While Hana no ie Agro-resort feeds you the fully organic produce from its garden where fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown; its stone-and-mud walls partitioning rooms have coconut fibres within them, providing you with the air-conditioning without using artificial equipments. Together with the sophisticated facilities and spontaneous hospitality of its staff, you can also learn to prepare the Nepalese dish in its kitchen and the traditional Nepalese method of making butter.
Indeed, Hana no ie intends to live by its motto of preserving nature, environment, and ecological balance in every possible way; meanwhile promoting agro-tourism as the most dependable means of sustainable tourism in Nepal. Besides giving you an ambience of naturalness in what you taste, naturalness exists in what you see and where you lie as well -- its curtains and bedcovers are hand-woven, natural-dyed cotton. Wash your hands with soap made of vegetable oil and then wipe your hands in an organic-cotton made towel!
All the credit for founding the agro-resort on novel ideas goes to its visionary founder late Hiroshi Hidai (now his daughter Miki Hidai serves as its managing director), who had visited Nepal in 1986, and had resolved to provide a model for Nepal’s tourism promotion on her own resources and specialities. Consequently he built a resort with a farm in it that combines the traditional agriculture system with the scientific methods to enhance production, at the same time maintaining ecological balance and creating economically independent society by selling the products.
Hana no ie (meaning the house of flower in Japanese) is possibly the first and the only permaculture (Hiroshi borrowed the idea from an Austrian biologist Bill Morrison who combined “permanent”, “agriculture”, and “culture” together to coin this term) resort of Nepal. When Hiroshi chose Astam Village to implement ideas, he faced the problem of scant soil in the area and low productivity. He restored the land by using the liquid fertilizer from the ferment tank built for generating bio-gas, and then started the practice of mixed plantation to maintain the quality of soil and control insects from harming the crops.
The resort keeps some traditional bee-hives which Hiroshi meant not only for the supply of pure honey within the resort, but even more importantly as the indicators of healthy farm and farming practices. Durga Datta Adhikari, your host at the resort, will be pleased to share more information with you.
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Social - Contribution in linking Astam village to road network, in supplying it with electricity, in maintenance of the water supply; making cash donation to a neighbouring villagers’ committee for stopping honey-hunting, making donation to the local school
Environmental - Composting of biodegradable waste, regeneration of soil fertility in the resort farm, mixed plantation to fight insects in the resort farm instead of insecticides, reuse of waste water from bath in garden
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Hana no ie Agro-resort is built on the idea of using traditional eco-friendly farm practices, with some modernization, to promote tourism and to boost up agricultural production which can make the farmers economically independent if they follow the model. The resort has regenerated the land for cultivation after it was built up in Astam Village. The resort also makes cash donation to the village committee of Bhujrung Khola Village to stop their practice of bee-hunting. The villagers now bring wax from the abandoned beehives, which the resort purchases in order to make candles.
Hana no ie thoroughly revamped the pipeline that supplied Astam with drinking water in the beginning, and has helped to repair it. For this purpose the resort has entered into an agreement with the Dhital Village Development Committee, and it pays the salary of a technician to the Committee which does the actual hiring. This agreement has been in force since the establishment of the resort in 2000. Hana no ie also purchased a transformer for the supply of electricity to Astam village in the same year because the village did not have electricity when the resort was built. Furthermore, the resort made significant contribution to build a 5 km road to link Astam Village with the highway, and it has been actively participating in its maintenance till now.
Hana no ie also uses biodegradable waste for composting which in turn is used in its farm, and it has produced bio-gas using cow dung and waste from staff-toilet. The resort has also provided donation to the local school -- Bhumeshwar Lower Secondary School -- occasionally.