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17 Hidden Homestays You Must Choose Instead Of Those Fancy Luxury Hotels

Sourc: go.aboutindia.com

Get traditional hospitality, food and soak in local culture by staying in these homestays in India. HolidayIQ Travellers list 17 such homestays.  

1. Yangsum Heritage Farm, Namchi


HolidayIQ Traveller Suresh Seshadri says, “From the start of the enquiry and booking process with the first calls/mails to Thendup (the owner), it was clear to me I was dealing with someone who truly believed in the word hospitality in every sense of the word. On reaching there, Thendup and his wonderful wife Pema and their super efficient crew ensured we were made to feel a part of the extended family! The accommodation is excellent and worth the price. The farm's setting with sweeping vistas of the mountains and valleys make you want to stay there forever. The food is simply outstanding and for anyone who wants a real quiet, peaceful holiday far from the madding crowds, shops and television, this is the ideal retreat and a soul-enriching experience.”

How To Reach

58 Ratings | 40 Reviews | 31 Sightseeings | 73 Photos


2. Gitanjali Heritage, Bekal


HolidayIQ Traveller Shwetha shares her experience, “Enjoy the lush green surroundings with variety of crops and vegetables. Go for Ayurvedic rejuvenation and relaxation therapies that are available on request. You can have a firsthand experience of the fields grown in kasaragod through the nature walk."

How To Reach Bekal

211 Ratings | 141 Reviews | 15 Sightseeing | 22 Photos


3. Capella Homestays, Bardez


HolidayIQ Traveller Aurkodi Das says, “The homestay is very well located. The main house is tastefully done with a lot of antique furniture, a library with lots of books to read & a vast collection of DVDs for children. The swimming pool was super. Food was a delight.”

How To Reach Bardez

1270 Ratings | 717 Reviews | 32 Sightseeing | 11 Photos



4. Jai Vilas, Jaipur


HolidayIQ Traveller Mukesh Das says, “Jai Villas was a pleasant stay and value for money. The food was amazing, giving you a taste of the spices of authentic India. The layout was royal - epitomising Rajasthani culture!”

How To Reach Jaipur

17524 Ratings | 9552 Reviews | 315 Sightseeing | 514 Photos


5. Clouds End Villa, Dharamshala

source: blessingsonthenet.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Anez Azeem says, “The property is huge and there are trees all around and the rooms and cottages are spread out enough to give you privacy. The entire atmosphere in the hotel is serene and very homely. The staff goes out of the way to make you feel comfortable.”

How To Reach Dharamshala

1719 Ratings | 1092 Reviews | 70 Sightseeing | 169 Photos


6. Hampi Citadel, Koppal


HolidayIQ Traveller Srinivas Rao says, “It is one of the best places to be in Hampi. The stay was very comfortable with good food service. Tastefully done tented accommodation! It is an island where we can do kayaking, swimming, angling, birdwatching in the property.”

How To Reach Koppal

19 Ratings  | 12 Sightseeing |  2 Photos



7. Rosaville, Shillong


HolidayIQ Traveller Prasenjit Roy says, “My stay at Rosaville was pleasant. The luxury heritage cottages surrounded by lush green lawns and trees around is a place right out of a Rudyard Kipling story. The kinds you'd have only read about and seen pictures of, the best stay ever during my trips. The best to have happened to us during our stay in Shillong was Rosaville.”

How To Reach Shillong

2889 Ratings  | 1912 Reviews | 39 Sightseeing | 382 Photos


8. Manali Meadows, Manali


HolidayIQ Traveller Ruthvik Jaiswal says, “Manali is always an attraction for tourists. At Manali Meadows, rooms were tastefully decorated. Manali Meadows has unique walking tours that take you through unexplored parts of the countryside and surrounding forests.”

How To Reach Manali

22754 Ratings | 14395 Reviews | 47 Sightseeing | 1735 Photos


9. Café Shillong Bed and Breakfast, Shillong

Source :- cpgehospitality.com

During your stay, visit Bara Bazar which happens to be one of northeast India’s largest and oldest traditional markets and trade centres, go boating in Wards Lake, and explore the by­lanes of Shillong on foot.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rony D'coasta says, “The stay in Shillong was to explore the city and cafe Shillong was at the perfect location. Away from the noisy center of police bazaar but yet close enough to walk there whenever you feel like. The rooms are well kept. The breakfast is a good spread of Indian and continental. Since its a b and b lunch and dinner is not served but you can order from their own restaurant which goes by the same name. While I was there the restaurant used to shut early due to a road block imposed every evening so we had to order as early as 6.30 in the evening. Thankfully there is a microwave so you can heat up the food if you are a late eater. The in house host ratneshwar takes good care of the guests helping them to arrange car for local sightseeing. There are no restaurants close by so you have to rely on cafe Shillong for your dinner.”

