Srijana is a fully operational farm started by a team escaping city living. 40 acers, 80 goats, luscious green hills, wonderful trails and a mud house to sleep in. The food is fresh, we brew our own booze and we love sharing!
Srijana is about 13 km outside the town of Tansen ((website hidden)) in the village of Hira Pokhara. Hira Pokhara is a small sparse village where you are more likely to encounter wandering cattle than a human.
You room is in a traditional mud and wood house that once belonged to the village chief. The house is old style and the toilet/shower are outside the house.
The landscape is lush, rich and hilly, so hiking options abound.
- A hike down to the river on the property takes about 2 hours.
- On the hills above the farm is a well preserved community forest could be explored in as little as a hour or as many as 5.
-In a 90 min circuit through the farm you can pay your respects to the chickens, cows and goats.
- You can also take walks with our resident botanist to learn about the local flora and fauna
- There are some great all-day and multi-day hikes with fantastic views of the Himalayas in the area as well.
We are a fully operational farm and there is always something that needs doing.
- Every morning at 6 AM cows needs to be milked. And you can join us to watch (or attempt it yourself)
- Every Sunday the goats are strapped into a harness and weighed.
- In weening season, some baby goats need to be bottle fed milk. It is a very cute sight :--)
- We always need more holes dug to plant fruit trees in
- And if you have skills like carpentry or working with milk products, we are always looking to learn techniques from other countries.
Food and Drinks
Since the farm is not close to very much this above price is per guest. For that amount you get 3 meals and all the homebrew liquor you want. About 60% of what you will eat is grown on the farm. And we are working hard to increasing that number.
- We make our own cheese. We have been doing it for just a few months, but we are told we are doing it well
- We brew and distill on our alcohol own as well, making chaing (rice beer) and raksi (spirit). For the latter we have used rice, millet and even plums. Our brews are included in the cost of the meal plan.
- We have some recipes to make cocktails from scratch (with fruits picked from the farm) that you can try your hand at. The cocktails are included in the meal plan as well AND you have the pleasure of making them yourself.
We promise you won't miss home while visiting us!
Getting to Srijana Farm
Getting to Srijana is part of the charm and part of the adventure. The closet town with a bus station is Tansen 15 kms away.
From Tansen, Palpa: the best option is to hire a van that drops you off at the farm. The van is 1000 Nepali rupees each way and can fit upto 8 people. We will arrange the van for you.
From Pokhara: you can get a local bus to the junction town of Bartung. The bus takes from 4 to 6 hours. From Bartung we can arrange for a van to pick you up. The van is 1200 Nepali rupees each way.
From Kathmandu: there are two options:
Bus: you can catch a bus to Tansen. The night bus leaves Kathmandu around 6 PM and gets to Tansen around 6 AM. The bus costs about 600 Nepali rupees a person.
Flight + Reserved Van: is the quicker option. The flight to Bhairawa costs about 124 USD (each way) and takes 30 mins. From Bhairawa a reserved van straight to the farm costs 4500 Nepali rupees and takes 3 hours.
the farm was a haven of peace amidst the touristy feel of pokhara and the dense city rush of kathmandu. you can spend the whole day relaxing outdoors, in a hammock under a nice pavillion (this is also where we ate all our meals).
Our main host was amar dai and he is great. The hosts gave us a towel and ample bedding. the sinks and bathrooms are in a separate building. you can take your pick of squat or sit toilets. the shower water runs cold, but the hosts will boil a bucket of water for you if you'd like warm showers! If you need anything, just ask, the hosts will most likely provide it :) there is also REALLY RELIABLE wifi.
the location of the farm is a bit out of the way from your average tourist attraction or main highway, but after we got to Bartung/Tansen by bus, our hosts arranged the rest of our travel to the farm. the whole experience was really the most worry-free out of all my travels.
Staying at Srijana farm was my favorite part of traveling through Nepal, by far. A welcome break from being a slightly confused and rushed tourist. I ended up staying there three nights in total.
I'll first say our host were sincere and helpful and down to chat about an anything from farming to unicode :)
And secondly, everything I ate was incredible -- fresh cow milk, coffee from trees on the property, homemade rice wine, homemade cheese and paneer, and of course, delicious assortments of rice and curry ;) There was meat, to, as fresh as you can get it (none for me, being vegetarian, but I even was tempted! D:)
The house was a beautiful old house, a mud house! Truly a aesthetically rustic experience -- but there was electricity and internet and thick warm blankets when it got chilly at night, so we were left wanting for nothing. The view never got old, we spent (almost) one entire day laying around on hammock and on cushions in an open air wood pavilion. We also got a tour of the farm, learned about goat breeding, met baby goats, and ambled through paths in the neighboring hills. Both evenings we drank rice wine by an outdoor fire!
The other day we took a 3 hour hike down to Rani Mahal, which I recommend because the hike its self is beautiful, as was the river at our destination, but don't get to excited by the slightly underwhelming Rani Mahal ;) Amar also packed us a picnic lunch before we left.
My only warning -- being in the midst of lush, jungle means there are /a lot/ of bugs. None of them bit or bothered me, however ^^ And showers are cold unless you take them in the middle of the day, because the water is sun heated! Hmm... I suppose that's all.
We are two girls from Germany travelling through Nepal. On our way from Pokhara to Lumbini we stayed for a couple of nights at the Srijana Farm. After some days of trekking and busy Pokhara we were looking for a cosy and relaxed place. We found exactly what we were looking for at the Srijana Farm. A relaxed and very heartily atmosphere. The guys from the farm were the best hosts we have experienced during our trip. They prepared amazing dishes by using all their locally and organic vegetables, fruits and grains. The meals where more like 5 star restaurant style! And they even showed us how to cook some of their traditional and tasty dishes. They also took us around and explained the life on a farm and some other interesting facts about the life in Nepal. The room we stayed in was very clean and cosy. And it was a great experience to stay in a traditional mudhouse.
We wish the guys all the best for their farm and their future plans. And we can recommend this place to anyone who likes to stay in the nature, learn about farming, local products and likes cosy evenings at the fire.
Sakar and the guys on the farm were ideal hosts. We are three friends from London who are living and working in Nepal for 2 months and after staying in Kathmandu for a month, it was a real treat to get out of the city and into nature and the farm was a perfect escape. When we arrived, we were greeted by friendly staff and whisked off to explore the land, visit the goats and cows and climb down the valley into a beautiful and secluded paddy field and spent the afternoon by a very lovely stream. The food was mainly local or home grown and we really enjoyed a barbecue overlooking the valley. The views were stunning, the company was wonderful and the facilities were very comfortable. Staying at the farm was a great opportunity to chill out, but our hosts were also very informative about the produce and livestock that they raise there and it was nice to learn a bit more about what keeping a farm entails. Srijana is also relatively easy to use as a base - we had a one day trip to Limbu to visit Buddha's birthplace - other trips could include going to Rani Mahal or visiting Tansen (but it was just too lovely on the farm to want to go anywhere else). It was an incredible experience to live in a packed earth Nepali house and we would thoroughly recommend staying at Srijana for anyone visiting Nepal.