The Department of Tourism not only discusses responsibilities of the homestay owners in Uttarakhand but it also lists responsibilities of guests to ensure a good experience for both the parties. The responsibilities of guests staying in Uttarakhand homestays in fact have been increased in 2016. The Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rule 7 (First Amendment Rules 2016) described eight responsibilities of guests, whereas the Rule 8 (2015) specified two less.
The sub rules 7-2 to 7-7 (2016) are same as the sub rules 8-1 to 8-6 (2015). Let’s take a look at similarities and differences between the rules.
Rule Number (2015)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015
Rule Number (2016)
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015 (First Amendment Rules 2016)
Guests shall give a photocopy of his/her identity card to the host. The identity card can be an aadhar card, a driving license, a pan card, a passport, or a voter card that is approved by the government.
Guests shall enter their details in the guestbook.
Guests shall not participate in any activity that causes administrative, communal, and / or social problems. They shall behave well. They shall not interfere in the life of the host and the neighbors.
Guests shall not have a separate kitchen.
Guests shall compensate for damages to the house or items in the house by them.
Guests shall help the owner in keeping the house neat and clean.
A comment on Rule 8-5: The sub-rule states that the guests shall help the hosts in keeping the house clean and tidy. The house can be big one. The guests are paying rent for homestay units not for the entire house. The guests may not like this. The hosts can also take advantage of the guests.
Guests shall not accommodate any of their guests in the homestay unit for night stay.
Guests shall respect local culture.