India is an exceptionally beautiful country and one of the best qualities about Indians is their famed hospitality. “Athithi devo bhav”, is what we are known for. There are countless magnificent homestays in the country but there are a few that stand out among the rest in terms of facilities, location, and hosts.
Shahpura Bagh, Rajasthan- In case you are willing to spend some extra on the homestay experience, look no further than the luxurious and royal Shahpura Bagh. This magnificent property served as the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura. Located at the exquisite Rajasthani countryside is a haven for the luxury homestay.
Kannur Beach House, Kerala- The beach house in Kannur happens to be located on the far northern side of Kerala, the most beautiful state in the country. The traditional style home has coconut trees right beside and the sweet smell of ocean coming from Thottoda beach just makes the experience far more amazing.
Fort Rampura, Uttar Pradesh- In this 700 years old fort in Lucknow, the homestay experience is one grand feeling you have as you wake up feeling like a royal. The homestay only has three guest rooms available but the ancient rugs, furniture, and the artifacts make the experience far beyond bizarre and beautifully surreal.
The Homestead, Corbett, Uttarakhand- The Homestead is categorized as a premium farm stay which lies in the shadow of the Himalayas. The 150-acre farm bordering the Corbett National Park (13 km) offers an experiential stay experience. The excellent services provided at the place make it feel more like a resort than a homestay. The great adventure sports and engaging in fun farming adds up greatly to the overall staying experience.
Vembanad House, Kerala- A place surrounded by three sides of the still water, it sounds like a dreamy place. Yes, it is! Located beside the Vembanad Lake, around the magnificent Kerala backwaters, the place is filled with traditional wood furniture and artifacts taking you to back the bygone era.
Thippanahalli Homestay, Karnataka- The magnificent red mansion located in Chikmagalur has a built up area of 11000 Sft. with 28 rooms. The place was built in 1934 and has stood since then in all its grandeur providing the tourists with the best home staying experience they can have anywhere.
Hidden forest retreat, Sikkim- This one located in Gangtok, Sikkim is especially for the ones who are nature lovers and peace seekers. Located just about 2 kilometers away from the state capital Gangtok, the place is spread over 3 acres and is brimmed with the exotic surroundings full of flowers, trees, and greenery.
The Bangala, Tamil Nadu- The Bangala, Tamil for ‘Bungalow’ is one of the oldest mansions located Deep South of the country, in Karaikudi. Brought into existence in 1910, the place used to cater to the VIP guests in the earlier days. In 1998, it was converted into a homestay and caters to the visitors and guests since then. The place has 25 air conditioned guestrooms and the brilliant surroundings make it one of the most sought after homestay places in the country.
The concept of homestay has its own set of great advantages, as you get to spend time with locals and These places provide the best homestay experience along with some added luxuries. Do give them a try!!