"The information and help which we got from you and your team, before we even left the UK, was second to none, and we felt very reassured that we were in good hands."
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Due to the experience in Village Ways, we have unity in our work, the unity of our village has been strengthened due to this." Khim Singh

Experience the rhythms of village life

Manisha PandeTo stay in the heart of a timeless, tranquil village is a unique experience. Our communities welcome guests warmly, and you will feel genuine village life all around you. Men and women work the fields in traditional ways, mainly by hand; children make a ball from rags and play cricket on stone rooftops and small areas of flat land - and don't be shy when they ask you to join in! These places can feel far from the modern world, but the villagers are rightly proud of their heritage, and delighted that guests travel vast distances to visit them.

 

What are the villages like?

Every village is different, from tiny hamlets like Satri, where 3 or 4 family homes cling to the hillside with astonishing views of the Himalayas, to Motthakhara, a bustling, large village in South India, with a range of craftspeople and little shops, as well as farms. What they share is a sense of the people being attached to the land, an attachment that goes back generations.

 

 

Village homestays

With Village Ways you stay in very special village guesthouses, created for you and owned and managed by the village committee. The guesthouses are simple and comfortable, gently reflecting the way your hosts live in their own village houses.

You could think of the guesthouses as 'village homestays' – offering a unique opportunity to experience authentic village life as it is lived today. But these are so much more than typical homestays; 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.

A warm welcome

Kathdhara guesthouse, Binsar

Your village team has received good training in hygiene, house management, hospitality and cooking but they are not professional hoteliers. Their welcome is genuine and warm, their hospitality natural. Your hosts, guides, cooks, housekeepers and porters are all drawn from different families through the village, sharing the pleasure of hosting you and the financial benefit. There is ongoing monitoring to check these benefits are spread around the households over a season. Delicious home-cooked food, often vegetarian, is prepared in the dedicated kitchens over open fires, with most of the produce coming from the farms in and around the village.

 

The Guesthouses

The village guesthouses are either converted and renovated from an existing unused house, or specially built.  Each Village Committee undertook the construction work to reflect the local style and traditions, varying by region of India and Nepal. Local craftsmen undertook the work using traditional materials – stone, mud mortar, timber. Continuing investment is put into ensuring the guesthouses are maintained and improved.

The houses are furnished attractively and simply, with local materials wherever possible. Each house has a combined dining and sitting room, often with a terrace to make the most of the views. Bedrooms are typically twin rooms, some with a simple en-suite and some with separate, shared washing and toilet facilities. All bedding is provided. You can  relax and enjoy a good night's rest after a day in the open.

Either limited electricity or solar power provides warm water for showers and power for light through the year. Water comes from the village’s own source and drinking water is boiled and filtered. These resources are limited and guests are asked to use them modestly.

 


 

5 Amazing Communities

To give you a feel of what life is like in our villages, we highlight 5 very different places:

 

Supi, The Indian Himalayas

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.

 Supi village, Indian Himalayas

 

Hacra, 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.

 

 

Motthakkara, 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 Here, villagers rely on farming, growing mainly coffee, rubber, jackfruit, pepper and some areca. Pepper and spice production are the mainstay of the community. 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.

 

 

Tek Singh, Nepal

This is very much traditional Nepal, way off the beaten tourist track. Tek Singh is a small, stone-built village, where farming is the mainstay, with terraced fields of cereals, vegetables, wheat and fruit trees - there are abundant potato and maize crops and a splendid orange harvest. Goats, buffalo and chickens are kept. There are also persimmon orchards and coffee plantations.

Buddhism is the main faith in the region, with villagers here predominantly of the Tamang tribe. They make for charming hosts, offering a warm, authentic welcome.

 

 

Pavinakurva, Karnataka

In this coastal village, set on the Arabian Sea, close to the mouth of the Badagani River, traditional fishing remains the main source of income, and it is wonderful to watch the boats head out to sea, as they have for centuries. Access is across a pedestrian suspension bridge, and the community has an appropriately independent feel to it, strongly self-reliant and warmly welcoming to our guests.

 

 

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