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Tharu Cultural Museum: First Community Museum in Nepal

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-06-02

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The Tharu Cultural Museum and Research Centre is located in Bachhauli, Chitwan, Nepal. With an annual average of 22,000 visitors, the museum’s funds come from its cultural shows, souvenir and handicraft shop, and food festival. The museum exhibits a fine collection of Tharu artifacts, with the objective to protect and conserve the cultural tradition of this largest ethnic group in Nepal. It also seeks to promote indigenous knowledge, skills, and heritages.

The Tharu Museum is 10 minutes walk from Sauraha in Bachhauli Village and is close to Chitwan National Park. It is the first Community Museum in Nepal and is run by Tharu (an ethnic group indigenous to the Terai in southern Nepal) people.

Tharu Cultural Museum

The Tharu Cultural Museum and Research Centre

There are murals, statues and a new exhibit of large historical photos, with info written by anthropologists and historians. Guide books cover topics like hunting.

It is a must visit place to understand Chitwan. There is an amazing collection of Tharu life style and culture. This place is an anthropological treat while enjoying the wildlife in Chitwan. It helps visitors understand the locals and their connection with the place.

Museum also offers Guest Rooms to stay. Museum committee organizes museum tours, Tharu stick dance, bicycle tours, fishing at nearby river. Sometimes they offer traditional meals to visitors. Museum timings are 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM and open all days. For Nepali citizen’s entry fee is Rs 100 per head and for foreigners it is Rs 150 per head.


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