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Nayana's Homestay

Chota Kothi, Uttarpally Phooldanga, Santiniketan 723135 India
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Santiniketan
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.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Rooftop terrace
Outdoor furniture
Paid wifi
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Shared lounge / TV area
Private check-in / check-out
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Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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zigeumac wrote a review 23 Jan
Chennai43 contributions21 helpful votes
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 3 days ago
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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souvik s wrote a review 23 Jan
Kolkata, India1 contribution
We were browsing through tripadvisor to find a quiet retreat in Shantiniketan ,which is away from the madding crowd and stumbled upon this gem called "Chota Kothi". From the very first day ,Warmth and hospitality of Nanyana di made us feel like we were visiting a relative during vacation rather than staying in a hotel. Here are some delights of staying at Chota kothi. 1.Nayana di loves travelling and as you expect from a well traveled person , once the evening adda starts it stretches endlessly.Who knew we will end up discussing topics ranging from "stories of old kolkata",to"Japanese bathing house" to "ghosts in Golkunda fort " to "how to slow cook pork with honey" in a single evening. 2.Maku di(Nayana di's commander in charge) cooks really good Spanish Omelet and the overall breakfast was simple but good. 3.All the required amenities are present to make oneself comfortable.We had traveled with 2.5 year old daughter and we were felt at ease from 1st day . 4.We ordered dinners for both the days from Borgi da and the taste and portion was excellent. Dal fry from his place was quite unique and I never had dal fry cooked like this before.(Though word of caution it seems he has a habit of getting confused so please order early and in plain simple words.) We had a wonderful stay and will surely come back again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 3 days ago
It was such a pleasure to host you. Especially the rather the " baba"s boss" 2.5 yr old! Really looking forward to your next visit( you MUST return) and a lot more adda.
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saumoprokash g wrote a review 11 Jan
20 contributions8 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay at the 'Chota Kothi'. It was our 4th or 5th stay there. Loved the ambiance and the warm hospitality which made the trip even more special. The garden along with its tall trees cuts one off from the local houses nearby. One feels totally isolated from the modern day to day life. Its an experience worth enjoying! The in-house breakfast is very good. For lunch and dinner one has to depend on food from outside. There are a few places nearby who home deliver. We got our lunch and dinner on the first day from Aarhani. While the food quality was good the quantity was anything but, specially given the steep price! The temperament and attitude of the owner, Mr.Borgi was extremely unsympathetic and rude. ( which Nayana's Homestay has nothing to do with.) From the second day of our stay we got food from another place near Prantik station and their quality, price and service was excellent! Overall, we had a wonderful stay! Very refreshing and rejuvenating! Do go there with your family once to savour the country side experience. Take long walks,go to the local Santhal village,the Saturday haath,and the several raj baris(palaces) of that area.Massenjore is less than 2 hours drive and one can go there for a days outing.A big 'thank you' to Nayana's homestay for making our short trip a delightful one!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 2 weeks ago
Many thanks for your very kind r words. I'm sorry that you had problems with the food. Will discuss with Aarhani. Glad the rest of your stay was comfortable. Sorry to have missed you this time. Look forward to your next visit.
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parthapm wrote a review 5 Jan
Kolkata, India70 contributions18 helpful votes
Stayed at the charming Chota Kothi for three days and rediscovered a real homestay. Nayana's is not a resort or a room only proposition but you get access to almost the entire house, a real house with used look and a potpourri of curios, old paintings, odd artefacts and rooms adorned with period furniture. Takes you back to a bygone period as you enter the premises. In terms of size more than a bigha of space welcomed us with large garden, verandahs in front and back of the living room and terraces on the first floor. The interiors with mood lighting is subject of envy to any art loving soul, as the attached photographs might suggest. In terms of functionality, hygiene is top notch. The complimentary breakfast came with spanish omlettes and all essential condiments. Shonajhuri forest is a walkable distance from Chota Kothi and situated in an affluent neighbourhood in Uttarpally, north of Shyambati and away from main roads. Access to university campus or weekend haat (bazar) in Shonajhuri is easy, whether you prefer to walk or ride any vehicle. But the real attraction for me was the place we lived for three days. This was a real house with all the space that us the city-breds dream off or yearn about. Two thumbs up and we will like to go back at an opportune time.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so very much for your visit and trust in us. A great pity that I wasn't there physically to meet you and your family. Please do return soon. Look forward to some great adda.
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Swarnankar Paul wrote a review Dec 2020
Kolkata, India3 contributions3 helpful votes
Nayana's Homestay justifies the concept of a Homestay. It is truly a remarkable place to spend few days in another Home. Few highlights : 1) Excellent Host and Nayana really takes care of her guests. 2) Accommodation is well maintained and has all necessary amenities like Geyser etc. 3) Excellent Food from nearby Home delivery from Mr.Borgi.Veg/Non-Veg both are available. 4) Mobile network slightly fluctuating and hence guests should be prepared for that. No High Speed Wi-FI and Cable/Dish TV...Please spend your time in the garden or with Ronny (find out who he is when you visit) 5) Evening Adda with Nayana cannot be missed and it is included in your tariff. 6) B Fast is good but if you are expecting a Buffet spread then please choose J W Marriott instead. 7) Last but not the least no Covid here as it is only you and your family. Well for me and my family it was a vacation with another relative. Swarnankar Paul Stay Duration : 18/12/2020-20/12/2020
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from nayana gangooly, Owner at Nayana's Homestay
Responded 22 Dec 2020
It was truly wonderful to meet you and Rachna and Mou. Ronnie misses all the hugs and cuddles. Please visit again soon. Many thanks for your kind words and support.
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IndiaWest BengalBirbhum DistrictSantiniketan
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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.