Prince Harry the Houseguest! Harry to Skip Hotel in Favor of Bunking with a Local Family on Nepal Trip

Prince Harry to Stay with Local Family During Nepal Visit
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03/09/2016 AT 11:30 AM EST

Prince Harry isn't asking for the royal treatment during his upcoming visit to Nepal.

The adventure-seeking prince has plans to stay overnight with a local Nepalese family during his four-day tour from March 19-23.

Harry, 31, is to sleep in a small, rural home in a remote hillside village, a palace source tells PEOPLE.

Members of the royal family typically stay at consulates or embassies or upmarket hotels during visits and tours, but Harry – who "has been moved by the stories of resilience of the Nepali people following the earthquakes last year," a spokesman said in a statement – wants a different experience.



During his first visit to the mountaneous country, Harry is looking forward to getting to know the people living in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the royal will also take a long trek to take in the natural beauty of the area.

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The family he is staying with in the Pokhara region has ties with the famed Gurkha regiment, whose soldiers are drawn from Nepal. "Prince Harry is hugely appreciative of this invitation, which will further enable him to deepen his understanding of the Gurkhas," his spokesman says in a statement.

Part of the reason for visiting the country is so that the former Army captain can salute "the extraordinary bravery and commitment that Gurkhas have shown in the last 200 years," his spokesman continues.



"This will be a particularly important moment for him, having such a huge amount of respect for Gurkha soldiers, and having known members of the Gurkhas who have sadly been injured in recent conflicts."



Harry's official tour kicks off on Saturday 19th and runs to 23rd March.

The prince is also going to see the efforts made to rebuild the country following the earthquakes that killed more than 8,000 people last April.

"He has a huge amount of admiration for the resilience of the people of the country," the statement adds.

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