Prakriti Resort Eco-tourism Initiative

Conservation and Community Benefits approach

Shivapuri Nagarjun National park is one of the unique parks in the world, in the sense that not only nature wildlife, birds and plants inhabit the park, but also human settlements exist within the park. Although people are not allowed to settle in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park any longer, old communities have existed in and around there for many years, and come into close daily contact with the park’s wildlife and ecosystems.

 

The local people should be provided with the resources to solve these problems themselves, and one way of achieving this is to empower them through sharing the benefits of tourism and Organic farming at a local level. Local people will not be motivated to solve these problems unless they can see the benefits for themselves. Rather than simply banning them from continuing the behaviors that can be detrimental to the park, they should be helped to find alternative means of livelihood and to find ways of sharing the revenue from tourism at the local level. Having the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park on Kathmandu’s doorstep is a huge asset for the city, and something that should be treasured and promoted. By promoting the park and the trekking trails within it, we can increase the number of tourists entering the area, and help improve the livelihoods of the local communities living within and around it. Tourism-generated income is a vital part of sustaining and maintaining Nepal’s national parks.

Our Story

The idea behind the current Prakriti Resort and Organic Farm was conceived in 2012 by the name Nepal Farming Organic World. A project brought locals and farmers on board as shareholders along with a Kathmandu NGO Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation. The farm house was started with construction of a mud house which was used for dining and kitchen purpose and  10 nos safaris tents were kept for guest accommodation purpose. This operated for two years, but was unfortunately irreparably damaged in the 2015 earthquake. The farmers themselves couldn’t afford to reinvest, So a new model needed to be developed.

This is where the present manifestation of the resort comes in. Along with Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF) —in collaboration with private tourism sector partners has built the resort, and keeping the locals on board in a number of ways. Some of the farmers have helped to develop the resort, and are involved in the construction of the resort’s infrastructure and farming activities on an ongoing basis. Wages earned during the construction of the resort and in the preparation of the construction materials used—such as stones, and timber from local farmers’ land—are converted in share values. By this period most of the farmers (actually the share holders) who were involved directly with the management of resort earlier  have either gone abroad or have left their jobs. Meanwhile,  two private  tourism entrepreneurs were brought in and have generated additional funds and build links with the national and international tourism market. In this context,  an assessment was done  to identify the tourism prospect of the area and developed full master plan of the Agro-resort.

During the year 2017 and 2018, around 27 ropany of land which was leased out to the company itself was bought in the name of company Prakriti Resort and Organic farm. Soon after the acquisition of land, the construction of the infrastructures started with the main building that consists dining hall, bar,  launch room, fire room and kitchen along with a building of four deluxe rooms. Additionally five cottage rooms, (standard), meeting hall, store room and staff quaters were also constructed. The construction of meeting hall with capacity of 60 people is under progress. Till the period, the issued Capital Inversement of the resort has reached somewhat Rs.   Million incured  from the cost of land purchase, infrastructure development and other facilities added.

A big plot of farm land has been laid aside for the purpose vegetable farming along with constrction of a farm house and number of animal shelters.

The human resources required in Food and beverage production, hospitality management,  administration & finance, and gardening, farming staff have been hired and trained. Few  marketing and promotion initiatives have been  carried out through correspondance,  Social medias, door to door visit, Travel mart , FAM trips, B2B meeting, online utilities etc. In order to introduce the resort amoung the potential  visitors,  promotional rates have been introduced.  The soft opening of the resort was held in January 2018.  Since then, there has been an increase in arrival of domestic  guest  and good comments and  positive feedbacks were collected.

The idea behind the current Prakriti Resort and Organic Farm was conceived in 2012 by the name Nepal Farming Organic World. A project brought locals and farmers on board as shareholders along with a Kathmandu NGO Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation. The farm house was started with construction of a mud house which was used for dining and kitchen purpose and  10 nos safaris tents were kept for guest accommodation purpose. This operated for two years, but was unfortunately irreparably damaged in the 2015 earthquake. The farmers themselves couldn’t afford to reinvest, So a new model needed to be developed.

This is where the present manifestation of the resort comes in. Along with Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF) —in collaboration with private tourism sector partners has built the resort, and keeping the locals on board in a number of ways. Some of the farmers have helped to develop the resort, and are involved in the construction of the resort’s infrastructure and farming activities on an ongoing basis. Wages earned during the construction of the resort and in the preparation of the construction materials used—such as stones, and timber from local farmers’ land—are converted in share values. By this period most of the farmers (actually the share holders) who were involved directly with the management of resort earlier  have either gone abroad or have left their jobs. Meanwhile,  two private  tourism entrepreneurs were brought in and have generated additional funds and build links with the national and international tourism market. In this context,  an assessment was done  to identify the tourism prospect of the area and developed full master plan of the Agro-resort.

