Many villages have started providing homestay facilities to tourists after the government enforced the homestay guidelines.
Locals in around two dozen villages in Gandaki and Dhaulagiri zones have started providing homestay accommodation for tourists.
According to Tourism Office, Pokhara, homestay in three villages have been run privately while the remaining is promoted by local community.
According to Giridhari Dhakal, chief of the office, said 12 villages in Kaski district are providing homestay facilities. Similarly, four villages in Parbat, three in Myagdi, two in Tanahun and one each in Gorkha and Syangja are providing such service.
These villages can accommodate 750 guests per day.
The homestay in Dhital Hemjakot has the largest capacity of accommodating 168 guests per day. Locals of Dhital Hemjakot have arranged 32 rooms for the purpose.
“These homestays are playing a great role in domestic tourism promotion. The new tourism product is turning out to be an alternative source of income for the locals,” said Dhakal.
As per the homestay guidelines, the people willing to provide homestay facilities must fulfill certain requirements, which includes proper toilet, regular water supply, good accommodation, hygiene and clean drinking water facility.