April 20, 2017

When we take vacations to escape the congestions of urban life, a strong feeling to get lost in the nature’s lap strikes the mind. Even in popular culture, the idea of being lost in a faraway place and living there in a small home is very much romanticised. Homestays cater to this thought and are popular for the same reason. Unlike hotels, these places give you the simple yet ever-so-comfortable homely feel submerged with the local flavour. When you stay as a guest at somebody’s place, have home-cooked food and spend time with the locals, you make rich and unforgettable memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.

A homestay can be of various types, simple or luxurious, ornate or simple, based on your budget. However, there are a few fine places that can give tough competition to multi-starred resorts in terms of luxury and décor, be it modern, vintage, or quirky.  Here’s a list of top five Indian homestays that are too beautiful to be true, or too beguiling to move over after your vacation ends –

The Homestead Homestay, Corbett

1The comfort of a luxury resort with the warmth of a cosy home is their USP. This homestay is belted with a lush green porch of ancient and exotic trees. The stunning interiors make you feel like no less than royalty on a vacation. The doe-head replicas with leafy printed bed and curtains evoke the feel of the forest.

Shahpura Bagh in Rajasthan

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Stay in Shahpura Bagh for a taste of eccentric royal hospitality during your vacation. The property belongs to the rulers of Shahpura and every inch of it exudes luxury that keeps its guests mesmerised for ever. What’s more, you can interact with the king and his family who live in another part of the estate.

Capella in Goa

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If luxury entwined with Colonial charm appeals to you, Capella is your go-to place for a getaway in Goa. This boutique guesthouse is located at Parra, a quiet hamlet near Baga and Anjuna beach. Experience the local flavours away from the maddening crowd by sitting in the lush garden or relaxing in the well-furnished interiors of the house.

Acres Wild in Coonoor

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This homestay amidst serene nature is a paradise for cheese lovers. Sounds strange, right? The owners of this beautiful farmhouse also run an organic cheese factory and offer gourmet dishes made from a varied range of cheese in every meal. What’s more, you can even enrol for a cheese-making workshop during your stay. Nature, tranquillity and appeasing culinary treats- vacation goals, foodies?

Sirohi House in Delhi

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Sirohi House is the ideal place if you would like to be pampered like a prince/princess in the reminiscence of old Delhi. Exuding luxury and grandeur, this place is the art-admirer’s paradise with rare paintings, antique wall-hangings and décor that speaks of the Colonial era in the Capital.

So what are you waiting for? Go pack your bags and jet off to home away from home.

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