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Homestay programs in Nepal’s rhino hub hold promise and pitfalls for locals

12 / 06 / 2019, Mongabaycom News

NAWALPUR DISTRICT, Nepal — A few kilometers from the town of Danda along the East-West Highway in Nepal’s southern plains, the road diverges. One fork leads to Barauli, the other to Amaltari — both home to a predominantly Tharu ethnic population on the western edge of Chitwan National Park, famous for its greater one-horned rhinos. “Which way do you want to go?” asks the auto-rickshaw driver. “Most Nepalis who come here want me to take them to Amaltari, foreigners ask for Barauli,” he says. Both Amaltari and Barauli host home stays, a bed-and-breakfast program for tourists seeking a local experience by living with the community. Both were setup in the buffer zone of the park after the government introduced its Home Stay Working Procedure in 2010, which sets standards for urban and rural households to run homestays. But the similarities end there. “Let’s promote eco-tourism by conserving biodiversity. Amaltari Bufferzone Homestay welcomes you,” reads a sign in Amaltari. Image by Abhaya Raj Joshi for Mongabay. On a summer evening in Amaltari, awarded the best homestay program in 2017 by the ministry of tourism, big yellow buses with “English School” emblazoned on them honk their way through the narrow road, dropping children home. While men sit in the shade of trees, relaxing after a day’s work in the field, women are busy chopping vegetables for dinner. On both sides of the road, visitors can see who owns each homestay unit. “This is homestay #19, I am its owner.That is what the…

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