Nepal Cultural Experience
Sirubari is without doubt one of the most attractive villages in Nepal and our personal favourite. It is a compact farming community that is warm, colourful and very welcoming filled with friendly and enthusiastic people. We are fortunate to have a very good relationship with this village. Callum has spent months living here while working on charity projects. That is why River and Soul provide one of the few culture tours in Nepal that visits Sirubari.
For years people have come to visit Nepal for its rafting, trekking and temples. But the real attraction for visitors has always been the people and culture. Sirubari offers an experience truly from within. You do not just observe from the outside as you are literally welcomed into people’s homes.
Upon arriving, there is a sudden loud and quirky sound as the local band strike up to announce your arrival to all. A procession is created as you are taken to the main hall. You are presented with flower neck-laces, have a quick dance, and are taken to your host family. This is the house where you shall be staying for the next couple days. The family here will become an extension of your own family. They will strive to attending to your every need as they serve you copious amounts of tea throughout the day and delicious local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their recipes that have been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.
There are a number of different activates to do throughout the day. You can visit one of the local schools in the area, take a day trek to the top of a mountain, take part in a 'cultural evening', or rest in the serenity that is Sirubari. The highlight of any visit is is defiantly the 'cultural evening. The whole community shows up to dance and sing for their own and your entertainment. You'll be missing out if you don't join in!
Sirubari is located in the Syangja district southwest of Pokahar.
The village is on the south-facing slope at 1,700m above sea level. This means that it enjoys long sunny days with spectacular sun rises and sun sets.
The houses are mostly built from local materials but are well constructed and comfortable, with stoned paved foot trails all through the village.
By 4x4 it is 4 hours from Pokhara. Its well worth the journey through the Himalayan foot hills!
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