This is a truly unique homestay experience, with the most amicable and selfless host - who genuinely cares about his guests more than anyone I have ever met! Samvit went out of his way to make sure that myself and all the guests had everything they needed and really felt at home. The room was clean and quiet, and decorated in a loving, non-pretentious manner. And these guys are not lying when they say 24 hours hot water! The atmosphere at the house is very relaxed and I loved waking up to eat fresh hot parathas, while checking my emails. If you are a sunset lover like me, there are some great views from the rooftop, and Samvit knows lots of other great spots, both overlooking the city and out in the countryside. It was refreshing to be away from the hassles of the city centre, and I got good taste of the local area, the 'real' India. Knowing a local, I also got experience some of the best street food and chai in town! Samvit often gave me a lift to/from wherever I wanted to go, and I was able to visit the rural villages where he works and meet the local farmers and villagers, an experience that for me is far more memorable than seeing all the usual touristy sights. On my last night the family made a traditional Rajasthani desert that I had talked about - its the little things like that that really make this place special. If you want an authentic Indian experience and are sick of being seen as a dollar sign, then I definitely recommend this place, one of the highlights of my trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ehi-Passika "come and experience" Buddha used to use this phrase when explorers used to ask about the beauty of his teaching. We are using this to welcome you all to come and experience our humble hospitality.Located in a peaceful non-touristy neighborhood, Chandra Niwas provides guests with a unique opportunity to experience real Indian life and culture. This is not your average impersonal, commercial hotel in the middle of the touristy area. This is a homestay into which you will be warmly welcomed and given personal attention to ensure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. We welcome those guests with an interest in exploring the local community and a desire to escape the hassles and touts that plague touristy areas. Part of the revenue generated from the home stay is invested in a grassroots non-profit organization, providing education to rural youth. In all our rooms you will find wall-hangings and bed covers made by local village artists. We have many other local arts and crafts on display in the communal area, which guests may purchase if they wish. Most rooms have WiFi, and all rooms have en-suite bathrooms with 24 hours hot water. Breakfast is served in a lovely dining area where free internet access and WiFi is available. You may also eat on the roof-top, overlooking the organic vegetable garden, and home-cooked lunches and dinners are available upon request. We also have a small library created by past travelers, including travel books, novels, and DVDs. Your hosts, Dr. Samvit Audichya and his hospitable family will personally assist you in planning your days in Udaipur, depending on your interests and length of stay. The hosts will also gladly take care of your transport needs and help you with onward travel arrangements (all at no extra cost). We genuinely enjoy helping our guests! We are a ten minute drive from the city center (3 kms) and walking distance to many stores, restaurants and a pharmacy. Staying at Chandra Niwas you will have the opportunity to see Udaipur not just through the eyes of a tourist, but through the eyes of a local. Samvit has been connected with travel, hospitality, business and social work for the last five years and is now connecting them both. ... more less
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