ABOUT US

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We would like to share our passion and knowledge about Bardia and West Nepal  with you and to give you a memorable experience! 

We are a Nepali/Dutch couple who met each other for the first time in March 2011, when Sonja was traveling in Nepal.  Since that time we have traveled many times together in Nepal and Europe. We started to build our own house in Nepal in 2013.

Budhi Darlami

Budhi was born in the village of Shivapur, Bardiya District, Nepal. He grew up in Bardia and knows everything about the park, the environment and local customs. He has been working in the tourism sector for more than 18 years and is an experienced jungle guide.

As a member of the school board, he is also involved in the development of the local government school.

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Sonja Rusticus

Sonja was born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. She worked for more than 20 years in management roles for large organizations in The Netherlands. She has traveled in many countries all around the world.

Since 2011 she has spent a lot of time in Nepal, learning about the impressive culture and beautiful nature. She lives now 10 months a year in Nepal.

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Our family and staff

We live together on the same ground with Budhi’s parents and his two children. Budhi’s mother takes care of the chickens and makes herbs. His father takes care of the vegetable garden, makes baskets and small chairs. Budhi’s sister always works hard on our field to plant and harvest the rice and the wheat.

Manmohan is our flexible and (according to our guests) the best committed jungle guide in Bardia. Local young people like to help us, so they can develop their English speaking and hospitality skills.

Stories about our life in Bardia you can find on Bardia Blog. We all look forward to welcoming you into our home!

Pheri Bhetaula! (See you soon!)

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