Home stays in Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley without a home stay is incomplete. The best way to go about your journey in Spiti valley is to plan at least 2-3 nights in a home stay at different villages. It’s these home stays which actually set the difference between a tourist holiday and a backpacker journey around the same place but with two different view points.
The real village life
When you’re traveling to a place like Spiti Valley the first word that will come to mind is remote. The valley is indeed very remote and without a second doubt the best way to experience the valley is by opting for as many home stays as possible. If you are the kind who likes an authentic trip then home stays are the only way to get that experience
All the vegetables you eat in the home stays are grown locally by the villagers in Spiti Valley. From the taste to the quality and even the size will be vastly different from what you have usually eaten back in your hometown or city.
The rooms in home stays are always bigger than what you would get in a hotel or guest house. Reason being no one ever builds small rooms in their own house.
Homestay owners in Spiti valley are always welcoming towards tourists and will go out of their way to make you comfortable. Most homestay host even double up as a village guide to help you explore and experience their village better
Light on the wallet
This is where home stays actually make the biggest difference. When you compare the costing of a home stay with a regular hotel or guest house, you’ll find at least a 20-40% price difference in what the costing is like. The reason being, home stays are run by families and by default have lesser expenses as compared to what a hotel has.
Boost the local economy
The head line pretty much sums it up. Hotels and guest houses are mostly operated on lease by people from outside the village. So whatever you end up spending will go outside the village. While in a home stay, it’s the complete opposite, it’s owned and run by people from the village. It might not be a huge amount but it will definitely make a massive difference to the local economy of the village.
Blend into the community faster
Homestay owners will always go out of their way to help you as a traveller get the experience you desire faster than what a hotel owner will. Be it a visit to the local monastery or even attending a local event in the village. They will make sure you get the best experience possible at the time you spend there.
Home cooked meals
Everything you eat while in a home stay will be home cooked. This will ensure you have healthy food and food which will not end up upsetting your stomach. If you are someone who likes simple dal, rice, chapati, vegetable and egg curry then the home stays is for you.
Yes the best bed will be in the home stays. The same reason you have the best mattress on your bed at home. So be assured that when you are in a home stay you will end up having the best sleep of the entire trip.
Memories of a lifetime
A night in a home stay will leave you with memories of a life time. And this is indeed the most soul filling experience there is in all of of Spiti Valley. It’s the simplicity of life that ends up having a more profound impact on our lives.
Participate in household activities
From cooking to even helping with setting up the tables for lunch and dinner it’s only when you live in a home stay to you actually end up being at sync with the home stay owner. It’s the kind of experience you don’t expect to have but end up having.
Interact with children and animals
Every home in Spiti has children like any normal home and a set of domestic animals that they take care of. If you are an animal lover then that’s covered, if you are someone who likes children then you have a bunch of kids to play around with and have fun.