Homestay means stay-at-someone-elses’-home. These are not hotels or even B&Bs. The home owners’ family is sharing a part of their house with you. Ontrip tries to select homestays which are clean, safe and reliable. Someone who is ‘not very social’ or ‘extremely privacy demanding’ may not fit there well. Those homestays are placed in the remote parts of our so called civilization. There are scarcity of electricity, fuel and basic supplies. Air Condition, Telephone, Internet, TV and Electric Water Heater are obviously out of question. Warm water will be provided at room. Room heaters, if available, will be chargeable extra. You should carry your medicines with you. BSNL is the most reliable mobile network although AirTel is competitive.
Our listed Independent Hotels and B&Bs have better infrastructure. Some of them are luxurious, rest are economic. TripAdvisor is the best place to read reviews about the property.
TV- Channels are mostly Hindi or regional and subscription based. Times Now is a national English news channel produced by the largest news and media group in India. It is available on channel no 534 in Tata Sky and 300 on Airtel Digital TV. BBC World News is available at 534 on Tata Sky and 307 on Airtel Digital TV.
Internet- It is hard to find a reliable internet connectivity in those part of India. Wifi is still very far.
We do not promote alcohol in homestays and family run B&Bs. Please avoid smoking inside rooms. Smoking is banned inside wooden rooms for your safety.
There are few ethnic, racial and socio-economic controversies at some places of North and North-eastern India. As a traveller it is better to be neutral in those issues. Be respectful to the tribes, residents and officials. Please obey the Govt. imposed guidelines and restrictions. Each traveller must carry a photo ID (Passport / Voter ID / Driving License) and there may be multiple time security checks.
Ontrip’s PAID invoice is the only proof of booking along your ID. You have to present the print-out of the paid invoice at the time of check in. Please try to save a paper by printing this on the reverse side of an already used paper.