Our facility offers the following :
Free 24 hour Wi-fi & electricity / wet sauna / warm shower/campfire/fresh spring water/hot & cold water/freshly harvested, organic, vegetarian meals/ every day meditation and yoga/mountain hiking/mountain river swimming/Great mountain views, Terai plain views and a 180 degree Himalaya view/observe 2 mountain caves/ mountain flowers/ bird watching/ local Hindu temple and Buddhist Monastery/ star gazing/ local art, culture, and lifestyle / beautiful sunrise and sunset views/ jungle meditation and yoga/ unpolluted environment and living conditions/ special organic food items: cheese, honey, mushrooms
I am Kamal Nepal (Lotus) 30, Owner operator of this farm-stay, organic in all ways possible. We have been able to provide services to 15 volunteers and tourists. This place can be a good destination for whomever from any corner of the world; respectful nature loving people who are interested to be a volunteer and enjoy sharing time here with us. We are sure that the time you spend here will be a most memorable experience in your life and ours!
Our farm is located 45km south east from the capital city, Kathmandu, in a remote place at about more than 2100 meters above sea level.
We live in a very beautiful small village on the edge of Mahabharat mountain range. The village is surrounded by green forest with special flowers. One can see 4 mountain rivers and waterfalls, Many kinds of birds and wild animals can be seen in the forest area. Here we have tranquility and silence! Listen to the sounds and silence of nature and practice meditation, cool off and swim in a nearby mountain stream, and on clear days. we have a 180 degree view of the beautiful Himalayas!
The top of Bethanchok Narayan hill on Mahabharat range, is at 3021m above sea level and is the highest altitude in the district. From this point Mount Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh, Jugal and 100 more Himalayans along with hills, Mahabharat range, Chure Mountain, open spaces of Terai and Bihar in India can be observed. Ladku River flows at 1400m above sea level between the boundaries of the lowest points of the village: Gorkholi and Kunekharka. You can pay the homage to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god at Narayanstan Temple. It takes two hours trekking to Bethanchok Narayan hill and on the way we can visit a cave.
We have 25 kinds of different vegetables, more than 200 different herbs in this area. We invite foreign guests to do research on the herbs while staying. We have a small bee farm, and our guests can have the real flavour of pure organic honey. We have 4 buffaloes so we can offer our guests fresh pure milk. We can also make and teach guests to make fresh cheese and cheese candy from fresh milk.
Visitors need warm clothes for winter but light clothes will be enough for summer.
For food, bed and stay we charge 800 Nepali rupees (8 $) per day. If you want to go mountain trekking (5-8 hours) then we charge 1000 Nepali rupees (10 $) per person. Some discount /exceptions apply for long staying guests.
We Respectfully ask that no illegal drugs are brought or used here on our farm. This is for respect of the local community. Alcohol (taken responsibly) and tobacco are acceptable.
For Volunteers:- If our guests want then they can help us:
1. We have started a special type of mushroom farming. This is special in the sense that mushroom can be grown in a log of wood. The mushroom is called 'shiitake mushroom' . We have started with 200 logs. Anyone interested can help us to water the seeds as well as take care of the mushroom farm. This work will take about 3 hours a day for 5 days.
2. We plan to construct yoga/meditation house, Wet Sauna & wooden houses which are earth quake proof. Interested volunteers can support us; skilled as well as unskilled manpower. We have started bee farming. The volunteers can help us build bee houses, take care of the bees, honey hunting and protect the bee houses. This work will take about 5 hours a day for 5 days.
3. We need support from volunteers with website designing skills to build up our online presence and assist to improve or rebuild our website.
4. We need farm hands for cutting and carrying grass, planting, cutting and collecting herbs, plowing, sowing, watering, weeding and other farm related chores like milking. This work will take about 5 hours a day for 5 days.
5. We need improvement in English Language for the family and the community and we need a volunteer who is fluent in English to teach conversational English, and basic writing and reading skills.
6. The work imposed to the volunteers will be as per the interest of the volunteers. We would like to promise the security of the volunteers
7. The volunteers can also support the village people to reconstruct their earth quake damaged houses. They can also support the public schools for the reconstruction.
8. The volunteers can have one special holiday per week on which they can visit new places free of cost. They don't have to work for the day.
9. There are opportunities to work specifically with local cows and buffalos, learning and helping in their care.
10. We need help rebuilding structures around the village which were damaged from the earthquake.
11. We need an herbal nursery worker who can also conduct herbal research. We have 7 different herb nurseries with more than 200 types of herbs.
12. We are looking for a good ecology advisor for the village; one who can come and teach the community about simple ways of protecting the Earth.
13. We are looking for helpers who can come and begin constructing a yoga/meditation house. We will need help collecting local, natural materials for this project and build this house.
14. We would love to have someone come with photography and video producing/editing skills for a documentary.
15. We are looking for a creative gardener, one who can come and help design a new garden for when the new house is completed.
About owner operator :
Namaste, I'm Kamal. I'm 30 years old and I live with my family of 6 in a beautiful village near the highest peak of the Mahabharat range in the South Asian country Nepal. I work at my Mt. Mahabharat Home Stay and Eco-organic Farm. Adhering to the famous proverb ‘Return to nature’, I’m on a mission to make myself and others healthy through chemical free produce.
