ABOUT US

Geruwa river countryside Bardia National Park
We would like to share our passion and knowledge about the area with you and to give you a memorable experience in Bardia!

We are a Nepali/Dutch couple who met each other for the first time in March 2011, when Sonja was traveling in Nepal.  Since that time we have traveled many times together in Nepal and Europe. We started to build our own house in Nepal in 2013.

Budhi Darlami

Budhi was born in the village of Shivapur, Bardiya District, Nepal. He grew up in Bardia and knows everything about the park, the environment and local customs. He has been working in the tourism sector for more than 18 years and is an experienced jungle guide.

As a president of the Shivapur Development Committee and a member of the school board, he is also involved in the development of the village and the surrounding area.

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Sonja Rusticus

Sonja was born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. She worked for more than 20 years in management roles for large organizations in The Netherlands. She has traveled in many countries all around the world.

Since 2011 she has spent a lot of time in Nepal, learning about the impressive culture and beautiful nature. She now splits her time between living in Nepal and in The Netherlands.

Father Darlami Bardia Homestay
Our family and staff

We live together on the same ground with Budhi’s parents and his two children. Budhi’s mother cooks the rice on the fire stove and makes herbs. His father takes care of the garden, makes baskets and small chairs.

Budhi’s sister always works hard on our field to plant and harvest the rice and the wheat. If there are many guests our nephew ‘Manu’ likes to help us, so he can develop his English speaking and hospitality skills. And last but not least there is our flexible guide Manmohan who accompanies guest into the jungle when Budhi is occupied.

Stories about our life in Bardia you can find on Bardia Blog. We all look forward to welcoming you into our home!

Pheri Bhetaula! (See you soon!)

Dashain Tika Bardia Homestay