Homestay - An Exciting Way to Holiday
India is growing and Indians are holidaying!! Of yes, tourism is on the rise and
the average Indian is not holding on to his or her purse strings. They are more
than willing to explore and experiment.
They want to work when they work and have a great time when they choose their time
off. Holidays are carefully planned to suit the interests of the family. They could
range from the traditional more conservative sightseeing tours to something as exciting
as adventure sports like river rafting, mountaineering and paragliding to name a
Whatever be the choice, holiday as a concept is embraced by Indians like never before.
What does this trend mean? Well this trend means that people today are not just
looking for places to holiday but also looking for way and means to enhance the
overall experience. They want, demand and support innovation. Concept holidays are
the latest buzz word.
In keeping with this trend, homestay as a concept is today spreading its wings across
all parts of India.
What is homestay? Well these are simply rooms made available within the family home.
While one is largely used to the hotel experience while on the road, this experience
is not without its drawbacks. Hotels are essentially commercial dwellings and they
need not necessarily capture the local flavor, culture and cuisine. After all that’s
why one says nothing like a good home cooked meal. Even food at five star hotels
tends to be a poor second cousin to a personalized meal.
Also hotel staff can be professional and sometimes lack the personal touch. You
don’t always get to sit down with a local over a cup of tea and understand their
culture and lifestyle when you choose a hotel as your preferred halt.
Well this is where homestays score their brownie points. They are essentially a
home which is partially opened up to visitors. These homes can range from the lovely
estate houses in tea and coffee plantations to sharing a room with a family on an
agricultural farm. Whatever the type of house be sure that they will represent the
local culture, style of housing and décor. What more? Well you get to eat delicious
home cooked meals cooked or at least supervised in most cases by the lady of the
house. It is not uncommon for the family you are staying with to sit down and have
meals with you.
Meals are more fun over chatter and healthy banter about their local culture, lifestyle
and those lovely places you can visit which don’t always get listed in a tour guide.
You also don’t have too many other guests because remember this is someone’s home
and they are going to have limited number of rooms to give away. Well lucky you
because here is the much needed privacy you craved for!
Imagine living on an actual plantation and exploring it without always bumping into
a noisy tourist. These holidays offer something for everyone from single men and
women, to couples on a romantic getaway to families with children.
The families you are staying with tend to do their best to make you feel comfortable
and offer you a great personal touch. It is also quite common for these homestays
to also innovate and provide additional recreational facilities ranging from sports
such as badminton, shooting to a manmade lake for a lovely dive during summer. They
also come at affordable cost.
Surely there is a lot stacked in favor of homestays and they are definitely here
to stay. In fact if you have experienced the joy of a homestay it is likely that
you will look for one every time you travel.
So it’s probably time to say bye-bye to hotels and look to enrich your holiday with
a great homestay experience.