Canadian blogger Violet Dear (pictured above) recently shared all the things she wished she’d known before she set out for India.
Among them, we were delighted to read, was a warm recommendation for the many benefits of India homestays.
Homestays are amazing – seek them out whenever possible. This is often the only place where you can get real homecooked Indian food made by a woman (women in the North do not work outside the home except in Delhi and Punjab) The food, the atmosphere, engaging people in conversation, participating in daily life – this is what traveling is all about. Forgo fancy hotels – I recommend as many homestays as you can do. My 2 favourites were Orchard Huts (ask for Nitin) in the Chamba Valley, and Green Palm Home (ask for Thomas) near Alleppey.
We’re very pleased that a traveller who has spent a serious amount of time observing the wonders of India recognises the joy of homestays.
Take a look at Violet’s 39 other insights.
If you are a first time India visitor you will find them helpful; if you are Indian you will no doubt find the outsiders’ perspective fascinating.
Find out about the homestay experience and don't forget to check out our ideas on things to do in India or browse our India homestays.