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Lakshmi Mandir Road Ganj Mohalla, Orchha 472246 India
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Stay with a local family & discover India differently. Orchha is a great place to relax in and discover 17th century monuments. We offer clean and comfortable rooms, furnished in traditional style, built in the courtyard of the host family. The rooms have fans and mosquito nets and the bathroom & toilets are ecological, and are shared with the family. The family provides home-cooked food and kids have plenty of playmates. The home-stay is a 25 minute walk from the palace. This is a social enterprise allowing poor families to benefit from tourism and visitors to see how most families in India live today. We received the Indian Responsible Tourism Gold Award 2018 for the Best Community-run Homestay. Call it responsible tourism or eco tourism - your visit will improve the lives of many and be an experience to remember. One of our six host families will be happy to welcome you.
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AmulAwasthy wrote a review Apr 2022
Pune, India3342 contributions216 helpful votes
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Since the time we started out Orchha trip we came across many home stay and hotels as every other home in Orchha is either a Home stay or restaurant. When we read about this Innovative initiative to help locals we decided to stay here. Romi is a Fantastic Guy who manages this and will help ou with every single details of the area and helps you in every possible way. Stay options was very well maintained had everything that you could ask for in the room. e.g. a Printout of a Multilingual translator was also there to help you in communicating with the host family. Host family makes sure that Food and snacks were served on time and there was a Bonfire too in the night. We had enjoyed every interaction with the local people here. Highly Highly recommended if you are looking for a different home stay in Orchha
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Date of stay: December 2021
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nishitjainsethi wrote a review Aug 2021
Bhopal, India3 contributions
Situated a little bit outskirts from the city. The location gives one a prefect countryside feeling. The rooms are comfortable, with basic amenities and most hospitable family members. Enjoy a glimpse of village life while you stay here.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Accessibility back to room at late night may feel troublesome due to lack of proper street lights.
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Response from Friends of Orchha, General Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 30 Nov 2021
Dear Nishit, Thank you very much for this beautiful review, our aim is to help the needy people, we try our best to take our guests a very good experience, hope to meet you again. Thanks
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Nejma L wrote a review Feb 2020
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We spend few days in Orchha with one of the family of this association. And it was a real pleasure. The room was large, clean and practical,in the courtyard, where all the family life happens. After few hours, even with basic English we felt really confortable and learn a lot about tradition and way of living. You can eat with them on the best meal of India. If you need anything, the member of the association is there to help us to organise trip, tour... Etc but without pushing! Warmly recommanded!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Romi Samele, General Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Thanks very much for your appreciation not just of the services we offer but also of the spirit of our association. Your hosts will be happy to know that you enjoyed their home-cooked food and that you found the room comfortable and clean. They too have certainly learned a lot through their interaction with you. Isn't it great that one can communicate so much even when one does not share the same language!
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Diletta wrote a review Jan 2020
Modena, Italy6 contributions
Our stay in Orchha was truly special. For those of you who want to experience real village life in India, you will not be disappointed. Our family the Yadav’s were welcoming, friendly and accommodating. Any request such as hot water and blankets were taken care of. Talking to the family you soon understand the challenges that they face. It was inspiring to be part of their life for a few days. Don’t expect too much luxury, there is no running water, the toilet is a hole in floor and it can get cold in the winter, but the house was very clean and cosy, and very homely. We loved the simplicity of it. Romi, the manager, was one of the best guys we have met in India. Professional and on point, he made our time there run very smoothly. Totally recommend the experience !
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Romi Samele, General Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 4 Apr 2020
We are glad that you could experience 'real village life' with the Yadav family and thank you for recommending us to other travellers. The home you stayed in was the first one we built ten years ago. There was no piped water connection in Ganj at the time and we installed Urine Diversion and dehydration toilets to conserve water and allow composting of waste. We have since changed the design of bathing rooms and toilets. Of the six homes that have guest rooms only two do not have running water at present. The other four are equipped with showers and western flush toilets. Guests are welcome to indicate their preference and we will allot rooms accordingly. We hope we will have another opportunity to host you in Orchha.
