Updated: Sep 24, 2021
If you are checking hotels or guest houses for your next trip to Rajasthan, hold on. Scroll down to find out some of the most well-known homestays across the state. No matter what the budget, we've got you covered.
Big hotel vacations are a great getaway from the daily grind of our lives. They've got everything you need at your fingertips; but what if you wanted to experience a destination at nearly half the cost? You guessed it - homestays. They're cozy, a better option for a long vacation and most importantly, easy on the pocket.
Rajasthan is a popular tourist destination for both Indians and foreigners - in 2019, domestic tourists arriving in Rajasthan accounted for approximately 52 million, while the foreign tourist arrivals accounted for over 1.6 million. It's safe to say that Rajasthan, with its booming tourism industry, has a thriving hospitality sector that is focused on providing quality stay.
Here are some renowned homestays across Rajasthan - from affordable options to slightly more expensive ones.
1 - All seasons Homestay, Jaipur
Located in close proximity to Jaipur railway station and the Central bus station (both within 3 kilometres and take maximum 10 minutes by vehicles), the All Seasons Homestay believes in the age-old Indian tradition of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (Guests are God).
The entrance and exteriors of the All Seasons Homestay in Jaipur (Image credit: All Seasons Homestay Jaipur Website)
Deeply rooted in Indian culture, this homestay is owned by the warm and vibrant Goel family. In addition to providing a homely experience, the Goel’s also celebrate every festival with their guests.
The garden at All Seasons Homestay in Jaipur (Image credit: All Seasons Homestay Jaipur Website)
This homestay also comprises a spaced out well-developed garden, which can be used by all their guests.
2 - Raj Mandir Boutique Homestay, Jodhpur
Located at a stone's throw distance (almost 200 metres) from Mehrangarh Fort, the Raj Mandir Boutique Homestay promises a clear view of the massive fort and the surrounding blue local architecture.
This 250 year old haveli homestay, situated in the old-town of Jodhpur, is extremely budget-friendly, providing all basic necessary amenities including the fort-view restaurant.
The restaurant at Raj Mandir Boutique Homestay provides a clear view of the Mehrangarh fort (Image credit: Raj Mandir Boutique Homestay)
1 - Branson Backpacker Homestay, Jaipur
Located in Jaipur, the Branson Backpacker Homestay is one of the most popular homestays in the city. Due to locational advantages, and accessibility to the major tourist spots - Samode Palace, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, and Amber Fort, this homestay is often preferred by travellers.
In addition to the preferable location, this homestay provides special homemade Rajasthani foods to savour, and a stunning view of the main city from its rooftop.
One of the special features about this homestay is its inclusiveness, with special rooms and facilities only for the specially-abled guests.
The living-room-like reception and dining area provides a homely feel to this homestay (Image credit: Branson Backpacker Homestay)
2 - Newton’s Manor, Jodhpur
Newton’s Manor, located in the heart of Jodhpur, offers a Victorian vibe in its interiors. Possessing antique English architecture, this mid-range homestay provides lodging facilities with hospitality at extremely economical charges to all tourists and travellers visiting the blue-city.
The interiors at the dining hall at Newton’s Manor in Jodhpur, gives a Victorian vibe (Image credit: Newton’s Manor Facebook)
Newtons Manor also provides fresh homemade breakfast and dinner to their guests. Here, the guests are entertained as family members and often dine with their hosts, as well as with the other guests.
Expensive homestays 1 - Royal Heritage Villa Homestay, Udaipur
The Royal Heritage Villa Homestay is considered among the premium and most popular homestays in Udaipur. This heritage-styled property is situated conveniently in the center of the New City of Udaipur in a non-tourist neighborhood, yet within a short distance from all major attractions of Udaipur.
The Royal Heritage Villa possesses Rajputana-style traditional villas, which have been transformed into a modern homestay to stay in. All the rooms in this homestay have been provided with adequate space, light and air, for the comfort of guests.
The rooms in this homestay are extremely spacious and have adequate light and ventilation (Image credit: Royal Heritage Villa)
The Suite and the Super Deluxe rooms have their own private sit-ins (traditionally called Ghokhda). The balcony and inner Jharokha terraces can be utilized for morning yoga sessions and for enjoying the sunrise and sunset.
The Jharokha terraces at Royal Heritage Villa can be utilized effectively for Yoga practice sessions for the guests (Image credit: Royal Heritage Villa)
2 - Oasis of Serenity, Jodhpur
Located at the outskirts of Jodhpur, Oasis of Serenity, is rightly a serene villa located near the oasis of the desert. The offbeat location provides a peaceful experience for the guests, away from the hustling touristy city centres.
The specialty of this homestay is the presence of a massive swimming pool, open for all guests, and the mango and chiku trees across the premises. Within this homestay, guests can enjoy a swim or choose to take a peaceful walk in nature and embrace its beauty.
The Oasis of Serenity, possessing a swimming pool and lined by trees throughout the premise boundaries (Image credit: Vista Rooms)
With its modern-decor interiors, there are two air-conditioned dining rooms on the ground floor of this villa, with a seating for up to eight and 15 people respectively.
The interior spaces at this homestay are highly modernized. Image of the common Television space at Oasis of Serenity (Image credit: Vista Rooms)
Edited by Aparna Chandrashekhar
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