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Chota Kothi, Uttarpally, Bolpur, Santiniketan 723135 India
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NAYANA'S HOMESTAY A home away from home. Walk, cycle, photograph crumbling terracotta temples, wander through tribal villages, enjoy Tagore's University or just slumber in a quiet corner of 'CHOTA KOTHI'. A cosy environment for like-minded guests where the hosts are always present and involved with the day to day cooking, cleaning and other activities of their house. An unpretentious, friendly atmosphere with energetic evening 'addas'. A 'Homestay' in the true sense of the word. *2 Rooms - sleeping 5 adults. Tariff (Rs. 5000/5500) Includes Breakfast & Dinner, Tea/coffee & mineral water. *Both Rooms air-conditioned.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Patio
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Rooftop terrace
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Paid wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
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Raju R wrote a review Nov 2023
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Not only are the basic facilities top class, but the management and staff walk the extra mile to make their guests feel totally at home. One also gets useful tips on how to effectively plan one’s stay.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andy R wrote a review Oct 2023
Irvine, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
Very nice home in a quieter neighborhood 500 meters from the main road about 3km from the town center. You need either a car or hired taxi/tuk-tuk to get to the attractions. The room was fine and the common areas comfortable. There is a front and back patio and sitting area with adjacent dining table. Tea, coffee and fruit is available in a small kitchen. The hostess arranged tours of the town and the surrounding area for us - she also purchased train tickets for our arrival and departure. This was extremely helpful because as a foreigner I had difficultly navigating the Indian railway ticketing system. I would have graded our stay 5 out of 5 , but we came at the end of the monsoon season, so the moisture in the air created a very damp environment. The AC helps a bit with this - but it did detract from our stay a little, mind you this is not a fault of the property or the hostess - just a problem of the climate.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Quiet neighborhood a little outside of town center.
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 7 Oct 2023
Really sad not to have met Rosa and you and many many thanks for your kind words. Please do return during a dry season. Preferably from Mid Oct - April. Happy onwards travels.
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Adventure28167436840 wrote a review Sept 2023
Geel, Belgium1 contribution1 helpful vote
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Our stay in ´Nayana ´s Homestay´was more than perfect. Nayana is an excellent host and guide. She showed us the most beautiful and autentic places in and around Shantiniketan. In the homestay was everyting exceptionally good. A beautiful house with al we needed, a nice garden, and very tasty meals. And, above all, it was Nayana who made sure everyting went very well. You will never forget a holiday at Nayana ´s Homestay. It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to explore West Bengal. Thank you very much!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 22 Sept 2023
Thank you very very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to host you all. What fun. Please do return.
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shonachak wrote a review Sept 2023
New York City, New York3 contributions
In August, our family stayed at Nayana’s homestay. Though we only had a one night to spend in Santiniketan, everything about it was a pleasure and a welcome refuge from our fast-paced travels across India. From the train ride from Kolkata to arrival at Nayana’s lush garden and exquisite home, I was transported—there was so much to see and relish. We took a tuk-tuk tour around the Santiniketan campus, visiting the Tagore house museum, dropped in on crafts shops and arty restaurants and performance venues. But, most of all, we enjoyed the serenity and beauty of Nayana’s home—sitting out on the front porch and rooftop terrace, marveling at her collection of artwork and books. In short, soaking up the magical qualities of the surroundings. Santiniketan is a unique and special place—and so, too, is Nayana’s. Our only regret is that we didn’t get to spend more time there, but I look forward to returning soon. It’s one place I’d travel around the world to get to!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 8 Sept 2023
It was such a pleasure to have you visit. Pity it was this short. Please, do return for a longer time and just rest, rewind, read and write. Chota Kothi and Nayana’s Homestay awaits you.
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mansi m wrote a review Aug 2023
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This was my first visit to Shantiniketan and I feel, I made the best decision of staying at Nayana's homestay. I will always see bholpur/shantiniketan from what the windows of chota khothi showed me , peaceful and full of history. Nayana went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and kept checking on us to make sure we reached her home smoothly. Maku didi made sure we had a lovely stay. And the star was Ronnie, my daughter had the best time playing with him . The rooms are clean , there were mosquito repellents kept handy given the greenery outside. Nayana helped us plan our itinerary for the day and was kind enough to arrange a toto , Pranab da showed us around . It was a beautiful first time experience in Bholpur. Hoping to visit Nayana and Ronnie soon ....
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 18 Aug 2023
It was wonderful meeting the 3 of you. Hope everyone is well. Ronnie certainly misses his young friend. Do visit us again. Soon.
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Alicecotter wrote a review Aug 2023
Auckland Central, New Zealand20 contributions14 helpful votes
We had a lovely stay at Nayana’s house. She gave great recommendations on things to do and places to visit. The house and yard are lovely and Nayana is a great host! It’s a lovely and quiet place to escape the hustle and bustle of Kolkata and be surrounded by nature. Would recommend to all.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 10 Aug 2023
It was lovely hosting the 3 of you. Many thanks for your kind words. Please do try to return.