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Anindita B wrote a review Nov 2019
Anand, India133 contributions49 helpful votes
I must thank Mr Romi, Kusum and Manoj for their love and hospitality. Homely stay with tasty food. They even took care of my old mother who could not move around the town and stayed back during the day time. It was a lovely stay and we celebrated Diwali along with the community children. It was a bit challenging for my mother as the wash rooms are bit far from the room and because of her age, she had to use the washroom several times during the night. Otherwise a good stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Betwa, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 18 Dec 2019
Thank you so much for your appreciation. We were glad to help your mother - our host families have great respect for the elderly. Some of our homes have wash rooms very close to the room, others a few metres away. It all depends on the layout of their courtyards. Next time we will be happy to give you a room with the wash room right next to it.
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Marlou P wrote a review Apr 2019
12 contributions10 helpful votes
The family we stayed at was so friendly, lovely and welcoming. The children speak English very well and the room is clean! You’ll experience the lifestyle of people in rural areas and it’s definitely not touristic.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Romi S, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 15 Apr 2019
Thanks very much for your appreciation. We do try our best to maintain high standards of cleanliness and want tourists to have a peek into the lives of small farmers, artisans and labourers - the majority of India's rural population. They too benefit from interacting with people from different countries. You are a window on the world for those who have little opportunity to travel. So thanks very much for coming and for encouraging others to come too.
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Mia W wrote a review Apr 2019
Montreal, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
Without knowing much about this village we really lucked out. We were welcomed into the Yadav family and had an absolutely fabulous stay. We participated in their daily life, from cooking, schooling, to visiting the farm. During our stay we met the founder of this project, a passionate woman who made this dream into a reality. Many local families are involved in this project and the homestays connect them with the outside world and especially bring a much-needed extra source of income. The Yadav's home is basic, but very comfortable with everything we needed, including a private room with a comfortable bed with a good fan, a shower, a common area to meet with the family and delicious food. A big thank you to Kiran, Surendra, Mini, Khushi and of course Mojo. We really do hope to return one day - or at least keep in touch with the family.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Response from Romi S, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 2 Apr 2019
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with Surendra, Kiran, the girls and Mojo and I'm sure they liked your company too. You're right - the homestay has not only been successful in increasing incomes of the host families and raising their living standards, it has also been a bridge to other cultures and places that they will never travel to. Both Mini and Khushi whom we have sponsored for school, have done brilliantly in their exams, Kiran continues to make delicious meals and Surendra is always willing to lend a helping hand. Do stay in touch and come again.
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Aliza E wrote a review Dec 2018
Portland, Oregon130 contributions31 helpful votes
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We wanted to visit Orccha, famous for its 17th-century monuments and rural setting. We found out about Orccha Homestay and booked four nights (we wanted to stay five, but had difficulty with our train booking so couldn't stay the fifth night). This was not my first experience of rural village life, but it was a great reminder of how peaceful life can be in a rural setting. We started off with one family but had to shift to another because we had some stomach issues arise during our trip to Orccha, and needed to be a bit closer to the bathroom. However, we enjoyed both families, getting to know them a little bit (we stopped by the first family daily to pick up filtered water and have a little chat), and watching how they managed their daily life. It was also a nice chance to practice our (very limited) Hindi. The warmth and kindness of both families was very welcome. I got to hold a baby and/or toddler in each household, which was fun, and watch the second family care for their goats (several had new babies -- adorable). We were also impressed with the excellent food. We had only breakfast and tea at the first home, but enjoyed both very much. The larger meals at the second home were very satisfying: beautifully cooked dal, vegetables and chapati, fresh and delicious. It was fun to watch the two daughters-in-law cooking on the outdoor stove, and to chat a bit about ingredients. We also got to share family photos -- theirs in albums, ours on my phone. Romi came to visit and told us some interesting things about the village and the history of the program. We also enjoyed meeting Mini, a daughter of one of the other homestay family, when she came to make up our bill at the end of our stay. Her excellent English and confidence showed us one big benefit to the homestay families -- the quality education that the children are able to get, because their families can now afford better schools. Other benefits are also obvious: The families get to build an extra room or two, put in nice washrooms and toilets, and otherwise improve their homes and standard of living. All in all, I would say this is a very successful program, and I hope it continues to expand to include more families in Ganj. Advice for any traveler planning to stay with one of the host families: Bring pictures of your own family. It's fun to show these and share information about your family, too. Can help break the ice with your host family. Also, stay more than a night or two. Orccha is a fascinating place -- we walked around for almost 4 full days and we did not get bored. And the more time you spend, the more of the family's life you can share.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Romi S, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 2 Dec 2018
What a wonderful review - I'm sure it will help our home-stay families get more guests and continue to improve their homes and living standards besides enjoying time with visitors like you. Tourism is about discovering different ways of life - it was true for you and is also true for our host families who don't have the opportunity to travel. You are windows on different parts of the world for them. Thanks very much for your appreciation. We hope readers will be encouraged to spend time with one of our six host families.
