the house, roofing has been done using clay tiles. The lower storey of the house has a dining area and kitchen and the upper storey the sleeping quarters. As in all Nepalese traditional houses, the upper storey of the house is entered via a small wooden staircase which connects the lower storey of the house to the upper storey.
Dining- Samari

Dining Area

 restroom

Dining, Cooking area & restroom

Bedroom

Comfortable beds

The building’s upper storey, which was traditionally used as a storage for crops, is supported by very strong wooden beams. The upper storey has been partitioned into two rooms (with three beds each).
We have a beautiful garden overlooking the village and terrace fields. There are showers and toilets in a separate building – and other facilities are simple but amazing. Food is prepared using fresh and organic produce from the kitchen garden or bought from the villagers.

Retreat at Nuwakot Village
Nuwakot is a small thriving village situated on the way to Langtang Valley. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified Nepal in 1767, started his unification campaign from Nuwakot , when he merged the two kingdoms of Gorkha and Nuwakot.
Nuwakot Village

Nuwakot Village

Nuwakot has a nice, clean main street that leads up to Saat Taale Durbar, the beautiful old castle, which in its historical importance is equal to the Hanuman Dhoka Palace in Kathmandu. A stone throw away from the durbar is the area’s main temple, Nuwakot Bhairabee Temple and Jalpadevi Mandir.

Nuwakot homestay

Nuwakot Homestay

Our home stay in Nuwakot, a traditional Nepali house is at Chettri Bhanjyang, located near the royal palace in Nuwakot. The old house which had fallen into disrepair has been renovated and given a new lease of life. While the, lower storey has a verandah/ lobby and kitchen, the upper storey has three rooms. The rooms are cosy with comfortable beds. You can enjoy views of the mountains and the village from the windows.

Nuwakot House

Living/Dining room

Nuwakot Homestay

Bed room

(Photos Courtesy: Samari-  Lars Gundersen, Nuwakot: Valeri Yerkal)

Saat Taale Durbar in Nuwakot to be opened as a museum

The Saat Taale Durbar or the Seven Storied Palace in Nuwakot that was constructed by King Prithvi Narayan Shah more then 250 years ago will be formally inaugurated as a public museum today. Education Minister Mr. Gangalal Tuladhar is scheduled to inaugurate the renovated museum which showcases articles and items of historical importance related to King Prithvi Narayan Shah. A statue of Prithvi Narayan Shah and his two queens that was sculpted during his reign and believed to be around 240 years old is the major highlight of the museum. This statue was brought from Hanuman Dhoka Museum in Kathmandu to Nuwakot by the Department of Archaelogy.

nuwakot durbar

Saat Taale Durbar, Nuwakot (Pic: Explore Himalaya)

Volunteering in Nuwakot

Kirsten, one of our Norwegian volunteers is assisting the health workers  at the Nuwakot village Health Post.

Kirsten

Kirsten at the health post-  getting to follow up on patients,  checking their pulse, cleaning wounds etc.

kirsten

This old lady suffered a fall and hurt her neck and shoulders.  Kirsten who is studying physiotherapy, is helping her with some exercises.

(Photos courtesy : Kirsten & Taliah)

Volunteering/ GAP Year

Volunteering in Nuwakot – Norwegians Kirsten & Talaih

This is how Kirsten & Taliah, our volunteers from Norway, are spending their days in Nuwakot.

Kirsten fetching water in a ‘gagri'(traditional water pot)

Kirsten takes time out to pose with travelling sadhus (Hindu holy men)

Taliah with a family member

(Photos courtesy: Kirsten & Taliah)

Volunteering & GAP Year

Our Volunteers in Nuwakot

We finally got to hear from Taliah, that is, via e-mail. Going through her mail we got the feeling that the villagers of Nuwakot have won the hearts of  these two young girls from Norway and vice versa. Unfortunately she couldn’t send pictures as the internet connection was too  slow.

An extract from her mail:

It has already been two weeks since we first arrived to Nuwakot, something that is really strange seeing as the time has passed  so quickly, but at the same time we feel as if we have been here for a longer time.
One of the main reason we have got so comfortable in such a short time is our families here. From the beginning we were looked upon as members of the family and not as guests.
For me, working at the school is a challenge, but most of all a great experience. I am teaching English at 1st-6th grade and there are some language barriers but for the most part we understand each other, and the students seems to enjoy my classes and they want to know everything about Norway.
Kirsten is volunteering at the health post and is getting to follow up on patients – checking their pulse, cleaning wounds and at the moment she is working with a 10 year old boy that is yet to get a diagnosis but has most likely CP or MS, and  as Kirsten is studying phsiotherapy, she gets to practise some exercise methods with him, to decrease his scoliuses.
Regarding the old lady, she is 70-75 year old and she fell down a steep road injuring her head, neck and shoulders. Kirsten is helping her with  some exercises so she will suffer less from the injury.

I will inform you of more things as they come…have a good Holi .”

-Taliah

Nuwakot village (Pic:explore himalaya)

Volunteering/ GAP year

Two Norwegian Volunteers in Nuwakot Village

Taliah & Kirsten, our two volunteers from Norway who are on a month long sojourn in Nuwakot Village, are making the most of their time involving themselves in community work and helping out villagers. According to them they begin their day with a walk downhill to the village’s dhunge dhara (traditional stone water spout) early in the morning to fetch water and to wash up.

dhara- Nuwakot

While Taliah is busy teaching and assissting the local teachers at Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School, Kirsten is back from attending the wedding festivities and is now helping out at the village’s sole Health Post. She said that she is assissting the doctor in providing Physiotherapy to an old lady patient.  Both of them agree that the villagers are quite helpful and cooperative and have gone out of their way in welcoming them.

Volunteering/GAP Year Student Programme

Volunteering – Life in a Nepali Village

Looks like our volunteers from Norway, Kirsten & Taliah have both immersed themselves in village life. A lengthy telephone call to Taliah revealed that Kirsten is away with her host family (the local family she is staying with) attending a wedding in Trishuli Bazaar. We believe she is having a great time at the wedding wearing a ‘sari’ and dancing to the wedding band’s tunes. According to Taliah, Kirsten will be gone for at least 4-5 days as she will be attending all the ceremonies. So while we wait for Kirsten to fill us up on her ‘Nepali wedding experience’, Taliah confided that she is busy exploring the village- walking around , getting acquainted with the villagers and the NGO workers. She said that she has become pretty familiar with the school teachers and students at the Nuwakot Village school.

Nuwakot Village
Nuwakot Village (Pic: Valeriy Garkal)

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