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Homestay in Siruwari opened after eleven months

  • Jamuna Barsha Sharma

Pokhara. Sirubari, the first homestay in the Syangja district of Nepal, has reopened after eleven months. Homestays including Sirubari were closed due to the epidemic of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Homestay Association Nepal held a press conference in Pokhara on Monday and informed that it is ready to host the homestay guests in Syangja. Jum Gurung, the coordinator of Sirubari Community Homestay, said that now that tourist destinations have been opened everywhere, the people of Sirubari, the first tourist village of Nepal, are eager to welcome the guests with warm hospitality.

Mohan Khanal, president of the association, said that the home stay in Syangja was excellent for observing the cultural activities of Gurung, Magar, Newar and Bhujel ethnic communities along with the beautiful view of the natural mountain range and sunrise and enjoying the warm hospitality of the villagers.

According to him, there are statistics that about 11,000 visitors visited the place annually before the breakout of Covid-19. Ananta Kumar Shrestha of the Syangja Tourism Development Committee said that one program is being conducted every month along with the operation of homestays in Sirubari.

He informed that an introductory visit to Andhikhola Gaonpalika-1 of Sirubari was carried out on January 12, 2021, and Canoeing Festival and friendly competition at Kulman Ghising waterfall in Baling Municipality-4 from February 27 to 29 was held along with an interaction program held on the impact of Covid-19 on homestay in Sirubari on March 10.
Speaking on the occasion, Agni Kandel, Coordinator of Internal Tourism Revival, said that other homestays could learn a lot from Sirubari as it is a model homestay in the country.

Chairman of the Pokhara Tourism Council Gopi Bahadur Bhattarai said that people are in search of a peaceful and natural environment due to Covid-19.

He said that the taste of local products and the local way of life should be given more emphasis in the homestay program by linking agriculture and tourism. Kashiraj Bhandari, head of the Nepal Tourism Board, Gandaki, said that the board was developing a mobile app to promote rural tourism and provide accurate information about homestays.

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