Nayana's Homestay

Nayana's Homestay

Chota Kothi, Uttarpally Bolpur, Santiniketan 731235 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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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Free breakfast
Patio
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Rooftop terrace
Outdoor furniture
Paid wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Shared lounge / TV area
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
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Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Oven
Electric kettle
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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Natasha M wrote a review Mar 2020
Manila, Philippines
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second visit to Nayana's Homestay, and it will definitely not be my last. This house has real soul. Every corner is filled with high art, folk art, books and textiles - which capture the soul of rural Bengal, and the high ideals of Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan.
Nayana herself is a descendant of the illustrious Tagore family: her knowledge and deep insights of the Bengal Renaissance make the homestay more than just a comfortable place to lay a weary head. That said, comfort is provided at the homestay. It provides the creature comforts of good, authentic food (by a nearby catering service, at reasonable prices), nice coffee and tea, short-bread cookies to go along, and other niceties (e.g. bikes to explore the town, a quick phone call to get the loyal Nobi's electric rickshaw).
Nayana is extremely detail oriented, and often checks in to make sure that everything is going well.
I can honestly say that I am looking forward to my next stay at Nayana's Homestay, hopefully soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from nayana161, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 12 Mar 2020
The sooner the better. Thank you so much for your kind words. Look forward to your next visit.
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Jayanta D wrote a review Jan 2023
Menlo Park, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nayana's home is gorgeous, teeming with art, sculptures, photographs, books, vibrant in colors, while offering solitude, a lovely garden and bird songs just outside the door. We loved the morning breakfasts; along with the afternoon or evening teas with Nayana accompanies with good conversations, allowing us to unwind. The morning breakfasts are scrumptious, varied and freshly made everyday. The rooms are cozy and wonderful, and Nayana goes all out to ensure that her guests are comfortable. She is fastidious, and, to ensure our comfort, she worked with us to work out details including pickup from the station, assisting to book vehicles for local tours and day trips, recommending places to eat, helping us purchase last minute train tickets when plans changed. She even helped us book a high tea in Kolkata and checked on us after we left to ensure that we reached safely.

In summary, a homestay is both about the home and the person running the home. Nayana is wonderful, her place is fantastic and we would love to visit with her again.
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Nayana Gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 15 Jan 2023
Gosh! Such kind words! I'm so happy that it all worked out and your family and you got to spend some quality time with each other. Wish we had more opportunities for ADDA. Next time. Be careful in those western Shores with all those storms.
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Shruti Parija wrote a review Mar 2021
Bengaluru, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent the past week in this rustic town in a beautiful homestay run by the multifaceted Nayana, a 6th generation Tagorean. Between jobs is a good time for reflecting and realigning with self. This was the second time I stayed with Nayana in Santiniketan. I had family accompanying me for the first two days, and I stayed on solo for the next 5 days.

Attention to detail is truly her strong suit, and she made sure we were well taken care of. She organized a day out for us with Nobi Da, her trusted Toto driver specifying pitstops which would appeal to all of us - we soaked in the historic houses within the university precincts, visited Amar Kutir and picked up handlooms and hand crafted curios, and visited the Sanibaarer Haat which my mother in law fell in love with. Maku Didi, Nayana's well trained and affectionate house help, made us home cooked breakfasts every single day(poori chola, Spanish omelettes) and ensured we had tea and coffee when required.

Once my folks left, Nayana and I spent time traversing the dusty bylanes of this beautiful town, exploring the temples and ruins of Birbhum district(as a specially curated tour), meeting with artists and potters(friends of Nayana), alums of Kala Bhavan who have made Santiniketan a home away from home. It was wonderful to meet the well known artist duo, Rashmi and Kingshuk Sarkar, and Lipi, the owner of Lipi's pottery studio. I also found my way to Subarnarekha, a book store which sells old and new books, and found a few gems. Nayana treated me to Bellada's melt in the mouth butter cookies, which I purchased by the dozen. She also made me a wonderful dalia khichdi with accompaniments(including chuna mach) for lunch, and a delicious pasta with ham for dinner during my stay. Most afternoons, I ordered home cooked non veg meals from Borgi Da.

Nayana is twice my age and yet we connect like two peas in a pod. Languid mornings and afternoons spent reading and writing in her beautiful, aesthetically done up property really helped calm down my nerves. There are about 25+ bird species to be found on her campus, filled with trees and greenery. We went up to the terrace post dinner most evenings and spent time under the moonlit and starlit skies.