I'm at peace in my peaceful environment, and want to share this sense of peacefulness with others. I reside at an extremely beautiful place from where much geographical diversity can be seen. I’d like to welcome people of the world to come and enjoy this together.
I don’t consume or use any violence related products because I believe that would be doing injustice or promoting injustice towards other life forms. I’m bounded by a belief, with a stirring law, which I’ll always follow and in some ways has restricted me as well. Avoiding distortions like smoking, alcoholism, non-vegetarianism and prostitution has liberated my life from problems and provided a sense of infinite peace through teaching of meditation, yoga and reflection. I experienced radical change in my thoughts when my faith taught me the meaning of sacrifice. Being content is greater than adding to desires.
As a farmer I believe that it is essential what I produce should be beneficial to human health. So, being chemical free is vitally important.
Stricken by poverty my forefathers couldn't afford chemicals. I am seeing the benefits of our past misfortunes now. Today, chemical induced produces have given rise to various diseases. Victims of the illness are then compelled to ingest further chemicals in the form of medicines.
Nature has given us hundreds of herbs to fight against diseases, and as a child who grew up with those herbs, I’m saying to the world that threats can never be friendly to mankind and environment but natural things will always be. Nature has taught me many things and inspired me to share them with the world. I’ve witnessed many benefits of natural growth.
If all nations of the world produced pollution then the people of the world would have to pay for the air they breathe, fertile lands would turn into deserts, mountains would be snowless and human existence would be in a crisis. Therefore, to avoid any possible threats to the world it is necessary that the most conscious social life-form, humans, should become mankind and environment friendly and protect the greenery.
In my opinion, the world’s greatest hero is he whose speech and character has uniformity and who inspires his world around him to become nature friendly.
However, I don't want to discuss too much about this subject. Lastly, I expect creative comments and feedback from my website visitors, which will provide meaning to my personal aim as well as the proverb ‘Return to Nature’.
The history of Dhunkharka is connected with a streak of tigers. According to legend, years ago when the place was an uninhabited mountain range, tigers used to live here. One day two people of Newari ethnicity from nearby settlement came to Parthali, near the boundaries of Dhunkharka and Chalal. From there they saw a tiger sleeping on an open space of now known as Narayantar. Based on what they saw, they named the place Dhunkharka. In Newari language, ‘Dhun’ means ‘Tiger’ and ‘Kharka” means ‘settlement’. Thus, Dhunkharka means ‘place of tiger settlement’ or ‘home of tigers’ in Newari.
Today, 1500 households reside in this village. Agriculture is the primary occupation and the village produces 15000 liters of milk every day.
Staying true to the proverb ‘Return to nature’ in every sense, we work towards making the proverb into reality through meaningful development of nature friendly network, building nature friendly individuals and societies, and operate an eco-system based tourism industry through economical utilization of our resources.
How to get to our place ?
You can follow this link. http://mountmahabharat.com/how-to-get-dhungkharkka/
Our google map : https://www.google.com.np/maps/place/Mt.+Mahabharat+Homestay+with+Organic+Farmfirstname.lastname@example.org,85.4851175,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x39eb0cfa3987edcb:0x17ecf22708e06843!8m2!3d27.5166107!4d85.4873062?dcr=0
Option no 1. Public Bus: Basically you have to get to the old Bus Park (Ratnapark) in Kathmandu(Near Thamel). From there, take the bus to Panauti(Kavre). Buses are available every 5 minutes(Get on the bus before 2:00pm so you can make it to Panauti in time for the next bus.) and the journey is about 1.5hours. You pay about 60 ruppees or $0.6 US. Then change bus to Dhunkharka. This bus is available every 2 hours; 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and the last one at 5pm from Panauti Bus Stand, and the journey is about 1.5 hours. You pay about 60 rupees or $0.6US. Please call us when you board the Dhunkharka bus. We will meet you at the town centre called Geldung Bazaar. Then we walk uphill for about 1 hour. If your baggage is heavy, let us know in advance and we can arrange a porter to carry it to our place.
Option no 2. Private vehicle pickup: We can arrange a private car from Kathmandu airport to our place for U$70. This is a professional driver and a good vehicle like a taxi, but it is much cheaper than the prepaid taxis you will find at the airport..
Option no. 3. Motorcycle pickup: If you want you can inform me I will come Kathmandu to receive you on motorbike for $20 US. This is by far the quickest way to get here, however it will only work for one person(not large) at a time, who is carrying only a small backpack or bag.
If you want to know more about us please visit our website on www.mountmahabharat.com & my alternative cellphone number is 9818424200
We also provide great volunteering opportunities to those willing to donate small part of their lives to the welfare of others. Volunteers will be provided with comfortable lodging facilities and choices in organic dishes.
The volunteers can have one special holiday per week on which they can visit new places free of cost. Those volunteering for more than 45 days will receive a 5 day Mt. Mahabharat trekking package for free.
Facilities: room, bed, organic food 3 times a day, tea/coffee 3 times a day, Wifi, hot/cold water, wood for campfire
Working time: 6 hours/day, 6 days/week
We have following works in Volunteering:
Mount Mahabharat Herbs and Eco Organic Farm