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ixigoers Dec 10 2013

Which are the best B&Bs and homestays in India?

Anupriya Bedi Dec 10 2013
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Check out these 10 best B&Bs and homestays in India that stand out in terms of facilities, location and hosts. Choosing a homestay is a good idea, especially for those who are new to the city and appreciate the reassuring presence of a host. In addition, travelers get a chance to escape the tourist enclaves and to experience the destination as a resident rather than a visitor.

Photo of a homestay in Himachal Pradesh (by Vivek Tiwari)

1) Kullu-Raju’s Guesthouse Homestay

Raju's Guesthouse at Tirthan valley is one of the best homestays in the world. Situated amidst apple orchards and cherry plantations, this place looks like straight out of a fairy tale. This is undoubtedly a small paradise in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh where you can unwind, sit around and read or go for occasional walks and be fed wonderful food all day. Raju and Lata--perfect hosts entertain you with interesting stories, sometimes haunted too. Connected to civilization by a pulley bridge, this is the perfect spot for crisp air, fresh food and long walks.

Address: Village Gushaini, Tirthan Valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Phone: +91-94181-49808
Price: Around INR 800-1500 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Raju's Guesthouse Homestay (by Official Facebook Page)

2) Tamil Nadu-Cardamom House Homestay

Owned and managed by a retired British Physician, Cardamom House is famously labelled as an experiential lakeside homestay. There are 6 double rooms and a suite, all of which enjoy superb views of both the Kamarajar Lake and the Western Ghats. A splendid swimming pool adds to the beauty of the house. In the evening one can watch the sun sink below the Western Ghats while enjoying sundowners on the rooftop terrace. A wide variety of meals using recipes from around the world are created and only fresh produce from the local village market or its own farm is used.

Athoor Village, Dindigul Dist, Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Phone: +91-93606-91793

Price: Around 3000-5000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Cardamom House Homestay (by Official Website)

3) Kalpa-The Grand Shangri La Homestay

This homestay is more or less like a small guesthouse but it lives truly to its name-The Shangri-La and beats a stay at any of the hotels in Kalpa. Visit this paradise on earth only because of its location which is a hidden gem in a small village Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh. The view from each room is breathtaking and serenely beautiful. You can see some of the best sunsets from here; moreover, the biggest peak Mt. Jorthanden is also visible from the rooms itself. Mr. Negi who is the host here is an interesting man with some great adventurous stories to tell. He knows how to entertain his guests with great food and soothing buddhist music. While your stay at this place, do not miss the splendid collection of books at the in-house library.

Roghi Road, Kanag Saring, Kalpa, District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Phone: +91-98056-95423

Price: Around INR 2000-3000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of view from The Grand Shangri-La Homestay (by Official Facebook Page)

4) Jaipur-Jaipur Friendly Villa

Jaipur Friendly Villa is one of the 10 best B&Bs and homestays in India simply because of its personalized touch offered by the hosts. The hosts, Shweta and Kul makes you feel at home and keep you engaged in endless conversations. Starting from the irresistible food they offer to the local insights into the Pink City, it all sums up to a great stay. They have spacious and well decorated rooms with all the amenities that of the 3 star hotels in Jaipur. The hosts are extremely helpful and are always at your service. Not to miss is the lavish breakfast spread they offer you every morning!

27, Behind Shree Bhagirath Marriage Palace, Queens Road, Veer Vihar, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Phone: +91-97990-90300

Price: Around INR 3000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Jaipur Friendly Villa (by Official Website)

5) Goa-Capella Homestay

Capella is a classic Goan homestay, serenely located on a forested hill in a sleepy Arpora village. The hosts designed and built the premises themselves, and it oozes earthy character and charm. There's even a courtyard with a wooden swing, facing the stone pond in the center. Guests can choose from two rooms- a 450 foot Forest Suite with huge bath and porch overlooking the courtyard and forest, and the Field View Room with its private balcony perfect for sunbathing. The best part is its close proximity to North Goa’s beaches which are just a 10-15 minutes drive.

376/1, Boquenchi Arrady, Parra, Bardez, Goa

Phone: +91-98231-39488

Price: Around 3000-4000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Capella Homestay (by Supriya Sehgal)

6) Alleppey-Vembanad House Homestay

Vembanad House is an excellent homestay in Alleppey, promoted by ancestral Mayithara family.The house, overlooking the Vembanad Lake, is beautifully surrounded by lush green lawns, gardens and old coconut trees.The house has four well-appointed guest rooms with spacious private balconies. Cooking lessons, fishing with the locals, walking through the paddy fields, shopping in local markets, open air dining, traditional dance performances, Ayurvedic massage, house boat trips along the Kerala backwaters, bird watching, tours to learn about the coir industry and yoga classes are some of the activities offered here.

Puthankayal, Muhamma, Alappuzha,Kerala

Phone: +91-98950-61561

Price: Around INR 4000-5000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Vembanad House Homestay (by Official Facebook Page)

7) Kochi-The Bungalow Heritage Homestay

The Bungalow Heritage Homestay boasts of the beautiful Dutch, Portuguese and Kerala architecture. The hosts, Neema, Prasad and Olivia are extremely helpful and provide you with all the information you need about the town. They also assist you with conveyance and tickets ensuring you have a delightful stay experience.

Near St. Theresas Chapel, Vypin, Kochi, Kerala

Phone: +91-98463-02347

Price: Around INR 4000-5000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of The Bungalow Heritage Homestay (by Official Website)

8) Delhi-Saubhag Bed and Breakfast

Saubhag Bed and Breakfast has become one of the most popular homestays in Delhi. Guests love the central location (15 minutes away from Connaught Place and New Delhi Railway Station), mouthwatering North-Indian food, beautifully decorated rooms and plant-filled courtyard. The host, Meera, is a retired school teacher who's returned to India after living abroad. She's renowned for giving personalized attention without being intrusive and loves making new friends from all over the world.

Address: R-668, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi

Phone: +91-98991-66656

Price: Around INR 4500 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Saubhag B&B (from Official Website)

9) Goa-Bhakti Kutir

Technically, Bhakti Kutir run by a Goan-German couple is a holistic homestay. However, the luxurious accommodations and excellent facilities make it feel more like an intimate resort. The homestay provides simple earth-friendly luxuries such as Ayurvedic massage, yoga classes, organic food, nature trips and more. There is a lot of emphasis on nature and health.

Palolem Beach, Canacona, Goa

Phone: +91-98236-27258

Price: Around INR 2000-3000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Bhakti Kutir (by Official Website)

10) Udaipur- Chandra Niwas

Situated in the ‘City of Lakes’ Chandra Niwas homestay is known for its hospitality and food. The hosts Samwit and his family is known for their helpful and friendly nature. The house is no less than any 4-star hotel in Udaipur with both traditional as well as modern contemporary ambiance. The welcome is heart warming commenced with an 'aarti' and sweets. Stay at Chandra Niwas and you will have the opportunity to see Udaipur not just through the eyes of a tourist, but through the eyes of a local.

43/44 Shanti Niketan colony Bedla- Badgaon Link Road, Udaipur

Phone: +91- 81075-93880

Price: Around INR 1000-2000 per night for a double occupancy

Photo of Chandra Niwas Homestay (by Official Website)

Staying at these 10 best B&Bs and homestays in India would be a perfect way to discover the real India, with all its spices and flavors.

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