Forest Hideaway endeavors to pass on the positives of tourism to the local Tharu community. The majority of the staff are from the surrounding villages, a third of whom have received formal certified training prior to employment. Local tradesmen are employed on an ad hoc basis and many local products are used in the resort where possible.ion
Eco tourism, sustainability and conservation
Mohan supports many environmental projects, whether by donating money to students who can’t afford environmental studies or training. Mohan is working as a Nepal Coordinator for the New Zealand Project Future Guardians’ tiger monitoring and research project in Bardia. This project is looking to set up photo and film capture of tigers in the park to be publicized on the internet so as to provide up to the minute monitoring of this endangered species.
Socially and Economically Responsible: Forest Hideaway provides financial and transport assistance to the local women’s development group and health center The local jungle guide association, NARA is also supported with transport and donations towards field trips and training.
The style of the hotel and cottages is very much in keeping with the local village houses, with all of the buildings following the local, traditional style of construction and appearance very closely. Mohan is especially concerned about preserving the local culture and tries to educate the villagers on the importance of preserving their traditions. Arguing that tourists find Tharu culture of interest, he invites local people to perform their dances. For guests interested in buying souvenirs of local handicrafts, Mohan is able to help arrange for these to be brought to the hotel for sale to guests.