saris and a personal cultural experience
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 14, 2012 7:10 AM Last Post By: reedermb
Mar 29, 2012 9:22 PM
saris and a personal cultural experienceI am traveling to India in a few weeks. At some point my friend and I are hoping to do a homestay. When I read about it on the net, a homestay sounds like staying in a B&B, not necessarily very personal. We are hoping for the opportunity to learn a little cooking in a genuine Indian kitchen, and perhaps buying saris and getting helped with getting dressed in them. Is this sort of thing possible to plan? Is a homestay the way to find this kind of experience?
Mar 29, 2012 9:27 PM
Mar 29, 2012 10:11 PM
2It's a great experience staying in a homestay. And, yes it's more than a B&B can offer. With homestays you get to stay with a local family, gorge on traditional food of the region and get to learn a bit about their culture, cuisine and people. In India, the homestay concept is extremely popular in Coorg, a hill-station in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Settle into an 'Ainmane' (ancestral homes in Coorg), which are now offered as homestays for a taste of traditional Coorg hospitality or sip a hot cup of the famous Coorg coffee lazing on a planter’s chair.
For the traveller, Coorg holds a cornucopia of surprises and experiences. In fact Coorg caters to all kinds of tourist interests – culture, outdoor adventure, heritage, temples and wildlife. From unique Hindu temples at Bhagamandala to the bastions of the Mercara Fort, and cascades of Abbey and Irpu falls to the towering peaks of Thadiyendamol and Brahmagiri (ideal for hiking and camping).
BTW, in Coorg the saris are worn in a unique way, not worn anywhere else in India, and your host would be happy to help you drape it.
Mar 29, 2012 10:17 PM
3Homestay is popular in India.Most of touristic city you can find paying guest house in India.
Mar 30, 2012 9:49 PM
4I will be in the Darjeeling area. Perhaps we will want the salwar kameez!
Mar 31, 2012 1:40 AM
5Hello n greetings from Nagaland!!
If you happen to be in Darjiling which is very close to the NE, come and visit the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
I run a homestay close to the capital Kohima where I promote local culture, trekking to mountains and walks to villages nearby. In NE you'll experience a different culture than mainland india with people from the hills, valleys n mountains.
If it interest you let me know or visit
Apr 14, 2012 7:10 AM
6Saris are for married women, but don't let that stop you from getting one. (At least in Bangladesh) unmarried women wear them for special events (weddings, New Year, religious holidays, etc), and I'm guessing the people you stay with would love to show you how to wear one.
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