Far-west Nepal is home to very colorful and vivid cultures. The Raute tribe in the Far West still lives by hunting and gathering, moving from place to place. Visitors can see and experience the unique Tharu culture in the Terai, Hindu culture in the mid-mountains and Tibetan culture in the northern part of the Far Western Region.
On the Tharu Village Tours one has the opportunity to experience Nepalese rural life, enjoying wonderful flat land landscapes. There is a range of activities that are both informative and enjoyable! Exploring the surrounding villages on foot or by bullock cart is one of the best ways to experience rural life in Nepal and absorb the simplicity of a farming community. You can enjoy the rhythms of the madal (musical instrument), watch the unique ethnic dances or even join the dancers. In the village you can visit a small workshop making local music instruments. A deeply rooted belief in shamanism still exists in the Tharu villages. If you are interested, you can see the Tharu Shaman at work and even get cleansed by him.
The Far West Region sometimes is called as the Doti region, a word which some believe originated from ‘Dovati’ meaning the land between two rivers, while others are of the opinion that it originated from the Hindu god Dev, and aatavi, meaning the place of re-creation. The fascinating history of Doti is going back to the 13th century when Niranjan Malldeo founded the Doti Kingdom following the fall of Karyuris Kingdom. A land that history has left behind, the visitor is free to experience a taste of what trekking must have been like when Nepal first opened up to the world beyond its borders.