Hotels Are So Boring! Stay At These Unconventional Accommodations In India

Are you a traveller? We don’t mean tourist, we mean a hardcore traveller. Someone who makes no timetable for a vacation. Someone who just throws a dart at the map, packs a few clothes and heads off on an adventure.  If you are, you must know how cliché it is to stay in the comforts of a hotel. Who needs room service when you can eat prasad for a meal? Who needs a concierge when you have your family run accommodation’s head looking after you? We at TripHobo have compiled a list of unconventional accommodations in India for you. The next time you travel, ditch the conventional hotel and stay at these unique and special places instead.

Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort, Hodka:

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Situated bang in the middle of nowhere and open from October to March, the Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort lets you experience village life. Built under the Endogenous Tourism Project/Rural Tourism Scheme,  they offer different types of accommodations at the village- from Ecofriendly Tents to traditional ‘bhungas’ (circular mud houses).

Address: Hodka Village, Banni, Bhuj (Kutch) Gujarat.

Cost per night: INR 3300 onwards.

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Sharnga Guest House, Auroville:

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Stay among Aurovilians at the Sharnga Guest House. Having a residential setting, the guest house has tranquil, natural surroundings. Wake up to the sound of chirping birds and head over to an early morning yoga session in Auroville.  

Address:  Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu.

Cost per night: INR 1500 onwards.

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Tantra Beach Shacks, Goa:


Providing tree house type accommodation along with the option of huts, the Tantra Beach Shack and Huts was created using tantric decor, statues, art and colourful fabrics. Blending perfectly with nature, fall into a gentle sleep at the shack while the sounds of the sea sing a lullaby for you.

Address: St. Michael Vado, Anjuna Flea Market Path, Anjuna, Goa 

Cost per night: INR 1800 onwards.

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Golden Temple, Amritsar:

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While visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar, feel at one with the divine at the accommodations provided by the temple complex. The complex offers free as well as paid accommodations divided into- Sri Guru Ram Das Sara, Guru Nanak Niwas, New Akal Rest House, Guru Arjan Dev Niwas, Guru Hargobind Niwas, Mata Ganga Ji Niwas and Guru Gobind Singh NRI Yatra Niwas.

Address: Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab

Cost per night: INR 100 onwards.

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Houseboat, Kerala:

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Although this might burn a hole in your pocket, staying on a houseboat in Kerala is an experience of a lifetime. Spending a night on your own private houseboat, while gently floating through the backwaters of Kerala is indeed a blissful experience. While most of the houseboats leave from Alleppey, the route from Kollam to Alleppey is quieter.

Address:  Kerala, India

Cost per night: INR 6500 onwards.

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Root Institute, Bodhgaya:

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If you are heading over to the holy city of Bodhgaya for some peace and meditation, check into the Root Institute’s accommodation. The Institute is ‘a Buddhist meditation centre, providing an ideal location for the study and practice of meditation and philosophy.’ The place proves to be an ideal location for people on a meditation course or a private retreat or for people who are looking for a peaceful place to stay during their visit to Bodhgaya.

Address:  Near Nigma Monesty, Saxena Road, Bodhgaya, Bihar

Cost per night: INR 250 onwards.

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Guhantara Cave Resort, Bangalore:

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Guhantara is India's very first underground cave resort. An exhilarating experience, the resort has it all- accommodation, lounge bar, restaurant, swimming pool with waterfall, kids play area, herbal garden, spa and it also plays host to adventure sports activities.

Address: Sy. No. 177 & 177/18, Nowkal Palya, Bangalore South Taluk, Off Kanakapura Main Road, Kaggalipura, Karnataka

Cost per night: INR 8500 onwards.

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Hemis Monastery, Ladakh:

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The wealthiest monastery in India, the Hemis Monastery is a marvellous place to visit while in the city of Leh. It has a rich collection of ancient artefacts, sacred Thangkas, wall murals and various other antique objects. During certain festivals and events, the monastery lets visitors stay overnight on its premises and it is an experience not to be missed.

Address:  Hemis Gompa, Tikse, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Cost per night: Not Applicable

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The Tree House Resort, Jaipur:

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An experience like no other, stay in the lap of wilderness at the Tree House Resort in Jaipur. Nature lovers will definitely get a kick out of staying in charming tree houses (which are called nests at this resort). Although expensive, a relaxing stay at the Tree House Resort will be completely worth it. Discover some more such beautiful tree house resorts in India!

Address: NH-8, Nature Farms, Opposite Amity University, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Cost per night:  INR 13000 onwards.

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Shanthi Guesthouse, Hampi:

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The historically intriguing town of Hampi is a must visit for everybody with a wanderlust. And while there, you can stay at the Shanthi Guesthouse which offers undisturbed peace and tranquillity. Having two options- Garden view cottages and Paddy fields view cottages, choose your favourite and have an enjoyable stay.

Address:  Cross the River from Hampi, Virupapur Gaddi, Sanapur, Dist. Koppal, Karnataka

Cost per night: INR 800 onwards during off season (April to October) and INR 1100 onwards during peak season (November to March).

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Where are you heading off to next? Do let us know how your experience was if you stay at these unconventional accommodations recommended by us.

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