Thursday, August 4, 2011

Make Your Home At Indian Homestays

There is a popular proverb that says “make home everywhere”. With soaring inflation rates, the proverb seems to mean for some capitalists. Even nowadays, that capitalist will have to run for money in case he/she wishes to implement it literally. So! The proverb ambiguously means a person should have friends everywhere. Here, again, I have manipulated this proverb with an intention to give you an introduction of the current trend of Hotel Industry. Hotel and home are completely different sectors, although very much related with each other as both are meant to provide shelter. Feeling dislocated? Take a dip to the brief below.

There are hospitable families in India that have ventured into the hotel industry with an idea to make their home a modestly priced accommodation. These families are amiable and provide amenities like station and airport pickups, homemade food, safe drinking water, homely bed, and much more, depending upon the charges. In case you are a foreign national, the homestay trend provides you an opportunity to peek in the real India. You can find majority of Homestays in Delhi, Kerala, and Rajasthan. These are largely run by middle class or active retired professionals. Among all these, I assure you that most of the families follow the traditional Indian culture of treating guests i.e. 'Atithi Devo Bhavah'. Being a traveler, you will surely take back lots of love and a long lasting relationship. Obviously, you are going to give something back; a promise to come back again. Friends forever!

Here is the list of popular Homestay options in India. Some of them are luxurious, real manifestation of India treasury, few of them are affordable, and the others are an opportunity to come closure to Indians, Indian lifestyle, and natural bounty.
Sirohi House-Old Delhi

Just two metro stops from the famous Chandni Chowk and you land up to this beautiful mansion, formerly owned by the Maharaja of Sirohi. Leaving the thick throng behind, this place gives you a moment of belief, that India is the most culturally beautiful country, and the disbelief, that a place can beautiful to this extent, so chirpy yet soothing and serene. Inside the doors, you will find chandeliers, embellished fireplaces, Hindu temple, carved hardwood, and antiques. You will get the option of two standard doubles and two suites, decked with Indian handicrafts. The amenities include air conditions, cable TV, European style bathrooms, and plush communal rooms inclusive of cocktail lounge with bar. It believes that good food is mandatory for travelers and thus serves delicious meals, buffets, barbecues, canapés, and more. Enjoy the Indian capital in the most luxurious way.

Mr and Mrs Mehra's home, Dehradun

Panoramic view of Shivalik hills will leave you mesmerized in your calm and cozy room. While taking this view, you can enjoy the lip-smacking cuisines like Tandoori Chicken or the lamb brain Kebabs. Roam around in the beautiful and well-maintained garden and if you want a touch of adventure, borrow the Mehra’s car and driver at modest price and take a trip to the lush green forest. You can also enjoy the beauty and depth of misty forest from your balcony as well. This naturally assertive place is located in the Doon valley and comes in the circumference of capital of Uttarakhand. The owners Mr. Mehra is retired wool processing specialist and Mrs. Mehta, a housewife looking after the kitchen affairs.

Vikram and Paaro Ranawat's home, Jaipur

Make the most of your Indian trip by residing in the culturally rich place. Although, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, itself is a culturally rich location but the heart of it is this magnificent home of Paaro and Vikram Ranawat. The latter is a retired air force officer while the former has an aristocratic background with her own clothing company. Their suburban villa flaunts open-planned living spaces, marble floors, antique modern furnishings, a roof terrace, flower-filled atrium, two guest bedrooms with an aesthetically designed private lounge, and a self-contained cottage in the garden. Know the Indian culture at its best by taking Hindi lessons, yoga classes, and tips for clothing, and more from Paaro.

Glenora Homestay, Wayanad, Kerala

Located in the 90 acres of coffee, guava, beetle nut, lime, peeper, avocado, and many other fruit and spices farms, Glenora Homestay introduce you to the land of agriculture, India, in the most artistic and luxurious way. This “farm tourism provider” belongs to amicable Rajgopal family where aristocracy is the way of living. Three artistically lighted well furnished rooms with latest amendments in the form of two cottages on the stilts make the place a choice of someone to whom success means celebration of life in every moment. Get one to one with the species ruling the woods such as monkeys, birds, and more. The adventurous rides are inclusive of trips to Meenmutty Falls, Sunrise Valley, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Jeep Safaris, and many more.

Capella, Northern Goa

In between the town of Mapusa and Baga beach locates this exotic Capella, a homestay that invites travelers from all over the globe. The owners, Ayesha, a former journalist and. Jamshed, an ex-merchant mariner have together structured this traditional style house. There are three spacious guestrooms-two in the house and other located in a self-contained cottage. Here, you can experience the well-furnished antique beds and snazzy modern bathrooms. Enjoy the homemade traditional Indian cuisines and drinks from the honesty bar. A marvelous beach is away from just 15 minutes’ drive.

Spiti Homestay, Himachal Pradesh

The unique bunch of homestay where the whole community is engaged in welcoming people. The 14 families live at high-altitude villages all in the isolated Pin Valley, set against the frosted peaks of the Himalayas. The rooms are rough, toilets are composting squats and you will get enough hot water. The rooms are clean and vibrant with rugs and folksy fabrics. You will get home cooked typical Spitian food overlooking big mountains, smiling faces and perhaps a lazy yak safari.


  • kunal says:
    August 25, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    really some of the homestays in chikmagalur is missing here, these two years we can see lot of visitors over here became one the destinations of southern india

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    September 13, 2011 at 2:56 AM

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  • deane barlcays says:
    September 29, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    my experience at this wayanad homestay was great; homely food, accommodation and service. would prefer homestay on my nearby trips to manali, and jaipur, if there is any.

  • Cristeen says:
    July 31, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    fantastic post and Thanks for sharing this info. It's very helpful.
    b&b in jaipur

  • aahna agarwal says:
    December 5, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Home stay in India is really quite amazing compare to other.Because India is only the place where you will get all the culture living together.Here in India you will get lots of affection and love from the Indian peoples.Because for Indians Guest are God. So it is a better thinking as well as choice you have to come first and take an experience of home stay here.

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