Why do choose a homestay in Rishikesh?

When you look for a homestay in Uttarakhand, you also;

1-Support to enhance the rural area economy

2-Maintain the ecology of the place by reducing the migration

3-Support in keeping local cultures and traditions

If you get an opportunity to eat authentic, appetizing home-made cuisine or the opportunity to learn traditional cooking and making long term relationships with a host family and sharing day life while living with host families is a remarkable experience that you can take away forever.

The Rishikesh holy town rests on the eastern & western bank of the holy river Ganges and is near to Haridwar, another holy city of the state of Uttarakhand.

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Tourist enjoying the river rafting

Excluding the hotels, there is much good quality of homestays in Tapovan, Rishikesh, where you get a local style stay with the Himalayan family where you love your stay away from the crowded & busy roadside hotels in Rishikesh. In Rishikesh, where all the hotels are located, are very much noisy that does not allow to sleep in the night.

The homestay takes you away from the regular tourists visiting places, away from the over-crowded place and give you a stay with nature and homely environment.  In the homestay, you do not get amenities & services like the hotel but with standard amenities, now some homestays in Tapovan having AC rooms with free Wi-Fi and en-suite bathroom but there are few homestays who provides the food.  

In addition, if you request to the host family for an assistance upon arrival, they assist you and arrange some kind of transport for arrival and departure, and also organise customized day tour activities like trekking, river rafting, day hiking, sunrise trek, village stay, yoga & meditation, etc. around Rishikesh.

  • Participate in host family Traditions. Sharing day life with  Host

Partaking fair and festival, family day routines, interactions with the host families. Learning how to communicate with each other, having dinner and also a chance to learn a tradition Himalayan cooking and so much.

  • Having a chance to learn the local language

Home staying gives a safe local language learning atmosphere to learn a new culture, practicing also how to write new words. They normally make the learning easy and fun and never get hesitate to help you learn.

  • Being a local is the best way to get immersed in the local life.

Without being a local, you find hard to understand the local life to experience it at fullest. With local family you can watch TV shows like movies or local program and Native Games and other daily activities with host family & exchanging the idea and thoughts is one of the best experience you get.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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