Sirubari, a beautiful Gurung Village
The village of Sirubari is one of the most beautiful Gurung villages in the country. Located about 1700 meters above the sea level, the village is a paradise. It is neat and clean and colorful and warm, while the people are educated and friendly and hospitable.
Sirubari lies in Syangja, south west of Pokhara. The village consists of 60 households. Almost all the houses offer guest accommodation. The accommodation is simple but cozy. You will have the traditional meals with your new family. And the meal will stick to your palate. In the evenings, the local people will entertain you with their native dances and songs. And you will be a part of the vibrant Gurung culture.
The Sirubari region abounds with flora and fauna in two hills nearby. The place provides stunning views of Nepal’s western Himalayas. The Manaslu, The Annapurna and The Machhapuchre ranges all line up around you so that you can look at them as long as you please.
The hike to the viewpoint in Thumro which lies at an altitude of 2300 m is another interesting activity. The viewpoint is famous for its breathtaking panorama of sunrise. Trails and steps are formed and paved, and many shrines and pilgrimage sites dot the landscape. There are two small lakes near Sirubari where bird watching and wildlife observation is also possible.
How to reach
Just a short drive and a short walk from Pokhara, and you will reach Sirubari! After about an hour’s ride from Pokhara, you will have to walk for about three hours to Sirubari. The trail is steep but it is well made. So there is nothing to worry about.
When to go
Although the climate at Sirubari is favorable during all times, it is most recommended that you visit the village from September to June.
The days and nights are just warm enough. The weather is clear so the view to the majestic mountains is not obscured.
The only thing you can do after you visit to Sirubari is start planning for the next one. Such is the beauty of the place, and the love of the people.
Sirubari won the PATA Gold Award 2001 in the Heritage & Culture – Heritage Category.