Tharus belong to the Terai lowlands, amid the Shivaliks or lower Himalayas. They reside in both India and Nepal. The term ‘tharu’ comes from sthavir, which means followers of Therava Buddhism. Most people in this community are forest dwellers and some practice agriculture. They account for majority of Uttar Pradesh’s tribal population. The UP government is to unveil a homestay scheme to enable Tharu homeowners to charge tourists directly for accommodation and home-cooked meals. The aim is to promote Tharu culture for domestic and international tourists.
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