A homestays are homes away from home. These properties are houses converted into hotels that offer accommodation to business and leisure tourists. The very thought of a homestay brings an aura of warmth, sense of belonging, love and bliss. People have been travelling and visiting different places all the time and staying at all sorts of hotels depending on their pockets and requirements. But, this is the time of homestays.
Whether you are travelling with a group or solo, a homestay would cater to all your needs from comforting food to cozy rooms and pleasing and accommodating staff. The staff at homestays is always more cooperative and friendlier than in at any five star hotel. The inherent informality of staying in a home makes the stay relaxed.
Here are the reasons why you should move over to homestays and ditch hotels for a while during your trip.
Homestay staff make better guides
Residents or staff at homestays no far more about a place you are visiting than any member of the concierge at a hotel. They would actually be able to guide you to the best local places that you cannot imagine exploring otherwise. They can give you the exact information and if you find a family that serves as the staff and you manage to become friends with them, they might even show you the places as your local guides.
If you are tired of eating the hotel food with additional spices and flavour, a homestay will satiate your taste buds with authentic local flavour as the food is prepared by local cooks. They are not hotel management experts but, cooks who can prepare customized menus or cater to your particular taste buds.
Safety and privacy
If you are looking for a peaceful holiday, do not look any further than a homestay as the privacy and calmness you can find at these places are hard to find at any luxury hotel. Any homestay would be small with lesser number of rooms, so there will be less disturbance and more me-time to enjoy. If you are with a group, you can book the entire house and you will not once feel disturbed by staff or neighbors.
Easy on the pocket
A home stay is definitely affordable and if you were to choose between a budget hotel and a homestay, then definitely go for the later. The rates are as cheap as half of hotel tariff and there are no hidden costs or taxes. Usually, the meals are included when you book a homestay and if you wish to eat out, you can find cheaper local options and delicious food.
Best homestay options in India
Here are some good homestay options in India:
- Vikram and Paaro Ranawat’s Home in Jaipur
- Vembanad Home Stay in Kerala
- Capella in Goa
- Anandam in McLeod Ganj
- Mary’s Cottages in Manali
- Heritage Stay in Ooty
- Uttam and Shalini’s Charming Abode around Nainital
- Spiti Homestays Spiti Valley
- Luxury Holiday Farmhouse in Alibaug Maharashtra
- Hollonghabi Tea Bungalow in Assam
- Bo-Ville homestay in Shillong
- Niti Kochar’s homestay in Delhi
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