How to Improve Occupancy Rate of Your Homestay: 7 Practical Tips

During many nights spent in different types of homestays across the Himalayas, I observed a number of issues worth sharing with you. Reflect on these issues and resolve them if they plague your homestays. A quality check and required improvements in rooms and related services will help in maximizing the occupancy rate and the revenue irrespective of the size of homestay. Here is a short list of practical tips to

Sulabh Model of Bioenergy: Fuel for Camp Kitchens, Body Warming. Manure for Kitchen Gardens. Method for Easy Disposal of Human Waste

In the previous article, I introduced you to the Japanese bio-toilet technology, as one of the sanitation options for mountains. This article will focus on an Indian technology that converts human waste into biogas. The biogas can be used for cooking, lighting lamps, warming bodies in winter and other purposes. A camping cooperative can use this technology to safely recycle human waste. They can use the byproducts for brightening the

Bianics Toilets: A Cheap Sanitation Option for Mountains

BIANIC is an acronym for believing in achieving new innovative concept (s). The camping cooperatives need affordable and environment friendly sanitation options for mountains. This article reviews one of such options available in the market, Bianics Toilet. What is a Bianics toilet? This bio toilet disposes human excrements using no or very less water. The environment friendly toilet uses Japanese technology. Dr. Toyohiro Watanabe, an agriculture professor at Tsuru University,

Pee and poo could solve some mass adventure tourism problems

Properly composted pee and poop could provide safe humus for the kitchen garden of the campsites and keep the wilderness clean. As our ancestors did in the Himalayas for centuries. Live like natives of the Himalayas to enjoy the beauty and challenge for many more centuries. For example, Lahaul and Spiti, cold desert areas, have thin vegetation cover. The natives therefore cannot maintain a large number of animals. This reduces production of

Camping Cooperatives: Stay Options for Himalayas

TOC 7 Facts Camping Cooperatives: An Idea Benefits of Camping Cooperatives Carry Less. Consume Less. Generate Less Waste. Why is minimalism a main ingredient of the Himalayan adventures? Why create camping cooperatives instead of hotels? Why not depend on home stays? Anatomy of an Ideal Campsite Managed by Camping Cooperative Is notion of seasonal nature of tourism, especially adventure tourism, true? Management of Camping Cooperatives: An Outline Likely Problems in

12 Limitations of home stays

Jammu Kashmir (Ladakh), Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim, the Indian Himalayan states, have implemented the concept of home stays to increase stay options, especially in remote rural areas. The home stays no doubt have created extra income channels for locals. However, the home stays have some limitations that we may slowly realize over a period of time and then we may mull over alternatives. But I have experienced some of these

A comparison of Himachal, Uttarakhand, Sikkim homestay rules

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

Advance Payment and Refunds for Home Stay Booking

Advance payment cannot exceed 50% of the total home stay booking tariff. The Sikkim Registration of Home Stay Establishment Rule 15 (2013) fixes the amount the owner can collect as an advance for the home stay booking. The rule also prescribes cancellation fees. Advance Payment Rules If a visitor books a room for more than four days, the home stay owner can collect only half of the total approved tariff

Information Display Rules, Business Documents for Home Stay

Minimum size of the notice board: 3*4 feet The Rule 14 expects home stay owners to display the necessary information in the registered unit and maintain various business documents. Here are the provisions described in the Sikkim Registration of Home Stay Establishment Rules, 2013: Type of Information (Rule 14-1) Display the following information in an easily visible place, for example at the reception or entrance: Name of Home stay (Rule