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Mission Rural Development through Village Tourism

Nepal is a land blessed by Mother Nature’s as no other a land of rich and diverse ethnicities and natural resources, and a land harked and proclaimed upon as heaven on earth. But it is also true that Nepal's factual identity goes beyond the veil of postcard images featuring natural beauty and picturesque extravaganza. Dotted with 3,915 odd villages and just 58 cities within an area of 1, 47,181 sq.km. One can safely conclude that Nepal lives in its villages. Although the country has made significant efforts in education, health and other social services, the level of human development in Nepal still is amongst the lowest in the world. This stems basically from inequity in the availability and distribution of resources and opportunities. With 87% of the population still living in the villages and more than 40% still under the poverty line, it can be assumed that poverty alleviation efforts have failed to reach these hinterlands.

In Nepal, we have millions of farmers. In our experience they have nearly 5 months of the year lying idle on their hands. This is actually a huge economic waste. We at Explore Village Nepal are now more than ever convinced that 'Village Tourism' can be an effective tool to address this dire situation. Millions of Nepal's peasants starve for want of supplementary occupation. Nepal's 70% of the population has more than a quarter of their time lying idle. The villages steadily grown poorer because of this enforce idleness. The main problem is how to utilize these billions of hours of the nation without disturbing the rest. Restoration of the Village Tourism is the only possible answer. Agriculture does not need revolutionary changes. The Nepalese peasant requires a supplementary industry. The most natural is the introduction of Village Tourism. If the villages perished, Nepal would perish too. It would be no more Nepal. A handful of cities did not make Nepal. The real Nepal, Nepal which we love and for which we live were once the glory and symbol of her ancient culture and civilization.

If we are to concur upon the idea that Nepal lives in its villages then let there be at least one village so that it may serve as a model to the whole of the country. We at Explore Village Nepal are determined to bring forth the true essence of Nepal through 'Village Tourism Development Scheme (VTDS).
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Village tourism development scheme (VTDS)

Explore Village Nepal's prime objective is to establish Village Tourism Development Scheme (VTDS)-mainly focusing on Nepal's rural areas where tourism is the major tool of development. In these VTD Schemes, expertise are gathered to come up with solid answers to solve the problem so as to benefit the very grass root level and help in poverty reduction through skill development, agriculture development, employment generation, health & sanitation improvement and women's empowerment programs. It also includes programs focused on youth groups and people who are socially and economically marginalized. 'VTD Model Scheme - Nankhel/Basdol-Bhaktapur/Dhulikhel is the first scheme of H.S. Nepal and is the 'Flag-Ship' of the company.
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Mass tourism versus village tourism

The principle of Village Tourism is based on the concept of sustainable development, which has been developed to put an end to the dispute over conservation and development. The original significance of sustainable has been any development which brings about sustainable development. The source or 'raw material' of the development has to exist forever. In other words, people should not destroy or use of the raw material so that there is no more of it left for later generations to use. In short, the development should not cause a negative impact on its source or raw materials while also bringing about a conservative outcome.

Today's global economy is very much based upon consumerist values. The non-renewable natural resources are being used up in alarming rates without thought of future implications. Mass tourism is famous for the destruction of unspoiled natural environments for short-term profit. Mass tourism usually develops from huge investments in hotels infrastructure and shopping complexes all the make the tourists happy so that they will spend their money. This works to a limited extent, but the huge amounts of capital are invested and often international companies take a high proportion of their profits out of the host country. Problems often develop and after some years the tourists no longer come to that are and another location is opened up, to be later destroyed.

Village Tourism on the other hand, takes into consideration; the natural and the cultural environment. Village Tourism generally does not need large investment of capital to operate. The concept behind Village Tourism is that whenever possible local products and materials should be used. This can include; local transport, local food, accommodation in local guest houses, natural style resorts, home stays with local people or camping using existing infrastructure. By spreading small groups of tourists over a wide area, the economic benefits generated often are put directly back to the local community. It village tourism is properly run, it can generate good profit and used as a rural development tool and as a source of funds for Village Tourism. In theory, 'if Village Tourism is implemented properly then everybody wins, the environment, the local communities, tourists and the economy.
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Village involvement and benefits

As with other operations in the group, an integral motivation is for Explore Village Nepal to reinforce conservation ethics and bring benefits to local communities in as many ways as is practically possible. Explore village Nepal considers this the duty of responsible tourism operators in remote areas.

A major means of achieving this is by employment. Our policy is to recruit and train as many staff as possible from local villages, aiming to reach resort levels of 90% indigenous people. This is mainly due to skilled staff not being available in the rural area although several have been recruited and are undergoing naturalist guide, dining room, and kitchen and housekeeping training at Explore Village Nepal. Positions such as security guards, gardeners and kitchen staff are already taken by local villagers.

Produce such as poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruits, milk, cheese, butter, honey, curd, country chicken, mutton, fish, flowers etc. are all purchased locally as much as possible. Landscape and interior design concepts were interlinked with the contours of the site and appropriate local themes. Only local materials and traditional techniques are used so as to employ as many villagers as possible and to ensure the buildings blended with the landscape, at the same time attaining modern standards of comfort.

As with other EV_ Nepal operations, the EV_ Nepal's shop sells locally produced handicrafts, organic food stuffs etc. EV_ Nepal provides the opportunity to perform cultural program at the EV_ Nepal premises time to time to time to preserve and retain the traditional cultural and heritage. Cultural shows also have become a good source of income for villages as they are paid in cash.
 
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