‘Homestays of India’ is a social enterprise dedicated to promote authentic family run homestyas across India. We aim to provide travelers a unique experience and the locals an alternate source of income while preserving their heritage, culture and traditions.
Staying in a homestay gives an enriching and immersive experience. Live in an informal setting and get an opportunity to interact with hosts and co-travelers, experience the local culture & traditions and taste India’s rich cuisine prepared by locals. Homestay owners host their spaces in many different ways, which makes each homestay experience unique and full of discovery.
‘Homestays of India’ aims at reducing migration from Indian villages. Not only do we provide the alternate livelihood to the host families but also support the local communities. We engage local staff and use local resources. The woman of the house is encouraged to involve actively in managing the homestay. We train them in various aspects of hospitality like guest handling, cooking, hygiene, adopting eco practices etc. The youth of the area are also trained in tourism activities so they get the employment opportunities in the village itself and do not have to go to the cities in search of jobs. We work actively with locals to create outlets for local produce and handicrafts to boost the local economy.
Vinod Verma is an entrepreneurial expert in developing sustainable livelihood through unconventional home-stays. He has contributed to Indian tourism by bringing many off-beat places to main stream and promoting Indian culture. A trilingual person with Hindi, English by naturalization and trained in Russian from the Russian Culture Center, he is academically qualified professional with travel, hospitality, landscape photography and field learning. Vinod regularly contributes in reputed travel magazines and travel guide publications of India. Some of his popular travel guides are “Buddhist Trails in Ladakh”, “Simla and its heritage” and “Brajbhoomi: Krishna’s Playground” published by GoodEarth.
Shailza Sood Dasgupta
A social entrepreneur, striving for low impact eco-tourism, Shailza works closely with local rural communities to augment their village economy by generating alternate income streams through homestays and other tourism related activities. Explorer by heart and a travel consultant by profession, Shailza has traveled extensively in rural India and has spent time with people from various tribes. After working for companies like Google and McKinsey for over a decade she finally followed her heart and started writing and consulting. She writes for various travel publications that include HappyTrips – Time of India travel initiative, Terrascape, Discover India, National Geographic Traveler, Women’s Era, Alive and leading newspapers like The Hindu and Times of Oman. She aims to make this world a better place by educating and helping people travel responsibly and keep this world a beautiful place for the coming generations to cherish.
The team was recently awarded the National Business Leadership Award for exemplary work in the field of Travel and Tourism. It is an acknowledgment of the quality and the authenticity of the homestay experience that the team strive to bring to every single customer from all over the world.
“Thanks to all the wonderful homestay owners who have put in their belief and trust in us and all our customers who took our word for it, went out and experimented and experienced life in a Homestay!”