VillageHomeStays™ is an initiative of AWSAR (Association for Welfare Social Action and Research India), working to bridge the gap between urban and rural India. India has been acknowledged for its villages and rural lifestyle.

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Village tourism is a very unexplored part of tourism, especially here in India. VillageHomeStays is giving you the opportunity to experience this hidden treasure of India filled with culture, traditions and a way of life that is so grounded, it will make you ponder. Choose from the options offered by VillageHomeStays in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, SIkkim, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand  .

As the Indian saying goes “Atithi Devo bhava” which literally translates to “guest is god” will make you feel more than at home in these villages. Here are 5 ways how you can make the best of this trip:

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare: Since this is a village stay and will be different from your basic hotels it is important to prepare for your trip beforehand. A brief guide would be to bring mosquito repellents, re-usable water bottles, Sunscreens, appropriate clothing as per the weather, download offline maps of the area to cater for any network issues you might face. You can find packages and detailed descriptions of the amenities available at the site on our website (for further information, please feel free to contact us).

2. Leave your comfort zone at home: Perhaps, this is going to be a very new experience for you, so be ready to widen and expand your comfort zone by familiarising yourself with domesticated animals and bucket showers instead of bathtubs and head showers and so much more!

 3. Get ready to experience the vibrant Culture: The sense of culture and traditions is so strong in villages it can almost be overwhelming. If you’re fortunate enough to celebrate a festival here or get to see a wedding here, it will turn out to be one of the purest, fun and colourful days you could imagine. The emotions and warmth are sure to leave you feeling engulfed with them.

4. Embrace the scrumptious food: You’ll probably have all three meals either provided in our stays, or have to travel to the nearest small town to have food. The food is sure to leave you wanting more. The flavours, the variety from spicy to sweet to savoury, you’ll get it all. Have a hearty meal and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.5. Leave a review: Make it easier for other customers to make the most of their trips, appreciate and encourage the small entrepreneurs you met and loved there. Let us know how we can contribute to making your stay even better. A review might take a few minutes, but it will go a long way to help other tourists, us and you in your future stay with us.

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