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The best experience of Nepal

My stay with you have been simply PERFECT. The hospitality and love recived was amazing.. really thank you ALL. I want to thanks especially to the two strong woman of the family to whom I comnected so much, you really inspired me Ama and Visnu!
I will recommend this experience to everybody that have the beautiful opportunity of visiting Nepal because for me was one of the best part of my trip.

Lots of love from Spain,
Estel / Tara Sister.

Integration, immersion and warmth

Our stay at Amrit Kunja was amazing from start to finish. When we first arrived we were greeted so warmly and we immediately felt welcome. The first thing we did was tour the farm where a huge amount of different fruits and vegetables are grown. These vegetables form the basis of the meals eaten at the farm, all organic, all natural and all cooked in their traditional mud kitchen by Ama and sister (Vishnu).
Throughout our stay we were integrated into all activities and we felt like a part of the family.
The most special part of the stay was during Dashain festival which we were very fortunate to be around for. We ate goat which was reared and slaughtered on the farm in a very humane way. The festival itself was beautiful and we met many family members and locals from the village. We drank tea, ate special foods and played on enormous bamboo swings. Both myself and my partner felt very privileged to be involved so closely in this families festivities.
I have nothing but good things to say about this stay and I hope to return in the future to spend more time with my Nepali family.

Jack and Lucy

Chickens

We have around 600 chickens that we sell in the local markets for meat with a few exceptions for ourselves. If volunteers prefer meat, it is possible for them to enjoy meat from our farm the traditional Nepali way. This is not always possible but when available we love to cook and share these times with our volunteers.

Buffaloes

We receive fresh milk daily from our two buffaloes. We can make yoghurt, butter and ghee from buffalo’s milk.

How to make Organic ghee in Amrit Kunja Farm?

The curd collects in the wooden pot called theki (Cylindrical shaped body with a narrow neck) and inserted the madaani (Combination of Saro, Pora, Neti, and torso) inside the theki. The Neti (a rope) wraps around the madaani and is used to churn until butter separates from the curd. Then, the butter is taken out and collected, while churned milk (Mohi) is left in the Theki. Finally we heat the butter and make ghee. If volunteers are interested, they can make their own to enjoy.

Fish pond and Lotus Pond

In our farm, there is one lotus pond and three fish ponds.

Without a doubt, the Lotus is a stunning plant on Amrit Kunja Organic Permaculture Farm. You will witness many lotus flowers blooming in our lotus pond during April/May/June. Lotus has many medicinal uses.

Every year during May/June we add around 400 fish to our fish pond and then catch them in Jan/Feb. We can sell some of the fish in the village and keep the rest of them in another pond so that we can catch the whole year. Sometimes volunteers can catch the fish themselves and prepare them to eat.

Bee Hives and Honey Collection

Right now we have six bee hives.

Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers and carry it to their hives. In the hives bees dry off the excess moisture by shifting it to the cell in the honey comb and process it. Honey is stored in the top half of the hive as food for their babies. Honey has many health benefits.

How do we collect honey?

We collect honey comb frames from within the bee hives, remove the comb cap using knives and place the frame inside our honey extractor. We then spin the frames and honey comes out and collects in a pot without damaging the frames. If you come during this time you can collect your own honey and enjoy our raw, natural honey.

Organic Fruits

Considering the suitable climate and soil conditions, many different fruit grow well on Amrit Kunja Organic Permaculture Farm. All the fruit that are eaten on a daily basis come straight from our own farm. Depending on the season you can pick your favorites and enjoy along with your stay. All of the fruit grown on our farm is listed below.

  1. Orange – Suntala
  2. Banana- Kera
  3. Guava – Ambaa
  4. Kiwi- Kiwi
  5. Jackfruit- Rukh katar
  6. Pineapple – Bhue katar
  7. Mango- Aap
  8. Papaya – Mewaa
  9. Pears – Naaspati
  10. Peach- Aaru
  11. Sitafal
  12. Strawberry
  13. Cheery
  14. Grapes-Angur
  15. Pomegranate- Anar
  16. Raspberry- Auselu
  17. Plum- Aaru bakhada
  18. Ground Apple- Bhue syaau
  19. Goose berry – Amalaa
  20. Mulberry -Kimbu
  21. Junar orange – Junar
  22. Persimmon – Haluwaa bed
  23. Citron – Bimiro
  24. Pommello- Bhogate
  25. Indian plum-Bayar
  26. Wood apple-Bell
  27. Nepalese hog plum- Lapsi
  28. Apricot –
  29. Black plum-Jaamun
  30. Bay berry- Kaaphal
  31. Lichi- Lychee
  32. Khannyu-
  33. Jyyamir-
  34. Tiju-
  35. Jungle nut- Katus
  36. Dragon fruit-
  37. Creeper mango- Lahare aap
  38. Macadamia nut-
  39. Berries-
  40. Paani Amalaa

Organic vegetables

All organic vegetables that are eaten on a daily basis come straight from our own farm. Depending on the season, there are many different plants and vegetables volunteers can pick for them. The list of vegetables grown on our farm:

  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Okra
  • Lady finger
  • Bitter gourd
  • Snake gourd
  • Gourd
  • Beans
  • Long beans
  • Jukuni
  • Potato
  • Soybean
  • Chili
  • Pumpkin
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cucumber
  • Turmeric
  • Tomato
  • Taro
  • Yam
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Mustard green leaf
  • Pea
  • Turnip
  • Carrot
  • Radish
  • Brinjal
  • Asparagus

Orchids

You can see many orchids hanging from many different trees on our farm. Some of them are very useful to humans and animals others are just nice to look at.