We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Chota Kothi, Uttarpally, Bolpur, Santiniketan 723135 India
Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Traveller (119)
Dining (28)
Room & Suite (17)
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Read more
Updated 01/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Nayana's Homestay
Updated 01/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

About

#1 of 29 in Santiniketan
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
Travellers' Choice
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. 4500/4000) Includes Breakfast & Dinner, Tea/coffee & mineral water. *Rooms One Room air-conditioned.
Read more
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
Show more
Room features
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Oven
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
148Reviews33Q+A20Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 126
  • 21
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Most Recent
Rajeev Anand wrote a review Apr 2022
New Delhi, India6 contributions
+1
There is a lonely queen waiting for you. Her regal head turned upwards, the salt and pepper crown a bit entangled. The Bhadra Lok accent and the diction could be British, it’s so impeccable. Words like insouciance, insular and emissary poke you in the ribs, making you frantically try to recall at least something from the one Vikram Seth novel you have read. The refreshing taste of the Kevda infused cold water (all the way from Murshidabad) that welcomes you, stays with you till the end of the visit, just like the cheerful scamp of the house – Ronnie, the indie. The house is a living museum– a lifetime’s collection of art work, books and well, memories of the past, the ghosts of which seem to permeate the fabric of the place. You are welcomed with an open heart, and an invitation to join the Nabo Barsho dinner with friends who are artists at “The University”. The itinerary for the next day is chalked out with a “you must thank me for this” swirl of the curls. Kankali Temple, Viswa Bharti, Srijan haat and Dharmaraj Temple. She graces you with her presence in the latter part of the day, proving a useful ally in driving bargain at the Haat. The British fussiness gives way to French joi-de-vivre over a round of Puchkas at the village chaatwalla. Suddenly the queen is a little girl who loved theatre and more. Back at chateau, the inscrutable Maku is waiting without waiting. Then it’s next morning and time to back the car, one final time, up the gravel drive, out of the wrought iron gates and catch the blue tiled Chota Kothi sign one final time in the rear-view mirror. Of course, there are promises to meet up in Panagarh and take the Birbhum tour and do this one more time. Maybe I will.
Read more
Date of stay: April 2022
Value
Cleanliness
Service
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 4 weeks ago
It was such a pleasure to host Seema and you. So much ground still to cover. Stories to be told and heard. Please do return. Soon. Many ,many thanks for your kind words and amazing photography.
Read more
Suchismita wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution
It is rustic serene folk tale.. resplendent in it’s heritage ..there it was ..CHHOTA KOTHI and the lady of the house Nayana Tagore Gangooly. She had nailed it the first minute waiting at her front porch at 10.30 in d night when we reached ..hands on her hips and a warm concern in her voice “Go …rush to the washroom guys, that’s what u need first😁” Rest was history great food, cool cozy rooms, clean linen and clean bathrooms. Maku is a great cook and Nayana with her Tagore lineage is a splendid hostess
Read more
Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 11 Apr 2022
Thanks for your very kind review. Your visit was pending awhile as we had been communicating for ages. Glad you finally made it. Look forward to your next, longer stay.
Read more
Anjana Dutt wrote a review Apr 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1 contribution
Nayana’s Homestay provides an unique experience which none of the other places I’ve been to can boast of. Thanks to her eclectic taste, family background, her personal heritage and her love for the quirky, her home is full of surprises. Crystal decanters share shelf space with hand crafted ceramics, bronze sculptures rub shoulders with terracotta oil paintings and hand embroidered linen. A sense of calm envelops you as you lean back and look up through the branches of willows and evergreens stretching skywards in the garden, cool grass underfoot and a frosted glass of homemade fresh lime in hand. The house itself with its comfortable chairs and plush beds makes you want to hang around, read a book, chat with the hostess or pick her brains about the history and culture of the area. Widely travelled, she has a treasure trove of stories about people she has met and cultures she has experienced. If you have the time to spare, take a few days off and relax, go for walks, visit the famous weekly handicraft fair and other attractions in the area, with the promise of a cosy night awaiting you at Nayana’s, including interesting food from local chefs and restaurants.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2022
Rooms
Cleanliness
Service
Room Tip: The rooms are airy and look out into the lovely garden, so any room is good!
See more room tips
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 5 Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your kind words Anjana. It was a pleasure to host you. Wish you would have stayed longer. Please do visit again soon.
Read more
Pinaki M wrote a review Mar 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1 contribution
The house which had many stories to tell , We were glad to stay in choto kuthir with the amazing host Nayana , It felt like home , We have plans to go back soon . Thank you. অনেক দিন পর আমরা একসাথে এত শান্তিতে সময় কাটালাম। আর নয়না দি খুবই ভালো এবং মিশুকে Host। আর helping hand মাকুদি ও অসাধারন।
Read more
Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: If possible, একটু per night teriff টা যদি একটু কম করা যায়।
See more room tips
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 31 Mar 2022
It was so wonderful to meet you and Ruchira. You were amazing guests. Please do return soon.
