SASHREEK MAN SHRESTHA
Located in the Syanja district of Nepal, Sirubari is famous for its exemplary homestay model. This was an unprecedented start in Nepal which added life to village tourism in Nepal. Sirubari formally opened to tourists in 1997. With a long-established Gurung community, Sirubari is an estimated four hours straight rocky drive (several detours are available) away from Pokhara.The tiresome journey is well worth it for the awesome experience that awaits. Nature’s overwhelming presence, the rich culture and the superb hospitality shown by the people of this village makes makes visiting it a delightful experience. The homestay system is the manner that acquaints guests with the tradition. This admirable village has almost thirty houses open to homestay. This place has good town-planning with an underground drainage and well built in-routes. The first thing that struck me when I disembarked there was the welcome; people say “first impression is the last impression” and this was indeed true. Pleasant greetings with Panchebaja and garlands promptly after we arrived were very touching. Although classy hotels and restaurants aren’t around living with the people and dinning with them is enjoyable. I was along with my three other friends, and we resided in the same house. We always used to have a candid talk with our host as interaction is the best way to learn about any place. A mother of two, she was caring to us and was very hospitable and made us feel at home. There was a different fun while strolling during the evenings, and waking up to see majestic mountains in front of us was captivating, and the friendly gesture shown by the local people warmed out hearts. Most importantly living in a new society was truly an enriching experience for us. Moreover, a cultural program was also showcased for us. There was much merrymaking. Along with an arrangement of a local guide for sightseeing we went to the hilltop and the view was simply breathtaking. And this comes in the package when you come to the village. In the time of departure a token is presented in the form of garland and flowers. Sirubari has certainly succeeded in preserving its culture, and they have maintained a clean environment, and the stay will certainly be etched in one’s memory.
The place has a lot to offer and vividly shows the inner beauty of Nepal that it is renowned for. Most of us will remember it as a once in a lifetime experience. “Once is not enough” truly stands for this place. So, it is better you do not miss the opportunity of experiencing the many fascinating things that this village has to offer.