Atithi Devo Bhava, this age-old saying holds true even today in every corner of India. “The Guest Is God” and we Indians treat our guests whole heartedly, whether they turn up planned or unplanned for that matter. And this is the reason Homestays have now become popular in India. With Homestays, one gets to experience the true Indian hospitality. So if you are planning to book a Homestay for your next travel trip, here we list the Top 5 sites for Homestay Bookings in India.
Top 5 Homestay Websites in IndiaJune 10, 2015 520 0 0
The name of the website explains itself perfectly. Homestays.in gives a gamut of options for all you travelers. The website lists popular homestays all across India in a neat manner. One can easily refine the search as per the budget per night (the range varies from Rs. 1,999/- to 20,000/- and more).
Some of the popular homestays listed on the site include those in Coorg, Chikmagalur, Munnar, Wayanand, Madikeri, Goa, Jaipur, Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Mysore.
More so, if there are any queries related to travel, the site also lists a customer service number wherein an advisor will help you with all your needs. Besides homestays, the website offers bookings for villas, resorts, houseboats, jungle lodges, hill stations, and getaway ideas well.
Saffron Stays is purely dedicated for Homestays all across India. The website lists more than 800 Homestays verified by their core team themselves. The website categorizes homestays creatively under various tags such as Weekend Escapades – Mumbai / Delhi / Kolkata / Bangalore, Stay By The Sea, Spiritual Holidays, Off The Grid, etc. The booking process takes place in 4 simple steps as explained below:
More so, the website also helps you list your place if you are offering a homestay. Avid readers can also check out their blog section wherein the travel articles give you an insight on various destinations across India.
Found in the year 2013, Smartstay.in, the websites lists Homestays in around 20 states in India including Goa, Assam, Kerala, Jammu Kashmir, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Rajasthan, to name a few.
The Homestay tab is placed in the bottom right corner of the website and the Homestay page has somewhat a shabby presentation. However, once the choice of homestay is made the website lists all the required necessary details in the required manner.
The 5 Step booking process is as explained below:
Once you decide to book a homestay, click on Book Now.
As soon as you click book now, the order will be updated in your shopping cart
Now check out
You will then receive a call from the smartstay.in team to confirm the booking
After the confirmation, you must make the payments online
Print the voucher and you are good to go
For booking a homestay you will have to register with the website first.
Another popular website that helps you with reviews, comparing prices, and then in booking the trip. Although the site explicitly does not only deal with homestays, but also offers bookings for Holiday Homes, Hotel, and Restaurants. The website however does not directly list the Homestay options available. Homestays can be searched on the homepage as given below:
Once you type in the keyword Homestays, the list pops up which then can be narrowed down according to the choice of the city. Once the preferred choice of homestay is selected, the page then displays detailed information about the place such as User Reviews, Photos of the location, Room Tips, Amenities and so on.
If you are comfortable with the deal offered you can straight away book the homestay via the booking portal listed.
Another handy website that explicitly deals with homestay bookings only. The website lists over 600 individually selected homestays that are spread across more than 70 locations in India.
The homestay tab gives you a plethora of options that are categorized neatly as per the requirement of the traveler. Romantic Getaways, Family Friendly, Food and Drink, Wellbeing and Relaxation, Outdoor Havens, Eco Homestays – these are the various categories that one can choose from.
Homestays are one of a kind experience and I feel as a traveler one must surely opt for a Homestay once. Now that you’ve got the options to choose from, the next time you plan a trip do book a home stay. Happy Traveling!!!