How To Reach Shillong | Where To Stay In Shillong

3732 Rating | 2351 Reviews | 39 Sightseeings | 398 Photos



10. Daragaon Village Retreat, Pelling

Source :- sikkimvillagehomestay.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Vani says, “It was a two day stay at the home­stay and we enjoyed it very much. If you love adventure and not the person who looks for luxury, this is a perfect place to experience nature and hospitality by a family. The owner, Shiva and Radha took good care of us. The place is all naturally built and the food is also good. My husband loved the momos prepared by Radha.”

How To Reach Pelling | Where To Stay In Pelling

2164 Rating | 1368 Reviews | 29 Sightseeings | 392 Photos


11. Kewzing Village Home Stay, Ravangla

Source :- trekkingsikkim.com

Kewzing, located about 10km from Ravangla, is a gorgeous village in West Sikkim which is inhabited by the indigenous Bhutia community. HolidayIQ Traveller Snigdha Roy says, “Most adventures, homely and romantic holiday destination in Ravangla. Trek to the Maenum Hill. Visit the sunday local market which is colourful and attractive.”

How To Reach Ravangla | Where To Stay In Ravangla

243 Rating | 161 Reviews | 18 Sightseeings | 90 Photos


12. Tathagata Farm, Mineral Spring, Darjeeling

Source: tathagatafarm.com

There are two tents and two huts in Tathagata farm, ensuring that you enjoy the solitude and serenity that you’ve travelled here for. HolidayIQ Traveller Girish Adiga says, “Darjeeling during monsoon is not a good choice for various reasons. You will see fog everywhere and will definitely miss the beauty of Kanchenjunga in tiger hills.”

How To Reach Darjeeling | Where To Stay In Darjeeling

9586 Rating | 5984 Reviews | 85 Sightseeings | 1068 Photos



13. Kuflon Basics House, Uttarkashi


This is the last house in the pretty Kuflon hamlet, which has a population of less than 30. HolidayIQ Traveller Chery Charan says, “Kuflon is a true heaven for trekkers and mountain lovers. Enjoy the beautiful place and feel comfortable in Kuflon. The food, which was cooked with ingredients from the farm, was awesome.”

How To Reach

84 Ratings | 45 Reviews | 17 Sightseeings | 34 Photos


14. Darang Tea Estate, Palampur


Tastefully restored cottages are surrounded by 70 acres of tea plantations in the dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped Dhauladhar Range. You could stroll through the nearby Darang village, take a day trip to Bir and Billing for paragliding or treat yourself to endless cups of lightly brewed Darang tea.

How To Reach

193 Ratings | 124 Reviews | 17 Sightseeings | 43 Photos


15. Sanjivs Aira Holme Retreat, Shimla


HolidayIQ Traveller Anu Samuel says, “The hotel is very far from the city. The room allotted to me was spacious and maintained neatly with basic amenities. You can glimse the beautiful mountains from the room. The food was delicious both in quality and taste with lots of varieties. I surely recommend this hotel to other travellers.”

How To Reach

13309 Ratings | 7716 Reviews | 39 Sightseeings | 766 Photos



16. Ramgarh Heritage Villa, Raison


HolidayIQ Traveller G A Uddin says, “It is an isolated place between Kullu and Manali. Very warm and excellent hospitality!” The apple and kiwi orchards and the Dhauladhar Range on the backdrop made my stay really soothing adds HolidayIQ Traveller Rishi.

How To Reach

14 Ratings | 2 Sightseeings | 22 Photos


17. La Villa Bethany, Mussoorie

source: cntravellers.com

You enter another world when you walk down the cobbled path that leads to the villa. Enjoy the vistas of the Doon Valley below by day and gaze at the night sky through the telescope at the in-house observatory.

How To Reach

8223 Ratings | 4585 Reviews | 24 Sightseeings | 398 Photos



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