If you are one of those to whom idea of vacation is to cut off from the whole world and reconnect with nature and with yourself, you have reached the right place. In this blog, we will take you on a journey to discover 10 serene homestays that can only be reached on foot. These heavenly homestays, present the perfect opportunity to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature. Embarking on these adventures not only rewards you with breathtaking views and extraordinary experiences but also allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture, rich traditions, and the warm hospitality of the hosts.
So pack your backpack, lace up your boots, and embark on these unforgettable journeys to indulge in the serenity and beauty that can only be found in these secluded homestays!
Nestled amidst the lush forests of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, Nongriat offers a magical escape from the chaos of modern life. A trail of around 5 kms through the forest takes you to this stunning place. Immerse yourself in the serenity of raw nature by the side of River Umshiang, and listen to the sounds of nature while fire flies dance over you.
Unique Feature: The home-stay is located just adjacent to more than 180 yrs old Umshiang Double-Decker Living Root Bridge which is created by nature and crafted by Khasi tribe. The aerial roots of Ficus trees are intertwined and woven together to create this wonder.
Tucked away in the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Kanarkha Homestay offers a magical retreat for nature enthusiasts. This village homestay is surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped mountains. A moderate hike of about 30 minutes leads you to this little piece of paradise, where you can enjoy the tranquility of nature and indulge in healthy village life.
Unique Feature: Away from the tourist hustle, this place is still untouched by the modernity. You will be hosted by simple mountain family who will treat you with healthy organic meals cooked in chulah.
Nestled precariously on a mountainside, Raila farmstay near Nainital offers a truly unique experience. A challenging hike of 2 hours takes you up steep trail amidst forest to this 3 acres of organic farm land created with passion by Vlatka and Pankaj. This homestay is a 100 yrs old traditional mud and stone house surrounded by untouched pristine nature. There are many unexplored treks and trails around.
Unique Feature: The abandoned land is converted into an organic farm and the place is now full of fruit trees and seasonal vegetables. Stay here and learn organic farming.
Perched high on the Mountains of West Sikkim, this remote cottage offers magnificent view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and the Khecheopalri Lake. A hike through lush forest leads you to this cozy retreat. Spend your days trekking in the jungle listening to the birds and and relax by the fireplace, enjoying uninterrupted starry nights.
Unique Feature: Located amidst pine forest, the village offers absolute peace. The place is best for digital detox.
For an unforgettable experience of living in a tree house, head to this tastefully done tree house in village Sunkiya near Mukteshwar. Surrounded by dense Oak and Rhododendron forest, this eco-stay can be reached by walking through the forest.
Unique Feature: This magical hideout gives your ultimate peace and privacy. Get immersed in an awe-inspiring natural environment while enjoying farm fresh meals from the host family kitchen.
For those seeking an off-the-grid adventure, Mystic Himalayan Homestay in the heart of the Himalayas is an ideal choice. An easy well paved path of around a kilometer will bring you to this out-of-the-world Himalayan village house. Fall asleep to the symphony of nocturnal creatures and wake up to the melodies of rare bird species in this traditional mud house. It provides a picturesque view of the Brahmakamal and Drongiri peaks and is set amidst the dense Deodar forest, and merrily flourishing rich variety of flora and fauna.
Unique Feature: You can practice yoga and meditation and go on treks with the host who is a trained yoga teacher and a trekker himself.
Set by the banks of Ravi river in Himachal, Chamba has its unique style of art and architecture and it still retains its medieval charm. Experience Himalayan village life while staying in this heritage hill side home. A 30 minute walk uphill on a zig zag step trail takes you to this hidden gem that boasts of unforgettable vistas and a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle.
Unique Feature: This beautiful homestay is set amidst a 10 acres organic farms, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, medicinal herbs and variety flora & fauna. Enjoy farm activities, learn cow milking, take a dip in the spring pool on a hot afternoon or sip Chai as you watch the sunset over the mountains.
If you are looking to shut the mad city life behind you, then this place is ideal for you. Breathe, relax and unwind at this old Himachali house located on a hill away from touristy hustle. The village is inhabited by very few people and road access is limited to the point where you can park your vehicle after which there is a beautiful walk of 15 minutes till you reach the homestay.
Unique Feature: The charm of the place lies in its remoteness. Simplicity is what differentiates this beautiful and quaint village of Deohari. People of the village live harmoniously and their lifestyle is very much in sync with nature. Be a part of it for few days while you are here.
Set amidst a dense forest and fruit orchards, it is an ideal place to unravel from the monotony of big cities and overflowing tourist getaways. This traditional house made from wood, mud, and stone in Kathkuni architecture can be reached through a 15-minute walking trail to the village. The place is peacefully secluded and offers a true organic living experience with a touch of modernity.
Unique Feature: It is a paradise for birders, hikers, artists, yoga enthusiasts and just anybody who loves to witness nature in sheer silence and peace.
Osla is a picturesque Himalayan village nestled amidst Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand in Har ki Doon Valley. It is the last village in Har ki Doon Valley and is untouched by modernization. A beautiful trek of around 12 km, starting from Taluka, through enchanting alpine forests with extraordinary views of the surrounding mountain peaks takes you this peaceful hamlet.
Unique Feature: The valley is full of exotic Himalayan flowers and rich wildlife. You may encounter deer and many rare Himalayan birds on the way. There are chances you may spot Snow Leopard and Himalayan Black Bear as well.