Dalit homestay, foreign tourists’ first choice
Aanpswara Community Homestay, situated at Pokhari Bhanjyang, Byas Municipality-13, Tanahu, has attracted more than 200 visitors in 2019. The homestay is the first and model homestay of the country.
The homestay service was started by 24 households belonging to Bishwokarma community in November 2016. It is capable to accommodate 100 visitors providing Nepali dishes made of organic products, local chicken, mutton and pork. It has a target of welcoming higher number of visitors during the Visit Nepal Year 2020. Tourists, especially from America, Switzerland, China, Japan, Germany, Australia and France have come to the homestay. According to the record, more foreign tourists have been to the homstay in comparison to the domestic tourists.
Committee President Resham Bishwokarma said that the homestay seems to be helpful in raising the local economy. According to him, the viewpoint of other communities towards the dalit community has also changed after they started running homestay service. This has also helped reducing the caste discrimination to some extent.
Besides enjoying the local culture and milieu, the visitors also get to observe the panoramic and enchanting view of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and other Himalayan peaks. A monitoring team from the Gandaki State Ministry of Tourism had also observed the homestay here. Bishwakarma said that the team also shared useful suggestions.
The committee has constructed steps and laid down stone slabs along one kilometre path and a welcome gate in the locality. Byas Municipality has so far released Rs 1. 1 million for the promotion of homestay facility. The budget has been used in the arrangements of homestay facility like the construction of bathhouses, stone-plastering on the courtyards and purchasing beds, said Chairperson Bishwokarma. Cultural programmes are organised in a bid to entertain guests, said the Treasurer Madhu Maya BK.
The committee has also planned to construct a Dalit museum to conserve traditional occupation of Dalits, such as tailoring, plough making, shoe repairing and blacksmith, which are on the verge of disappearance, said Bishwokarma.