The largest ethnic indigenous group in the Terai is the Tharu. They are present in entire Nepal's southern plains/terai and are most likely the Terai's oldest and original inhabitants. Chitwan, Nepal is especially the home to a major number of Tharu people and it is believed that until the late 1950s Chitwan only had Tharu people as its residents. Tharu people are popular for their rich culture, dance, food delicacy, language, hospitality, and love for silver jewelry. Additionally, the Tharus of the Rana clan in the western Terai has Rajput ancestry.
There are multiple ways you can take to participate in their lives one of them being the Tharu homestay in Chitwan. Let’s have a look at how we can do so and what can you expect during your homestay.
THARU COMMUNITY HOMESTAY CHITWAN
Tharu Community Homestay is an incredible experience you can have within the local Tharu community of Chitwan through which you may look into the lives of the Tharu community and also be a part of their lifestyle. The homestay resembles a small resort in many respects rather than being a typical guesthouse. Private thatched-roof bungalows with adjoining toilets are available to guests at the Tharu Community Homestay. Even though the accommodations are very basic, you'll have access to modern comforts like running water, cozy beds, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, and toilets with a Western-style flush. With fantastic views of the Budhi Rapti River, the cottages form a compound there. The lovely gardens and well-kept landscaping show how the locals take good care of their property.
In order to provide guests with an authentic local experience, the Tharu Community Homestay offers accommodation in the neighborhood close to the local families. Additionally, it offers the chance to acclimate to a local Nepali family's way of life. The locals' timeless, lovely, and adoring courtesy serve as a modest invitation to the visitors to learn more about their culture, traditional values, and graceful way of life. Each room has a bathroom and is well-equipped. The best examples of Tharu's history, art, and culture are usually exhibited in the way that rooms are decorated
LUNCH AT THARU HOMESTAY
The lush flooded plains, woodlands, and environment they dwell in heavily influence their cuisine culture. The main food source is rice, and the Tharu communities have traditionally farmed a type of sticky rice called "anadi rice" The staples of Tharu cuisine include aquatic animals from the rivers and other bodies of water, such as fish, crabs, snails, and mussels. They also practice eating mice that reside in paddy fields and eat rice, among other things. Pig, wild boar, chicken, wild rabbit, pigeon meat, and other meats are also sources of protein. Widespread foods include taro (including the stem and leaves), yam, many kinds of legumes, wild mushrooms, other wild vegetables, and different kinds of greens. During the homestay, you will eat in the dining hall, which is a particularly practical location for larger groups. The community and local farms provide the food