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Monday, February 18, 2013 ·

Homestays is the hottest trend in the hospitality sector that is embracing tourists like never before. Alexandria Cook visits one such home in Mumbai that has been roped in by (Idea of Harvard, IIT, IIM graduates) and comes back with family bonding.
Replace the “sherwani”clad, long mustached guard at the hotel entrance with a warm old couple or single lady waiting to embrace you into their homes.

What if you could interact with the locals, feel the culture and learn about the nuances of your favorite holiday spot? Perhaps that is why has ventured into the ‘Home Stay’ concept, where individuals with large homes let out their spare rooms for working expatriates, executives, couples, and females etc to stay in. Who is visiting city as intern or working for any organization form one month to a year.
Yet, I was slightly apprehensive about the “home” I was going to stay in. Being a lone female traveler, living in a stranger’s house does leave one wondering about issue of safety. Dismissing all doubts I was ready to go because of references provided by the of my business school graduates, who used its services earlier.
Mumbai Calling
After traversing through maddening streets and train stations figuring out why and how every station in two part East and West, for viewing of couple of property   I finally decided to stay at Anita’s place. She was young lady of age around 55 teaching Marketing and advertisement in various management institutes. After exchanging pleasantries I was soon shown my room with splendid view of ocean, which was really a stress buster.
So far so good, I thought, till I was told list of do’s and don’ts. Well, that is something about homestays. You don’t have the leisure of calling in for a waiter at 2am for a hot cuppa coffee. Still, it’s worth it because hotel room in Mumbai is small basically run out of the mill types and most of them in crowded areas.
‘Stay’ and beyond
Homestays is no new concept in Mumbai, everybody with a room to spare ready to let out to expats. However, those who wish to blend the comfort with budget then  has specialization in dealing with foreigners and working executives so that save you feet from wear and tear. Steering clear from just lodging facilities, these homes give personal attention to the guests, have breakfast included as part of tariff, activities are conducted to get one acquainted with the local culture, cabs or host might show you around and help you with getting the best shopping deals. The tariffs vary from 5000/- Indian Rupees to 35,000/- Indian rupees for a month depending on the room size, location, ambience and facilities. For foreign tourists, the cost as well as understanding local culture serves as the major pluses in Homestays. Nevertheless, tourists have an option of choosing when to interact with their hosts and how much to take advantage of their homestays. The best part about this concept is that your clothes washing and room cleaning is taken care by host only. My trip ended some lip smacking Mumbia food like Bhel puri, Pani Puri etc. The best part covered/handled all the nuances of Mumbai real estate.

Note: This Post was written by one of our client from Alexandria Cook from New York, America. 


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