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nicabol wrote a review Nov 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri32 contributions37 helpful votes
We stayed two nights with Mukesh and family. Our accommodations were clean and comfortable in a lovely, peaceful setting. We enjoyed the short walk to Orchha and the interesting sights there. However, rather than being involved with the family, we were strictly observers, never invited to participate in any activity, such as cooking, painting, fetching water, etc. Hygiene was also a concern--the 3 year old child present was noted to "wash" the plates our meal was served on, and cups were still wet (concerning for waterborne illness) so we took our tea to our room and dumped it out. Additionally, each of the three women in the family brought out items for us to purchase, which wouldn't have been so bad had we been received as truly guests. Overall I felt we were an imposition on this family, and we're actually very friendly people! Nevertheless, the room was fine. The experience, however, was not as advertised--we were pretty much on our own.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Romi S, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 18 Nov 2018
We have taken a while to respond to your feedback because we wanted to take steps to remedy the situation at Mukesh's. This has always been a very friendly and welcoming homestay but the recent demise of Kamala, the grandmother and departure of the eldest daughter to stay closer to her school has made things difficult. We now have Mukesh's cousin and neighbour cooking for the guests. I'm also devoting more time to promote interaction with the children and ensure that there is a high standard of cleanliness. Our apologies for the mishaps during your stay. We will make sure those mistakes aren't repeated. Thanks for letting us know.
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Kassandra_13 wrote a review Aug 2018
Toulouse, France11 contributions16 helpful votes
We are a family from France and we spent two nights in Orchha Homestay. It was a fantastic experience. Our two host families were super kind and made us feel very welcome. Special mention to the kids who brought us cups of tea and water - we miss you! Accommodation was simple (ecological toilets and bucket of water in a separate building ) but very clean and we felt really at home in our lovely rooms. Food prepared by the families was absolutely delicious. We spent the last night discussing with Romi and looking at the beautiful night sky and the thousands of stars. It was magic and our stay has a special place in our hearts. Also, Orchha itself is incredible, it's very calm, relaxing and the landscape is very green ( in August) and extremely beautiful with all the palaces everywhere. It's quite surreal and absolutely jaw dropping. So, please do come to this beautiful project of responsible tourism, as for us, we would love to come back one day !
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Romi S, Manager at Orchha Home-Stay
Responded 18 Nov 2018
Thanks so much for this beautiful, poetic review. I too remember the time spent with you with pleasure. The families too are grateful for your appreciation and we hope that many of those who plan to visit Orchha will be inspired by your warm recommendation.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Orchha Home-Stay
Which popular attractions are close to Orchha Home-Stay?
Nearby attractions include Jahangir Mahal (1.8 km), Orchha Fort (1.8 km), and Chhatris Cenotaphs (1.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Orchha Home-Stay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Orchha Home-Stay?
Top room amenities include a desk, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
Is parking available at Orchha Home-Stay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Orchha Home-Stay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Indiana Restaurant Orchha, Open Sky Restaurant, and Cafe NoMads.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Orchha Home-Stay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian.
Are there any historical sites close to Orchha Home-Stay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Jahangir Mahal (1.8 km), Orchha Fort (1.8 km), and Raja Mahal (1.7 km).