Q) What is actually a Homestay & How it is different from a Hotel Stay ?
A Homestay is very similar to a hotel but with the grace of home-like feelings. Guests stay in a family home or nearby. Homestay provides the same comfort to people like a reputed hotel.
In more detailed way, a Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local family and the group/family who came as a guest.
Many people who come to Uttarakhand stay in hotels but never get an opportunity to see Indian Hospitality. People in Uttarakhand love to see guests and provide the best welcome to them.
Q) How does a Homestay work?
Guests & Host interact with each other to share about their cultures, regions and cuisines to make an awesome experience.
Q) Who are my Hosts?
Most commonly, these are families who stay in the house and in some cases they could be caretakers of the house. Mostly they are small family owned places.
Q) What are the Benefits of a Homestay ?
There are so many reasons why you should choose Homestay over any hotel. These are
The unique out of the box experience with a local family.
More Safety for a female.
You will get more opportunities to explore the local area with localite.
Try local cuisine which is hard to find in a hotel
Q) How do I make a reservation for a Homestay
First of all, select a Homestay from the official website of Uttarakhand tourism and fill the form. You will then get a call from the homestay owner to confirm all the details.
Q) What Documents are required to Check-in a homestay ?
In case of a foreign national, you need to show your passport. If you are an Indian, then you must carry a government approved ID with you.
Q) Does the location of Homestay have Network coverage for phone calls & Internet?
Most of the homestays are already covered by Network Operators for Internet & phone calls. Some remote areas may have limited connectivity.
Q) Can we bring our children with us ?
Children less than five years of age are accommodated free of charge. Children more than five will be counted as one more guest. Don’t worry about children, all homestay in uttarakhand are child friendly.
Q) Is there any Front Desk Facility similar to Hotels
No, there is none. This feature is one of those which differentiate homestay with a regular hotel.
Q) Do Homestay Owners Keep Any Kind of Medical Facility with them ?
Homestay owners are trained and equipped with First Aid Kit, in case of any wounds or injury.
Q) Do you provide Alcohol in Homestay
No, serving Alcohol & smoking in Homestay is not allowed according to Government Policy.
Q) Will my Host pick me up from the Bus Depot or Airport ?
This varies according to various homestay owners which are sprawling around Uttarakhand.
Q) What kind of Food is served in these Homestay Facilities
Kind of food served to you varies according to the family traditions and food habits
Q) How many meals do you provide ?
Please contact your respective homestay owner for this.