During the year 2017 and 2018, around 27 ropany of land which was leased out to the company itself was bought in the name of company Prakriti Resort and Organic farm. Soon after the acquisition of land, the construction of the infrastructures started with the main building that consists dining hall, bar,  launch room, fire room and kitchen along with a building of four deluxe rooms. Additionally five cottage rooms, (standard), meeting hall, store room and staff quaters were also constructed. The construction of meeting hall with capacity of 60 people is under progress. Till the period, the issued Capital Inversement of the resort has reached somewhat Rs.   Million incured  from the cost of land purchase, infrastructure development and other facilities added.

A big plot of farm land has been laid aside for the purpose vegetable farming along with constrction of a farm house and number of animal shelters.

The human resources required in Food and beverage production, hospitality management,  administration & finance, and gardening, farming staff have been hired and trained. Few  marketing and promotion initiatives have been  carried out through correspondance,  Social medias, door to door visit, Travel mart , FAM trips, B2B meeting, online utilities etc. In order to introduce the resort amoung the potential  visitors,  promotional rates have been introduced.  The soft opening of the resort was held in January 2018.  Since then, there has been an increase in arrival of domestic  guest  and good comments and  positive feedbacks were collected.

Experience: Home stays

Home stays provides you the first hand experience in living with a Nepali family in the Himalayas. Staying in a family home, sharing meals and chores helps you to gain a window into life in rural Nepal and see a world outside of computers, high-tech gadgets and modern amenities that we all take for granted.

A home can comfortably accommodate two to three trekkers; normally you will be given the main bedroom and treated as an honored guest. While you are in the home you can sit in the kitchen and help prepare the evening meal or wander around and lend a hand on cutting grass, gathering wood, tending the animals and generally seeing how these people live. In the evening the family will invite you to eat the meal with them, normally they eat with their right hand, but most likely they will offer you a spoon. The food will be simple but wholesome and almost always vegetarian unless you offer to buy a chicken for the family. Toilet facilities will most likely be basic and water limited. Please mind your head while entering the traditional village house as the doors will usually be of smaller size.

Around the kitchen at night time is a great place to chat with the family. The language barrier may be an obstacle that’s why it’s a great idea to carry some photos of your own family and home and your country to show them and get a basic conversation going. At first you may feel uncomfortable staying in a family home, but just relax and try and interact with the family as much as you can, it is sure to be one of the best cultural experiences and a highlight of your trek, not to mention you are bringing income directly into the village where it will stay and be of great value to them.

A home Stay with Krishna Shiva Bhakti in around Prakriti Resort

Krishna Shiva Bhakti is one of our partners and also the coordinator who is responsible of keeping conducive environment among the villagers of the Hibung village situated just below our resort. His house lies at very close proximity to our resort and he is also helping constructional and maintenance work of the resort. His is equally active in social work helping those who need help. Depending from his regular schedules he participates in different cultural activities, meetings and training programs in the villages. However, it was a big misfortune to him as his house was collapsed during the massive earth quake occurred in April 2014. However, he managed to rebuild his two storied housekeeping enough rooms for rest of the family member’s and two spare guest rooms which he would like to utilize for a home stay purpose. The kitchen and store areas are kept at the bottom floor and rooms are kept on the first floor. There is a separate small house next to his house where chicken and cattle are kept. He has clean toilet and bath area separated from his main house to be used for common purpose. Since Krishna has taken training on the Home stay management in past, he knows how to function for the purpose and keeps the entire house clean and tidy. There should not be any problem. Our host Krishna makes sure that his guests stay comfortably at his home. Those visitors other than Nepal may need to communicate with Krishna with Physical gesture as his English speaking is basic but his school going children can understand, read and write in English.

TKrishna is very happy living with his mother (Sita Maya), wife (Shreejana) and two sons (Ram and laxman) and one daughter Manisha. Every day, Sita keeps herself busy looking after the household work and the children whereas Krishna looks after organic farm, cattle and the products are sold in the resort. All his children go to school in nearby village. Living with Krishna for few days at his home would be a great learning of Nepalese culture and would be firsthand experience of farming activities. One can join with Krishna in his farm in the process of planting, de-weeding, watering, cultivating depending on the type of season.