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Village Ways Short Stays.
Escape to picturesque villages and discover a different type of holiday with Village Ways.
Village Ways Short Stays
With Village Ways you can also book for short stays. If you are looking for a short break for a night or two, you can stay in our very special village guesthouses, owned and managed by the village committees. Day activities can be planned with our guides who are from these villages and they will be able to suggest options based on your preferences. We think of the guesthouses as ‘village homestays’ – offering a unique opportunity to experience village life, as it is lived today. And these are so much more than typical homestays; as you are hosted by a village, rather than just one family and your visit benefits the wider community.
You connect with your hosts in a special way and enjoy life at the heart of a village, without feeling that you are intruding in anyone’s home. The guesthouses are simple and comfortable, gently reflecting the way your hosts live in their own village houses.
A Glimpse into a Village Ways Short Stay situated inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Pick Your Village Ways Short Stay
Tailor each stay with village activities and explore some great hiking routes in each destination.
Bubu House, Kathdhara village , Binsar
With a name meaning Kath ( wood) , Dhara (stream), this scenic village boasts extensive terraced fields, orchards and well maintained farms with views over hills and a wide valley with glimpses of the Panchachuli Range.
Campsite – Jaikuni Bugiyal , Saryu & Pindar Valley
This is not a village but a Bugiyal , a grassy alpine meadow, lying along the 3,000 m high ridge that separates the Saryu and Pindar Valleys. Shepherds bring here sheeps and goats in the summer for grazing.
Supi Valley, Uttarakhand
This village of stone-built houses stands on a hillside just beneath the towering peaks of the Himalayas, not far from the border with Tibet. Road access is difficult, along dirt roads, and this is an extraordinarily remote and wild place. In the village, though, there is a feeling of warmth and liveliness.
Satri, Binsar Sanctuary
The village is remote and located on a high ridge surrounded by a glorious mountain landscapes with uninterrupted views to the Himalayan peaks. The village forms a beautiful series of dwellings.
Hacra Dhani, Rajasthan
On the edge of the great expanse of the Thar Desert, Hacra is a traditional Rajasthani village, of small, family-run farms growing a range of crops. Many families also own camels. This is a peaceful fascinating place, amidst proud, hospitable people.
House Boat, Kerala
Members of four villages – Vayalar, Chenganda, Perambulam and Chamnagiri manage the Houeboat. The lagoons and lakes lined with coconut trees and undergrowth filled with birds , are incredibly photogenic in their beauty.
Mothakkara in Wayanad Hills, Kerala
In India's deep south, in the scented hills of Kerala, Mothakkara is a delightful village set at 1000m, with views across splendid tea gardens This is a village full of life and activity, where women play a major role – all our guides here are female, and a highlight of any visit is to witness the women's drumming group performing.
The Hulgol Hamlets are dispersed around the spice gardens and comprise different community. Endowed with rich resources, Hulgol and the surrounding villages exude a quiet rural charm combined with a vibrant farming system based on spice and tropical fruits.
"wonderful sights, views, mountains, birds and food-
the most lasting memories are of the people of these communities who are so welcoming. I can't wait to go back again (and again)." A very important aspect of these holidays is the aim of sustainable development to keep these communities thriving. This takes a great deal of hard work from everyone involved with Village Ways and it would appear they are now being rewarded for this.