Most Indians have spent the year travelling. People are travelling, enjoying vacations, and keen to try new things. Amid all of this, one trend that is gradually emerging is the rise of homestays over hotels. Homestays have grown in popularity in the post-COVID era, when sanitation, hygiene, and privacy have become major objectives for travelers. Since its inception in Kerala a decade or so ago, the Indian “homestay” concept has evolved from strength to strength.
Put simply, a homestay is a fee-based accommodation to stay with a local family. Guests get to connect with, learn about, and experience the host’s family and the local community’s lifestyle and culture. It’s a cost-effective lodging option for independent leisure travellers of all ages, interns, gap year students, international students, and anyone looking for a genuine travel experience.
Homestays at motorable places from city centres have seen exponential development in the last year, driven by long-stay, staycation, and workation packages, with the introduction of the ‘work-from-anywhere’ atmosphere.
There are now homestay tours and specialist companies for the numerous welcoming families that offer reasonably cost lodging in a variety of homes ranging from downtown apartments to plantation houses.
Here are some unique homestays in India where you may experience the true flavour of your destination!
1.Sanjiv’s Aira Holme Retreat, Shimla
Located in Shimla, this lovely homestay option with stone walls and wooden floors offers a beautiful view of the valley. Travellers also get a comfortable British home to stay in for a few days!
2. The White Peaks, Nainital
Are you looking for a place where you may take your pets? The White Peaks Homestay is a boutique hamlet in Gagar, Uttarakhand, nestled above the clouds. In the mornings, sip your ginger lemon honey tea while viewing the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks!
3. Katakeri Homestay, Coorg
This lovely Coorg Homestay will undoubtedly be a one-of-a-kind experience, as you will not only be treated to a boutique experience but also get to live in a treehouse. There is a place for bonfire as well as several activities such as coffee plantation treks around this wood-panelled homestay.
4. Malnad Mist, Sakleshpur
In Sakleshpur, Karnataka, you may have a one-of-a-kind experience amidst acres of coffee and pepper farms. The home is located in Kalagalale, a tiny town just outside of Bangalore. Traditional food, amazing treks, and a terrific time await you in the Western Ghats.
5. Homestay By The Tea Garden, Dibrugarh
Homestay By The Tea Garden in Dibrugarh, Assam, stands up to its name, surrounded by lush and beautiful tea gardens. From this charming little house, you can take in the local attractions!
If you are a wanderer who likes to venture off the beaten road, consider staying in a homestay! Homestays are increasingly popular among daring and experimental travellers. It is not only inexpensive but also provides a great ambiance, homely meals, and unique scenery.
When you choose a homestay, you will have the opportunity to live like the locals—unlike a regular corporate traveller.In many ways, homestays give a sense of your destination from the ground up.