The house and the grounds are as beautiful and comfortable a you see in the photos. But the selling point here is Nayana herself. This smart and energetic woman takes hospitality to the next level. She knows the local history and the culture as well as anyone. Nayana has great connections; indeed on a day trip it seemed as if she knows everyone. I found my three-night stay a worthwhile respite from the frantic energy of Kolkata, and could have easily enjoyed another night or two.
We had a great stay at Nayana's homestay. She was always there to help out with logistics and general life advice. The breakfast was always delicious, often with fruits from her garden. The rooms were very peaceful, and tastefully done. All small details were looked into. Overall a very relaxed stay. Recommend it strongly.
I and my family loved Nayana's place which is not only a quaint place to relax and rejuvenate yourself over the weekend but what I really liked was our eclectic discussion over tea/ drinks and snacks. The delectable local delicacies offered at Nayana's place by Borgi da is inevitable. Her artsy decor and huge lush green garden amidst the comforting weather of Shantiniketan made our entire experience very pleasant!! A must visit place (for accommodation) if you are planning to travel Shantiniketan!
My sister and I loved this beautifully decorated homestay with clean and comfortable rooms and the perfect balcony to read peacfully, surrounded by greenery! Everything was thought of and we particularly loved the reading lamps by the bed - the perfect touch :)
Rooms were clean, facilities were good - but the most important aspect of visiting a place that was new to us, is what made it worthwhile. You will get a "complete experience" if you stay with them - guidance on everything ask for, in our case we were interested in covering all aspects related to art and artists and we got inputs well beyond what any normal place would give you.
Walk up to the house and you will already get the impression of a house designed with a lot of thought in mind. The shape allows for more of a cooling breeze on hot monsoon days. Set in a lush garden on the green edge of Santiniketan, Nayana and her friendly dog will welcome you to your retreat. Carefully decorated with paintings and period pictures you will find three bedrooms, two on the ground floor, one on the first floor. Porch in front and back are inviting places for your coffee, tea or byo sun-downer. Next morning an eggcellent breakfast awaits you. Nayana knows everyone and everything in town and beyond, so you are all set for a wonderful stay !
Nayana's Homestay was clean and beautiful. Surrounded by lush greenery all around, we had peaceful breakfasts in the morning and evening tea. With many outdoor spaces, it is easy to enjoy the surrounding nature. Nayana also provides tours that help one get a sense of the local feel of a place, from trips to the local vegetable markets, to hidden gem ruins, to Tiger's delicious Biryani, we felt the full experience of Santiniketan. Thanks for a great stay, Nayana!
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…
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
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…