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 welcomed 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.
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.
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, making the homestay 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.
Coral Court - Agra
Coral Court Homestay is a vibrant and characterful guesthouse enviably positioned amidst lush green surroundings, just a short walk away from the Taj Mahal. With a strong family atmosphere, it is a wonderful example of traditional Indian hospitality, while also being tastefully decorated and centrally located. This family-run homestay is the perfect place to relax whilst on a visit to the Taj Mahal. The guesthouse is spacious, with a large terrace for yoga or sunbathing and a balcony providing a skyline view of the surrounding area.
Dewalokam - Kerala
A short stay at Dewalokam is the ideal introduction to the laid back way of pace of life in Kerala. Dewalokam is a farmstay rather than a homestay and prides itself on offering 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.
Pal Haveli - Jodhpur
The Pal Haveli is a 300 year old mansion that has been luxuriously refurbished by the Pal family. This lovely boutique hotel lies in the heart of Jodhpur’s ancient walled city right next to the clocktower and old market, making it a welcome alternative to Jodhpur's busier hotels. Pal Havali is a unique boutique hotel that aims to impress its guests, while giving them a first class level of service and the comfort of a modern hotel while emphasising its rich history. The Pal Haveli offers a rare insight to the life of a local family and their life story, whilst being able to experience the culture and traditions of India.
Philip Kutty's Farm - Kerala
From the moment you arrive on this private island on Vembanad Lake, you will find yourself stepping 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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