Friday 29 December 2017

Why Choose an Indian Homestay Over a Hotel



    The  most important reason for staying in a Homestay is that it is much cheaper than staying in a Hotel and that leaves more money in the budget for taking up other thrilling activities on your holiday trip

         Every holiday has a plan, along with an associated budget.The planning starts much before, and the available money is allocated and divided for the various heads of expenditure like Air tickets, Accommodation, Taxi, Adventure Activities, Sightseeing, Meals etc.  


      There is no alternative to air tickets ,but, there also ,all airlines are checked, and prices compared and finally the most optimum is selected. The travel agent also plays a role so that the travellers get the maximum benefit-commission and points/miles.Normally people also check on sites like Expedia or Google(in my opinion Google Flight Tickets are the most economical) before talking to the Travel Agent and purchasing the tickets.

     Next on the list is accommodation and here the choice can be exercised between a Homestay and a Hotel.

      In a Homestay there are no hidden costs and luxury taxes.All Governments tax hotels at the highest possible rates and these have to be borne by the person staying in the Hotel. The Hotel Bills are detailed and there are many costs included which we do not anticipate and get an unpleasant surprise at the end.In case of a Homestay there are no hidden costs and no Luxury Taxes.
3.       You can cook your own food rather than eating in the restaurants all the time which is heavy both on the pocket and the stomach.

     You also get to experience the local food if you are having a meal cooked in the hosts kitchen.If you are using the kitchen provided in the Homestay to cook your own meals  you get the opportunity to explore various kinds of raw materials, vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry available locally in the markets and superstores, flavourings, spices etc. SHORT TERM ACCOMODATION DELHI

 I have found these vary from country to country to a very large extent This adds to your local experience and you are doing all this within the safety of your hosts home.

      A Homestay is safer because the Host cares for you and his reputation is at stake regarding your safety. For foreign tourists there is a formality of Form C which the Home owner submits to the FRRO authorities and that makes the guest more safe and secure.

5.       Homestays are more peaceful because the number of rooms is limited to 2 or 3 and the big crowd of hotels is not cluttering up your space and peace.

6.       You meet more local people during a Homestay and since they are living a normal life you get to experience the local culture. The sterile hotels with well trained staff have exactly the same atmosphere from Iceland to New Zealand.
7.       When you stay with a family for some time they become your friends and sometimes the friendship lasts a lifetime.

8.       In India the flavor of the food varies from State to State and depending on the place you can get a taste of the local flavor. A Chicken Tikka tastes just the same whether it is in a New York Hotel or in a Hong Kong Hotel. But the taste differs vastly for the same thing when cooked in a home in Amritsar (Punjab) or Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh).

9.       Your host in a Homestay will guide you to all the interesting places in a city along with local tips and anecdotes. However in a Hotel you will get a printed pamphlet with a list of places and their pictures.

1  Lastly a Homestay is in a home. Totally informal and not all intimidating like a huge hotel with stereotyped staff trained in a Hotel management Institute.

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