The Gurung community in Libang-9 of Rolpa has started homestay services. According to District Development Committee-Rolpa, the Gurung Community Homestay is the first of its kind in the hilly districts of the mid-western region. The homestay has been formally launched after a successful trial spanning more than two and half years. The facility was developed with financial assistance of Rs 350,000 from Rolpa DDC. Similarly, locals have spent anywhere between Rs 50,000 and Rs 80,000 to renovate their homes.
“Every household has decorated their homes. We have the capacity to accommodate about a dozen people per night,” Hari Jung Gurung, president of Gurung Community Homestay, told Republica. “We plan to double the capacity by next year as most of the homes in the village have the required infrastructure.”
Gurung Community Homestay was registered with Bhairahawa-based Tourism Office about a month ago. At present, only five homes accommodate guests. But the locals are planning to increase the number to 11 within a year. They have formed a five-member committee for the management of homestay. The village offers the local Gurung cuisines to the guest. To entertain the guest, local artistes will perform traditional songs and dances like Sorathi and Singaru that reflect Gurung culture.
Dipendra Kumar DC, tourism focal person of DDC-Rolpa, said the homestay was operated with the objectives of promoting and preserving Gurung art, culture and tradition.
The Gurung Community Homestay can be reached after a walk of about half an hour from the nearest motorable road at Gurunggaun in Libang-8. Hiralal Regmi, local development officer of Rolpa, said the DDC will construct road all the way to the village where homestay facility has been started. He also said the DDC was planning to start homestay services in other areas as well.