What is a homestay?
Over the past decade, the concept of a homestay has been gaining popularity throughout India. It literally means to 'stay' in someone's 'home'. Living in a homestay during your travels enables you to have a very enriching and immersive experience. They are mostly social and informal settings where interaction with your hosts and co-travellers plays a large role. Homestay operators host their spaces in many different ways, which makes each homestay experience unique and full of discovery.
The Bhuj House is our ancestral home. It was built as a family house and was used only by family members until we opened it to guests in October 2015. While family members still visit the house, we have a team dedicated to 'running' the homestay: preparing breakfast and meals, providing local, logistical assistance etc. The house is filled with family treasures, photographs and memorabilia which offer a sense of the past, as well as a mix of vintage and contemporary Kutchi fabrics which can be found throughout the region. The food is typical of the Parsi community and served in the inner courtyard of the house; a peaceful oasis in the midst of a bustling town. Our doors are open to all visitors who would like to share and immerse themselves in the history and tranquility of the house. There are no TV's, but plenty of books and maps on the local region, and a bottomless pot of chai or coffee on offer...
We are strong promotors of ethical tourism and environmentally-friendly practices.
Here is a small list of some other special homestays/farmstays where we have stayed in India:
- DEVPUR HOMESTAY, Kutch
- CEDO, Kutch
- BHOROMDEO JUNGLE RETREAT, Chhattisgarh
- OLAULIM BACKYARDS, Inland Goa
- OFF THE GRID, Goa/Karnataka border
- MAACHLI, Sindurdurg, Goa/Maharashtra border
- ATITHI PARINAY, Nr Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
- YANGSUM FARM, Sikkim
- SUNNYMEAD ESTATE, Shimla
- GRANNY'S INN, Varanasi