Rainaskot at Lamjung lies at 1700 meters altitude is the historical village. Exiting views of 18 mountain ranges including Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Ganesh, Lamjung Himal, Buddha Himal, and Dr Harka Himal can be seen from here. Another brilliant view of the sunrise and sunset from Rainaskot as well the landscape of sixteen different districts like Kaski, Tanahun, Gorkha, Chitwan, Dhading, and Nawalparashi can be seen from here. Comfortable Homestay accommodation now a day’s making Rainaskot one of the best visiting places in Lamjung.
One of the typical Gurung village near Rainaskot
Renovation of local houses after the earthquake from the support by American national Natasha Wajniyak is now a comfortable homestay. The total fund was donated 20.75 million to rebuild 14 houses. A total of 84 tourists can accommodate in a total of 14 homestay houses. It is a good chance of observing the local cultural programs and tasting local organic foods. All houses have arranged comfortable accommodation and enjoy the scenery surrounding.
History of Rainaskot
Lamjung Rainaskot was ruled by one of the royal family Drabya Shah in the 15th century. He became king of this region after winning the race in Ligligkot of Gorkha on the other side of this village. Several forts are around Rainaskot build in the 14th century like Kalika, Koteswhar, Mahadev, Thanimai, and others. The main homestay area is Gurung community but the village consists of many other castes like Bhramin and Tamang.
Tented accommodation after KOVID situation
At the top of the Rainas, tented camp accommodation and basic kitchen have built to provide services for domestic tourists reaching there. Homestays are closed after KOVID. Many domestic tourists are still visiting the area and staying in the tented camp. Single or double tent cost is NPR 1000 per night. the food menu is quite expensive than the homestay package, but the views are stunning of the Himalayas, valley, and hills.
Homestay in Rainaskot
All 14 houses as homestay are especially targeting tourists to stay with comfortable accommodation. They are providing organic vegetables, food grains in the villages themselves. Local chicken and mutton. Their food menu is including Selroti cooked from millet flour. One can taste local alcohol made from millet. Expected expenses for 3 foods (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner) and night accommodation is 1000 rupees for Nepali tourists based on twin sharing.
Traditional and old roundhouse in Rainas village
How to reach Rainaskot
Following the highway towards Besisahar from Damauli, can reach up to Paudi. Paudi is about 43 kilometres from Damauli. Do not cross Paudi main gate, turn right paved road toward Rainas. One can all the way drive to the Rainakot if you are driving a private 4wheel jeep. Local buses can find in Paudi but do not reach up to the top. Have to walk about an hour from the main road till homestay place. It is better to get complete information from the homestay, local peoples, before reaching there.
Another way to reach Rainaskot is through Panthadanda Lamjung. From Dumre about 12 kilometres, the road follows Barangkhola. Just a few meters to reach Barangkhola, there is an uphill road leading to Panthadanda and to Rainaskot which is only possible with a 4wheel jeep.
Travel Rainaskot by local bus and hiking for about 2 hours, that way is easy and economic. Bus to Sailitar school Chok (Barangkhola bus from new bus park) and another local bus reach to Panthadanda. One and a half hours of hiking reach t Rainaskot. Another way is to reach up to Paudi by Besisahar local bus from the bus park. Another local but just below the Ranas village and one-hour hiking reach at top of it.
Conclusion about Rainaskot
Rainaskot village is a perfect tourist destination to spend one night and 2 days tour. The unique villages of Gurung community comfortably managed homestay accommodation, visit the historical place; explore stunning views of Himalaya, valley, river, and beautiful hills. Enjoy organic foods and drinks respectfully provide by local peoples.
Recommend not to stay at tented camp
To know the Rainas and its culture, a homestay is the best option for overnight. Tented camp accommodation is suitable only for those who are there for fun with friends dancing and drinking. It does not have many facilities for a good bed, food, and toilet bathroom. The benefit of using tented accommodation is to walk nearby Rainaskot, best sunrise, Sunset, valley, and Himalayan view.
Valley view from Rainaskot (PIcture from Rainaskot Lamjung facebook page)
Extra activities in Rainaskot
Paragliding and rock climbing have started in Rainaskot. Peoples who going to visit this unique village now can involve in those activities. Paragliding starts rite from Rainas hill and land at the down valley. One of the professional paragliding pilots doing fly in Pokhara from this village has back to own place to continue this flight. Rock climbing spot is already established by the professional climbing team.
Contact details for Homestay booking in Rainaskot