A comparison of Himachal, Uttarakhand, Sikkim homestay rules

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine

Sep-Oct 2016

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Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim, three of the Indian Himalayan states, laid down rules to standardize the homestay services. Some of the rules are common while others are state-specific. For example, homestays are principally located in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh. Its eastern neighbor allows homestays in both rural and urban areas. However, standards for urban homestays in Uttarakhand are different than that for the rural units. Sikkim also permits both rural and urban homestays.

Take a quick look at the three sets of homestay rules:

Features
Himachal Pradesh
Uttarakhand
Sikkim
Rules/Scheme Name
Himachal Pradesh Home Stay Scheme-2008
Uttarakhand Atithi House Lodging (Homestay) Rules 2015 (First Amendment Rules 2016)
Sikkim Registration of Home Stay Establishment Rules, 2013
Amendments
           
Yes
         
Initial validity
5 Years i.e. up to July 2013
No time limit on validity of rules.
No time limit on validity of rules.
Extended validity
For 5 years i.e. up to July 2018
              
            
Total number of rules / sections
10
9
19

Meaning of homestay
“Any private house located in rural areas of the State in good condition and easily accessible in the country-side i.e. within the Farm House, Orchards, Tea-Gardens etc. will primarily qualify under the Scheme. The house shall fulfil the minimum requirement of having one or more room’s accommodation subject to a maximum of three rooms to cover under the scheme with attached toilet facility which will be made available to the tourists as Home Stay accommodation. The promoters are at liberty to submit fresh proposals for approval for setting up Home Stay in the country-side under the Himachal Pradesh Home Stay, Scheme 2008.”

According to 2012 draft: “any private house located within the state preferably in the rural area where the house owner or his-her families are physically residing in the unit or within the premises/campus in close proximity and earmarks some rooms exclusively for the use of tourists bearing certain basic minimum service standards and eligibility criteria as prescribed in these Rule.”

The term homestay is not defined in the Rules 2015. The Rule (2016) 2-g defines a residence.The residence (s) means the residential complex (s) to be registered under these Rules.

  Rule 2-1-b: “any private house located in the rural/urban area where the house owner or his-her families are physically residing in the unit and earmarks some rooms exclusively for the use of Tourists bearing certain basic minimum service standards and eligibility criteria as prescribed in this Rule.”

Homestay classification
No
Yes
Yes

Homestay classes
            
Rule (2016) 3-a divides homestay in three classes:

 

(1) Class A (Gold House)

(2) Class B (Silver House)

(3) Class C (Bronze House)

Rule 6-1 divides homestay in three classes.

 

(1) Class A (Gold House)

(2) Class B (Silver House)

(3) Class C (Bronze House)

Classification criteria:

 

 

Facilities

Quality

Location

Not specified
Specified

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Specified

 

 

Yes

Yes

No such specification

Classification fee in INR:

 

Gold House

Silver House

Bronze House

100

 

 

500

500

500

 

 

3000

2000

1000

Classification validity in years
            
2
2

Reclassification Fee in INR:

 

Gold House

Silver House

Bronze House

100
            

 

 

1000

750

500

Classification standards for rural and urban units
                 
Separate
               
Minimum size of room in square feet depending on the class
100-120
80-120
100-150
Minimum Rooms
1
1
1
Maximum Rooms
3
6
5
Minimum size of bathroom / toilet in square feet
30
20-40
30
Time limit for completing registration process (Days)
             
30
              
Homestay units built in local architectural style
Preferred
Preferred
Preferred
Location of homestay
Rural areas
Rural and Urban areas
Rural and Urban areas

Tariff approval
Required
Required
Required

The Rules even specifies cancellation charges.

Provision for training of homestay owners
Yes
Yes
Yes
Marketing support
Yes
Yes
Yes

Scoring used for classification
No
No
Yes

The Rules provide a detailed scoresheet to classify the homestays.

 

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