THARU CULTURE & COUNTRYSIDE ACTIVITIES

Tharu offer Dashain Bardia National Park
Explore the countryside and meet the Tharu people
Rice plantation Bardia National Park

Bardia National Park is surrounded by beautiful countryside where you can meet friendly local people. Bardiya is mainly inhabited by the indigenous Danguara Tharu people. They have their own language, customs and traditions.

A Tharu house is constructed with reed and bamboo, covered with a layer of mud and dung. The Tharus are self-supporting and live from farming and fishing.  Many households keep buffaloes, goats, chickens and pigs. This is a place where time stands still. There are various ways of exploring the countryside. You can also join the locals with fishing, dancing and cooking or join our  family during the many festivals.

Have a look at the activities you can experience and please contact us for more information.

Duration: 1 hour – full day

Wander around on the countryside and soak in the peace and serenity. We are more than happy to join you, but if you prefer to explore this beautiful area on your own, we can provide maps and directions. Short and longer walking and bicycle trails will lead you through small villages, rice fields and along the river. You can relax in the shade of the trees in the villages.

Bicycle tour countryside Bardia
Walking on the countryside Bardia National Park Nepal

Duration: 2 hours – full day 

A motor or jeep tour is a great way to explore the countryside and the area around the Karnali river.  A trip of 2 hours takes you over country lanes along rice fields and authentic Tharu villages.  A day tour takes you along the southern side branches of the Geruwa / Karnali river. Near the Indian border you will search for the rare Ganges River Dolphin.  You  can also visit the former summer house of King Mahendra named ‘Tikapur Garden’ and the village of Chisapani, famous for its impressive bridge over the Karnali river and the delicious fresh fish.

During a motor tour you can sit on the backside of the motor together with your guide or you drive the motorbike by yourself.  A jeep tour is very suitable for more than two persons.

Terai karnali river Nepal
Chisapani bridge Karnali river West Nepal

Duration: 3 – 5 hours

By jeep, motorbike or bicycle you can make a tour on the countryside and visit small villages like Dalla and Kailashi, rich in Tharu culture. The locals are happy to welcome you and you will learn more about their daily life. Enjoy a delicious Tharu lunch at a local home and  go for a jungle walk in the community forest with good chances to spot rhinos and birds. You can also learn more about the Tharu Culture from the comfort of your home by signing up for Tharu Culture Virtual Tour

Walking tour countryside Bardia National Park
Tharu house Bardia National Park Nepal

Duration: 1 – 2 hours 

The local people try to keep their traditions alive. They like to dance and to make musique during festivals like Tihar,  when many people perform in our garden. The local Tharu dance group likes to perform for you anytime in the evening in our garden. The dance symbolizes many aspects of their life in nature. A beautiful and colourful show! Besides watching, you also have the opportunity to join them.

Tharu culture dancing Bardia Homestay

Duration: 1 hour to half day

De Tharu life has a rich history and many old habits and traditional farming methods are still in use. You are welcome to join them to plant the rice, go fishing, harvest the rice (October) and wheat (February) or wash the buffalo. You can also join a Tharu Farming Virtual Tour A guide will take you live on a walk through the countryside and will tell you all about the farming methods and agricultural produce, fishing and livestock farming.

Tharu fishing Bardia Homestay
Plowing the rice field Bardiya Nepal

Adding colour to the lives of Nepali’s are a number of festivals throughout the year, which they celebrate with special food and dancing. We celebrate festivals like Dashain (Nepal’s biggest annual festival, lasts for 15 days around September-October) and Tihar (festival of lights, around October-November) with Budhi’s family. You’re welcome to join us!

Teej festival Shivapur Nepal
Tihar festival Bardia Homestay Nepal

Duration: 2- 3 hours 

Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat from chicken, goat or pork is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively more expensive.

In a cooking class at our home or a Tharu home, you learn how to make a good Dal Bhat, curried vegetables or Tharu food. If you are not able to come to Nepal you can also join our Online Cooking Class Dal Bhat .

Tharu cooking workshop Bardia National Park

The Tharu women are very talented in making baskets which they carry on their head to transport goods. The baskets are made of bamboo or grass. Most baskets have natural colors and are decorated with flowers or Tharu symbols like peacocks or deer. We help the women the sell their various products. By bringing home this original souvenir you support the financial empowerment of the women in our village.

Tharu basket handicraft Bardia National Park
Meet the local Tharu women