Kaulepani homestay is a community-based homestay program where Kaulepani Homestay Management Committee (KHMC) assigns visitors to the local host family on a rotational basis. There are mainly 15 household homestay in Kaulepani.
Kaulepani village is located on Lamjung district in Province no. 4 at 1600m above sea level. It is around 170km away from Kathmandu and around 6 km away from the headquarter of Lamjung district i.e. Besishahar. This village lies in the Besishahar municipality and is a touristic area full of
natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural diversity. It has mixed habitations of caste and ethnicity.
It is a community-based homestay so Committee is responsible to collect income and it charges Rs. 1000 per person for a day package and distribute to all community members. They provide overwhelming hospitality by offering curd, garland and tika and serve different varieties of local food (kodoko sel roti, faparko roti, mohi, gundruk and dhido or Nepali dalbhaat, local chicken meat, etc). Cultural dances, songs and acts are shown in groups to the guests by them.
Village Tourism Promotion Forum Nepal (VITOF Nepal) has declared Kaulepani Homestay as the no.1 destination for tourists in 2014.
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The attraction of Kaulepani homestay
Kaulepani is a beautiful village. The Marsyangdi dam seems like a beautiful green lake from the village. Visitors can get a beautiful view of the sunrise as well as enchanting 14 Himalayan peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Manaslu. The snowfall view in Manaslu during the winter season is one of the major attractions of this village. There are also some historical heritage sites in this village like the ramparts of the Lamjung Durbar believed to be built in the 15th century and religious places as the Kaulepanidevi Temple and the Lamjung Klaika Temple. It is also named “mirror village” offers a clear view of many Himalayan ranges as Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Annapurna south, etc.
Every little detail inside the village is well managed and lively. On your entry, they welcome you with welcome snacks, local drink, and culture performance. In the dinner, they serve you with rice, dal, meat, pickle, and vegetables. You will get the breakfast including egg, pulses and special “kodo ko sel roti.
Kaulepani Village is rich in flora and fauna. The hiking route has more than 20 varieties of laligurans, 38varieties of medicinal herbs. Leopard cat (Charibagh), a protected species which is nationally assessed as a vulnerable special by IUCN red list category, is also found here. Some medicinal plants found in Kaulepani village are Chiraito (Swertia chirayita), Paniamala (Phyllanthus emblica), Chutro (Berberis aristata) and Satuwa (Paris polyphylla) etc.