If you are thinking homestays in India are very modest, then think again! No, you don’t have to sleep on the floor or share a bathroom with the host family. In fact, while your stay; you can enjoy some of the best accommodations that India has to offer. And, on top of this, you will receive personalized attention of the host family and get to feast on delicious home cooked food. I am going to enlist some of the best homestays in Darjeeling, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Kalimpong and many more.
While India has some glorious homestays, there are a few home-stays which stand out in terms of location, facilities, and hosts. This blog is based on accommodations in India. And in this blog, I am highlighting the budget and economic accommodations of home-stays that offer relaxing stay and exceptional services.
Top 10 Best Homestays in India
Sunnymead Bed and Breakfast, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Sunnybead Home-stay in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh is known for its uniqueness. Here you can experience an exquisite colonial-style ancestral property with rambling English cottage garden. And a mouthwatering breakfast with an unforgettable cooking experience.
Activities: nature walks, bird photography and Reading books from the shelves.
Rate: 4,500 rupees per night for a single and 6,000 rupees per night for a double.
Darjeeling is famous across the globe for its tea. Rangaroon, a small village situated around 16 km from Darjeeling, hosts the best possible scenic view of tea gardens. This scantly populated village gives an unparalleled view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga with tea gardens lying in front of your eyes. Newlywed couples are often seen seeking natural sights and sounds of the hills; Rangaroon is one of the places to fulfill the desire. This homestays in Kalimpong gives the best possible hospitality with cooperative and big-hearted people around. This cool place is certainly going to give you a feeling of coziness and bring you and your soul closer on your trip than you can ever imagine about. Also make sure you make the best our of the homestays in Kalimpong to make it memorable.
The Homestead, Corbett, Uttarakhand
The Homestead in Corbett is a luxurious accommodation, and its excellent facilities make this property more like an intimate resort. If you are looking for some self-pampering time, then this home-stay can be a perfect place for you. Conversely, if you’re looking for adventure, then this property has a great outdoor and farm life which is worth to be experienced.
Activities: Bullock cart rides, milking the cows and tending the poultry, a trip to the fields, star gazing with state of the art telescope, fishing, camping, elephant rides, a day trip to Corbett National Park, nature walks, barbecues and bonfires.
Rate: for a double bed 6,000-8,000 rupees per night, including breakfast.
Sittong a.k.a. the Orange Village is situated in a deep valley beside Riyang River. The Lepcha village gives the picturesque scenic beauty of the valley crisscrossing the rivulet encompassed by lush green hills. This homestays in Darjeeling has a garden with orange trees. The best time to visit this place is in winter when the entire village turns yellow. There are ample of homestay in Darjeeling to choose and are super affordable.
The Bangala, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu
The Bangala is vintage bungalow which was built in the year 1910. In its earlier days, it was primarily used for entertaining VIP guests.
In Karaikudi, this property has a convenient location between Tanjore and Madurai. There are 25 air-conditioned guest rooms, a banquet hall, a library, and a swimming pool. Here you can enjoy authentic Chettinad cuisines, serve on banana leaves.
Activities: Visiting elaborate Chettinad residences (ideal for architecture lovers), shopping for antiques, fine furniture, diamonds, saris, and famous Chettinad tiles. You can also visit local villages and markets,
Rate: for Double rooms 7,000 rupees per night. Meals are extra.
Kannur Beach House, Kerala
Kannur Beach House, situated in Kerala is a perfect place to relax and unwind seaside. The hosts of this residency have rich information about the region and serve delicious local Kerala vegetarian cuisine.
Activities: Boating, Bird watching, and Swimming. They also organize visits to Theyyam performances (from October until May) and the hand-loom weaving center.
Rate: 3,400 rupees per night for two, including breakfast and dinner.
Shahpura Bagh, Rajasthan
For a well-appointed and authentic royal experience, visit Shahpura Bagh. This remarkable property is set on 45 acres in the vast Rajasthani countryside. And it was the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura.
Activities: Expeditions to neighboring forts and temples, exploring the local area, Nature trails, Safaris, Birding and boating.
Rate: for a double suite ranges start from 13,000 rupees per night (low season), including one tour, sundowner, and breakfast.
Olaulim Backyards, Goa
Olaulim Backyard is a haven for people who want to get back to nature. This home-stay is located on the Goa backwaters in Olaulim village and run by a Finnish-Indian couple.
Swimming, Kayaking, Canoeing, Cycling, Fishing, Nature trails, Bird watching,
Rate: from October to May, 4,500 rupees per night for a double suite, and 4,000 rupees per night from June to September. Breakfast and all in-house activities are included.
Vembanad House, Alleppey, Kerala
Vembanad House, on the banks of Vembanad Lake, is a complete harmonious retreat, surrounded by still water on three sides. This property is an old ancestral home that has been restored by the hosts. The interior of this home-stay is filled with some beautiful pieces of traditional wood furniture and artifacts. And the exterior is lush with paddy fields and tropical foliage.
Activities: Cooking lessons, walking through the paddy fields, fishing with locals, shopping in local markets, traditional dance performances, open-air dining, Ayurvedic massage, bird watching, tours to learn about the coir industry, houseboat trips along the Kerala backwaters, and yoga classes.
Rate: For double suite 7,000 rupees per night, including breakfast.
Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay, Rajasthan
In India, Having an authentic Rajasthani village experience is becoming a trend. And Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay offers the exact experience amongst the best. This homestay, situated in Salawas village is belonging to an enterprising family of weavers.
Activities: Village safaris, camel safaris, village trekking, folk music, and dancing,
Rate: for a double room 2,500 rupees per night, including breakfast.
Now, if you are more concerned about exploring North-East India first, then here are some of the beautiful home-stays you can try.
Experience the famous Indian hospitality when you stay in these places. Every host family will make you feel like home from the very moment you step in. Experience Bengal Homestays also offers additional services like car rental with driver service, taxi, and local tours arrangements at affordable prices. Feel free to contact us and discuss your holiday needs.