The Unique Parsi Homestay – Port Blair

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Port Blair

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of Islands in the Indian territory located in the Bay of Bengal. Located in South Andaman district is its capital city Port Blair, the only entry point for the Islands through sea and air route. The city has a lot of places which hint at the penal settlement of Britishers before independence and act as a memorial for the Indian freedom struggle. It has various places of interest like historical Cellular Jail, museums, beaches, markets, and parks. Anthropological museum here focuses on the indigenous tribes of the Islands.

Port Blair has its own airport Veer Savarkar International Airport. Direct flights operate from Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi. You can also take a Cruise.

The Homestay

This is the oldest homestay in the Islands and belongs to the only Parsi family in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The place is in close proximity to all major points of interest as well as the airport, jetty (for catching inter-island ferry to other Islands), and market. The homestay has three apartments with individual entrances on the same premises as the owner’s bungalow. The main house has a unique traditional Burmese design which was made with wood earlier and renovated later. There is a beautiful garden space and a terrace lounge.

Apartment 1 has one large bedroom with 2 single beds and one double bed, a living cum dining room and an attached bathroom. Apartment 2 has one room with a double bed, an attached bathroom without AC and can be connected to Apartment 1 if required. And there is a Duplex cottage that has 2 bedrooms and a bath. There is a common sit-out area on the terrace of the main house which is a great place to relax and enjoy the sea view. In all, 10 people can be accommodated in the homestay. It is quite popular amongst solo and female travelers. 

Location: 2.75 Km from Phoenix Bay Jetty
Number of Rooms – 3; Total Capacity – 10

Know Your Host

The only Parsi family in the Islands will host you. They settled in the Andaman Islands in 1985. A very impressive and energetic lady Dinaz Noble heads this house and will host you here along with her family. Dinaz knows a lot about the culture and history of the islands as the family moved here long time ago and have seen the changes Port Blair went through. She can give you lots of good advice about the places to visit. Shiraz, her son is a graduate of hotel management and takes care of the homestay along with his wife Bakhtawar. Bakhtawar cooks excellent Parsi food. Tanaz is a reputed Kayaking Instructor with a lot of achievements under her belt. She has made history by becoming the first kayaker to cross the very feisty 10-degree channel in Andaman Islands.

Apart from the homestay they also have an agriculture plantation where they grow organic spices like clove, pepper and cinnamon along with Aricanut and Coconut. They also sell them in beautiful packaging which is a must take-home souvenir. For those who wish to experience wilderness, they have a water house adjacent to the island. Shiraz also conducts Kayaking tours around the private island. He enjoys talking about the Islands, life and is the go-to person to guide you for information about sightseeing in the Islands.

Food

Light breakfast is provided that includes toast and tea. Home cooked lunch and dinner are available on advance information. Simple home cooked meals are served that include seasonal vegetables, dal, rice, roti etc. Chicken and fish can also be prepared on request. Do try Parsi food that can be made on advance notice. 

Activities

Bird Watching • Trekking • Star Gazing • Village Walk • Stay at Water house at the Private Island • Organic Spice Tour at Private Island • Kayaking to Mangroves in Havelock • Scuba Diving • Snorkeling

Facilities

Hi Speed WiFi • Power Backup • Shopping • Parking • Running Hot Water • Air Conditioner • Open Seating Areas • Toiletries • Garden • Television •  Smoking Allowed • Washing Machine (For Long stay only)  • Pick and Drop Service (Paid)

Tariff

Single Occupancy Room: 1300/-
Double Occupancy Room: 2400/-
Extra Person: 500/-
Complimentary: WiFi, Breakfast

Child Policy
Upto 7 years: Complimentary (No Extra Bed)

Note: What you pay for a homestay, brings a direct socio-economic benefit to locals. Be proud by not asking for a discount.

Local Attractions

Marina Park Aberdeen Bazaar • Carbyn’s Cove • Cellular Jail •  Samudrika Marine Museum • Samudrika Marine Museum  •Forest Museum •  North Bay Island • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex • Ross Island • Chatham Island

Excursions

Sippi Ghat   Mount Harriet National Park •  Chidiya Tapu •  Jolly Buoy • Island   Mahatma Gandhi • Marine National Park •   Neil Island • Havelock Island

You may like to check more of our Homestays in Andaman 

 

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