Nayana is a great conversationalist, and a wonderful host. She is great with textiles and supports multiple causes of social impact. She is perceptive and lets you have your space. She is now opening her homestay for month long workcations from April - September, and I intend to go back during the monsoons. Her property now has very easy wifi, and I would absolutely recommend it for short and long term stays.

I have attached a few pictures from my lovely stay in Santiniketan.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 25 Mar 2021
Dear Shruti , it was such a pleasure to host you again after all these years and meet your lovely husband. Thank you very much for your amazing support and encouragement. Wishing you the best for all your new projects and hoping to see you back at Nayana"s Homestay soon.
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pnt528 wrote a review Nov 2020
Hooghly, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Chota Kuthi is a home away from home. You can unwind undisturbed & just enjoy getting away from the everyday drill of city life. If you're keen on visiting nearby places for a little shopping or want to visit the University museum & some interesting eateries, the ever helpful host, Nayana, can suggest some of the best places suited to your interests & advise you on the best times to visit, routes, transport options etc. In Chota Kuthi, you feel the personal touch & warmth in every room. The rooms are spotless, the meals are excellent & the staff is efficient & discreet. The ample lawn houses a number of interesting flowering plants & trees & is ideal for an evening walk. The open terraces are great for tea time in the evenings. You'll never get bored during your stay. There are a number of antiques & artefacts from Nayana's travels across the world each of which have a story to tell. And there are some breathtaking works of art & historic photographs that adorn the walls of the home. What I like most are the airy front & rear verandas of the house which are ideal places to relax & take in nature in its entirety. It is this blend of a home away from home in a very natural setting that keeps drawing me back to Nayana's Homestay!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 23 Nov 2020
Many thanks for your kind words and lovely visit. Please return soon.
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CHAITALI M wrote a review Aug 2021
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second visit to Nayana Di's place with two new additions in the equation: our Son and Ronnie, their pet! The last time we visited there was an instant connect and we bonded over the years. This time as we were planning to take my mom and son for the first time there wasn't any doubt on the place of our stay. Adda till late at night, scrumptious breakfast prepared by "Maku Mashi" and my son's first visual of "jonaki, batabi lebu and kathbirali" all at her homestay amidst Nature.
Not to forget that we were debutants to a newly renovated homestay where the the rooms were tastefully done up in sync with the rustic and ethereal charm of Santiniketan.

Feel free to reach out to Nayana Di and she'll be most happy to guide you and also be a great host to true a homestay experience
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 16 Aug 2021
Come back soon. Ronnie promises to behave. Hopefully the weather will a little more comfortable during your next visit. Thanks very much for your kind words and support.
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RSAG wrote a review Nov 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In a pandemic filled world, if one wants the security (almost of one’s home), Nayana’s house and the two bedrooms she lets out warmly recommends itself. Very clean, comfortable and unpretentious, the house is a haven of peace. Nayana is a great host: warm, friendly and helpful; and her cook, Maku, makes fabulous Spanish omelettes!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 23 Nov 2020
A real pleasure to host you and your family and friends. Look forward to your next visit.
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Dia Bose Sengupta wrote a review Sept 2021
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nayana's Homestay is a great place to stay in Shantiniketan. It is a beautiful property in a good location. Myself and my husband, Abhiroop visited the estate with our 19 months old daughter Abhyalaxmi along with a close friend.

Breakfast and stay both were both delicious and comfortable respectively, thanks to Maku who happens to be Nayana's trusted staff. The room was clean and the property seemed well maintained. One should mention a very important aspect of the property which happens to be its well planned architecture, which allows proper cross ventilation and keeps the rooms comfortable even if one is not using the air conditioning. Food can also be procured from outside and Nayana did recommend some amazing places. Even at the time of writing this review we are still conversing about the kebabs, the thalis and that particular eggplant dish. They were just WOW!

Both my husband and myself had visited Shantiniketan before, but never did we explore it the way how Nayana made us explore. She accompanied us to the historical terracotta temples in the middle of nowhere, the Rajbari ruins and the Ionic columned Durga batis, all of which were not just soul touching but also left both of us speechless. This was across the Shantiniketan & Birbhum region and this must be mentioned that she is also very well acquainted about all the important spots in Bishnupur and Murshidabad. One should at the least stay three days and plan their adjoining trips with her.