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Tulika T wrote a review Jul 2023
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Nayana's homestay is just that, a most comfortable, serene & aesthetically pleasing home. Its filled with the warmth of your host who looks after every every creature comfort and knows just how to guide you to a fulfilling 'Shantiniketan' experience....its also a bona-fide artist's home, who was Nayana's father Ino Ganguly. It cannot get better than that. The minute one steps into the green fronds of the garden and chai-adda veranda...all else is left far behind. Two well appointed rooms with gorgeous art on the walls, local textile on the bed, under your feet and every where else. It's undoubtedly a step back into a time & space that is hard to find in the pace of today. We loved our stay and plan to point everyone in that direction!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: Plan your meals in advance so the hist can help you arrange deliveries or guide you to a full...
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 30 Jul 2023
It was so wonderful to have you stay and meet the two of you. Thank you for your very kind words. Please do return..for a longer stay.
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Sankhajit B wrote a review Jul 2023
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I stayed at Nayana's Homestay for one night. A very welcoming hospitality in a house that itself feels like a small museum of art pieces all around. I spent a serene morning breathing fresh air amongst the unknown birds chirping and a large cup of Darjeeling tea. Nayana di has been very helpful in guiding me where to go and what to see in and around Shantiniketan. Next, had a filling breakfast with great food made from fresh fruits and vegetables. I hope to be back there for a longer holiday trip.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 30 Jul 2023
Many thanks for your kind words. Look forward to your next, longer visit.
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Rita B wrote a review Jul 2023
Kolkata (Calcutta), India10 contributions4 helpful votes
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Santiniketan can be the ideal getaway if your accommodation is sorted. Which happened at Nayana’s Homestay—helmed by Nayana Gangooly, who has been running this delightful homestay for a decade now, singlehandedly. One can be spoiled for choice with homestays in Santiniketan, but Nayana’s turned out to be an abode of charm and cultural capture. Everything personalized from the Toto driver Pronob waiting at our Vande Bharat compartment, to Nayana’s meticulous care and scintillating company. A combination of wide open spaces, historic artefacts, food served up from classic iron skillets on ceramic crockery changed for every meal; an adivasi housekeeper, Maku, quietly looking after all our needs; a friendly dog ; well appointed bedroom which sported local quilts and coverlets. Access to local craft, interaction with art spaces and artists and culinary capers are all a part of Nayana’s knowledgeable repertoire. You can be flexible at lunchtime—so we grabbed a typical Bengali thali at Amar Kutir Henshel Ghar one day and a leisurely one the next day—an adivasi thali cooked by Sukanya at the Mitali guest house. Although you can order dinner in advance at Nayana’s too. Breakfast is on the house. Incidentally, as we sat sipping our lemon-grass infused tea in the verandah, I decided to finish my Word Hurdle and Phrazle, and coincidence of coincidences—the phrase turned out to be “Home Away from Home”!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 28 Jul 2023
It was such a true delight to have you stay. I wish it was a longer visit. Need to do proper " adda". Please return soon. Cooler weather perhaps.
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Nora B wrote a review Jul 2023
Tübingen, Germany4 contributions1 helpful vote
I live in Kolkata at the moment and was visited by my mother and we very spontaneously decided that we wanted to go exploring the Indian countryside on Thursday evening and had heard so many positive things about Nayanas homestay and Shantiniketan that we wanted to give it a go. I can tell you it was a fantastic experience, I'm so glad we went! Nayana is one of the most helpful and genuinely nice people I've ever met, she booked the train tickets for us, organized a driver for Shantiniketan and basically organized everything for us so that we just had the most relaxed weekend ever. And all of that on such short notice (we wanted to leave on Friday already) Her house is beautifully furnished, I love her taste in furniture and decoration and it's very clean, tidy and good-smelling. Also I absolutely adore her dog Ronnie that is very sweet and cuddly but also leaves you alone if you're not a dog person. As other people have mentioned before the breakfast at Nayanas is very good and on our last day we even got lunch for our trip back. What makes Nayanas homestay special for us was that she had so much advice of things that we can do in the area that we didn't have to do that much research and since we only had a few days in Shantiniketan it helped a lot that she basically had a whole program worked out for us. In the evenings we just sat on her porch and chatted or relaxed with a book. I wish we had had more time there to explore and enjoy the quietness of Nayanas house but unfortunately we had to leave on Sunday. I'll definitely come back though 😊 so thank you Nayana for making our weekend so special!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 28 Jul 2023
Dear Nora, Thanks so much for your kind words. I wish we had more time. Come back before you leave Calcutta and we can discover more in the region.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nayana's Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Nayana's Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Visva Bharati University (3.2 km), Tagore's Ashram (1.3 km), and Amar Kutir (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nayana's Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and a rooftop terrace.
What food & drink options are available at Nayana's Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Nayana's Homestay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nayana's Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ghare Baire, Kharimati Resort, and 9x9 Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Nayana's Homestay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nayana's Homestay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.