Live with an Indian family
If you are thinking of travelling to India and costs are high (which is an undeniable outcome) due to flights and hotels, have you though of staying with an Indian family. There are a huge amount of benefits involved with the drawbacks being only personal and semi-dependant. “The second best thing to hotel accommodation is sharing a house with a domestic family”, a statement that many who have done the experience will oppose as you can get no close to Indian culture, eating, dressing and living than staying with a family and understanding their way of life.
Lets start with the drawbacks:
Privacy and Space: Similar to staying in a youth hostel or shared flat at university, sharing a home with an Indian family can have negative points as some people prefer their own space and complete and utter privacy.
Service: The Indian family will not serve you all hours or act as your personal servants. This is as to be expected as you are not paying a huge amount for their service.
And the benefits:
Culture: The daily activities, and how they are carried out will be a unique and enlightening experience. Watching and helping with any activity that the family has is a great chance to learn how the family function in the economy and how their own micro-economy prospers day to day. The amount of local knowledge and foresightavailable for the consumer will make easy tasks of where to go and what to do with your day. You will receive unbiased and helpful advice which could improve your holiday hugely.
Cuisine: I am a food lover, and if you are like me, do the home stays. The difference between roadside cooked food, hotel food, restaurant food and home cooked food is startling. You will be paying a fraction of the price, and it can be done to order (with quick glimpses into the kitchen of how it is made, and if you so wish, a full run down of all the raw ingredients and how to go about storing, cooking and mixing them, from the only to willing head chef who just so happens to be the mother of the household).
Uniqueness: Hotels are generally sterile and standardised, either part of large chains which want to keep everything consistent, or just lower class boring establishments with high prices. Staying in a home in India will completely change your accommodation outlook. Diverse, colourful, unique, instructive and hospitable, each and every home you will stay in will prove a great experience.
A homestay will offer the above advantages to your trip and will also make you feel welcome in a way no hotel can do. You will do things with your host family, learn some of the language, experience their unique culture and live deep in the domestic culture, which in my opinion, is the only way to travel.
For information on prices, functionalities and locations visit Raju India.