Read more
sridharpnc wrote a review Mar 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions
Went to Shantiniketan after quite a while and as usual stayed at NHS. I spent only one night there. Wished I had stayed a little longer. Nayana has really upgraded the rooms. They are simply beautiful. I really liked the plasterless finish of the walls. The bathroom has been improved vastly. The service continues to be top class . You couldn’t ask for anything more. Keep it up Nayana. You are a cut above the rest.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 31 Mar 2022
Thank you so very much. It's really wonderful to get such feedback. And yes, you should have stayed longer. Please return soon.
Read more
Prodipto B wrote a review Mar 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India571 contributions191 helpful votes
We went because we wanted a break and we certainly chose the right place. The rooms are comfortable and the facilities are excellent. We requested Nayana to take us around Birbhum and that turned out to be a most interesting day. The area is dotted with beautiful terracotta temples and ruined palaces and of course during the breaks we enjoyed first rate Bengali cuisine
Read more
Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 21 Mar 2022
It was wonderful to host you. Please return soon. Much more to see and explore.
Read more
Sanchitads wrote a review Feb 2022
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2 contributions1 helpful vote
When work days strech right through the weekends carrying with it all the related stress and exhaustion, there is no other place like this one. That's exactly what I chose to do, when I could take it no more. I just grabbed my laptop and DSLR and planted myself at Nayana's and the healing was instant. As you sit, sipping tea on the verandah, overlooking the huge front garden, you lose track of time. There is so much open space and greenery all around and that is where this place stands apart from the rest. The 2 days were well spent with early morning bird watching, followed by work and all under the care of Maku and Nayana. I can't remember having slept that deep since a very long time. Thank you Nayana.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 28 Feb 2022
Thank YOU. It was such an unexpected pleasure to host you. I'm so pleased to hear that you managed some rest. It was lovely to chat in the evenings. Do please visit again soon.
Read more
JoyGNiyogi wrote a review Feb 2022
Leeds, United Kingdom15 contributions
+1
We four family members visited Nayana's Homestay and the experience is wonderful. The house is tastefully decorated with attention to every detail. The house help (Maku di) is extremely a humble person, always ready to take care of your request. There are enough things to look around inside the house and the ambience of the locality is just apt for Peace and Tranquility which resembles the true meaning of Shantiniketan. Next day morning welcomed us with dawn chorus from variety of birds. This place is not like commercial hotels or vacation rentals, instead the homestay is beyond comparison. Spread across a huge area, the bunglow gives a feeling of "all yours" where you get chance to spend quality time. We convey our heartfelt thanks to Borgi da whose food is the best of a kind and he has given select dishes of the season which were fantastic. It's taste can easily beat most popular dining outlets of the town. Finally, a big thank you Nayana, we are deeply touched by your warmth and hospitality during our stay.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 22 Feb 2022
Thank you so much for your very kind words.Deeply touched. My only regret. We did not manage to meet. Please visit again soon and we can get together for some serious ADDA.
Read more
KANCHANA M wrote a review Feb 2022
14 contributions11 helpful votes
A wonderful experience we had during our two day stay at Nayana’s homestay in Shantiniketan. An abode of peace and tranquility, with a sprawling garden embellished with typical Bengali trees as well as beautiful roses, the morrum pathway leads to a real’home’. Decorated with ethnic objets d’art from all over India and abroad, the sitting room is really a comfort- zone.. Two bedrooms on each side are very cosy and offer a real test of local charm with glazed potteries improvised lamps and beautiful rugs. The toilet is well equipped with modern amenities. But the charm is the hospitality of the hostess.After entering the house one can enjoy the liberty to shrug off all stresses and anxieties as everything is being taken care off by Nayana herself.With mouth watering foods and beverages and sumptuous brake-fast, it is really a serine abode and best place to enjoy Tagore’s dream- child.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 6 Feb 2022
Most often guests become friends. This time, old friends were guests. What a pleasure. Please come more often as they say " mi casa es su casa".
Read more
Ainsworth Family wrote a review Jan 2022
1 contribution
Stayed with Nayana, who looked after us from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Planned a full itinerary of places to see, including a fantastic lunch at bono lakshmi, and regaled us with stories of local delights and family history which kept us entertained all evening long. Knows everything there is to know about shantiniketan. Particularly enjoyed the visit to Lipi's architecturally amazing house and pottery tootling around in a auto rickshaw. Say hi to Hati.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2022
Helpful
Share
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 28 Jan 2022
Thank you Family Ainsworth, it was a real pleasure hosting you. And such fun. Miss our evening Adda. Hope you return soon for more interesting experiences in Birbhum. You will not be disappointed. Mr Hati and Ronnie send their regards.
Read more
Previous
123456
LOCATION
IndiaWest BengalBirbhum DistrictSantiniketan
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
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.