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Shivapuri Village & Eco-Tourism

Shivapuri, Conservation Area, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Shivapuri Village & Eco-Tourism - INTRODUCTION

Shivapuri Village ResortAdjoining Shivapuri National Park from the north is a small village area known as Patiswara. In this area, which is also a buffer zone, is where Shivapuri Village Eco-Tourism and Conservation Farm (Shivapuri Village) located. Situated approx. 25 km to the north of Kathmandu city center and at an altitude of 2000m above sea level in the northern slopes of the park, Shivapuri Village has breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, the lush greenery of the park forest and a sense of remoteness; even while being so close to the capital.

Shivapuri Village Eco-Tourism and Conservation Farm as the name suggests, work specifically in the field of tourism industry and the conservation aspects of tourism, flora and fauna. The main objectives and concepts that Shivapuri Village has nurtured up until now is a sustainable tourism industry through quality services, conservation efforts at all levels and fields and to provide a just definition for "Eco-Tourism".

Shivapuri Village has been able to project itself as a popular tourist destination. The majestic view of the Himalayas, the golden sun sets and breathtaking tours conducted to the local ethnic village nearby, within the buffer zone and the Park itself are seldom equaled. The food available at Shivapuri Village has Nepalese home cooking essence, which is served by our talented staff in a typical village atmosphere with a genuine Nepalese hospitality. Continental cuisines are also served with light snacks around the fireplace. For the time being, two rooms in village huts and three deluxe rooms are under operation. All the rest rooms are up to the western standards and convenience. Although Shivapuri Village has not yet been accessible to electrification, it has been a blessing in disguise as the entire premises reminds one of the bygone days.

Shivapuri Village is a destination village resort in Nepal which is 25 km from the capital; Kathmandu. Even though being so close; yet it provides a visitor a glimpse of the remoteness and thegrandeur of the villages found in Nepal. Shivapuri Village is maintained in a true spirit of Nepalese village experience and hospitality and lies in the buffer zone of the Shivapuri National Park, which is one of the few National Parks situated in any capital around the globe. Shivapuri Village offers various activities to keep oneself busy during the stay be it in the form of Nature Treks and Hikes, Ethnic Village Tours, Bird Watching, Photography or just a simple relaxing leisure. At the moment we have 3 exclusive huts with a total of 3 rooms and 2 Nepalese huts with a total of 5 rooms adding up to a total of 8 exclusive rooms. We have kept the accommodation as genuine as possible to provide quality services. Since Shivapuri Village is located beyond the Shivapuri National Park and as one has to cross the Park entrance before arriving at Shivapuri Village, it is often advised to stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Shivapuri National Park 
Shivapuri Village Eco-Tourism and Conservation Farm (Pvt.) Ltd. Adjoining Shivapuri National Park from the north is a small village area known as Patiswara, which is ward eight of the Jhor Village Development Committee. In this area, which is also a buffer zone, lies Shivapuri Village Eco-Tourism and conservation Farm. Situated approx. 25 km to the north of Kathmandu City center and at an altitude of 2000m above sea level in the northern slopes of the park, Shivapuri Village has breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas, the lush greenery of the park forest and a sense of remoteness; even while being so close to the capital.

Shivapuri Village Eco-Tourism and Conservation Farm as the name suggests, work specifically in the field of tourism industry and the conservation aspects of tourism, flora and fauna. The main objectives and concepts that Shivapuri Village has nurtured up until
now is a sustainable tourism industry through quality services, conservation efforts at all levels and fields and to provide a new definition for "Eco-Tourism".

Shivapuri Village believes that, since, Nepal being a land-locked country with diverse flora and fauna at its disposal has been compelled to take up tourism as the no. 1 alternative among the existing industries. Indeed this has proven to be successful to a great extent, however, as of recent, Nepalese tourism industry has been facing criticisms due to the lack of quality and eco-friendly services and negligence of the concerned parties within the industry. Taking an example of our famed tourist sites; we can find that they have been over-exploited and congested. Not only has it produced negative impact on the area but also to the local culture and especially the young generation. Thus, we feel that the preservation of our local culture should also be given a top priority. On one hand, we need tourism for our economic benefits whereas on the other hand we have to preserve and protect natural resources, beauty and our cultural heritage. Hence, to avoid such dilemma we feel that Eco-tourism is the only solution.

