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What is homestay concept
Homestay is a house inside farm and plantation in area which
are away from the town or a city. People live in those area
have converted their farm houses, heritage houses, hill cottage
with a view to accommodate a couple of guest.in this home
stay people can live with a homely atmosphere get a chance
to communicate with a local who are the host of the house.
Homestay is a form of a tourism or study abroad that
aloowed visitor to rent romms for local families. It os some
time used by people who wish to improve their language skills
and become familiers with the local life style.
As per the guidelines set by Government of India, any Home
Stay can have only 5 rooms at the maximum.
Some countries encourage homestay as a means of
development their tourism. Homestay alowed the host
families to earn an income. The visitor renta room from local
family at an agreed rate. The guest on the other hand
participate in day to day happenings in te life of the host.
Cultural interaction and exchanges also take place during the
visitors stay and therefore this concept is also suitable for
tourists seeking live cultural experiences
Types of homestay
Depending upon the place, you can find different kinds of
home stays. They are available near the beaches, in the
plantations and even in some villages.
Though the place may vary but the basic concept of
Homestays remains the same everywhere. While staying
at those places, you can watch the fishermen going out to
the sea for their catch or the labourers at work in the
coffee, rubber or tea plantations.
You can also get a chance to have a stay for a day or two
in a boat houses and idle on the decks of boats, ride a
bullock cart, plough a field with a tractor, join the
labourers in the plantations and enjoy the local festivals.
Besides offering local delicacies in their meals, some
Home Stays also offer the guests to learn some local
What can we expect in
As already said that homestay are diferent from hotel and
>Here are onee can expect following thing..
Homely comfort:> homestay says allows you freedom it
provide you a comfortable stay in a homely environment.
Personal Care:> Since there is only one family staying with the
host, the guests are treated with utmost care and due
attention is paid to their comforts.
Mingle and make new friends:> staying in homestay
together some other family with different culture and
habit will give you a chance to know them better. It
would become more enjoyable as it would be like a social
gathering with only a few people to interact and know.
Lean new things:> When you choose to stay in Home
Stays, you get a better chance to mix with the local
people and know more about their cultures and
dutiese and responsibility of
guest in a home stay.
Guest are expected to be amiable and cooperative. The
guest should honour and value the sentiment of the
host. They should never think that only monetary
relation is there between the host and the hosts. Both
should honour and respect one another.
What is being provided by the host, such as
accommodation, furniture, facilities, meal provision,
tranceportation, communication and entertainment.
Most other items are negotiable in term of availability
Typicaly hosting a student facilitate the exchange of
culture,information, and experience.
The stuudent’s first experience of being away from his or
her parents and home country to which they may have
According to research, hosts and homestay students may
exhibit mild symptoms of culture shock and must adjust
the potential difficulties, host families, including children,
are able to learn about other cultures
The bennefit of homestay
Distinctive and Characterful Accommodations --
Tired of sterile hotels? There's no better way to
experience the incredibly diversity and charm of India
than at a homestay.
The options are almost endless and include plantation
bungalows, historic havelis (mansions), and remote
Personalized Service -- In contrast to a hotel, a
homestay usually only has a few rooms. The family
who resides there runs it, and acts as host. This
guarantees that guests receive plenty of individual
attention. You can spend as little or as much time with
the host family as you like. Some guests choose only to
dine with them, while others spend hours chatting to
them. Regardless, staying with an Indian family is the
easiest way of finding out about Indian culture and
way of life. Many guests and hosts find that they bond
with each other so much, that they keep in touch long
after the vacation is over.
Local Knowledge -- The wealth of information that
the hosts have about their local area makes deciding
what to see and do a breeze. Such local knowledge is
extremely helpful in getting the most from your visit.
Many hosts are delighted to show their guests around
their local area, providing them with invaluable
insights that simply aren't available from a guide book.
Home Cooked Food -- There's a huge difference
between the Indian food served in restaurants and
hotels, and the food that's cooked in an Indian home.
By staying at a homestay, you'll be able to taste
authentic Indian home cooked food, made to order.
It's a lot lighter, and has more variation and flavor than
Some homestays even welcome their guests into their
kitchen, and let them watch and participate in the
Unique Activities -- As a guest at a homestay, the
focus is on you, and your likes and preferences. The
hosts are usually very accommodating and will put a
great deal of effort into arranging activities that are of
interest to you. These activities will vary depending on
Exploring a coffee plantation in Coorg, watching a
polo match in Rajasthan, herding animals in remote
northern India, village visits, picnics, and temple tours
are just some of the options. Guests are often invited to
attend weddings, or other festivals that are happening,
As you can see, home stays are a wonderful form of
accommodation which provide all the facilities &
services akin to what you have at your own house. You
can thus stay in comfort without stretching your
budget too much while on travel!
Occasionally, a host family or individual may be
looking only to capitalize on the financial opportunity
of a homestay arrangement and may have little or no
concern for the interests of the other party.