India offers a mix of places to explore – from the beaches of Goa to the vast and wildlife-rich National Parks. Any of our tailor-made itineraries to India will ensure an exciting and diverse holiday. Imagine India can of course design your tailor-made luxury holiday to India to fit around your exact requirements – and ensure your trip to India is extra special!
Homestays & Havelis in India
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
Whilst homestays offer authentic and intimate accommodation in India, many of the country's traditional havelis, or mansions, have been converted into heritage hotels allowing you to soak up the grandeur of India's regal past.
Dera Mandawa - Rajasthan
Dera Mandawa is an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Jaipur, ideally located near the famed City Palace. With only four suites, each refurbished to a high standard, this is the perfect home away from home in Rajasthan. Before long, you will be made to feel very much part of the family at Dera Mandawa, experiencing the very best of Rajasthani hospitality. Your hosts will introduce you to the nuances of the region, whether it be at a traditional gala or over a delicious home cooked meal. From the moment you step foot through the lofty archway of this property, you will be enveloped by the colours and ensconced in the culture of Rajasthan.
The Coral Tree Homestay - Agra
Located within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, the Coral Tree Homestay is the perfect alternative to Agra's larger hotels and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Singh family are passionate naturalists, educating guests on the flora and fauna of the region, making it the perfect spot for wildlife enthusiasts. Savour home cooked meals in their beautifully furnished dining room, relax on your private veranda overlooking the garden serenaded by the singsong of the property's visiting birds. With only four rooms in a bungalow style, the Coral Tree Homestay is a superbly comfortable and tranquil place to stay in one of India’s most visited destinations.
Shahpura Bagh - Rajasthan
Once the residence of Shahpura rulers, Shahpura Bagh is a heritage estate, steeped in the regal history of Rajasthan. At Shahpura Bagh, meals are a communal affair, ingredients are sourced locally and the family have a heightened eco-conscience, confirming the homestay as a fantastic place to stay. Its nine luxury suites are set in 45 acres of gardens, meaning you will be hard pressed to find a more private and exclusive destination that showcases quintessential India so brilliantly. Located between Jaipur and Udaipur, this is a convenient pit stop during a tour of Rajasthan and the perfect place to enjoy unique excursions which trace the history of the region and soak up its rich heritage.
Dewalokam - Kerala
A short stay at Dewalokam is the perfect introduction to the laid back way of pace of life in Kerala. As a farmstay rather than a homestay, Dewalokam prides itself on its offering of farm to table produce, boasting an array of home grown vegetables, fruits and spices. Guests can roll up their sleeves and get stuck in at the organic farm, explore its rubber and spice plantations or enjoy on site cookery demonstrations to master the art of preparing Keralan cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Venture away from the grounds on a village visit, bicycle ride or jungle walk to really get under the skin of the surrounding area.
Philip Kutty's Farm - Kerala
From the moment you arrive on the banks of Philip Kutty’s Farm, you are immediately lulled into the leisurely pace of life so synonymous with Allepey's backwaters. Accessed only by boat, the homestay consists of five Keralan style cottages which all enjoy uninterrupted views of the region's iconic backwaters. Whilst there, you can dine with other guests on deliciously fresh fare which arrives straight from farm to table from the family’s fifty acre farm. Meals are cooked by the owner’s mother-in-law and served in a thatched pavilion, allowing you to really get to know this Kuttanadan family and learn about their way of life.
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