Eco-Tourism can be defined as being a part of the tourism industry, having intentions towards the preservation, conservation and protection of our environment, natural beauties, culture and our sentiments along with an encouragement and emphasis towards tourism too. Therefore, what is most needed is a complete support and a program that can be an eclectic mixture between western needs and eastern sentiments. What we have to understand in Eco-Tourism is that there is a paradox that even the most patriotic of all travelers seek out eagerly whatever is most different from what they approve in their own country.

Bearing all this in mind, Shivapuri Village had initiated various informal projects such as plantation of nearly 40,000 saplings of various fodder and fuel wood and different types of hybrid fruits with high yield and fast growth. Production of organically grown vegetables of various types and bringing about awareness to the local villagers on plantation, conservation of flora and fauna, culture, local crafts, arts and skills and providing on the job training to mitigate poverty. Most of the jobs at the Village are occupied by the local villagers at different levels. Different indigenous plants and some brought in from foreign countries have also been planted on trial basis because of their usefulness. One of the major areas of conservation work is on seed production and propagation of various vegetables and fruits etc. Researches on Japanese Shitaki mushroom had been carried out through the then SWWR project and Japanese scientific assistance. A couple of years ago, wild boar study program had been initiated at the Village by the then SWWR and FAO, which is still at its initial stages. Shivapuri Village was also an informal advisor to the then SWWR. Apart from these programs, various research and study as well as informal research activity requests have been coming from different establishments.

Apart from the conservation aspect, Shivapuri Village has also been able to project itself as a popular tourist destination. The majestic view of the Himalayas, the golden sun sets and breathtaking tours conducted to the local ethnic village nearby, within the buffer zone and the reserve itself are seldom equaled. The lodging and food available at Shivapuri Village has no equal as we have managed to preserve some typical "Durbar" and Nepalese home cooking which is served by our talented staffs in a typical village atmosphere with a genuine Nepalese hospitality. Continental cuisine are also served with light snacks around the fireplace; often punctuated with local folk songs to smooth the evenings. For the time being, six double rooms in village huts and three deluxe rooms are under operation. All the rest rooms are up to the western standards and convenience. Although Shivapuri Village has not yet been accessible to electrification, it has been a blessing in disguise as the entire premises reminds one of the bygone days.

Now, after a couple of years on the road, Shivapuri Village has been able to create to some extent, a buffer zone adjoining the Shivapuri National Park. We have been able to witness many of the above-mentioned animals visiting the premises of the Village. We were able to see a Pallas's Cat near our kitchen, which according to The Book of Indian Animals, "Habit: Nothing is known about the habits of this Cat in the wild state. It is said to live among rocks and prey on small animals and birds…" (Prater, S. H., The Book of Indian Animals. Page 80, Bombay Natural History Society, 1971).

Furthermore, a ready market has been established for the local produce and the villagers have been able to benefit from it. These organically grown vegetables are used in the Shivapuri Village kitchen. The Villagers have begun to plant trees of various uses provided by the Village nursery and from the local nursery. They are aware to some extent of the consequences of deforestation and have begun to manage their land properly. To a certain degree, they have understood the importance of Eco-Tourism, and are aware of the hazards involving the usage of non-biodegradable products often arriving from the city.

A general outlook of Shivapuri Village Eco-Tourism and Conservation Farm (P) Ltd., at its current stage can be described as a pristine, self sustainable, ecologically balanced establishment where natural, cultural and environmental conservation can be felt along with a steady arrival of visitors who wish to sample a part of this accomplishment either through meditation, research works, writing in seclusion or just simply enjoying the environment.

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