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From city apartments to coffee plantations, there is no dearth of places you could find a homestay at. However, you get more of this hospitable and no doubt comfortable accommodation in the Indian capital New Delhi, or the states of Rajasthan and Kerala. The range of facilities that are made available to you vary from one place to another with some offering just a homely bed and breakfast, while others venturing out to providing lounge drinks and even pickups from the airport or railway station.

The best bet, for your 2010 holidays in India especially with the upcoming Commonwealth Games, are the family-run homestays offering home-cooked regional food and guidance on exploring those “un-touristy” corners of India you would otherwise easily miss.

Sirohi House – Old Delhi
You won’t expect this serene tucked away place in the bustle of Old Delhi streets but this is surely one of those places that promise a unique homestay experience in the capital city. The townhouse was formerly home to the Maharajah of Sirohi and is located near the Civil Lines – three metro stops away from Connaught Circus, and two from Chandni Chowk. As you enter the gates, a quiet driveway leads you to the grand entrance which opens into an ornate antique-laden place with bits of India in every nook and corner.

For 2010 holidays, you get a choice of two suites and two standard double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, cable TV and air-conditioners. The common areas include a lovely garden and a cocktail lounge with bar. Buffets, sit-down meals, picnics, barbeques, canapés and room service are also available.

Tariffs start from 47 GBP per night.

Vikram and Paaro Ranawat’s Home – Jaipur
This one is run by a retired air force officer and his entrepreneur wife – get ready for experiencing lavish Rajput hospitality. The suburban villa has a row of airy living spaces with open plans centred on a flower-strewn atrium. Cool marble floors, roof terrace, comfortable furnishings add to the beauty of staying in one of the two guest bedrooms featuring private lounge along with a self-sufficient garden cottage. Paaro Ranawat hosts lessons in Hindi, cookery demos, yoga classes and visits to her factory that manufactures vegetable-dyed cottons and kaftans.

Hanging out in the beautiful garden with custard apple, pomegranate and papaya trees all over the place is an experience hard to put into words.

For your 2010 holidays, be ready to pay upwards of 26 GBP per night at the Ranawats’ homestay.

Mr and Mrs Mehra’s Home – Dehradun
Located in a quiet residential area, Mr and Mrs Mehra’s home has a bowling-green lawn with red geraniums spilling out of the window boxes. The views that this house provides of the Shivalik Hills are mesmerizing. With drink trolley and loads of homemade snacks on offer, this Doon Valley homestay is surely a comfortable experience. The balconies lend views of the misty forest-laden hills of Mussoorie – which you can reach on foot in about three hours, or borrow Mehras’ driver and car on a modest rate.

This homestay can be an excellent stopover for your trip from Delhi to the mighty Himalayas. A great choice for 2010 holidays in India.

Room charges start from 27 GBP a night.

Colonel’s Retreat – Delhi
Come to the posh south Delhi and you will be greeted with a number of homestay choices for your India holidays in 2010. And one of the best is Colonel’s Retreat in Defence Colony which is run by a couple – Arun and Suman Khanna. They have a choice of three brightly done guest rooms with air conditioners, marble bathrooms, cable TV, Wi-Fi, etc. The attached balconies provide good city views and the friendly staff an impeccable service.
Perfect for a relaxing 2010 holiday stay in India – right at the heart of happening Delhi.

Tariffs start from 57 GBP per night.

Capella – Northern Goa
The beautiful Goan house sits pretty amidst lush green gardens in a quiet corner between Mapusa and Baga Beach. The traditional house is home to the Madon couple along with their son and a family of dogs and cats. They have three spacious guest rooms on offer – two within the house and the third one as part of the self-contained garden cottage. The bathrooms are all chic and modern and the beds antique. Guests have access to the living room of the Madons and are served simple homemade meals comprising of rice, curries and salads. There is an honesty bar as well.

From the Madons’ house, the beach is at a distance of 15 minutes’ drive. A cool homestay option if you are planning a Goa holiday in 2010. Tariffs start at 60 GBP a night.

Spiti Homestays – Himachal Pradesh
A whole community of homestays is waiting for you in one of the most intriguing locations in India – Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The fourteen homestays spread across mountain villages in the secluded Pin Valley offer breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. The mud-and-brick houses and composting squat toilets do not take away the charm of clean and colourful interiors that are furnished with traditional fabrics and rugs.

Apart from the simple Spitian home-cooked meal mainly featuring noodle soup and momos, you find the crisp mountain air quite invigorating. Do not miss the incredible yak safari while in Spiti on your India holidays 2010.

Rooms at the Spiti homestays start from 35 GBP per night – including a guide and meals.

Nelpura – Alappuzha, Kerala
The tranquil Kerala backwaters have always cast a spell on holidaymakers to this part of India. The 150-year-old home is a heritage building in a way, owned by a Syrian Christian family. The family farms of paddy and coconut palms give you a feel of being in another sleepy little world across continents. The traditional granary house contains the three guest rooms out of which one is sans an air conditioner.

The food you get at Nelpura is freshly cooked and aplenty. Activities while staying here include backwater trip to Alappuzha, meeting the locals, lazing around on a country boat or visiting the beautiful St Mary’s Forane Church.

Tariffs for Nelpura start at 100 GBP a double. A tucked away option for your South Indian tour in 2010.

Evergreen Estate Bungalow – Mundakayam, Kerala
Built in 1950s, George and Anju Abraham’s house is a modernist masterpiece come to life. With sleek lines and Art Deco curves, Evergreen Estate Bungalow gives one a taste of plantation life in India. All around are rubber trees and through them you can have a glimpse of the Mundakayam Valley. Two spacious rooms with minimalist decor and simple furnishings are meant for guests. The ceiling fans in the rooms along with wicker chairs in the verandahs add a touch of laidback country holiday.

If you happen to be here during your 2010 holidays to India, be ready for a guided tour around with George – the rubber factory in the village, the Pullakaya River and the colonial-era planters’ club of Mundakayam. While his better half doles out plate after plate of homemade local delicacies – mild vegetable stew with appams, meal-ball curry, fish moily, home grown passion fruit juice, banana fry, etc. One is even allowed on request to peek into the kitchen and have a look at the how of it all!

Tariffs start from 59 GBP a night.

Glenora Homestay – Wayanad, Kerala
The dense rainforests give this part of Kerala a paradisiacal charm. For a quality stay during Kerala holidays in 2010, Glenora is just perfect. Owned by the Rajagopal family, the house has been marketed as “farm tourism provider”. Surrounded by 90 acres of pepper, coffee, lime, betel nut, ginger, avocado and guava plantations, Glenora three well-furnished in-house rooms along with two stilted cottages.

While staying at this Keralan house, one can undertake jeep safaris, trekking, visiting the Sunrise Valley, playing badminton or going to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

Tariffs start from 45 GBP a night, including breakfast.

Nandan Farms – Sawantwadi, Maharashtra
The adobe-style home has a rustic feel to it. With two guest rooms along a wide verandah that lends views of the farm – 12 acres of pineapples, cashews and coconut palms – this southern Maharashtra homestay offers you offbeat experience. The small hill station of Amboli is just a stone’s throw away, and the beaches at Vengurla equally nearby.

Try bullock-card rides, having afternoon siesta in one of the hammocks or taste some of the best homemade meals in the region – Malvani chicken curry or fried mackerel.

Tariffs start from 36 GBP a night for doubles, full board.

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