STAY IN SMALL-SCALE FAMILY-RUN HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES, ECO LODGES AND HOMESTAYS AND LEARN ABOUT THE LOCAL WAY OF LIFE
During your India trip you will stay in small-scale hotels, guesthouses and homestays, depending on your preference. The hotels are comfortable with local touches. Guests can enjoy local Indian dishes in the restaurants. Below is a description of some of the India hotels we use.
New Delhi – Colonel’s Retreat Defence Colony
The Colonel’s Retreat Defence Colony is a homely place in a quiet area. The air-conditioned rooms are comfortable and clean rooms and have a private bathroom. Breakfast and dinner can be served on the roof garden which is romantically lit in the evening. The owners will do everything they can to make you feel at home!
New Delhi – Hotel Africa Avenue
Hotel Africa Avenue is a centrally located city hotel with comfortable air-conditioned rooms that come with a minibar, a seating area and attached bathroom. Rooms have a city view or garden view. The hotel has a garden, a terrace, a lounge and a games room.
Agra – the Coral Tree Homestay
The Coral Tree Homestay is a very cosy and colourful homestay with a lush garden, which attracts many birds. It’s a quiet oasis in the middle of Agra. They have just 4 rooms, all airconditioned, colourful and with a private bathroom. The owners are very friendly and like to help you with tips about the area. The Taj Mahal is at less than 10 minutes walking distance.
Ranthambhore National Park – Anuraga Palace, Treehouse Palace Hotel
The Anuraga Palace is one of the oldest hotels in Ranthambore, but has been completely restored in the style of a Rajasthani palace. The hotel has beautiful and spacious airconditioned rooms, in which you feel like Indian royalty. It has a large swimming pool, spa and wellness centre. In the restaurant you can enjoy Indian and continental dishes.
Ranthambhore National Park – Ranthambhore Regency
The Ranthambhore Regency is a beautiful 4-star hotel located just outside Ranthambhor National Park. You can relax at the swimming pool of the hotel. The rooms are cosy and air-conditioned. In the restaurant you can enjoy Indian food, while watching a Rajasthani cultural performance.
Jaipur – Ikaki Niwas
Ikaki Niwas is a small boutique-like guesthouse that offers the luxuries of a hotel blended with the warmth of a family. The guesthouse has a swimming pool, a large outdoor terrace and a small library with novels and board games. The air-conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen tv and tea/coffee making facilities and attached bathrooms. You can enjoy home-cooked Indian meals and the family also offers cooking demonstrations.
Nimaj – Nimaj Palace
Nimaj Palace is a former palace that has been turned into a heritage hotel. Staying here gives you the chance to sleep in a real palace with the ambiance of a bygone era. The rooms are spacious and have attached bathrooms. The hotel has a swimming pool.
Jodhpur – Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay
Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay provides simple rooms housed in huts, at about 20 km from Jodhpur. It is a unique chance to experience village life during your stay in the city of Jodhpur. The simple but cosy rooms have a fan or air-cooler and ensuite bathrooms. The friendly family cooks delicious Rajasthani meals.
Bera National Park – Bera Safari Lodge
The Bera Safari Lodge is located near the granite hills of Bera National Park where leopards are generally spotted. The rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished and decorated in a safari style. The food served is traditional Indian food made with locally sourced fresh organic vegetables from a nearby farm.
Rishikesh – Vedas Tapovan Hotel
The Vedas Tapovan Hotel is a friendly hotel with very welcoming staff. The hotel has a terrace with views of the city. The restaurant serves tasty Indian food. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen tv and a minifridge and a private bathroom. The hotel also has a space where yoga classes are held.
Nag Tibba in Indian Himalaya – The Goat Village
The Goat Village is a group of farm retreats and homestays managed by The Green People – a community working towards economic development of rural India. One of the ways they do this is by developing rural tourism. Staying at the Goat Village will give you a first-hand experience of rural Indian life, while contributing to the livelihood of the family. The village is located in a beautiful area. It is not connected with electricity and common/dining areas and the kitchen are lit up using solar energy. The rest of the space is lit up with candles and kerosene lamps. Solar lamps are provided during the nights. Hot water can be provided in buckets from a common, renewable resource. So staying at the Goat Village means going back to basic. However, the serene setting of the village and the extremely warm and welcoming staff will make your stay unforgettable.