P.S- The famous Haat(market) of Shantiniketan is at its grandest in the weekends and it is very close to her estate. If you are not travelling in your own vehicle and even if you are, do avail the services of the Toto Driver Bapon(Toto is a large electric tuk tuk which can more or less comfortably accommodate 4 adults). He is well behaved and is knowledgeable about the history of the local destinations within Shantiniketan.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 15 Sept 2021
Dear Dia, Abhiroop and Miss Curly mop :) It was SUCH a delight to host you. Not only was it fun for me as well it was also incredibly informative. You guys with your Fencing, Shooting and knowledge and interest in history was amazing and I'm honoured to have the opportunity to have met you. First of many visits I hope. Still lots to explore. Looking forward to future Adda sessions. Many thanks for your kind words.
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zigeumac wrote a review Jan 2021
Chennai
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I want to keep returning to Shantiniketan in large part due to Nayana's hospitality. She's the consummate conversationalist and an evening with her always keeps me and the other guest(s) on our toes. Nayana's knowledge of Shantiniketan and West Bengal is unparalleled and she can also do side tours for an additional fee. We visited some palaces and terracota temples. Next time I hope to go to Murshidabad with her too. The house itself is also lovely with ample room to find different places to chill out and relax. The garden is beautiful and the homestay is situated in an area where one can take lots of walks in different directions. This homestay is great value for money and I'll keep coming back when I can!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 25 Jan 2021
It was such a pleasure to explore Birbhum and its wonders with you. Thank you very much for your kindvwords. Do return soon for more adventures.
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Diti Mookherjee wrote a review Feb 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Promit, my son, and I visited with our two dachshund puppies after my beloved husband’s bereavement.

It was relaxing and energising. Nayana is an empathetic and alert hostess and Maku, the caretaker, is efficient and kind.

The low light, comfortable beds and quietude help to rejuvenate the spirit.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from nayana161, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 24 Feb 2020
You are welcome anytime.. Thank you for your kind words.. Puppies are MOST welcome.. They need to become friends with the resident terrorists:) Many thanks to Promit for the Avian listing.
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Sucharita Dutta-Asane wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nayana's homestay was a revelation that unpeeled in layers, taking its time, a refuge from the dust and crowd, its warm, cosy interiors clean, eclectic, and fulsome. The home cooked food provided by Borgi da and the excellent breakfast by Maku cushioned our stay at Chhota Kothi, providing comfort food that was light on the stomach.

The itinerary that Nayana di planned for us to the terracotta temples and the zamindari past of Birbhum was an invigorating experience, an eye-opener that we would love to revisit.
The late-night chats, sitting curled up in her cosy drawing room by lamplight was just what my jaded, exhausted mind required. We couldn’t have asked for a better getaway than this to unwind, find our mojo again and rejuvenate.

We felt safe, cared for, and nourished, truly a holiday to remember and yearn for again.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 12 Jan 2022
Dear Suchirita and family. What a pleasure to host you. I sincerely miss the " late night chats". Really wish we had more time. Please do come back. Best and New Year Greetings to all.
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India21 contributions1 helpful vote
Look for nayanashomestay website. Just go online. Apologies that I can't write more details on this medium. nayanashomestsydotin
Sam asked a question Jan 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
How can i contact nayana's homestay?
Answer from nayanagangooly
Kolkata (Calcutta), India14 contributions8 helpful votes
Please email me..my details on the website. Thank you.
Answer from nayanagangooly
Kolkata (Calcutta), India14 contributions8 helpful votes
My website has all details. We can only accommodate 5 persons. 2 rooms. So, unfortunately, that won't be possible. Regards.
Sonali L wrote a tip Mar 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Carry a light shawl or cover as the evenings or the ride around places may be nippy"
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Papiya B wrote a tip Jan 2024
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Keep sometime to enjoy the books and relaxed time in the garden "
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Andy R wrote a tip Oct 2023
Irvine, California7 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Quiet neighborhood a little outside of town center."
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Tulika T wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan your meals in advance so the hist can help you arrange deliveries or guide you to a full foodie experience."
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Tapan N wrote a tip Jan 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Calm place. The rooms are quieter. A large drawing cum dining space. Two homely wide verandahs on both sides of the drawing room."
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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 (1.6 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, 9x9 Restaurant, and Kharimati Resort.
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.
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